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THE GREAT NORTH WALK 100s

 

RACE INFORMATION

SUPPORT CREWS

(A PDF copy of the Support Crew information can be downloaded from here)

 

 

We strongly recommend that each Runner have a Support Crew.  Not only will a Support Crew provide a psychological lift to the Runner, but it helps the Runner get the food, drink and gear they need along the way.  Because water availability and/or quality is limited at some Checkpoints, Runners with Support Crews are encouraged to have their Crews carry sufficient water for themselves and the Runners.

The Rules governing Support Crews and Support Vehicles are as follows.

  • A maximum of one Support Vehicle per Runner (except at the Start and Finish).

  • Provide the number of the mobile phone they will be carrying during the Event to their Competitor at least two weeks before the event so that it can be included in bulk SMS emergency lists.

  • During the registration process the Runner must confirm the mobile phone number on which the Support Crew can be contacted.  A document showing Checkpoint Locations and Access and Checkpoint Sketch Maps can be downloaded from the Race Website here where there is also a Google Map showing Checkpoint Locations and Access available here.

  • Support Crews must follow the designated Support Vehicle routes between Checkpoints as shown in the Checkpoint Locations and Access document (click here) and park as specified in the Checkpoint Sketch Maps (click here).

  • Support Crews must take great care driving on the roads between Checkpoints.  Many of them are narrow and winding and, in some places, have rough surfaces, though passable to conventional vehicles in dry conditions.  The access roads to Checkpoints 1 and 3 can be difficult during and after rain.  In these conditions, Support Crews travelling in conventional vehicles are encouraged to park near the start of these access roads and hitch rides with Support Crews in four-wheel-drive vehicles.  The latter are encouraged to help out when they can.  In a number of locations, Runners and Support Vehicles will be sharing the same road and extra care needs to be exercised by drivers.

  • Support Crews must familiarise themselves with the actions to take if they are caught in a bushfire:

    • If on foot

      • Cover exposed skin.

      • If on a slope move across it then down it towards the rear of the fire and find a clearing or already burnt area.

      • Do not outrun a fire, or go through low flames unless you can see a safe clearing.

    • If driving

      • Do not drive in or near a bushfire.

      • Do not drive through flames or smoke.

      • Stop at a clearing or roadside with low vegetation.

      • Switch off ignition and turn hazard and headlights on.

      • Stay inside unless near safe shelter.

      • Keep vents windows and doors closed.

      • Lie down below window level under a woollen blanket until the fire front passes.

    • If a fire cannot be avoided

      • Lie face down under a rock, embankment or in a hollow.

      • If possible get into a pool, pond, dam, and stream but not in a water tank.

  • During the Event, Support Crews must

    • Carry a mobile phone and monitor it for messages.

    • Notify Authorities by calling Triple Zero (000) if they become aware of a bushfire.

    • Call the Race Communications Director (Dan Joyce 0417 041915) if they become aware of smoke, possibly emanating from a bushfire.

    • Follow directions issued by Event Officials and/or the Authorities if danger is posed to the Event by a bushfire including assisting with the evacuation of Competitors and Volunteers if an evacuation is required and they are comfortable doing so.

  • As the day and night progress, Crews should take care of themselves as well as they take care of their Runners.  Adequate hydration, regular meals and appropriate clothing will keep Crews happier and stronger, with much more energy to give to their Runners!  Crews should be equipped with lights.

  • Any abuse of event Officials or Volunteers by Support Crew members will result in the disqualification of their Runner.

  • No mechanical or physical assistance may be given by the Support Crew to the Runner at any time outside of a Checkpoint.

  • Checkpoint Protocol

    • Crews must never park in such a way as to block traffic, access to the Course or Checkpoint, or other parked cars. If this happens, the supported Runner may be immediately disqualified.

    • Crews must adhere to instructions of all Checkpoint Officials, including requests to vacate certain areas of the Checkpoint.

    • Support Crews must stay out of the resupply area unless their Runner is present.

    • Food, drink, medical supplies, etc., at the Checkpoints are only provided for Runners and Pacers.

    • No excessive noise or raucous behaviour is permitted. This is particularly important at Checkpoint 4/Finish 100Km, where there are a number of nearby residences and complaints have been made in the past about the noise generated by Support Crews. Please be as quiet as possible at this Checkpoint.

    • Children are only allowed in Checkpoints under direct supervision of an adult.

    • Take care of facilities at Checkpoints. Littering of any kind at any Checkpoint (including the Start and Finish) or along the Course is strictly prohibited.

    • NO PETS ARE ALLOWED AT ANY OF THE CHECKPOINTS (INCLUDING THE START AND FINISH). PETS ARE ALSO PROHIBITED BY LAW FROM NATIONAL PARKS AND ONLY PERMITTED IN NSW FORESTS ON A LEASH.

    • NO SMOKING WILL BE ALLOWED AT ANY OF THE CHECKPOINTS (INCLUDING THE START AND FINISH).

  • CREWS MUST COMPLY WITH ALL OF THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE RUN AND ALL INSTRUCTIONS FROM RACE OFFICIALS AT ALL POINTS ALONG THE COURSE AND ITS ACCESS ROUTES, INCLUDING PARKING REGULATIONS, OR RISK DISQUALIFICATION OF THEIR RUNNER.

  

 

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