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the hill 60 25km challenge

The Course

The Hill 60 Challenge is 25km from St Ives Showground to Bobbin Head and return, with some lovely water views as runners follow Cowan Creek on their return to St Ives Showground. There is a reasonable amount of technical single trail in parts of this leg, mainly along Cowan Creek and the climb up to the Sphinx at North Turramurra.

Start Time

The Hill 60 25km Challenge will start from the St Ives Showground at 8.15am.

Cut Off Times

The Hill 60 25km Challenge has a 6 hour 30 minute cut off time, being 2.45pm. 

Aid Stations

Participants will pass an aid stations 4 times during The Hill 60 25km Challenge. You will have access to water, lollies, fresh fruit and sports drink. Distances are listed in the table below: 

 Aid Station Location  

  Distance from Start   

  Distance of Next Leg  

  Distance to Finish  

Cut Off Time (hrs) 

Cut Off Time of Day

 Wildflower Gardens 1.3km 5.7km 23.7km N/A  N/A 
 Warrimoo Track 7.0km 11km 18km 1hr 49min 10:04 
 Warrimoo Track 18km  5.7km 7km 4hr 40min 12:50
 Wildflower Gardens 23.7km 1.3km 1.3km N/A N/A
 Finish Line  25.0km 0.0km 0.0km 6hr 30min 14:45

History

The Battle of Hill 60 (17 April – 7 May 1915) took place near Hill 60south of Ypres on the Western Front, during the First World War. Hill 60 had been captured by the German 30th Division on 11 November 1914, during the First Battle of Ypres (19 October – 22 November 1914). Initial French preparations to raid the hill were continued by the British 28th Division, which took over the line in February 1915 and then by the 5th Division. The plan was expanded into an ambitious attempt to capture the hill, despite advice that Hill 60 could not be held unless the "Caterpillar" nearby was also occupied. It was found that Hill 60 was the only place in the area not waterlogged and a French 3 by 2 feet (0.91 m × 0.61 m) mine gallery was extended.

Experienced miners from Northumberland and Wales were recruited for the digging and the British attack began on 17 April 1915. The hill was captured quickly with only seven casualties but then it was found that the Salient which had been created, made occupation of the hill very costly. Both sides mistakenly accused the other of using poison gas in the April fighting; German attacks on the hill in early May included the use of gas shells and the Germans recovered the ground at the second attempt on 5 May. It remained in German hands until the Battle of Messines in 1917, when two of the Mines in the Battle of Messines were detonated beneath Hill 60 and the Caterpillar.

Further details about the Battle of Hill 60 can be found on Wikipedia


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