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Turtle And The Lamb

October 18 @ 07:00 - 12:00

Turtle and the Lamb -the 2020 day edition


The-Turtle-and-the-Lamb 19km-results

The Turtle and the Lamb 9km Race results

An adventure run on awesome trails through stunning scenery with a healthy dose of challenge splattered all over it.

Come, run, bleat, sweat, turtle, laugh, cry, eat, camp and enjoy an absolute cracker of a Trail Run.

Traditionally a romantic moonlit ramble along some freakishly fantastic trails, the 2020 Turtle and the Lamb is testing the waters as a day event. Don’t be fooled -both courses, the 19km and 9km (yes, you read 9km right!), are sure to still challenge even the most hardened, dirt-loving mountain-seeking runner.

Also new for 2020 is the start/finish with both distances now starting and finishing at the Ridge Trail carpark. Hence the extra distance on the traditional 6km to make it 9km -you’re welcome!

Please note there are NO toilets at Race HQ. Toilets are available at the Lower Davies Creek Camping Area, as well as nodes 4 and 6 in the Upper Davies Creek camping area.

The 19km course is sure to test those up for a challenge – Starting at the Ridge Trail carpark, runners have a cruisy start racing along Davies Creek Road before turning into the popular Davies Creek Camp Node 3. If you weren’t awake previously, you should be now as the course takes a dramatic climb to Turtle Rock, travels along the ridge to grab its breath before ripping into one of the greatest downhill runs ever (The Hurtle Down the Turtle) to Nodes 5 & 6. Runners then turn back up the valley via Davies Creek Road to reach the Ridge Trail carpark once more where the second big climb bleats its way up to 1100m asl and the Lamb’s Head (Kahlpahlim Rock) Junction (no out and back to Kahlpahlim required) before dancing down the Kahlpahlim Rock Trail (The Jam Down the Lamb). A short ramble back along Davies Creek Road returns runners to the finish at Ridge Trail carpark to complete a classic run over a cracking ‘figure 8’ course. This is a tough event – junior entries will be judged on an individual basis and will be at the discretion of event coordinators.

The 9km course is certainly achievable but plenty tough. It is the first loop of the long course and includes the climb to Turtle Rock, travelling along the ridge to grab its breath before ripping into one of the greatest downhill runs ever (The Hurtle Down the Turtle) to Nodes 5 & 6 and then a quick ramble back along Davies Creek Road to the finish line. Where the long course runners have yet to climb the Lamb, 9km runners breath a sigh of quite possibly relief as they finish the short dirt road section and lay at the lambs feet finishing their loop back where it all began at the Ridge Trail carpark.

The important bits:

When: Sunday, 18th October 2020

Where: Ridge Trail carpark, Dinden National Park.

Event Coordinator: Jeralyn + Ryan Mawdsley

Event Administrator:  Cairns Road Runners

Distances: 19, 9km

Starting times: 

19km -race kicks off at 7 am (registration opens 6 am; race briefing at 6:45 am)

9km -race kicks off at 8 am (registration opens 7 am; race briefing at 7:45 am)

Entry fee: 

$15 flat fee for all ages and distances.

With COVID-19 still lingering, we’re keeping things really simple and cheap to get you out on the trails. $15 not only gets you a spot on the start line of one of the funkiest running experiences in Far North QLD plus the opportunity to run Turtle and the Lamb as a day run with some legendary runners (aka all of YOU!) but also some tasty post-race tucker. Serious wins!!

Online entry only -entries close Friday, 16th October at 8 pm.

How to get there:

Dinden National Park.

Turn off the Kennedy Highway onto Davies Creek Road. Follow the road, which will turn to a dirt road, past the lower camping nodes, the waterfall, and the upper camping nodes. Race HQ is about 12.5k along Davies Ck Road at the Ridge Trail carpark. This is about 6k past the Lower Davies Creek Camping Area (lower camping nodes).

If training on the course prior to the event, give-way to Turtles, Lambs, Quolls, Bettongs, Bustards, Mountain goats and Brown snakes!


Camping is the best option. All the cool kids are doing it. At the time of writing this, all nodes in the Upper Davies Creek area have all been booked. Camping in the General Camping Area (Lower Davies Creek) back down the road is possible but must be booked through the National Parks Website.

Come up early, set up camp, relax, swim, socialise!

Davies Creek area may have some phone reception but is mostly nextG, and unreliable.

Domestic animals are not permitted in Davies Creek or Dinden National Parks.

What to bring:

  • Race food and hydration, snake bandage recommended
  • Bring your own plate and cup for post-run tucker


Injured or indulged too much during lockdown but still want to be part of the action? We need YOU! Have a friend that you’re still trying to convince as to the awesomeness of hurtling up and down mountains? We need THEM! Trying to impress that special someone and want them to see you in your sweat-soaked trail racing element? Take your relationship to the next level cause we need THEM too!

Volunteers are the backbone of every race and we need quite a few. Get in touch with Jeralyn if you can help out. Call/text 0408 327 510.

Register here: https://www.revolutionise.com.au/cairnsroadrunners/events/75662/


October 18
07:00 - 12:00
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