During the Race
Mandatory Equipment & Runner Safety
THE GREAT NORTH WALK 100s
(A PDF copy of the Support Crew information can be downloaded from
We strongly recommend that each
Runner have a
Support Crew. Not only will a
Support Crew provide a psychological lift to the Runner, but it
helps the Runner get the food, drink and gear they need along the
way. Because water availability and/or quality is limited at some
Checkpoints, Runners with
Support Crews are encouraged to have their Crews carry
sufficient water for themselves and the Runners.
The Rules governing
Support Crews and Support Vehicles are as follows.
A maximum of one Support Vehicle
per Runner (except at the
Start and Finish).
Provide the number of the mobile phone they will be carrying
during the Event to their Competitor at least two weeks before
the event so that it can be included in bulk SMS emergency
During the registration process the
Runner must confirm the mobile phone number on which the
Support Crew can be contacted. A document showing
Checkpoint Locations and Access and
Checkpoint Sketch Maps can be downloaded from the
here where there is also a
Google Map showing Checkpoint Locations and Access
Support Crews must follow the designated Support Vehicle
Checkpoints as shown in the
Checkpoint Locations and Access document
park as specified in the
Checkpoint Sketch Maps (click
Support Crews must take great care driving on the roads
Checkpoints. Many of them are narrow and winding and, in
some places, have rough surfaces, though passable to
conventional vehicles in dry conditions. The speed limit
in State Forests is 60 kph. The access roads to
Checkpoints 1 and 3 can be difficult during and after rain.
In these conditions,
Support Crews travelling in conventional vehicles are
encouraged to park near the start of these access roads and
hitch rides with
Support Crews in four-wheel-drive vehicles. The latter are
encouraged to help out when they can. In a number of locations,
Runners and Support Vehicles will be sharing the same road and
extra care needs to be exercised by drivers.
Support Crews must familiarise
themselves with the actions to take if they are caught in a
During the Event, Support Crews must
Carry a mobile phone and monitor
it for messages.
Notify Authorities by calling Triple Zero (000) if they become aware of a
the Race Communications Director (Dan Joyce – 0417 041915) if they become aware
of smoke, possibly emanating from a bushfire.
Follow directions issued by Event Officials and/or the Authorities if danger is
posed to the Event by a bushfire including assisting with the evacuation of
Competitors and Volunteers if an evacuation is required and they are comfortable
As the day and night progress,
Crews should take care of themselves as well as they take care
of their Runners. Adequate hydration, regular meals and
appropriate clothing will keep Crews happier and stronger, with
much more energy to give to their Runners! Crews should be
equipped with lights.
Any abuse of event Officials or
Support Crew members will result in the disqualification of
No mechanical or physical
assistance may be given by the
Support Crew to the Runner at any time outside of a
Crews must never park in such a
way as to block traffic, access to the Course or Checkpoint, or
other parked cars. If this happens, the supported Runner may be
Crews must adhere to instructions
of all Checkpoint Officials, including requests to vacate
certain areas of the Checkpoint.
Support Crews must stay out of
the resupply area unless their Runner is present.
Food, drink, medical supplies,
etc., at the Checkpoints are only provided for Runners and
No excessive noise or raucous
behaviour is permitted. This is particularly important at
Checkpoint 4/Finish 100Km, where there are a number of nearby
residences and complaints have been made in the past about the
noise generated by Support Crews. Please be as quiet as possible
at this Checkpoint.
Children are only allowed in Checkpoints
under direct supervision of an adult.
Take care of facilities at
Checkpoints. Littering of any kind at any Checkpoint (including
the Start and Finish) or along the Course is strictly
NO PETS ARE ALLOWED AT ANY OF THE CHECKPOINTS
(INCLUDING THE START AND FINISH). PETS ARE ALSO PROHIBITED BY
LAW FROM NATIONAL PARKS AND ONLY PERMITTED IN NSW FORESTS ON A
NO SMOKING WILL BE ALLOWED AT ANY
OF THE CHECKPOINTS (INCLUDING THE START AND FINISH)
NO ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IS PERMITTED AT ANY OF
CREWS MUST COMPLY WITH ALL OF THE
RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE RUN AND ALL INSTRUCTIONS FROM RACE
OFFICIALS AT ALL POINTS ALONG THE
COURSE AND ITS ACCESS ROUTES, INCLUDING PARKING REGULATIONS,
OR RISK DISQUALIFICATION OF THEIR RUNNER.
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