Shakespear Regional Park - Sunday 27th May 2018
At the tip of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula lies the stunning Shakespear Regional Park. Shakesphear Regional Park is the ideal entry level course to bring your first time family and friends along to with 100% confidence that they will love every minute! It's got it all - farmland, interaction with some friendly animals, awesome well-groomed and all-weather single trails, wider open trail sections, a waterfall, one or two decent uphills, and stunning views! It is also home to NZ's most visited wildlife sanctuary, check out more information on this major conservation project here.
All our Auckland XTERRA Series events are now CUPLESS! 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, so 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!
Find event base driving directions here.
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)
- Super long course, 20km+ (run only)
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
Toughness Factor: 6/10
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
Toughness Factor: 7/10
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
Toughness Factor: 7/10
Super Long course
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
Toughness Factor: 6/10
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!
Download driving direction to the event base here.