Wild Things - New Zealand's trail running community
New Zealand's trail running community


don't have an account?

The School Run, Canterbury

Trail Directory proudly supported by Further Faster

Update Your Header Picture

The School RunBeginner

Info Info
Map Loading

Trail Information









Undulating, small hills only



1:00 (Slow)
0:50 (Moderate)
0:35 (Fast)



Download PDF Guide

Fastest Known Times (FKTs)

Please set your gender to see your position on the FKT leaderboards.



Filter FKTs

The more , the harder the FKT will be to beat. Learn about Fastest Known Times.

Missing your time?

Register or login as a VIP and get yourself on the FKT leaderboard!

Register Now


This trail is maintained by the Mid-Canterbury Mountain Bike Club and is a multiple use track. It is a loop track, clearly marked with directional arrows. It is a section of track that links to a larger network of tracks that runs alongside the Ashburton River on both the North and South Side. It is a fun urban trail run that loops through the willows with very 'slight" up and downs throughout the track. It is technical underfoot, not hard technical but there are a few rocks and tree roots ready to jump out and get you. Just follow the trail, it's easy. The trail is suitable for running prams, though on the more adventurous side. Also a great track for kids to bike ride whilst parents running.

Trail Community

Find people who are interested in this run.

You must register or login to view this content.

Features of interest

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 70%

Gravel Road: 10%

Route Data


You must register or login to view this content.


You must register or login to view this content.

Your Trail Wishlist

All the runs that are on your To Do list (no limit).

Add to wishlist view wishlist

Your Trail Dreamlist

The runs you most want to do (limited to 10).

Add to dreamlist view dreamlist

Wild Explorers

I did it!
  • Access

    Parking and start of the track is beside the Ashburton River Bridge. Entrance off SH1 opposite the new Countdown before you cross the bridge from Ashburton to Tinwald.

    Lots of parking beside the bridge. If traffic is heavy it can be difficult exiting Parking Lot if you need to cross traffic.

    1 km

    2 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    This track is easy to follow. Clearly marked and used by many local for mountain biking and riding.

    Perfect throughout.

    Windproof jacket, Cellphone.


    Being next to river this track does flood in some sections during/after rain events. All streams are passable in all weather. During strong wind, it is not uncommon for trees to come down across the track and it is inadvisable to run the track during extremely strong winds.

    Take care in high winds and heavy rain.

  • Sponsor this trail

    If you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, please get in touch below:


Got a favourite trail? Tell us about it.

Share the love and add your favourite trail(s) to our growing trail directory.

Submit A Trail

Become a member today

Start enjoying the many benefits to becoming a member of our thriving community.

Become a member

Great brands at great prices with our VIP member's discount

Stay up to date

Sign up to our newsletter for latest offers and trail guides

Share this trail with a friend:

VIP Membership

Please register as a VIP or login to your VIP account to view this content.

Cancel Login Register

Membership Required

You can see up to three trail guides without being logged in but after that we require you to be logged in to your Free or VIP account. If you don’t yet have an account you can register here.

Login Register