Run: The Hunter Valley Ultra

Run 102km overnight into Draytons Winery.

Published by Jay Woods
on September 8, 2020


The Hunter Valley Ultra with 98kms to go

The ultimate challenge and reward. At 102kms, this is the longest course of the event and the only one that goes through the night. An elevation gain of 3200 metres and a maximum elevation of 588 metres. With terrain and the elements to face, the finish line is the ultimate reward, perfectly located at Draydons Winery, sounds pretty good already.

• 3200M Elevation Gain
• 20km Unsealed undulating gravel road 
• 35km Unsealed Fire Trail
• 30km Single Track
• 15km Technical Single Track

This course has been designed to climb out of Pokolbin to head past Mount Bright and Mount View toward the township of Millfield. Then, pushes you into the Pokolbin State forest via Cedar Creek. As the sun sets and the real journey starts, with some great views over the hunter and surrounds - godspeed.  


After departing from Pokolbin and Draytons Winery, the trail heads south toward Mt View, taking in sections of the Great North Walk before heading East along Mt View Road and then up and out towards Cedar Creek.


Past this, you'll be traversing through the Pokolbin State Forest, densely wooded with large magnificent forest trees and single track and fire trail only. With challenging but runnable terrain on marked tracks, you'll spend a fair chunk of your time running through here. It's not until the 87km mark where you will run out of the Forest State Forest and back past Cedar Creek on your return journey.


From here, thankfully, it's to the finish line. Taking a similar direction but alternate course from the first 13kms, it'll be bittersweet no doubt. For most runners along here, the sun will be rising and you will be taking in exceptional Hunter Valley Views. 


The final 2.5km will be all joy, smiles from ear to ear and the taste of achievement as you near the finish – you will be able to see the finish line from up high and run down into Draytons Winery. Registration is open and early bird tickets are still available, here.

Hunter Valley Ultra, 102km guide.


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Published by Jay Woods
on September 8, 2020

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