Race Program

Bedrock50. Saturday 25 February 2012

Race Schedule

Race date
25th February 2012

6.15 A.M. Bus leaves the Finish for the Start. Please be seated prior to departure time or you risk missing your ride.

6.15 A.M. to 7.45 A.M. All competitors must register at Coopers Creek car park. Registration is compulsory.

8.00 A.M. Safety Briefing. Attendance is compulsory.

8.30 A.M. Start.

3.30 P.M. 39km (3/4 distance – 7 hours run time) cut-off. Any competitor who has not reached the 39km mark by 3.30pm will be removed from the course.

6:30 P.M. Race cut-off time (10 hours run time).

Route Details (all distances approximate)

Leg 1: Coopers Creek – Wharfedale (6km)
The first leg takes competitors from the Coopers Creek car park to the start of the Wharfedale track via the Coopers Creek West Branch track. This track is well marked, undulating and occasionally slippery.

Leg 2: Wharfedale Track (15km)
Second leg takes competitors along the full length of the Wharfdale track. The track is similar to the first leg. Note that there are steep drop offs in places. Caution is advised traversing these areas particularly if the track is wet.

Leg 3: Lees Valley (18km)
Exiting the bush track, competitors follow shingle roads north through the Lees Valley. The route will be well marked. Note that the course crosses private land. Access across this section is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN except on race day.

Leg 4: Mt Richardson – Blowhard (14km)
The final leg ascends the Western flank of Mt Richardson and turns left onto the Blowhard track. This track is well marked. The descent down the Blowhard is fairly steep.


Age Limit
The minimum age of competitors is 16 years on race day. Competitors aged 18 years or less must supply parental or guardian’s consent to participate in the Bedrock50.

The Route
It is the competitor’s responsibility to have adequate skills to negotiate and avoid the hazards present on the route. Parts of the route are steep and the footing uncertain especially in wet conditions. Conditions can change rapidly. Competitors must acquire adequate trail running experience before they compete in the Bedrock50. It is absolutely forbidden for any entrant to cross private land in the Lees Valley prior to the event. Failure to observe this rule may result in your entry being declined or rescinded.

Compulsory Equipment
Competitors must carry a daypack or bum bag with the following equipment: gloves, hat, waterproof jacket, thermal top, food, drink, basic first aid kit (i.e. strapping tape, Band-Aids, bandage), survival bag or survival blanket. During your training it’s a GREAT idea to run with this gear to get used to the weight (a great tip is to train with MORE weight so on the day it feels light!)

Department of Conservation Access
The BEDROCK50 operates under a Department of Conservation concession. It is an activity that complies with relevant management plans and strategies. Practice running is allowed on the Wharfedale and Blowhard tracks but not on the western flank of Mt Richardson or through the privately owned land in the Lees Valley. Entrants are required to keep to the formed/marked tracks where they exist.

1. Shortcuts are not allowed.

2. No open fires or solid fuel barbeques.

3. Dogs are not allowed on the route.

4. Do not bring them to the event.

5. Do not drop ANY rubbish. Any participants seen dropping litter may be disqualified from the race.

6. Competitors are required to carry their rubbish with them.

Let’s treat the environment with respect and only take photos, leaving only footprints.

Cut off times for the event
All competitors must have reached the 39km (3/4) mark by 3.30pm (7 hours run time). All competitors must have exited the course by 6:30pm (10 hours run time). The Race Director reserves the right to close the event and/or alter official cut off times for safety or other reasons.

Officials are an important part of the BEDROCK50. Many officials will be volunteers. Instructions by officials to competitors must be followed.

There are no age group prizes. Each finisher will receive a race goodie bag. (Late entrants may be excluded).

Confirmation of Entry
Online banking entrants; upon receipt of the entry an email will be sent advising the bank account details. Entrants paying by cheque; the cheque being banked is confirmation of entry.

I understand that a 50% refund of entry fee will be made for withdrawals before 13 January 2012. No refunds will be issued for withdrawals made after 13 January 2012. Should the BEDROCK50 have to be cancelled, due to forces beyond the organizers control, refunds or transfers of entry will be at the discretion of the organizers. Right of entry reserved.

Getting There – The Start
Travel to the North Canterbury township of Oxford. At the western end of the township, on the south side of the main road, is a pub. Opposite this pub you will find signposts to Coopers Creek. Follow the signs on tar sealed roads for approximately 9km then turn north onto the shingled Mountain road. Race start is part way down Mountain road.

Getting There – The Finish
From Oxford – take the Ashley Gorge road north from Oxford. After approximately 15km, turn left (north) onto Maori Reserve road (shingle) and travel to the far end of this road (approximately 3km).

From Rangiora – Leave Rangiora by taking the Oxford Rangiora road to Oxford and follow the instructions above. Alternatively, head north from Rangiora and cross the Ashley bridge. Continue north and west following the signs to the Ashley Gorge. After 25km turn north onto Maori Reserve road (shingle) and travel to the far end of this road (approximately 3km).

Any competitor or assistant who wishes to make a complaint about the event or another competitor must do so in writing to the timekeepers within an hour of the complainant finishing. The Race Director’s decision regarding the complaint is final.

Any competitor withdrawing at any stage must report to a timekeeping official at the nearest aid station. This is critical as search and rescue operations may be initiated!

The Race Director reserves the right to disqualify or impose heavy time penalties on any competitor for cheating or breaking the rules of the BEDROCK50.

No responsibility is taken by the Race Director or sponsors for any loss or damaged property of competitors, assistants, or friends during the BEDROCK50. By completion of the entry form the competitor accepts full responsibility for the risks entailed.

Should the event be cancelled, notification will be posted on the website.

Private land Access
Parts of the Lees Valley are private land. Access is by permission only. Access across the private land prior to the event is strictly forbidden. Spectators and support crew are NOT to access Lees Valley during the race. Breaking this rule will result in the instant disqualification of the race competitor.

The race waiver will be at registration for runners to sign. No signed waiver, no run.

75 Blackett Street
Rangiora 7400
New Zealand

Website: http://www.bedrockevents.co.nz.
Email: bedrock50@snap.net.nz