“ONLY THOSE WHO CAN RISK GOING TOO FAR CAN POSSIBLY FIND OUT HOW FAR ONE CAN GO”
The Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Run is one of the most scenic half marathons in New South Wales, Australia. The terrain is both stunning and challenging as you maneuver through the trails up to the Glow Worm Tunnel (and cruise the last 10KM down hill).
Every year The Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Marathon Weekend takes place in the Wollemi National Park in Newnes (just past Lithgow) and this year was my second time hitting the course to complete the half marathon. It’s a great run and I always find myself in awe of the stunning scenery. The first 10KM is a gradual climb up to the 400 meter Glow Worm Tunnel and then descends the last 10KM back to the causeway.
There is always a great atmosphere at the start line and it’s fun to watch fellow runners decide whether or not they are going to brave the cold creek crossing at the causeway or take the drier option across the stepping stones. I did hold back in the first 10KM and was hoping to make up for lost time in the final stretch but clipped my foot on a rock in the last 7KM giving myself a nasty gash down my knee and shin (and ripping my favourite tights!) which sadly slowed me down. Despite injury though, I still finished 30 minutes faster than last year.
This is a great race for those new to trail running as the course isn’t overly technical but still challenging – plus you get to wander through the Glow Worm Tunnel! How cool is that?
The start line is right by a campground giving runners the option of camping out in the valley the night before otherwise there are motels and hotels about a 30 minute drive away. There are 4 races across the weekend including the marathon, half marathon, mystery mountain dash and the 6KM bolt.
Jump on the Glow Worm Tunnel Marathon website here for more info!