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Shakespear Regional Park

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At the tip of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula lies the stunning Shakespear Regional Park. Shakespear is the ideal entry level course – so bring your family and friends with 100% confidence that they will love every minute!

Shakespear's got it all - farmland, friendly animals, well-groomed single track, wider open trails, a waterfall, one or two decent hills, and stunning views! It is also home to NZ's most-visited wildlife sanctuary.

WE HAVE GONE CUPLESS!

We have removed disposable cups from our aid stations in an effort to minimise our waste production. Please remember your reusable cup, hydration pack or water bottle to fill up! (You can purchase a collapsible silicone water cup at event base for 5$).

MAPS & PROFILES

START TIMES

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

  • Super long – 9:00am

  • Long – 9:00am

  • Mid run – 10:00am

  • Mid walk – 10:05am

  • Short run – 10:30am

  • Short walk – 10:35am

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Download driving direction to the event base here.

COURSE INFORMATION

We've made it easy for you to gather the whole gang (regardless of age or fitness level), and head out of the city. The Mid and Short courses are available as walks as well as runs, 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.

IMPORTANT: No dogs are allowed in your cars, on the course or within the regional park grounds.

SHORT COURSE

Distance: 6.5km

Course Elevation: 175m

Course Overview: The main road will spread you well out before you dart off into your first short trail, along the ridge and into the Heritage Trail. This trail follows a stream, passes a waterfall and is kept in perfect nick by our friendly rangers - thanks guys! You're then through the wetlands and along the shores of Okoromai Bay before a sweet downhill finishes you in the Te Haruhi Bay campground - it's a beauty!

Drink Stations: 4.5km (Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations)

Toughness Factor: 6/10

MID COURSE

Distance: 10.5km

Course Elevation: 355m

Course Overview: You start the same way as the shorties. The main road will spread you well out before you dart off into your first short trail, then into the Heritage Trail. This trail follows a stream, passes a waterfall and is kept in perfect nick by our friendly rangers - thanks guys! Then you pass through the wetlands and it's a run along the shoreline of Okoromai Bay, pass.

Then it's down, down, down to Te Haruhi Bay and you're over halfway. Time for the monster hill. From the top you spit off onto the Tiri Tiri Track which features excellent pocket of bush, open farmland great cliff top views of Tiritiri Matangi Island and some good undulating terrain. A downhill finish for you guys too!

Drink Stations: 4.5km and 7.5km (Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations)

Toughness Factor: 7/10

LONG COURSE

Distance: 16.2km

Course Elevation: 303m

Course Overview: The full coastal assault at low tide followed by a work over on the track network gives you essentially a very unique long course in the XTERRA series. From the base it's the main road to split you up before hitting the Heritage Trail to get the blood flowing. Once your feet hit the sand our North Shore Coastal Challenge competitors will get a dose of nostalgia as you start to head over very similar terrain (albeit slightly further north).

Don't be fooled - this section will take a while and you won't be (or can't afford to be) moving at light speed. Some very peculiar angled rock sections, moss and the odd loose one means strapping your ankles probably isn't a bad idea!

Please expect to enjoy some water action on this run as you may find yourself in waist deep water depending on your vertical statue.

Once you get onto the beach at Te Haruhi Bay you split from the superlongies and have the length of the Tiri Tiri track to tackle. It begins with a serious uphill, and includes a couple of awesome pockets of bush trail along with the grand views of Tiritiri Matangi Island.

Once back on the beach again it'll be a sprint along the sand and up the dune into the finish area - good times!

Drink Stations: 3.5km, 12.5km (Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations)

Toughness Factor: 7/10

SUPER LONG COURSE

Distance: 20.2km

Course Elevation: 355m

Course Overview: Ok this is the business. Fullstop. The full coastal assault near low tide followed by a full work over on the complete track network is certainly enough to earn yourself a cool SPEIGHT'S at the end point. It's essentially two very different courses back to back resulting in a superb and quite unique superlong course in the XTERRA series.

From the base it's a touch of main road to split you up before hitting the Heritage Trail to get the blood flowing. Once your feet hit the sand our North Shore Coastal Challenge competitors will get a dose of nostalgia as you start to head over very similar terrain (albeit slightly further north). Please expect to enjoy some water action on this run as you may find yourself in waist deep water depending on your vertical statue.

Don't be fooled - this section will take a while and you won't be (or can't afford to be) moving at light speed. Some peculiar angled rock sections, moss and the odd loose one means strapping your ankles probably isn't a bad idea! Once you run essentially past the event base (Te Haruhi Bay) you split from the longs and head up the trail at the end of the beach soaking up the views (this is a new section this year that incorporates more breathtaking vistas for your eyes to feast on). You will fly over the hill to Okoromai Bay then soak up the full track network inside the park (lookout track, tiri tiri track). The 3 bush track sections, the grand views and a decent uphill with approx 5.5km to go will be remembered I'm sure!

Drink Stations: 3.5km, 13.5km and 16.5km (Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations)

Toughness Factor: 6/10

COURSE SAFETY

ALL LONG AND SUPERLONG COMPETITORS WILL HAVE A LONG COASTAL SECTION at the start of this event. While it will be run near low tide, the terrain will be slippery and will require your full attention - we ask that you do not push the boundaries of what you feel comfortable with over this section! We strongly recommend that all competitors come to these events sensibly prepared as some of these courses are very tough and weather conditions can be extremely changeable.

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

  • additional warm clothing

It's all about personal responsibility!

SHAKESPEAR OPEN SANCTUARY SOCIETY INC (SOSSI)

Shakespear Open Sanctuary (SOS) is New Zealand’s most visited wildlife sanctuary with more than 500,000 visitors entering the park annually.

In 2011 the predator fence was erected within Shakespear Regional Park, SOS has been pest free since.

Auckland Council has been supported by the community volunteer group Shakespear Open Sanctuary Society Inc (SOSSI) since 2006 and together are ‘building a haven for wildlife’. With the help of the fence, SOS has become a predator free ‘mainland island’ with recent releases of endangered native birds such as Whitehead, North Island Robin, little spotted Kiwi and Saddleback (in late May 2018).

This major conservation project is special in that in combines the reintroduction of endangered native species and replanting of habitat but still maintaining farming and recreational activities.

SOSSI members assist with pest and predator control, plant nursery production and tree planting, monitoring of reintroduced bird species, track maintenance, farm work and public and school education. They are also strong advocates for conservation and help with fundraising for future reintroductions.

There are opportunities for members of the public to attend the weekly Tuesday volunteer days and to take part in this year’s community planting days on 17 June, 15 & 22 July.

Please visit SOSSI’s website for further details: www.sossi.org.nz

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