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Woodhill Forest

Sunday 29 June, 2014

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Important Event Information



Event Options

We've made it easy for you to gather the entire gang, irrespective of varying fitness and age levels, and head out of the city for an action-packed family outing. The Mid and Short courses are available as walks too, so one event you may get to stretch out in the long or super long while your partner takes a wee whipper snapper or two around the mid or short course.

  • Short course, 5-8km (walk or run)
  • Mid course, 10-14km (walk or run)
  • Long course, 16-20km (run only)
  • Superlong course, 20km+ (run only)

Course Map (PDF)
Short Course Map (1.5mb pdf)
Course Elevation Profile (39kb pdf)
Mid Course Map (1.2mb pdf)
Course Elevation Profile (43kb pdf)
Long Course Map (1.2mb pdf)
Course Elevation Profile (43kb pdf)
Super Long Course Map (1.2kb pdf)
Course Elevation Profile (38kb pdf)

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Start Times

Compulsory event briefings will be held 15 minutes before the start of each event - please be at these!

Superlong - 09.00am
Long - 09.00am
Mid - 09.45am
Short - 10.30am



Course Information

Ahhh, Woodhill in winter, is there anywhere we'd rather be? This place just gets better and better the more rain we get, and given it's winter in Auckland, we'd expect to get the odd deluge. What does this all mean then...? It means that we are in trail running and walking heaven and that Woodhill is ready to serve to you, some piping hot, top quality courses.

We will once again be based at the southern end of Woodhill, head through the gate at the bottom of Coast Rd (just past the golf course and equestrian car park area), and our event base won't be too far away. With a myriad of established trails throughout this magnificent forest, you can be guaranteed a bevy of terrific trails regardless of the distance you take on.

While out there on all of the courses you will be following hanging blue Total Sport tape (attached to trees, posts etc), and our standard red arrows on a white backing. Where you reach an intersection where there is a decision to be made (generally based around the event option that you are doing), this will be clearly marked telling you which way to go - please stop for a moment at these points to ensure you are going the right way, let's not have you spoil your day for not having a quick look at these points!

When you reach an intersection do not cross any tape that is laid on the ground at any time - this tape is laid out to stop you going in a particular direction. After you have passed an intersection you will again be following generic hanging yellow Total Sport tape and red arrows. These courses will be checked and rechecked on the morning of the event but it is important you keep your eyes open out there!



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Short course

Distance:
6.0km

Course Elevation
54m

Course Overview:
Nice wide start for you all heading up Inland Road (not really a road - more an uphill sandy track to spread you out) as you head towards your first single trail opposite Quarry Road . You get spat out for a short section on Pulpit Rock Road before you follow the wiggly trail running parallel to Coast Road. The last 4km of your run is truly awesome as you circumnavigate the event base, skirt around the outside of the stream and bring it home through the area frequently used on TV and movie sets! Limited elevation gain, and not much slop to speak of so you speedsters will be able to nail this one quick smart.

Drink Stations:
1.6km. Please do not rely on this aid station, it is there as a back-up only. You should come prepared with anything you might need while out there.

Toughness Factor
2/5




Mid course

Distance:
13.5km

Course Elevation:
152m

Course Overview:
Nice wide start for you all heading up Inland Road (not really a road - more an uphill sandy track to spread you out ) as you head towards your first single trail opposite Quarry Road . Sandy diversions off Pulpit Rock Road are selected carefully to provide undulations! This is followed by a gradual uphill road section which will test you, and a unique downhill section which seems out of place at Woodhill. This area uses the best of the best in the area. You split from the long / superlong course when you drop back onto Inland Road, and it's not until you get near Coast Road that regular total sporters will get the sense of familiarity back again. The trail that wiggles along parallel to Coast Road has always been included in total sport events and is certainly at its best. The last 4km of your adventure is truly awesome as you circumnavigate the event base, skirt around the outside of the stream and bring it home through the area frequently used on TV and movie sets! You get it all and a huge percentage of single trail goodness!

Drink Stations:
5.1km, 9.2km - please do not rely on these aid stations, they are there as a back-up only. You should come prepared with anything you might need while out there.

Toughness Factor
3/5


Long Course

Distance:
19.4km

Course Elevation:
241m

Course Overview:
Nice wide start for you all heading up Inland Road (not really a road - more an uphill sandy track to spread you out ) as you head towards your first single trail opposite Quarry Road . Sandy diversions off Pulpit Rock Road are selected carefully to be undulating! This is followed by a gradual uphill road section which will test you and a unique downhill section which seems out of place at Woodhill. This area uses the best of the best in the area. You split away from the mid course when you drop back onto Inland Road. Then it's up to Mushroom Road and back down again to Coast Road (flat shmat!) via a series of tracks you can really open up on! It's not until you get near Coast Road that regular total sporters will get the sense of familiarity back again. The trail that wiggles along parallel to Coast Road has always been included in total sport events and it's at its best once again - you get a longer slice of this than the mid course. The last 4km of your run is truly awesome as you circumnavigate the event base, skirt around the outside of the stream and bring it home through the area frequently used on TV and movie sets! A great trail workout, you're going to love it.

Drink Stations:
Approx 5.1km, 11.4km and 15.1km - please do not rely on these aid stations, they are there as a back-up only. You should come prepared with anything you might need while out there.

Toughness Factor

3/5



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Superlong Course

Distance:
23.1km

Course Elevation:
382m

Course Overview:
Nice wide start for you all heading up Inland Road (not really a road - more an uphill sandy track to spread you out ) as you head towards your first single trail opposite Quarry Road . Sandy diversions off Pulpit Rock Road are selected carefully to be undulating! This is followed by a gradual uphill road section which will test you and a unique downhill section which seems out of place at Woodhill. This area uses the best of the best in the area. You split away from the mid course when you drop back onto Inland Road. Then it's up to Mushroom Road where it's long / superlong decision time. The superlong extension takes in more of Mushroom Rd and we add in a sandy uphill which should take some more out of your legs. A longer way back to Inland Road follows before meeting up with your long course buddies! A worthy addition! It's not until you get near Coast Road that regular total sporters will get the sense of familiarity back again. The trail that wiggles along parallel to Coast Road has always been included in total sport events and it's at its best once again - you get a longer slice of this than the mid course. The last 4km of your run is truly awesome as you circumnavigate the event base, skirt around the outside of the stream and bring it home through the area frequently used on TV and movie sets! A great trail workout, you're going to love it.

Drink Stations:
Approx 8.8km, 15.1km and 18.8km - please do not rely on these aid stations, they are there as a back-up. You should come prepared with anything you might need while out there.


Toughness Factor
7 / 10

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Course Safety

We recommend running with a Hydration back pack loaded with 1 - 2 litres of liquid, and other nutritional nibbles. You can expect to be away from base for a decent period of time at these events, and we can't always get aid stations to the points where you may expect them to be. 

While event medics will be at each event (they will be stationed at the event base, start / finish point) and participants may encounter on course marshals with first aid on them, it also pays to be safety conscious and carry items like:

  • a basic first aid kit
  • a cell phone
  • a whistle
  • and additional warm clothing

It's all about personal responsibility!



Driving Directions

Driving directions to event base - 62kb pdf

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Prizes, Parking and Other Info

You've told us over the years that you're not really into the whole hanging about for event prize givings. So, we won't be making you stay for any formalities. We have lots of spot prizes, and they will all be handed out randomly as you cross the finish line. So, don't feel obligated to hang about if you've got other things you need to do. Finish your event, talk it up about how great you are, get a SPEIGHT'S beer and a hot sausage and head for home - all good by us!!

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