|Run||32.7 Trail Run|
|Name||The Bilpin Bush Run|
|Transportation||Mind your own|
|Map||Willy 2 Billy GPX|
|Comments||I heard of the Bilpin Bush Run 32.7km trail run, starting and finishing at Bilpin District Hall, approximately 1.5kms west of Bilpin Village,
a week after my 28km Night trail run from a Terrigal Trotters’ member.
A quick research about entries and some transportation logistic cleared up; I signed up !
Oliver, a Terrigal Trotter Member picked me up at my place at 4:30 am, having to drive all the way down early enough to avoir traffic and to pick Bib Numbers.
We actually were the first runners to arrive while Bilpin Rural Fire Brigade was still setting up the starting line, tents, breakfast, and BBQ .
That gave me the opportunity to chat with the Chief of the Brigade and learned a lot about the history of the race and the Blue Mountains .
Willy2Billy as its knowned by locals is a fund raising activity for the Bilpin Rural Fire Brigade for equipment such as fire trucks, uniforms (known as Personal Protective Equipment – PPE) are provided by the Rural Fire Service but the community has to find the funds to build the fire shed, maintain it and improve it. Also the local brigade has to cover the cost of normal maintenance and improvements.
The Mt Wilson to Bilpin Bush Run was the idea of a former Mt Wilson resident and bush runner Ross Bill, and ran from 1995 to 2012.
It was cancelled in 2013 after a landslip on Bowen’s Creek Road permanently closed the route.
2014 was then the inaugural Bilpin Bush Run and the organisation hoped to see many familiar faces testing the new course which turned out to be very well organized track with numerous drink stations that included solid food.
A well marked trail not too technical with some nice hills giving you a good bang for your buck.
Highly recommended event for a good cause.