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Horse Longitudes, Canterbury

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Horse LongitudesBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Matt Doherty

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Trail Information

10.56km

340m

340m

270m

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Coastal
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner - Intermediate

1.30 (Novice)
1.00 (Intermediate)
0.45 (Elite)

-11.4%

+11.3%

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Description

10km loop over the Sumner valley, Couple of small grunts mixed in with some cruisey smoothish trails and a few short semi technical sections. Great for a midweek tempo run or for a nice wee cruise with friends
Head up Captain Thomas track for approx 2kms then take the right hand track (mtb) up to the sumit road. Head left through the crossroads then straight after the cattle stop turn right & pick up the mtb track. Follow this track till you hit the first fenceline. Turn left and follow a faint farm track down the fencline till you hit a gate at the bottom. Over the gate & right on the road for a few meters until you see the faint farm track below you (if you come to a gravel road you have gone to far but can use this anyway)

Head straight down until you hit the stockyard fence, left along the fence until you see a left hand turning with a marker post. Take this turning and follow this track through a couple of fast semi-technical sections, ignore the junction on the right and head back uphill until you hit a stile. Over the stile and through the small patch of bush, turn left at the junction to the sumit crossroads. Head straight cross the crossroads and turn right onto Captain Thomas and back down to the start.


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Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 60%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%


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  • Access

    Captain Thomas Track in Sumner. From LOWER Sumnervale Drive. Warm up jog from the dead end of the road round the side of the horses field and up the steps to the start of Captain Thomas on the right hand side of the roundabout.

    Plenty of parking on Lower Sumnervale Drive where the houses have been removed post quakes. Purple bus route end of line is 100m past Lower Sumnervale Drive

    14 km

    25 minutes

    Yes

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Perfect throughout.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    If needed, there is a tap outside one of the buildings in the horses field at the start/finsh area

    Some clay sections of Captain Thomas can be tricky after heavy rain

    Dog friendly but be aware this area is regularly full of sheep.
    Be aware of mountain bikes on the first half of the track.

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