EVENT INFORMATION

 

Course Information

EVENT DATE: Saturday 8 December, 2018

LOCATION: Bethells Beach

Have questions about event day? Check out this handy pre-event info sheet! (243kb PDF)

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6KM RUN/WALK →

 
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6KM RUN/WALK

If your off-road running adventures have just begun or you're looking for a great morning out with the family, this is the event for you. The course is designed to be achievable yet still challenging and includes a taste of each aspect of the West Coast's stunning beauty.

Starting at the event base you will head out the gravel driveway you arrived on, cut behind Bethells reserve and carpark, before popping out on the world class Bethells Beach. From here you will enter the Te Henga Track for a short out and back section to give you a taste of its magic.

Once down from the Te Henga walkway, cross the Foot Bridge and head beneath (that’s right – beneath) the bridge you drove across when you came into Bethells. You’ll proceed along the path as if you were heading to Lake Wainamu but take a right onto the truly epic Bethells sand dunes before a short ‘home straight’ to the event base nestled under the Pine Forest to finish.

Vertical Meter Gain: 212m

Start Time: 10.30am at the event base on (private) Bethells Estate with a course briefing 10 mins before the start time.

Please arrive at the event base at least 45 minutes before your designated start time.

Aid Stations: You will have one aid station on the 6km course. Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations.

The Aid Station will contain: 

  • Water
  • Electrolyte Drink
  • Sweets (likely to be jet planes!)
  • Vaseline / Sunscreen
  • A basic first aid kit

13KM RUN/WALK →

 
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13KM RUN/WALK

Starting on private land at Bethells (next to the Bethells Beach reserve) you will first climb up a fair way to “Razorback Ridge” via 4 wheel drive track. At the top of the ridge you’ll reach aid station one and discover why it was worth the climb. Turn left from here and proceed in the direction of the sea with fast flowing ridge line running and stunning 360 degree views.

You then turn towards the north and start your decent through stunning native bush lined tracks. From here, you will have another solid grunt back up to the ridge line while being rewarded with your second aid station and some more quality views.

You will start your last big descent down the 4 wheel drive track you came up a wee while ago. The track will fork and you will continue down an awesome, fast, sand-based decent which snakes its way around to eventually run parallel with the sand dunes and through to the event base to finish.

Vertical Metre Gain: 649m

Start Time: 10.00am at the event base on (private) Bethells Estate with a course briefing 10 mins before the start time.

Please arrive at the event base at least 45 minutes before your designated start time.

Aid Stations: There will be two aid stations at 3.9km and 8km. If you feel this is not going to be enough, please carry a drink with you. Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations.

Aid Stations contain:  

  • Water
  • Electrolyte Drink
  • Bananas / Oranges
  • Sweets (likely to be jet planes!)
  • Vaseline / Sunscreen
  • A basic first aid kit

21.1KM RUN/WALK →

 
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21.1KM RUN/WALK – CONFIRMED COURSE

For those of you that have done the Half Marathon here before, we have a 100% new course for you this year!

Starting at the event base, you will head out the gravel driveway you arrived on, cut behind Bethells reserve and carpark, before popping out on the world class Bethells Beach. From here you will continue (through the stream) along Waitakere Bay and over to O’neill Bay. You return via the Te Henga Walkway for a taste of its magic.

Once down from the Te Henga walkway, cross the Foot Bridge to aid station one then head beneath (that’s right – beneath) the bridge you drove across when you came into Bethells. You’ll proceed along/up the river as you make your way around the truly epic Bethells sand dunes. To finish your first loop, you will scramble up onto the dunes and head back towards the event base where you will begin the second lap. This is a great chance for your support crew/friends/family to peer pressure you into pushing on.

You will leave the event base (against better judgement) and begin the honest climb up to “Razorback Ridge” via 4 wheel drive track. At the top of the ridge you’ll reach aid station three and discover it was well worth the sweat. Turn left from here and proceed in the direction of the sea with fast flowing ridge line running and stunning 360 degree views.

You then turn north (ocean on your left for those who are directionally challenged) and start your decent through stunning native bush lined tracks. From here, you will have another solid grunt back up to the ridge line while being rewarded with your fourth aid station and some more quality views – time for some sweet stuff to get you home.

You will start your last big descent down the 4 wheel drive track you came up, which probably felt like quite a long time ago. The track will fork and you will continue down an awesome, fast, sand-based decent which snakes its way left and right to eventually run parallel with the sand dunes and through to the event base to finish.

Vertical Meter Gain: Approximately 750m

Start Time: 9.00am at the event base on (private) Bethells Estate with a course briefing 10 mins before the start time.

Please arrive at the event base at least 45 minutes before your designated start time.

Aid Stations: There will be four aid stations at approximately 4km, 8km, 12km and 16km. We recommend carrying additional water with you (surplus to the aid stations) as it can get remarkably hot out on the west coast at this time of year.

Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations.

Aid Stations contain: 

  • Water
  • Electrolyte Drink
  • Bananas / Oranges
  • Sweets (likely to be jet planes!)
  • Vaseline / Sunscreen
  • A basic first aid kit

42.2KM SOLO/TEAM →

 
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42.2KM MARATHON RUN – CONFIRMED COURSE

Not for the faint hearted - this is quite possibly NZ's toughest off-road marathon.

For those of you that have done the Marathon here before, we have changed the order around a bit and added some new stuff we think you will like!

Starting at the event base, you will head out the gravel driveway you arrived on, cut behind Bethells reserve and carpark, before popping out on the world class Bethells Beach. From here you will continue (through the stream) along Waitakere Bay and over to O’neill Bay. You return via the Te Henga Walkway for a taste of its magic (more of that to come later).

Once down from the Te Henga walkway, cross the Foot Bridge to aid station one then head beneath (that’s right – beneath) the bridge you drove across when you came into Bethells. You’ll proceed along/up the river as you make your way around the truly epic Bethells sand dunes. To finish your first loop, you will scramble up onto the dunes and head back towards the event base where you will begin the second lap. This is a great chance for your support crew/friends/family to peer pressure you into pushing on.

You will leave the event base (against better judgement) and begin the honest climb up to “Razorback Ridge” via 4 wheel drive track. At the top of the ridge you’ll reach aid station three and discover it was well worth the sweat. Turn left from here and proceed in the direction of the sea with fast flowing ridge line running and stunning 360 degree views.

You then turn north (ocean on your left for those who are directionally challenged) and start your decent through stunning native bush lined tracks. From here, you will have another solid grunt back up to the ridge line while being rewarded with your fourth aid station and some more quality views.

It’s a big descent down the 4 wheel drive track you came up, which probably felt like quite a long time ago. The track will fork and you will continue down an awesome, fast, sand-based decent which snakes its way left and right to eventually reunite you with the sand dunes. Make your way across and down through the stream/beneath the bridge to aid station five.

Behold the world famous Te Henga track - 10kms of truly stunning open single-track running! Traversing along the cliffs you will be rewarded for all your hard work with ever changing views out to sea. There is an aid station half way because trust us, it can get hotter than Hansel from Zoolander out there! Your final 1km involves a healthy number of stairs before you pop out for aid station number seven, and the turnaround on Constable Road.

After some very welcome hydration you are back on the Te Henga Track heading south now, with new views to be had in the opposite direction. This track is one that is well worth doing a second time!

Follow your footsteps past the ninth (and last) aid station, back under the bridge, up the river and over the sand dune to finish back in amongst the pines. You will likely be ready for a very well earnt/ice cold Speights at this point.

TEAMS INFORMATION

  • Leg one (8km): Loop of the beach, small section of Te Henga, stream section and sand dunes – transition at event base
  • Leg two (13km): Loop of Bethells Property (private land) and sand dunes/stream section – transition at the bridge
  • Leg three (10km): North on Te Henga walkway – transition at Constable Road
  • Leg four (11km): South on Te Henga walkway to finish
Vertical Meter Gain: Approximately 1800m

Start Time: 8.00am at the event base on (private) Bethells Estate with a course briefing 10 mins before the start time. 

Please arrive at the event base at least 45 minutes before your designated start time.

Compulsory Gear: Please see Compulsory Gear section on this page.

Aid Stations: There will be nine aid stations at approximately 4km, 8km, 12km, 16km, 21km, 26km, 31km, 36km, and 41km. We recommend carrying additional water with you (surplus to the aid stations) as it can get remarkably hot out on the coast at this time of year.

Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations.

Aid Stations contain: 
  • Water
  • Electrolyte Drink
  • Bananas / Oranges
  • Sweets (likely to be jet planes!)
  • Vaseline / Sunscreen
  • A basic first aid kit

Cupless Event

As trail runners and nature lovers we're keen to do our part to protect our beautiful planet and reduce the environmental impact of our events. As such the Speight’s West Coaster is removing disposable cups from all aid stations. Please remember your reusable cup, hydration pack or water bottle to fill up!

We’ll have collapsible silicone cups available at the event base for $5.

Start & Cut-Off Times

START TIMES
EventStart TimeLocation
42.2km Marathon Run 8.00am Event Base, Bethells Reserve
21.1km Run/Walk 9.00am Event Base, Bethells Reserve
13km Run/Walk 10.00am Event Base, Bethells Reserve
6km Run/Walk 10.30am Event Base, Bethells Reserve

CUT-OFF TIMES

Given the rugged terrain on the course a cut-off time of 5.00pm will apply to all courses.

42.2km Marathon Only: Runners must leave the Constable Road Aid Station (31km) by 3pm.

Registration 

Registration is from 7:00am at the Bethells Estate event base (start/finish line).

If you would like to change your distance on the day, please let the Total Sport staff member know and they’ll give you a new race number/transponder for your new distance.

Please arrive 45 minutes prior to your scheduled start time.

Late Entries

**6km Run/Walk is SOLD OUT! Entries will be available for 13km, 21km and 42km distance options on the day**

You can enter on event day at the ‘Late Entries’ tent at the event base. Cash is the preferred payment method but we will accept credit cards and Eftpos (processed on the Tuesday after the event).

Please arrive 45 minutes prior to your scheduled start time.

Group Packages

Groups of 5 or more receive 10% off entry fees!

INCLUDES
Team registration packs grouped together, ready for collection at registration.
The opportunity to have a designated site at the finished line (6mx3m) for post-event celebrations.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS
Ezy-Up Tent (6mx3m) at a designated site, tables and chairs set up at the event base – $350

ENTRY PROCESS
To enter your group contact registrations@totalsport.co.nz. If you would like to all pay together we will send you a special entry code which each team member will use to enter themselves online into their chosen distance at no cost. Total Sport will then invoice you for the full team amount.

If you would like to pay individually, we’ll apply a discount code for each team member to receive the 10% discount.

GROUP PACKAGE TERMS & CONDITIONS
Team entries must be completed three weeks before the event. You will be invoiced by Total Sport on this date - Payment must be received two weeks before event.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Auckland Central drive time is approx 45 mins, but give yourself a little extra time if you aren't familiar with the area.

If using Google Maps the address is 280 Bethells Road. However, be aware there is patchy cell reception once you get near Bethells so perhaps ensure you have your route mapped already!

Download printable driving directions (463KB)

PRIZE GIVING

Prize giving is at the event base, and will kick off at 2:00pm with trophies awarded to the over-all race winners, male and female, for each event. We hope many of you will hang around and enjoy the day until prize giving time!

Individual 42.2km Marathon participants ONLY will receive finishers medals at the finish line.

CHANGE YOUR REGISTRATION

EVENT REFUND & WITHDRAWAL POLICY
As per the registration waiver there are no refunds if you withdraw from this event. We do offer credits which last for 12 months and can be used towards any Total Sport event in that time, minus a $15 admin fee. Please email us at registrations@totalsport.co.nz if you wish to withdraw from the event before online registrations close.

In the very unlikely event that we are forced to cancel an event due to bad weather, there will be no refunds available.

REGISTRATION TRANSFERS
Transfers from one person to another within the event will be possible with an administration fee of $15. Please email us at registrations@totalsport.co.nz if you have someone you wish to transfer your entry to, we will then provide them with a promo code for the remaining value of the entry for them to enter online. 

CHANGING DISTANCES
You can change distances prior to online registrations closing. To change your distance, open your confirmation email and click to amend. This will take you to your portal. If you can’t locate your confirmation email, please email us at registrations@totalsport.co.nz and we’ll resend it for you.

It is also possible to change your distance on the morning of the event, the staff in the Registrations tent will be able to help you. 

There are no partial refunds if downgrading. 

COMPULSORY GEAR

Depending on the weather/forecast for event day, a call will be made by event staff on Thursday as to whether we will be implementing the below options for the competitors in the 42.2km. This will be communicated to you before race day, but plan to need it all, and leave out the items not required if that call is made (Final decision to be made and communicated on event morning).

  • Option 1: Nothing

  • Option 2: Seam sealed jacket

  • Option 3: Long sleeve top (polyprop or wool), beanie (polyprop or wool), survival blanket, seam sealed jacket.

While some of this gear may seem excessive, we ask you to bring it for your safety. You may not need it while you are running or walking but if something happens and you have to stop you will need it. The event is on very exposed, rugged country and it can be very cold if you have to stay in one spot.

EVENT SAFETY

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

  • Sufficient preparation to complete your chosen event

  • Ability to follow course marking

  • Must carry any required gear with you

  • Appropriate experience for the event you are competing in (see course ratings)

  • Read all course and safety information prior to participating

COURSE RATINGS
The ratings below are the minimum experience level required to participant in each specific event:

  • 6km run/walk - First time

  • 13km run/walk - First time

  • 21km run/walk - Intermediate

  • 42km run - Intermediate

INCIDENT PROTOCOL
Should you encounter an incident on course, please follow these steps:

  • STOP – do not place yourself in danger

  • Try to communicate with the person

  • Assist with basic first aid if you are capable and can do so safely

  • Send the next participant through to notify the next event official of the situation and location of the incident

  • Stop the next participant and request assistance if required.

SAFETY AND MEDICAL PROVIDERS – PEAK SAFETY
At Total Sport we have been using the safety services of Peak Safety for quite some time now – they really are top shelf! They have been in operation since 1996 (1 year longer than us!) so have a massive amount of experience to draw on; this combined with their absolute passion for the outdoors and everything safety really does make for a winning combination.

Not only do they offer a wide range of safety management services but they also run a large range of safety and first aid courses. If you or someone you know needs something in this department we highly recommend you get in touch with these guys first – very nice and very professional guys and girls! Learn more at peaksafety.co.nz