Here at Ultra168 towers, we bemoaned the fact last year that the Aussie 100 miler was a dying breed with barely a handful to choose from. But since that article, the rumour mills have turned furiously, and today the utterly brutal Great Southern Endurance Run (GSER) 100 miler, starting at Mount Buller and finishing in the township of Bright launches.
Designed to be the ‘gem’ of 100 miler events in the southern hemisphere, the point to point journey is epic, the trails are predominantly single trail and the historical Australian Alps Walking Trail is used for parts of the course.
Total ascent is just a shade under 9,500m with a quad-bashing descent of 11,000m. This race does truly rival the likes of UTMB, set among the stunning Victorian Alps, full of single-track trail and the beauty is you don’t have to fork out over $2,000 in airfares to get to France.
And with passes over Mountains called, ‘Buggery’ and ‘Despair’, along with the rather aptly named, Horrible Gap, you know you’re in for a whole heap of suffering. This race will hurt you.
Sean Greenhill, part of the GSER management team said, ““In designing this course – we wanted people to get a pure experience of the Mountains in Australia, we looked for a journey, something that really spoke to the achievement of finishing, to say you have run from Mt Buller to Bright, across the mountains – it’s a formidable challenge in a special setting, that’s ultra running at its best”
GSER will be offered as a 100 Mile event – with the categories of Solo or Team Relay in 2017. There’s no 100km soft option either, it’s 100 miles or nothing and you can choose to do it alone or in a team.
Indeed, so brutal is this race that it’s applications only, and they will open 1st July 2016.
So what does it take to even be considered for this race?
Qualifications are broken into 3 categories, with an “A qualifier” carrying the most weight on the application, followed by B and then C, meaning that an applicant who has an A qualifier will be accepted over an applicant with a B, and a B over a C qualification. You only need one qualifier, but if you want to be assured of a spot, make it an ‘A’.
Applicant must have run and completed under the cut-off, a 100Mile race with a minimum of 6000m ascent and a minimum of 3000m decent, within the last 18 months from the date of application. Or have completed the GSER100 under the cut-off within the last 3 years (for 2018 onwards).
Applicant must have run and completed in the last 18 months and under cut-off, a 100Mile race with less ascent and descent as described in the “A qualifier. Or have run and completed in under cut-off, two 100KM races where, when added, the elevation equals the A qualifier elevation standard, and also within the last 18 months from the date of application.
Applicants must show an endurance based effort (maybe any sport), that in the view of the race committee, is similar or equal to (in physical effort and mental toughness terms) those required in A or B above, completed within the last 18 months from the date of application.
This is one of the reasons why entries for consideration open next month and you have over a year to get your qualifiers in place. The strict criteria means that anyone lining up for this race in 2017 will need to be in tip-top shape and have some serious experience under their belts.
15 discounted spots up for grabs in the Ultra168 Supporters Club
We’re also very excited to announce that Ultra168 has been given 15 spots in the inaugural event at a 15% discount on the standard entry fee. This means 15 lucky people will save over $50 on their race entry. But you have to be a member of our supporters club to qualify. If you need more information about joining, click on the Supporters Club logo below. Entry details and how to claim your discount will be provided when entries open at the start of July.