The Wild Horse Criterium 2019

From $45 inclusive of AAA Racing discount (kids event is free)


Maps created by Mic Zatorsky

Saturday, April 20th - Easter weekend

The 2019 course will be run around an 11km lap, changing direction on completion of each lap (for those competing in distances beyond one lap). The sufrace is a mix of pine forest trail, grass, gravel, sand, compact dirt and two small creek crossings (one of which is usually dry).


Please contact us at if you need any further information or if you need to make other arrangements to enter.



This event is is based at Wild Horse Mountain car park, consisting of six runs of 11, 22, 33, 55km, 6 hour and 12 hour. There will also be a 1.5km kids fun run, free of charch:



All events start and finish at the car park.


Runners in the 55km, 6 hour and 12 hour events will need a headlight to start.  First light is at 5:20 am and sunrise at 5:45 am.


Drop bags can be left at a location adjacent to the Start/Finish area.


Watch this space and keep an eye on the AAA Racing Facebook page.


KML file download here


Course Map (click to enlarge):

Refund Policy

a) Refunds will be subject to flat admin charge + any merchandise pre-ordered against the entry
b) Refunds limited to 50% of entry fee beyond January 31st 2018
c) Refunds discontinued beyond February 28th 2018
d) Flat fee of $50 will apply to all transfers (chargeable to the substitute participant)

Flat is the new VERT - 2018 wrap!!!

All photographs taken by SOK Images


Well, that was exciting, stressful, entertaining and great fun all at the same time. First outing for the WHC under the management of AAA Racing and it’s always a worry until the last runners are over the line.


The day started ominously with yours truly jamming a finger in a tow hitch.  First order of the day was to apply first aid and a heavy dressing to protect the finger from the activities of the weekend … all before leaving the driveway!


On arriving at Wild Horse Mountain on Friday afternoon, we were well into setup and the final touches to marking being applied when we were advised at 6:00 pm that the coffee provider (who was also to put food on through the morning) wasn’t able to make it for a number of reasons.  No matter what they were, suffice to say it left a big hole in proceedings but there was nothing to do about it.


Races got underway at midnight with a very solemn group of runners undertaking the inaugural 12 hour run.  There wasn’t a lot of banter and the toilets were put to good use in the minutes before start, then off they went into the night.  First call at CP1 I was advised that a sink hole had opened up in one of the more grassy sections of the course.  How big?  Turns out only a foot or two across and runners were mindful of it, but initially a worry just the same.


More set up and the arrival of the Brisbane Trail Runners crowd meant the place started to get a little busy and, though still the middle of the night, it was getting a little exciting.  It was old school but new at the same time. 


It seemed like no time before the 6 hour group was off along with the 55 km runners and we had a busy course.  The 33 km went off at 6:00 am just after the sun came up and it was business as usual: mayhem with not a moment to think. 


Just about this time, one of the toilets decided its pump should stop working, so it did!  Just one more to add to the list.  Add this to the PA system that was ‘missing’ its mic. And we began to wonder what else could go amiss.  No matter, we just got on with it, just as the runners were doing with a fantastic run unfolding in the 12 hour.


No doubt about it, the course was tough this year.  We had no rain throughout the event, but pervious weeks had meant it was soft underfoot and, for the first time in some years, there were two genuine creek crossings to be navigated.

The 10km runners came across the line in quick succession from 9:15 onward, with Joshua Corcoran taking a great win in 47:42, with Daniel Prosser only six seconds behind him.  David Weir made up the podium in 50:34.

In the ladies race, there was only ever one winner, with Liz Cox winning in 55:11, a full eight minutes ahead of Adrienne MacGillivray (1:03:11).  The podium was complete with Roslynne Aberhart finishing in 1:07:44.



There were some solid performances in the 22km, but nothing as tight as the 11km finish.  Stephen Hogg (1:45:46) took the win from Mark Bristow (1:53:57) and Rob Rand (1:58:54).  The highlight of this race was surely Helen Greenfield splitting the men’s podium to win in 1:52:42, followed by Tonia Krueger (2:05:20) and Erin Reid (2:06:24).



The 33km was filled with steady, solid runs as the morning got warmer with no drop in humidity.  Daniel Williams made what appeared to be light work of the event with a win in 2:35:59.  It was a comfortable win in front of the chasing pair, with Graham Lochrie finishing less than a minute ahead of Shaun McMahon (2:43:36 and 2:44:21 respectively).

The ladies race was a lesson in distance running with the top three demonstrating how to get on with it with the minimum of fuss.  Kate Gazzard led the way with in a steady and cheery manner in a very creditable 3:13:11.  Fridja Ernens took the second spot in 3:17:56 with the every reliable and steady Melissa Benstead completing the podium in 3:18:52.



By the time the 55km were into the second half of their run, the sun was starting to burn and the heavy conditions were taking their toll.  The story of the morning, however, was the female contingent taking over the top placings.
Benjamin Jansen won the men’s race in 5:19:21, followed a long way back by Andrew Hauck in 5:44:17 and Martyn Hancock in 5:48:22. 


Both Benjamin and Martyn were well ‘chicked’ by Janet Smith and Connie Stevenson, taking out 1st and 2nd in the ladies race with 5:21:53 and 5:43:48 respectively. Elise van Dorssen took third with 6:10:49.


6 Hour
The 6 hour field had some die-hard runners turn in some steady performances from several who would be used to running circles around a 400 metre track and this was a completely new experience.  Some had better days than others but notably, Bruce Thiele managed 5½ laps (62.7km) to manage the best distance through the morning in 5:34.  Of the ladies, Jodie Oborne made a solid 4 laps (45.6km) after a week of illness in 5:05.


Simon Yeomans (51.3km) and Erin Kelly took (37.2) took out respective 2nd places with Pieter van Vuren taking third for the men (45.6km)


12 Hour
“A die-hard, old school ultra” is how the former 50 mile event at WHC was described to me.  Well, this is what we got in the inaugural 12 hour race!
I’m not sure they were races as much as they were efforts as to stand on the start line was something of an undertaking, with five runners running further in one hit than anyone has ever run at a WHC.


Leading the way in the men’s race, was first time ultra-runner, Oliver Armstrong taking on the course and winning.  In the early laps, I spoke to him a few times about keeping a lid on things, not letting adrenalin take over and each time, he ‘felt good’.  I commented to some of the crew that things might get entertaining a little later!  How wrong I was.

Keeping pace from start to finish, Ollie managed 11 full laps in 11:22 to clock 102.6km around the WHC course to record the first and, so far, only 100km total in the event’s history.  Wayne McMurtrie got 2nd with 8 laps and 91.2km in 11:40 with the deceptively quick (and very determined) Peter Dalby clocking 7.5 laps to get 85.5km in 11:49.


The ladies were just as impressive, with the ever present Kathryn Austin taking the win with 8 laps and 91.2km in 11:22 (finishing with Oliver Armstron) with Kris Ryan only half a lap behind, getting 85.5km in 11:40.  Lauren Shay completed the line up with a solid 79.8 from 7 full laps.

Everyone across all distances had a great time with some memorable personal achievements.  Massive shout to all the voluteers, way too many to mention individially without leaving someone out, but a particular mention must go to the Brisbane Trail Runners. There would have been no event without them. With all things considered, Oliver Armstrong’s 12 hour effort had to be the run of the day for me:



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They’ve set the bar high for those that rock up next year – flat is the new vert!


Complete results HERE


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