The Balmoral Burn race course is over 420m, but because of the hill's gradient, it may feel like 600m-800m.
Awaba Street, Mosman is...how can we say it, a monster hill. The Balmoral Burn has the largest gradient of any official running event in Sydney!!
We recommend going to Awaba Street to have a few practice rounds to get a feel for it. We even have free training sessions each Sunday at 8am leading up to the event which you are more than welcome to attend! See our Free Training Sessions page.
Please don't go tackling the whole hill at once! Start off by running the first 270m, have a five minute rest and then tackle the last 150m. Do that a couple of time and then have at least 2 full runs of the hill before race day.
Start the race conservatively! Too many runners burn themselves out in the first 200m. The distance of 420m does not sound very far but up Awaba Street, it can seem like forever. Not even the world's best athletes can sprint for more than 350m before lactic acid takes over and their legs refuse to go any further. So don't try to beat science and take it easy for the first 270m.
At 270m you'll pass a side street called The Grove. This is where you hit the Go! button! You have 150m left. Swing your arms, lift your knees, keep your head still and run like hell. You will be surprised how many tiring runners you simply fly by. Don't look at the finish line just look at the runner in front of you and try to pass him or her. Pick them off one at a time and before you know it, you will be passing Stanley Street.
When you reach Stanley Street that means you have just 50m to go! By now you will be hurting like there is no tomorrow. Ignore the pain, it is only temporary, and drive to the line, push and push and keep pushing. Your victory will be in knowing that you have done your very best.
In the week before the Burn, back your training right off. You want your body to be really sharp on race day. Go for some easy runs and throw in some short hill sprints and you should be cherry ripe for the big day!