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THE GREAT NORTH WALK 100s

 

RACE INFORMATION

MANDATORY EQUIPMENT & RUNNER SAFETY
 

Safety Rules    •    Mandatory Equipment    •    Recommended Additional Equipment    •    Water    •    Race Communications   •    Sweepers    •    Weather    •    Fitness    •    Insurance

 

Safety Rules

Runners must:

  • Carry the Mandatory Equipment at all times.

  • Render all possible assistance to any person found injured or incapacitated.

  • Travel on the right-hand side, facing oncoming traffic, whenever travelling along roads with the exception of the first 6.6 kilometres to the Wakefield Trackhead when Runners must travel on the extreme left of the road and there are lead and following safety vehicles.  If at all possible travel off to the side of the road surface.

  • GIVE WAY TO VEHICLES WHEN CROSSING OR TRAVELLING ALONG ANY PART OF THE COURSE.  RUNNERS ARE REQUIRED TO LEAVE THE ROAD OR TRAIL SURFACE, STOPPING IF NECESSARY, WHENEVER ENCOUNTERING VEHICLES, FROM EITHER DIRECTION, DURING THE GNW100S.  Runners need to be particularly careful during the hours of darkness and also be wary of trail-bikes and 4WD vehicles that will be encountered on forest roads and tracks at any time.

  • Wear Reflective Vests for the following sections as well as between 5:30pm and 6:00am:

    • The Start to the Wakefield trackhead (0.0km to 6.6km)

    • Congewai Road (46.0km to 53.9km)

    • Brush Creek/Ravensdale/Yarramalong/Bumble Hill Roads (92.0km to 104.7km)

    • Ourimbah Creek Road (121.7km to 125.8km)

    • Kilkenny/Dog Trap/Wisemans Ferry/Silvesters Rds (129.4km to 134.7km) 

  • Carry a light visible to oncoming traffic between 5:30pm and 6:00am.

Mandatory Equipment

There exists a very real possibility of a Runner or Pacer in the GNW100s becoming badly lost and/or injured during daylight somewhere out of mobile phone range and still being at risk after night falls.  This could happen on either the first or second days of the event, and it could happen to anybody, even the most experienced trail ultra-runner.  In such a situation, it is critically important to have all of the Mandatory Equipment for obvious reasons.  You must take this requirement seriously.  Temperatures as low as 0°C have been recorded during September in the race area, and this could be accompanied by rain and winds.

The Mandatory Equipment must be carried by all Runners and all Pacers at all times on the GNW100s course.  If a Runner is found not to have all of the Mandatory Gear, they will not be allowed to proceed (this includes at the Start) until they have obtained the missing Gear.  There will be a ONE HOUR PENALTY added to the finish time for any Runner (and their Pacer) who fails a Mandatory Gear check.  There are no stores near the course of the GNW100s likely to stock items on the Mandatory Gear list, so it is in the Runner's (and their Pacer's) interest to make sure they have the gear as specified.  If in doubt, contact the Race Director at GNW100s@terrigaltrotters.com.au to verify that your gear will be acceptable.  It is wise to carry your Mandatory Equipment in a way that allows it to be easily checked by Race Officials to save time at any inspections. Avoid the temptation not to carry items of the Mandatory Equipment, or carry items that do not meet the specified requirements.

Apart from risking your own safety, and possibly the safety of those sent to find you, it is unfair to your fellow competitors to cheat on the Mandatory Equipment and you cannot claim to have completed the GNW100s in conformity with the race rules.  You will be cheating yourself.

  • DETAILED MAPS (CLICK HERE) AND DETAILED DIRECTIONS (CLICK HERE) AS PUBLISHED ON THE RACE WEBSITE.  Must be downloaded by Runners and Pacers beforehand (not available at Check-In).  It is permissible to carry only the relevant Directions and Maps for each Section.

  • WATERPROOF MAP CASE.  Can be a zip lock plastic bag.  The Waterproof Map Case is not required if the Detailed Maps and Detailed Directions are laminated.

  • MOBILE PHONE.  Must be in working order with a fully charged battery. Telstra is strongly recommended and coverage is generally limited to higher elevations.

  • COMPASS.  Must be analog and not battery-dependent.  Find out how to use one here.  It's not that hard!

  • WHISTLE.

  • THERMAL TOP.  Long sleeve thermal top (polypropylene, wool or similar). Cotton, coolmax, lycra and any compression garment will not be acceptable even if the compression garment is called a "thermal compression garment".

  • THERMAL PANTS.  Long leg thermal pants (polypropylene, wool or similar). Cotton, coolmax, lycra and any compression garment will not be acceptable even if the compression garment is called a "thermal compression garment".

  • RAIN JACKET.  Waterproof jacket with hood (plastic rain poncho, wind jacket, water resistant jacket etc. not acceptable).

  • BEANIE, BALACLAVA OR BUFF.

  • BROAD COMPRESSIVE BANDAGE.  Minimum dimensions 7.5cm wide x 2.3m long unstretched. The wrapping should list ‘heavy weight cotton crepe bandage’ or ‘heavy cotton elastic bandage’  (for first aid treatment of snake/spider bite or other injury )

  • WATERPROOF BAG to keep your compulsory clothing dry (plastic bags, zip lock bags or dry sacks are fine).

  • WATER CONTAINER (2 litres minimum capacity, more recommended).

  • EMERGENCY SPACE BLANKET, LIGHT BIVVY SACK or equivalent.

  • TORCH/HEADLAMP which must be used at all times between 5:30pm and 6:00am.

  • BACKUP TORCH/HEADLAMP (INCLUDING SPARE BATTERIES).

  • HIGH VISIBILITY SAFETY VEST which must be worn at all times between 5:30pm and 6:00am.  The vest must comply with Australian Standard AS/NZS 4602:1999 –D/N Class for day and night time wear and be labelled as meeting the standard.  It is a workwear vest, not a running vest, and can be purchased at hardware stores or workwear stores.  The vest must be clearly visible from both the front and the back, so needs to be a size large enough to cover your torso and your backpack.  Click here for an example of the vest.

The Mandatory Equipment List can be downloaded as a PDF document from here.

Recommended Additional Equipment

It is recommended that Runners consider carrying the following additional equipment

  • ADDITIONAL MAPS.  Land & Water Conservation Dept’s “The Great North Walk” map package (click here), the Forests NSW Central Coast Forest Map (click here)and the various NSW Department of Lands 1:25,000 topographical maps (click here) that cover the Course

  • ENERGY FOOD.

  • TOILET PAPER.

  • SUN HAT.

  • SUN BLOCK.

  • INSECT REPELLENT.

  • PERSONAL LOCATOR BEACON (PLB)

Water

Although the Course of the GNW100s crosses many creeks en route the water should be considered unsafe for drinking.  Runners must carry sufficient water to last them between Checkpoints which can be up to 30 km or 6 hours travelling apart.  GIVEN THAT HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE A DEFINITE POSSIBILITY IN SEPTEMBER, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT RUNNERS CARRY AND CONSUME ADEQUATE FLUIDS.

Race Communications

Hunter Wireless Institute Communications Emergency Network (WICEN) provides communications support at all Checkpoints.  Although some Checkpoints will not be within mobile phone range, phone coverage can be accessed at higher elevations within a short driving distance of these Checkpoints.  All race officials will carry mobile phones and have phone lists that include the numbers of organizers, other Checkpoints, Support Crews and emergency numbers (police, doctor, hospital, ambulance, poisons information, tow trucks, NRMA, etc.).

Sweepers

For safety, it is intended to have Sweepers following the last Runners in the Race.  However, this will be dependent on the availability of suitably qualified volunteers.

Weather

The table below shows average September weather conditions for several locations near the Course.  Runners must be prepared for the possibility of hot weather although there is still the possibility of very cool nights and wet weather.  On Race weekend, the sun rises at 06:02am and sets at 05:42pm. A near full moon will rise at 08:42pm and set at 07:49am.

Location

Temperature  °C

Mean
Number
of Rain
Days

Mean
3pm
Relative
Humidity

Mean
Daily
Maximum

Record
Maximum

Mean
Daily
Minimum

Record
Minimum

Cessnock

22.7

35.4

7.8

-0.6

7.6

44%

Kulnura

19.0

33.0

8.5

2.2

9.9

51%

Peats Ridge

20.5

33.3

8.7

0.0

8.9

54%

Gosford 21.4 36.1 7.7 -0.6 8.5 51%

Fitness

The GNW100s are extremely demanding physical events.  By entering, Runners are acknowledging that they have trained appropriately for the GNW100s.

Insurance

Terrigal Trotters Inc. has Public Liability Insurance coverage for all of the events it organises, including the GNW100s.  This insurance does not provide any coverage for injury or illness to Entrants, Pacers or Support Crews.  All Entrants, Pacers and Support Crews are encouraged to ensure they have medical insurance that covers them for injuries or illness sustained during the GNW100s, particularly for medical evacuation, if necessary.

  

 

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