This preliminary race briefing does not replace the verbal briefing to take place at 6:40am, 19th August 2018 at Race HQ in Lawson Park (near the finish line). 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 2018 Marathon. Further enquiries can be made with an event official at Race HQ on Saturday afternoon from 2pm to 5pm (Lawson Park), or on race morning.

Weather and Clothing

The current forecast is for -2° to 11°, dry and windy. It will probably be about 0° at 7am. Competitors need to ensure that they are prepared for the conditions of the day and should consider wearing gloves, beanies, and arm or leg warmers. Please also be prepared for the unlikely event of rain. Please celebrate with us if it does rain!

Clothing items can be discarded at any aid station. We will do our best to bring them back to Race HQ safely. We also have bag drop facilities. Items can be securely left at race HQ.

Race Kit Pick-Up

Race kit pick-up will take place at Race HQ on Saturday 18th August from 2pm until 5pm. If you are unable to pick up your race kit on Saturday, you will also be able to pick it up on race morning until 6:30am. If you pick up your kit on Saturday, you do not need to check in with us on Sunday until the race briefing.

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

Your race number must be:

  • Placed on your front torso
  • Be clearly visible from the front
  • Unaltered and unmodified (ie not cut, folded or wrinkled)
  • Pinned on by all four corners
  • Not covered by anything (eg jackets, water bottles etc)

Parking and Amenities

There is ample parking in Short Street adjacent to Lawson Park and the near-by side streets. There are no time restrictions, although do not park on the grassy area in the middle of Short St. This is not allowed. Local inspectors may ticket you.

Amenities are available in the Lawson Park Aquatic Centre (Mudgee Pool). Ample toilets, showers and change rooms are present. There are also some toilets in the park.

Race Day Briefing

At 6:40am, runners will be called to assemble at Race HQ (near the rotunda at the finish line) for the pre-race briefing. This briefing is compulsory and will cover the race course, rules, safety and any changes that may have taken place after this briefing was written. Following the briefing, competitors will move to the start line, which is about 400m away.

Race Start

The race start is on Church St beside Lawson Park. Do not move onto the road until instructed to by a traffic controller. The race will start at 7:00am. Please line up according to expected finishing position, on the left-hand side of Church St. Half Marathoners will be starting at the same time as you.

There will be a lead vehicle (police) for the entire race.

Course Description

Part of the course is closed to cars heading in the same direction as the race. Other sections are completely closed to traffic. Large sections are also open to traffic, but have low volumes. Keep left at all times. Do not run on the right-hand side of any roads. Take care at intersections.

The first section along Ulan Rd, and then along Henry Lawson Drive will be closed to traffic heading in the same direction as the race. Cars may be travelling in the opposite direction. Once the initial start-line frenzy has died down, keep left.

The course has slightly changed from previous years, and runners will turn off Henry Lawson Rd at Craigmoor Rd. This will take you to Eurunderee Lane, where you turn right, and cross back over Henry Lawson Rd. There will be reduced speed limits and marshalls at this intersection to ensure your safety.

The course continues past the Pieter van Gent Winery, and up Black Springs Rd. The section along Eurunderee Lane and up to Crowleys Lane will be closed to traffic in both directions. The rest of the course is open to traffic, although traffic numbers are typically low on a Sunday morning.

The course climbs Lowes Peak, and then continues onto a turn-around point on Black Springs Rd about 870m past the peak. Most of this section from the peak is a dirt road. You climb back up the peak, and then continue down Lowes Peak Rd to the half way point.

The return is via Henry Lawson Drive. This is a slightly busier road, so please be vigilant and continue to keep left. There is a one lane bridge on this section, and vehicles coming in the other direction have right of way. Take extra care here.

You will then turn back onto Eurunderee Lane and re-join the Half Marathon course. This takes you along  Tinja Lane and pass Lowe Wines. Once you pass Lowe Wines, the road becomes dirt for a couple of kilometres.

Take extra care and continue to keep left when you cross onto Putta Bucca Road. Continue down the hill and past 2MG before turning left into Market St. This is a busy road, and you need to keep left as far as practical. There is a very wide shoulder, but you also need to watch for cars entering or exiting driveways.

Just after the museum, turn left into Cox St and then right into Short St. This takes you to Lawson Park via the Southbank Park area, and onto the finish.

Aid Stations

There will be 13 aid stations along the course, providing water, lollies, Vaseline & toilet paper.

Electrolyte drink will be available at the 2nd, 5th and 10th aid stations at approximately the 6km, 22km and 33km marks. There will be a port-a-loo at the 33km mark, and there is also a toilet at approximately the 13km mark.

Special needs are available on Lowes Peak (aid station 5, which you will pass twice) and again at the 10th aid station on the corner of Eurunderee and Craigmoor. Please clearly mark your special needs bag with your race number and which station it is to be used at. These are to be handed into race HQ on the Saturday afternoon.


Once you receive your finisher’s medal, please continue to the recovery area for some food and drink. Your time should be automatically recorded via your timing chip. Cheer on other runners as they finish.

There is a cut-off time of 5 and 1/2 hours. There is also a cut-off time at the Eurunderee Lane and Craigmoor Rd (about 33km) intersection of 4 hours. 

Race Rules

Any rule infractions may be met with a time penalty or disqualification:

  • No Music Players allowed This is not only a safety issue (so you can hear instructions or warnings from race marshalls, or vehicles on the course), but also a matter of politeness towards your fellow runners. Someone may be trying to overtake you, and are asking you to move over. Or they might just want a chat
  • No course cutting
  • No outside assistance This can be in the form of pacing assistance (eg someone riding a bike next to you), or someone leaving food or drinks for you outside of the aid station
  • Race bib must be clearly shown We must be able to see you number clearly from the front


It is every competitor’s responsibility to ensure that they are fit and capable of running the full 42.2km.

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. If you do withdraw from the race, you need to notify a race official as soon as possible.

 Awards Ceremony

The presentation for the 10km and Half Marathon will take place at 10am at Race HQ. The presentation for the 5km and Marathon will take place just after 12:00. 

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