We are very excited to announce that, after taking a Covid-enforced break in 2020, the Santoft Forest and Beach Adventure Run/Walk will return in 2021 – the date for this year’s event has been confirmed as Saturday, 13 November 2021.
As the name suggests, the event is staged in the Santoft forest outside Bulls in the magnificent Rangitikei coastal countryside. Starting on the edge of the forest, your run/walk will include rolling forestry roads and (if you’re doing the Half Marathon) some pristine west coast beach terrain.
The Santoft Forest and Beach Adventure Run/Walk is brought to you as a fundraiser for the South Makirikiri School.
Our sincere thanks to forest managers Ernslaw One for granting us access to the Santoft forest for this event. A special thank you also to the Ohakea Rifle Range for granting one-off access to Half Marathon participants on race day.
While we hope and trust that the Covid-19 situation in New Zealand will be such that we can safely stage the Santoft Forest and Beach Adventure Run in November, the nature of the course and the size of the event is such that we will only be able to proceed with the event under Covid-19 Alert Level 1 or lower.
In the case of the country being at Alert Level 2 or higher at the date of the event, we will reschedule for a date (to be confirmed) early in the new year. If the alternative date does not suit, you will be able to cancel and receive a refund (under the standard withdrawal conditions of the original event, as set out on the Entry Details page).
If the rescheduled date is made impossible due to the pandemic then participants will be refunded minus the costs that had been incurred up to that point.
Enjoy a great morning out running or walking along gravel roads through majestic pine forest and, if you’re doing the half marathon, a beautiful section of rugged New Zealand west coast beach.
The Santoft Forest and Beach Adventure Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, 13 November 2021.
See the race day schedule below for starting times of the different distance options.
Scott’s Ferry, Parewanui Road, Santoft.
All the event options will start on Forestry Road, c/o Forestry Rd and Parewanui Rd. Event parking is available a short walk away at Scott’s Ferry.
To get to the venue, head to Bulls and take Parewanui Road towards the coast, heading to Scott’s Ferry. The event location, registration and parking will be clearly marked.
A public parking space is provided in a field at the far end of Scott’s Ferry. While ample parking is available, we request that you consider the environment and carpool to the event as far as possible.
Race day schedule
Tentative schedule below – exact times to be confirmed.
Half Marathon Walk race briefing
c/o Parewanui & Forestry Rd
Half Marathon Walk start
Half Marathon Run race briefing
Half Marathon Run start
10km Run race briefing
10km Run start
10km Walk race briefing
10km Walk start
5km Fun Run race briefing
5km Fun Run start
1km Beach Dash
Click on the map below to download a high resolution copy.
The three distance options in the Santoft Forest and Beach Run/Walk start and finish along the same forest track, with each distance traversing a different loop through the forest. Each distance option is made up of a single lap – no multiple laps to make up distance.
The 5km and 10km loops are fully contained within the Santoft Forest roads network, while the Half Marathon option includes a very special event-only loop through the Raumai Range, an area not accessible to the public, as well as an exhilarating stretch along the beach on the way back to the finish.
Please note that due to the nature of the course, all event distances are approximate.
Aid stations serving water and an electrolyte drink will be available at regular intervals : 3 drink stations along the course for the 21.1km, and 1 drink station about halfway for the 10km. The finish line aid station will have water, electrolytes and fruit.
Race day refreshments
As part of its fundraising efforts, the parents of the South Makirikiri School are preparing delicious lunch packs that can be pre-ordered for delivery on the day – just what you need after a good workout! The image above are indicative of the lunch to be provided. Only 500 lunch packs will be available, so be sure to order yours when you enter online.
There will also be homemade food available to purchase on the day.
A coffee cart offering barista coffees and other refreshments will also be available on site.
Medals and prize-giving
Finishers medals will be awarded to finishers of all the event options in the Santoft Forest and Beach Half Marathon, 10 & 5km. Details to be announced.
Prize giving will commence at 1:30pm.
Spot prizes will be drawn and presented at prize giving. You have to be present to be eligible for a spot prize.
Male and female category winners in each event will be acknowledged in the following age categories:
Junior (Under 18)
Great grandmaster (70+)
As the majority of the course is run along sheltered forestry roads, a compulsory gear list is not specified. However, participants are reminded that spring conditions can be changeable – please consider the conditions and dress accordingly.
Click here to enter the 2021 Santoft Forest and Beach.
Late entries will be available at the start of the event.
The entry fees for the 2021 Santoft Forest and Beach are as follows:
Half Marathon – $60.00 per person
10km Run/walk – $40.00 per person
5km Fun run/walk – $30.00 per person
School teams and students up to Year 13 will receive half-price entry.
Standard fees will apply until Sunday, 24 October. From Monday 25 October a late entry fee of $10 ($5 for kids) will apply to all entry fees.
Online entries close one week prior to the event. Late entries will be taken on the day. Late entries will be subject to a $10 admin fee.
The registration times and venue will be announced soon.
Distance changes, transfers and withdrawals
To minimise the administrative load, we would appreciate if participants do not swap between event distances. However, if you do need to change your event distance, please contact the Race Director with any transfer requests.
Distance changes up to Sunday, 31 October 2021 will not incur an additional admin fee. Please note, however, that there will be no refunds for changing to a shorter/cheaper distance option.
Any distance changes after Sunday 31 October needs to be made during registration at the event venue on race day.
In the interest of personal safety, please do not change event distances on the day without informing an event official.
Entries are transferable to another runner/walker, but will incur a $10 admin fee. Please contact the Race Director for any participant transfers.
In the case of participants withdrawing from the event, entries will be refunded, minus an admin fee.
Withdrawals up to Sunday 24 October will incur a $10 admin fee.
Withdrawals between Monday 25 October and Sunday 7 November will incur a $20 admin fee.
After this date, no refunds will be given to participants wishing to withdraw. Please contact the Race Director if you need to withdraw from the event.