Marathon and Half Marathon E-Briefing

Please note the following e-briefing does not replace the verbal briefing to take place at 6.40am on Sunday 20th August 2017 at the race start. This information is given as an advance information service to prepare competitors for the rules and regulations and general conduct of the event. Please read through these briefing notes carefully as they will provide you with a guide to your safe and fair participation in the 2017 Mudgee Marathon and Half Marathon. Should you have any queries, please make note of them and check with race officials on the morning of the race or email enquiries@mudgeerunningfestival.com.au

Introduction

The Mudgee Marathon and Half Marathon are well known for its relaxed friendly atmosphere which is perfect for the first timer who’s looking for a no-pressure race, yet is still a course that is challenging to the experienced distance runner. The course weaves itself through the picturesque Mudgee valley, past award winning vineyards, blue ribbon sheep and cattle grazing farmland with a band of friendly and enthusiastic volunteers cheering you on!

 Weather & What to Wear

The weather is generally cold at the start of the race with early frosts or fogs being common for this time of year, however by mid-morning the temperature can be relatively warm. The average temperatures for this time of year is around 1 degree Celsius with a maximum of 16, but can reach the mid 20s which means a warm finish. Rain or light showers may also be encountered. Competitors need to ensure that they are prepared for the conditions of the day and should consider wearing gloves, beanies, spray jackets and leg or arm warmers if cold wet conditions are forecast. Discarded items can be left at any drink station. All clothing will be taken back to the Race HQ for collection. As runners in the Marathon and Half Marathon are running on open roads, we strongly recommend that you wear bright coloured clothing to increase your visibility

Cut off times

Half Marathon: 3 hours

Marathon: 5 & 1/2 hours with a cut off time of 4 hours at the drink station on the corner of Eurunderee Road and Craigmoor Road, which is approximately at the 32.8 km mark. Competitors will not be allowed to complete the course if they have not reached this drink station by 11am.

Race Registration

Race registration is compulsory for all competitors and will take place on the day before the race (Saturday 19th August) from 2pm until 5pm at Race HQ in Lawson Park, Short St. At race registration, competitors will receive a race kit bag and complete registration for their race.

Please note that there is no entry on race day. No substitutions or transfer of entries will be allowed. If any runners are caught substituting for another, they will be immediately disqualified from the race. Refunds for late withdrawal due to illness or unforeseen circumstances, prior to 1 August 2017 are at the discretion of the Race Committee.

Race Kit

Your race kit will contain a disposable timing chip incorporated into the bib number.

Please ensure the following is adhered to in order to receive an accurate time.

  • Race bib is clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
  • Race bib is pinned in all four corners
  • Race bib is not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)

 

Start / Finish Line and Recovery Area

START: The start line is at the roundabout on Church/Short Sts and the Hollyoak Bridge. Runners must gather at the main Registration point inside Lawson Park for the Race Briefing, and then walk to the starting point. The Marathon and Half Marathon starts at 7am. Competitors will be asked to stay in the left lane and self seed according to previous time. Witches hats or similar will be placed in the centre of the road to ensure that runners remain on the correct side of the road and to avoid blocking any traffic that may be travelling south towards the town.

FINISH: The disposable chip system allows runners to have more flexibility at the finish line, since removal of the chip is no longer required. You will be directed to the recovery area and awarded a finishers’ medal for half and full marathon competitors. Hot food, hot/cold beverages and a massage service will be available.

Race Day Briefing

At approximately 6.40am, runners will be called to assemble near the Registration tent for the pre-race briefing. This briefing is compulsory and will cover all changes to the general conduct of the race, safety concerns and conditions on the day. Information that will be covered includes: course layout, turn-arounds, marshalling, drink stations and road hazards.

You need to be race-ready at the time of the pre-race briefing.

Runners should run on the left-hand side of the road unless directed otherwise by an official or marshal. Do not run in the middle of the road. Do not cross to the right side of the road prior to any intersections until advised to do so. Any competitors found to be acting unsafe may be subjected to a disqualification. Both races are conducted on public roads that are not closed to local traffic. Vehicles travelling on these roads may be travelling up to 100km/h. There will be numerous signs displayed along the course to caution drivers that there are runners on the road and to reduce speed. When crossing roads, ensure that it is safe before proceeding and cross quickly. Any major intersections will have marshals advising on when it is safe to cross.

IPods/music players/head phones are not allowed for safety reasons. This course is on open roads and it is important competitors are able to hear the traffic or instructions given by marshals.

Bicycles and cars are not permitted to follow runners at any stage on the course. This can jeopardise the safety of the runners and may lead to a disqualification.

Marathon Course Description

From the start line travel North along Church Street, which becomes Cassilis/Ulan Rd once over the Lawson Park Bridge. Continue north staying on the left-hand side of the road and turn into Henry Lawson Drive. Runners continue along Henry Lawson Drive, the first drink station is along this section of road, before turning right into Eurunderee Lane. Do not cross the road until you arrive at the intersection. Marshalls and signage will ensure you cross at a safe place.

From Eurunderee Lane, runners turn left into Black Springs Road and continue to the second drink station at Pieter van Gent Winery. Runners competing in the half marathon will turn around a short distance past the drink station. Marathon runners continue along Black Springs Road as the road turns right and then left. Take care along this section of the road as there may be shallow water in several causeways that cross the road – most likely if there has been recent rain.

At the start of the bitumen seal at the intersection of Black Springs Road and Church Lane, the course begins the climb to drink station four (4) at the top of Lowes Peak. Follow on upon Blacksprings Rd, where the roadway descends and becomes unsealed. Not far after reaching the bottom of the descent, runners will turn around and return back up to the Lowes Peak drink station four (4) once again. At this intersection, runners turn right into Lowes Peak Rd – take care when crossing the road.

The road surface is bitumen sealed again as runners continue west along Lowes Peak Road making the long descent to St Fillans Rd where runners turn left into St Fillans Road and then left again into Henry Lawson Drive. Drink Station 5 at this intersection. Continue south along Henry Lawson Drive making the long gradual climb to drink station six (6) at the top of Poets Corner Hill. From here, competitors will enjoy the long downhill run heading back towards Mudgee and passing drink stations seven (7) and eight (8). Take care when crossing the one lane bridge past Henry Lawson memorial.

Runners will turn right off Henry Lawson Drive into Eurunderee Lane which is approximately the 32km mark. Take care when crossing the road. Continue to drink station nine (9) at the intersection with Craigmoor Road, turn right and then quickly turn left into Tinja Lane, taking care to look for traffic. Half marathon competitors also run on this section of the course back to the finish line.

Once again, the road becomes unsealed along Tinja Lane. There are a series of short rolling hills and competitors need to take extra care running on a rocky road surface. Take care along this section of the road as there may be shallow water in several causeways that cross the road – only likely if there has been recent rain.

Drink station ten (10) is at the intersection of Tinja Lane and Putta Bucca Road – this is the last drink station. Just before the intersection, the road returns to a bitumen seal and remains sealed to the finish line. Take care when crossing this intersection.

Continue down the hill on Putta Bucca Road and past radio station 2MG before turning left into Market Street (Castlereagh Highway). This can be a busy road and runners need to run on the footpath, keeping to the left at all times. Watch for vehicles entering or exiting driveways. Continue east along Market Street and then turn left into Cox Street before turning right into Short Street. Take care crossing the road. Competitors then have approximately 1.5km to run along Short St before entering the Southbank Park area (footpath) on the corner of Short St & Perry St where you will follow the footpath under the Lawson Park Bridge into Lawson Park, running along the path, then turning left past the pool on your right, reaching the finish line. Well done!

 

Half Marathon Course Description

From the start / finish line head east along Short Street to the Church Street roundabout, turn left and head north out of Mudgee on the Cassilis Road. Continue north staying on the left-hand side of the road and turn into Henry Lawson Drive. Runners continue along Henry Lawson Drive – the first drink station is along this section of road – before turning right into Eurunderee Lane. Take care when crossing the road. Do not cross until you arrive at the intersection, marshals and signage will advise where it is safe to cross. From Eurunderee Lane, runners turn left into Black Springs Road and continue to the second drink station at Pieter van Gent Winery. Runners competing in the half marathon will turn around a short distance past the drink station.

Marathon runners continue along Black Springs Road as the road turns right and then left Half Marathon Competitors will then re-trace their steps, heading back along Black Springs Road and then turning right into Eurunderee Lane. Take care when crossing the road.

Continue west along Eurunderee Lane before crossing Henry Lawson Drive – major intersection – please take care when crossing – and still heading west to the drink station at the intersection with Craigmoor Road. The third drink station on the Half Marathon course is drink station nine (9) for Marathoner’s at the intersection with Craigmoor Road. From here, runners turn right and then quickly turn left into Tinja Lane. Take care when crossing the road.

Marathon competitors also run on this section of the course back to the finish line.

The road becomes unsealed along Tinja Lane. There are a series of short rolling hills and competitors need to take extra care running on a rocky road surface. Take care along this section of the road as there may be shallow water in several causeways that cross the road – only likely if there has been recent rain. Drink station ten (10) is at the intersection of Tinja Lane and Putta Bucca Road. Just before the intersection, the road returns to a bitumen seal and remains sealed to the finish line. Take care when crossing this intersection. Last drink station at 2MG for those who need it.

Continue down the hill on Putta Bucca Road and past radio station 2MG before turning left into Market Street (Castlereagh Highway). This can be a busy road and runners need to run on the footpath, keeping to the left at all times. Watch for vehicles entering or exiting driveways. Continue east along Market Street and then turn left into Cox Street just after the museum before turning right into Short Street. Competitors then have approximately 1.5km to run along Short St before entering the Southbank Park area (footpath) on the corner of Short St & Perry St where you will follow the footpath under the Lawson Park Bridge into the Lawson Park, running along the path, then turning left past the pool on your right, reaching the finish line. Well done!

Special Needs and Drink Stations

Drink Stations:

There will be 13 drink stations along the course for the marathon all providing water, lollies, Vaseline & toilet paper.

For the half marathon, there will be 6 drink stations along the course, all providing water, lollies, vaseline & toilet paper.

Electrolyte drink will be available at the fifth station (cnr Lowes Peak Rd & St Fillans Road – just after halfway point). There will be more electrolyte drink at the ninth (cnr Eurunderee Lane & Craigmoor Rd at 32.8km) which will also cover the half marathon which will be at the 11km mark.

Special Needs:

There are two for the marathon. These are at the fourth station (14.2km), on the way down the hill or on the way back. The next is at the ninth station (32.8km).

For the half marathon, it will be at the third drink station.

Please mark all special needs items clearly with your race number and which station it is to be at. These are to be handed in at the special needs tent before race start.

There will be a port-a-loo on the course. Toilet paper will be provided at the drink stations in the first aid boxes if required.

Race Timing

Race organisers will endeavour to obtain a finish time for all competitors. However, organisers may be prevented from doing this by circumstances beyond our control. Whilst a timing chip, race clock and back-up timing will be in place, it is recommended that all runners record their own race times.

Outside Assistance

The race organisers do not permit supporters in following runners either in cars or on bicycles.  Any vehicles on the run course are subject to standard road regulations.

Pacing of runners is not permitted. Runners face disqualification if supporters are found to be providing pacing assistance.

Outside assistance in the form of drinks, food, clothing etc provided to a competitor is only permitted if conducted at an official Drink Station and only after speaking with the Drink Station Manager. Runners face disqualification if supporters are found to be providing assistance outside of these areas. As part of our race insurance requirements, the use of iPods or similar devices by runners during the race is not permitted.

 Withdrawals

 Any competitor withdrawing during the event must notify the Race Director at Lawson Park or present at the nearest aid station and notify the personnel.

 Medical

It is every competitor’s responsibility to ensure that they are fit and capable of running the full distance of their race. It is each competitor’s responsibility to ensure they have adequately prepared for the distances. Runners should ensure that they have enough water and food to complete the race.

Whilst every effort will be made to have adequate drinks at each drink station, it may be that some drink stations run out of water or Gatorade. Runners are therefore, encouraged to carry their own drink bottles.

It is strongly recommended that all competitors have their own personal health insurance, accident or ambulance cover. Competitors will bear all financial responsibility for any medical treatment arising from participation in this event; including ambulance, doctor, hospital fees etc.

Race organisers strongly encourage any competitor who is feeling unwell prior to the race to seek medical advice on their participation.

Race organisers reserve the right to withdraw a runner based on medical grounds.

A massage will be available to all competitors in the recovery area at the finish line.

Parking

There is limited off street parking in the Mudgee Olympic Swimming Pool car park off Short St, and in parts of Lawson Park itself. There is also ample parking in Short Street and the near-by side streets. There are no parking time restrictions.

Facilities

The Lawson Park has Male/Female toilet amenities with additional toilets, change rooms and shower amenities in the Swimming Pool complex. Extra Port-a-Loos will also be present near the Park amenities.

The Lawson Park provides a lovely atmosphere alongside the Cudgegong River. Feel free to let the kids feed the resident ducks! There is also a playground, walking tracks and exercise equipment throughout the park area.

Please take care to watch small children as there are no barriers or fencing along the river’s edge.

 Awards Ceremony

Presentation is at Race HQ in Lawson Park.

Presentations will be held soon after the last runners for each race come home.

 

Good Luck

Happy Racing

Mudgee Running Festival Committee