Welcome to the Santoft Forest and Beach Half Marathon, 10 and 5km event – a brand new and exciting addition to the New Zealand running calendar.
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As the name suggests, the event will be hosted 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.
Distances include a half marathon, 10k and 5k distance options and the event caters for runners and walkers.
The Santoft Forest and Beach Half Marathon, 10 & 5km is brought to you as a fundraiser for the South Makirikiri School. Funds raised will go towards astro-turfing the school’s existing netball/tennis courts. This is an area of the school playground that facilitates a lot of play and learning, not just limited to netball and tennis. Once Astro-turfed it would provide a safer surface for all sports in all weather conditions and will become an area where teachers can take students for year round outdoor activities.
Our sincere thanks to forest managers Ernslaw One for granting us access to the Santoft forest for this special event.
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 Half Marathon, 10 & 5km run/walk is scheduled for Saturday, 26 October 2019.
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. Please park here and NOT along Parewanui Road. While ample parking is available, we request that you consider the environment and carpool to the event as far as possible.
Race day schedule
Half Marathon Walk race briefing
c/o Parewanui & Forestry Rd
Half Marathon Walk start
Half Marathon Run race briefing
Half Marathon Run start
10km Walk race briefing
10km Walk start
10km Run race briefing
10km Run start
5km Run & Walk race briefing
5km Run & Walk start
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.
Aid stations serving water and sports drink will be available at regular intervals on all the event courses. More detail to follow.
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+)
The 10km and 5km event distances include the option to enter (at half price) as part of a school team.
School teams can be made up of 4 or more members. The results of the top 4 finishers in each team will be collated for the schools challenge. Teams in each distance will compete in 4 categories – Junior (Year 3-5), Junior (Year 6-8), Intermediate (Year 9-10) and Senior (Year 11-13).
A participation trophy will also be awarded to the school with the highest participation rate.
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.
Late entries will be available at the start of the event from 8am on Saturday 26 October 2019.
The standard fees below will apply until Monday 30 September 2019. From the start of October a late entry fee of $10 will apply to all entry fees.
Half Marathon – $50.00 per person
10km Run/walk – $30.00 per person
5km Fun run/walk – $20.00 per person
School team entry fees
Schools are encouraged to enter the 5km and 10km distance options as teams of 4 or more, at half price entry fee per person
10km school teams (teams of 4 or more) – $15.00 per person
5km school teams (teams of 4 or more) – $10.00 per person
School teams will compete in four age categories – Junior (Year 3-5), Junior (Year 6-8), Intermediate (Year 9-10) and Senior (Year 11-13), with the times of the top four finishers in each team counting towards the team competition.
Registration packs can be picked up at the event venue from 8am on Saturday 26 October 2019.
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 29 September 2019 will not incur an additional admin fee.
Changes between Monday 30 September and Sunday 20 October 2019 will incur a $10 admin fee.
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 20 October will incur a $10 admin fee. After Sunday 20 October 2019, no refunds will be given to participants wishing to withdraw. Please contact the Race Director if you need to withdraw from the event.