Gone Nuts 101
The Gone Nuts 101km Adventure Run will commence at Kings Park, Stanley at 6am on Saturday February 29th, 2020. It is a long journey - but definitely worth the effort. The 101km course completes all 4 legs detailed below. The 50km course completes leg 3 and leg 4 and the 25km course completes leg 4 only.
Start Location: Kings Park, STANLEY
Start time: 6am
Competitor services: Accommodation / Dining / Supermarket /Cafe's / Hotel / Geardrop on the morning of the race
Aid Stations: Sisters Beach / Boat Harbour Beach / Table Cape Light House / Finish Line
Checkpoints: Black River / Mawbanna-Mathers Road Intersection / Sisters Beach / Postmans Track /
Boat Harbour Chambers Bay / Table Cape Lighthouse / Finish Line
Let's Go Nuts: Leg 1 (0km to 26km)
Leg start point: Kings Beach, Stanley
Leg finish point: Mawbanna / Mathers Road
Description: There's a huge variety of terrain on this leg - single track, hard packed beach, a section of soft beach, gravel road, train line and a lap of the Iconic Stanley Nut.
Cut off time: You need to finish this leg by 1pm.
Kings Park, Stanley will see the start of the 101km Adventure Run. Soon after the start - competitors will find themselves climbing the iconic 'Nut' for a 2km circuit around the volcanic monolith. Dawn will be breaking - so expect to be dazzled by the amazing views. Runners will head back down The Nut, and weave their way through the historic township of Stanley. The course then heads down and onto Tatlows Beach. The course then turns inland and crosses private land following the eastern inlet via farm tracks and old disused highway. The route crosses the Bass Highway via a controlled crossing then follows the train line along to the Black River bridge aide station. Following the aide station there is a controlled bridge crossing to get you safely across the Black River.
The course then follows the train line inland and onto Locketts Road and more private farm and bush land finally coming out and onto forestry roads. The course winds gently through the forest before joining Mathers Road which takes runners to the first transition point at the 26km mark (located at the junction of Mawbanna and Mathers Roads).
Time to meet the support crew, refuel, maybe a change of shoes or just pass on through continuing on towards your final destination.
Bush to Rocky Cape Lions Park - Leg 2 (26km-51km)
Leg start point: Mawbanna-Mathers Road Intersection
Leg finish point: Rocky Cape Lions Park Facility
Description: Forestry gravel roads, 4wd tracks, motor bike tracks. Terrain is a mixture of undulating forestry roads, short steep rocky climbs and descents along with mixed terrain motor bike tracks.
Cut off time: 8pm
Leaving the transition area competitors initially follow a four-wheel track alongside the rail line then motor bike tracks and forestry roads climbing up to the top of the Millicent Valley.
At the top of the valley the terrain changes again and becomes rocky as you follow a four wheel track along the ridge line - be prepared for a couple of very steep climbs and descents. Take your time and take in the magnificent views. After leaving the ridge line you drop sharply back towards the coast following a fire trail until it comes out on Coopers Road - a four wheel drive track leading to a hard packed gravel road.
Coopers Road is followed for approximately 4km before we cross Yanns Road and into the Rocky Cape Lions Park Facility - you've hit the half way point!
Congratulations - take a rest - refuel and prepare to conquer the next leg.
Rocky Cape to Club - Leg 3 (51km – 76km)
Leg start: Rocky Cape Lion Park Facility (Race start for 50km event is 6:00am)
Leg finish: Boat Harbour Beach Surf Lifesaving Club
Description: Special single tack, pristine beaches, technical rocky sections, a short road section and spectacular scenery. Terrain is best described as undulating with a couple of solid climbs and enjoyable downhills. This leg will be a favourite of many.
Cut off time: 3am
Leaving the Lions Park Facility, competitors will head along Yanns Road and cross the Bass Highway at a controlled crossing then onto Rocky Cape Road for 4km before heading into the Rocky Cape National Park. This is the start of approximately 10km of single track trail, the track climbs up into the hills above Rock Cape before levelling out and offers some stunning coastal views. The course undulates its way through the hills before turning left back towards the ocean at the Anniversary Bay / Doone Falls intersection.
Once onto the beach we head right along Anniversary Bay and continue east towards Sisters Beach enjoying the remote beauty of this area. A short steep climb at the end of the bay takes you up over a rocky head land and down into the seaside hamlet of Sisters Beach, a short section of bitumen brings you to Sisters Creek. Here you find and aide station and it is a great spectator viewing area for family and friends to cheer you on your journey.
The course continues through Sisters Beach onto a 4wd track that runs adjacent to the beach, follow this track until the beach runs out and you will find the start of the Postman’s Track that takes you up and over the headland to Boat Harbour. Again this is single track although a bit more technical it is still a very enjoyable part of the journey. Once up off the beach you are afforded more sensational coastal views and can see your next destination of Boat Harbour off in the distance. After approximately 2km the track turns hard left and drops down towards the ocean providing a tricky little decent before levelling out, traversing farm land and finally dropping right down to the coast. The last kilometre into Boat Harbour requires some care as there are a couple of rocky bays to cross that will require a little bit of rock hopping. These bays are subject to tidal movements – not a problem at low tide – but depending on your timing you may get wet feet. It is a low to moderate technical area so take your time and you will pass with ease. Once you are passed this section it is an easy journey into Boat Harbour and your half way (50km) – or three quarter (101km) point of the event.
Boat Harbour will have an aide station and again is an excellent viewing point for spectators to offer their encouragement with plenty of facilities available.
The Exclusive 25 - Leg 4 (76km – 101km)
Leg start point: Boat Harbour Beach (Race start for 25km event is 8:30am)
Leg finish point: Gutteridge Gardens, Wynyard
Description: This leg has a huge variety of terrain from beaches and inter tidal zones with some technical terrain over reefs and rocks, farm tracks, driveways, fence lines cross country farm land, single track and a short bitumen sections. It is undulating with some short step climbs until you reach Table Cape Lookout, from there it then descends to your finish line in Wynyard.
NOTE – THIS LEG TRAVERSES PRIVATE LAND AND NO PRIOR ACCESS IS AVAILABLE. PLEASE RESPECT!
Cut off: 10am Sunday Morning
Competitors head east from Surf Life Saving Club along the beach and onto the coast, there is a little rock scrambling and care should be taken on this section – too early in the race to take risks or way to close to home if doing the longer runs! The course then heads up off the coast and onto rolling coastal farm land where you follow farm and cattle tracks, cross lush green paddocks occasionally dropping back down to the coast for a short rock hop before heading back onto the green pasture. Take time to enjoy the stunning views afforded along this section, knowing that you are able to do this thanks exclusively to the private land holders who have been generous enough to let us on their land.
The course continues east and bringing you ever closer to Table Cape which has loomed large from the start. At Chambers Bay we run out of usable coast and head inland through more private farm land before dropping back down onto a private track network that takes you up, down and around the western side of Table Cape. Leaving the farm land for a small time you climb up to the Table Cape Lighthouse via some single and farm tracks on private land. An aide station is situated at this stunning location so stop for a drink and some nutrition or just take in the views before heading off towards the finish line.
From the light house you follow a very picturesque section along the top of Table Cape to the lookout where you site the finish line for the very first time – not far now! Another farm track section brings you onto the eastern side of Table Cape and onto some beautiful rolling pasture which follows the coast high above the water line and leads down to Table Cape Road and onto the Inglis River track before the final 1.5km section to the finish line.
Enjoy the final stretch and the finishing arc, be cheered on by spectators, family, friends and other competitors. Whatever your distance bask in the enjoyment of your achievement and know that have accomplished what you set out to achieve – you have officially GONE NUTS 101.
Compulsory Gear List
The Gone Nuts adventures all have a Compulsory Gear Lists. For those running in teams - each team member will be required to carry the gear list appropriate to how far they are running themselves (so each runner in the 101km team of 4 would carry the 25km list). First and last leg of the 101km may be also be required to add a headlamp - depending upon times and conditions. With items such as the thermals - race directors will make a call on the day if they are required - however due to the unpredictability of the weather all runners need to be well prepared for their own safety. Team members can transfer the backpack with gear from runner to runner at transition points (so only one set per team is required).
Please print off your relevant list and make sure you arrive at registration with all the required gear. The list is designed to make your running adventure as safe as possible - so please abide by the requirements. Ultimately you are responsible for your own safety, however there will be random gear checks and anyone found not to have the required gear will not be allowed to start.
All gear can be purchased from our event partners Find Your Feet.
FIND YOUR FEET have given us wonderful support since the race started and are again offering competitors a discount on any compulsory gear that you may require. Use or mention GONE NUTS 2020 to receive a discount.