Scenic races pass through historic train tunnel

Ready to go . . . Runners, walkers and cyclists, young and old, get ready to compete in the first race of the day at the 2021 Glenham Trainwreck event. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Glenham Trainwreck Trail is back for 2023.

The annual event, which was postponed in 2022 due to Covid, sees entrants compete in a series of races through farmland and the historic Glenham tunnel.

It will be held on January 21, with the first race kicking off at 11am at the Glenham Community Centre.

Registrations open at 9.30am.

Committee secretary Claire Hunter said she was looking forward to another great year.

‘‘The event is always well-attended, with entrants from across the South,’’ she said.

‘‘People love the tracks, and they talk about the views and the challenges the trail provides.’’

The event has grown in popularity over the years.

A happy cyclist . . . A competitor enjoys the sights at the 2021 Glenham Trainwreck. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

About 300 entrants took part in the 2021 race and the committee was hoping for a similar turnout this year, Miss Hunter said.

‘‘Each track brings a combination of challenges for participants, ranging from hills and river flats to gravel roads, paddocks and tracks.’’

Entrants can register for the 10km, 15km, 21km or 43km mountain bike trails.

All mountain bike entrants will go into the draw to win a mountain bike, sponsored by CrossRoad Cycles and the Mataura Licensing Trust.

Participants who are interested in running tracks can sign up for the 10km, 15km or 21km.

The 10km track is open to those aged 8 and over, and the longer events are for those who are 14 and over.

Anyone who registered online this year would go into a draw to win a special prize, Miss Hunter said.

The event began 12 years ago as a fundraiser for the Glenham community, she said.

‘‘The name of the trail was chosen by a group of parents from the Glenham School because you’re a bit of a wreck by the end of it.

‘‘It’s a great community initiative. We have very generous farmers who are a great support and open up their properties for us to use for the day,’’ Miss Hunter said.

Unique tunnel . . . The historic Glenham Rail Tunnel is a highlight for the Glenham Trainwreck Trail held in January each year. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

All trails for the Glenham Trainwreck track run through different farmers’ properties in the district, and all pass through the unique historic Glenham rail tunnel, south of Wyndham.

Throughout the day a barbecue will be running, raffle tickets will be sold and Mad Cow coffee will make its annual appearance.

Funds raised on the day will go towards the Glenham Community Centre.