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The 44th Great NOSH Footrace 2018










See for 2019 event details.

The NOSH will be back again for the 45th annual event on

Sunday 2 June 2019.

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(photographs can be downloaded for personal/non-commercial use however please publicly acknowledge the event if you use any of the photographs)


The Great NOSH Footrace is back for its 44th year!

Run or walk on a traffic-free course from Lindfield Oval via Roseville Bridge to Seaforth Oval through some of Sydney's most spectacular bushland.  The course is approximately 16.4km in length, mostly on bush tracks and fire trails, with some steep sections.  There's 570m climb throughout the course.

Where is it?

Start: Lindfield Oval, Tryon Road, East Lindfield.

Finish: Seaforth Oval, Wakehurst Parkway, Bantry Bay.

When is it?

Sunday June 3, 2018

Mass start at 10AM. Registration will be open from 8:30am. Make sure to get to Lindfield oval at least an hour early to allow time to pick up your race bib and get down to the starting line. You can get your pre-race caffeine boost  from the coffee van.

Wet or dangerous conditions: In the unlikely event that trails are closed or deemed too dangerous by event organiser's we will post updates on this website and FaceBook to give runners as much notice as possible.  If this should occur we plan to postpone the event (it's only happened once in 43 years) to Sunday June 17, 2018.  Sorry but no refunds are available if the event is postponed or ultimately cancelled.



Back by popular demand: we are pleased to offer the option of a bus from Seaforth Oval to Lindfield Oval.  This can be booked and paid for ($15 per head) when you enter.

There are two options for the bus:

1. Pre-run - 8:30am departure from Seaforth Oval to arrive at Lindfield Oval by 9am.  A bonus of being on this bus is that you can collect your race bib from the Bus Captain and avoid the queue at Lindfield Oval; 


2. Post-run - 12:45pm departure from Seaforth Oval to Lindfield Oval.  Save time on race morning and then enjoy the post-race bbq and presentations before taking the return trip back to your car at Lindfield.

Competitors are also welcome to make their own independent transport plans. Public transport between the start and finish locations is technically possible using standard Sydney Bus routes but is not recommended as the service is only hourly and requires at least 2 bus changes.  Getting the train to Lindfield is an option for the start.  It is a 1.3km walk from the station to the oval. At the finish there are various buses that pick up from Wakehurst Parkway and connect to Wynyard, Manly, Frenchs Forest and other destinations.

If you wish to make your own travel arrangements we recommend you park your car at the start or finish and get a friend to give you a lift or organise a car shuffle with other competitors. Please feel free to use The Great NOSH Footrace FaceBook page to find other competitors that you may be able to car share with.  Seaforth parking is likely to be fairly tight.  Lindfield should be easier.


Live timing will be provided by our friends at Online Timing.  RFID chips will be on race bibs and live results will be available as you cross the finish line.

At the Registration and Start: Lindfield Oval

When you arrive at the oval, head towards the grandstand.  Registration and bib collection will be in the Club House in the grandstand. 

Registration and bib collection will also be available at the Saturday Orienteering Series event on 2 June.  The event will be at 1st Lindfield Scout Hall, Slade Avenue, Lindfield with NOSH registration open between 9am and midday.

The start line is on the Two Creeks Track, 200 metres down the hill behind Lindfield Oval. There will be signs to show you the way.  Please queue along the fire trail for the start with fastest runners towards the front and walkers at the back.  There's no need to rush to cross the start line as your run time will commence when you cross the start line.

The course is rough and steep in places, your time is likely to be considerably slower than flat runs. In 2017 only 7 men ran under 80 minutes and 3 women ran under 90 minutes. As the trail quickly narrows it is important to be considerate and start in the appropriate location to minimise congestion.  

Race Bibs: All competitors will be given an A5 waterproof race number which will also have your timing chip on it.  The bibs can be collected:

- at Lindfield Oval from 8:30am on race day;
- on the 8:30am Seaforth to Lindfield Oval bus if you are pre-booked; or
- at the Saturday Orienteering Series event on 2 June. 

Race numbers must be prominently displayed on the front of competitors and be visible throughout the race. Pins for attaching the race numbers to your clothing will be provided.

Bag Transport: You may leave a limited amount of gear (change of clothes, drink bottle etc.) at Lindfield Oval and we will arrange transport of your gear to the finish line. It would be helpful if you provide a small labelled bag for your goodies.  Whilst all care will be taken, we cannot make any guarantees in relation to security of your gear or breakages.  Please don't leave any valuables in your bag to be transported.

On the Course

Competitors must RUN or WALK the official course as directed by race marshals. The course will be marked by streamers and kilometre markers. NOTE: These will be removed up to the 6 km mark at 11.15 am; up to the 13.4 km mark at 12.45 pm and up to the finish at 1.30 pm

The course covers some beautiful trails along Middle Harbour. The terrain is rough in places so you need to watch where you place your feet. This is a natural bush track, not pavement, so there will be tree branches and roots.  Please take care as falls and sprained ankles do happen.  The track is steep in some sections. There are only two locations where you will have to run beside public roads: firstly across Roseville bridge and down the ramp on the eastern side (which is the exit from the National Park) and, secondly, a couple of blocks in quiet, suburban Forestville. You must obey the course marshals directions, and keep to the left of the traffic cones.

Water Stations: There are two water stations. The first, at 6km is under the Roseville bridge on the eastern (far) side. The second is at 13.4km, at Forestville Park.  Runners are however encouraged to carry their own refreshments in reusable containers.  The water stations will also have a supply of lollies to keep your sugar levels up!

If you are injured or unwell, please see the closest marshal for assistance (they will be located at regular intervals along the trail), call the event communications officer (their number will be on the back of your race bib) or, in the case of a life threatening situation, contact 000. St Johns Ambulance will be available at the finish line at Seaforth Oval to provide First Aid.

Course Map: Due to an extended closure of part of the Flat Rock Track by National Parks there will be a slight detour to our traditional course. The 2018 course length will be approximately 16.4km.  It will be the same route as used for the 2016 and 2017 events. The course can be viewed below, or you can download the kmz file to view in Google Earth.

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Elevation Profile: Approx. 570m climb

Some photos of the course can be found here.

At the Finish: Seaforth Oval

Your time will automatically be recorded when you cross the line. Live race results will be available online. Official timekeeping will cease at 1:30pm.

Grumbling tummy? The Seaforth Soccer Club will be running their usual most awesome BBQ and have their canteen open selling a range of hot food, chips, lollies and drinks.

Injuries? St Johns Ambulance will be at Seaforth Oval treating any cuts and abrasions. For emergencies contact the nearest marshal who will be able to contact emergency services.
Forestville Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre will be available for free assessment and initial management of your injuries.

Hot and Sweaty? The clubhouse has limited showers.


There will be a presentation at the end to give out prizes. The runner's presentations will take place at approximately 12:15pm; Walkers at 1:15pm.

First place-getters for each age category in Running Men and Running Women will receive a NOSH 2018 t-shirt and all podium places (1st, 2nd and 3rd) will receive a famed NOSH mug. There will also be some lucky door prizes of NOSH mugs to those who stay for the presentations.


The event is expected to go ahead rain or shine, unless a National Park closure is declared. Typical weather is for a comfortable 18 deg C however approximately 1 in 3 days in June experience some rain.  There may be some mud on the trail :).

Entry - entries open 1 April 2018

Pre-entry $40

Entries received by 5pm Sunday 27 May will:

- receive pre-printed, personalised race bibs; and

- have the opportunity to book on either a 8:30am or 12:45pm event bus from Seaforth to Lindfield.  Bus tickets are $15 per person. Runners and walkers on the 8:30am bus will be able to register and collect their race bibs on the bus.

Pre-entries will close at 9am on Friday 1 June.

Race bibs may be collected from the registration desk from 8:30am on race day, on the 8:30am Seaforth to Lindfield bus or from the Saturday Orienteering Series event on 2 June. They will not be posted out. 

Enter on Day $50  (limited entry on the day will be available as we have a NPWS race limit)

Unless all entry positions are sold prior, we will be accepting entries on race day. Please arrive early to secure your start. You will need to clear registration in time to make your way to the start line, a 10 minute walk from the oval. 

If you have not pre-booked a seat on the bus, we cannot guarantee a seat or standing space on a bus on the day.

Note that our entry system (TryBooking) only accepts card payments.  If you are unable to pay by card please contact the event organisers to make alternative payment arrangements.


Race Categories You're category will automatically be assigned from your registration details. There will be prizes for 1st (t-shirt and mug), 2nd (mug) and 3rd (mug) in each of the following running categories, as well as a NOSH mug for the top three place-getters in walking categories:

  Runners Walkers
Male <18 18-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70+ <50 50+
Female <18 18-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70+ <50 50+

Refunds Entry cancellations can be made up until 20 May, by writing to, where a refund (less $10 administration fee) will be made. Refunds will not be given after this date. The event is expected to be conducted regardless of weather unless a closure of the trails through the National Parks is announced. In the event of cancellation a notification will be made on the NOSH website and Facebook page.

Entry conditions By entering the event you will be asked to accept personal responsibility for your participation, accept risks associated with your participation, accept publication of your result and possibly also photographs or video of you as well as other conditions.  Please read the full details below and also during the registration process.

Insurance The Great NOSH Footrace is covered by Orienteering NSW's public liability insurance. This does not include personal accident insurance. It is recommended to take out your own personal accident and ambulance cover for the event. 

NOSH Merchandise

T-Shirts Event t-shirts will be available in both men's and women's cuts and will be a lightweight mesh training top featuring the 2018 logo. The shirts will be prizes for category winners and may also be purchased for $40 each.

If you order early, your shirt will be available for collection on race day (at Seaforth after presentations).  Should demand exceeds our initial production run, shirts will be mailed out after the event.

Famous NOSH mugs: One of the NOSH's famed traditions is the NOSH coffee mug. Perfect for those warm winter beverages! NOSH mugs will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters and the volunteers who help with the event. There will also be a lucky draw at the presentation ceremony! You will have to wait until race day to find out this year's design.


Still have questions?

You can email the race organiser Barbara at:


Here's the details of what we will ask you to accept to enter this event:


I understand and acknowledge that the activity I am entering may be of an adventurous nature and possibly in a remote bush setting. I am aware that it is inherently subject to risk.  These risks include death, and serious injury or illness due to rough terrain and obstacles, heat, cold or other adverse weather conditions, over exertion, plant and animal life as well as accidents with vehicles, other competitors or pedestrians. There are also risks that access to medical, evacuation or search services might be slow and of damage to, or loss of, your personal property.

I understand that all hazards and dangers associated with these activities cannot be foreseen or may be beyond the control of event management and volunteers. I understand that I will be required to obey instructions and co-operate with event management and volunteers. I warrant that I have an ordinary ability to comprehend instructions given in English.


I have read the risk warning for this event.  I am aware that this trail run is a recreational activity that can be dangerous, accept that there is a degree of risk and acknowledge that I participate in this event at my own risk. 

I release event management and volunteers involved in organising the event (including Orienteering NSW, Bennelong Northside Orienteers and other clubs as well as Bold Horizons) from any responsibility or legal liability associated with my presence at, and participation in, the event.

Accordingly, I release all persons or corporations associated directly or indirectly with the conduct of the event from all claims, demands and proceedings arising out of my participation and I hereby indemnify them against all liability (including liability for their negligence and the negligence of others) for all injury, loss or damage arising out of my participation in this event or any breach of these terms. This release shall extend to and include and their respective directors, officers, agents, contractors, employees and volunteers including medical and paramedical personnel appointed for the event, the owners, licensees and occupiers of land upon which the event or any part of it is conducted, any statutory body or local authority having control over any land upon which the event or any part of it is conducted or which is involved directly or indirectly with the event in any manner whatsoever, and promoters and sponsors. This release and indemnity continues forever and binds my heirs, executors, personal representatives and assignees.

To the extent that the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 applies this release is limited to responsibility and legal liability for death or personal injury and does not apply to significant personal injury caused by reckless conduct by event organisers and all other parties associated with organising the event.


There is no health, accident, ambulance, disability or life insurance included by your registration in this event. 
You and any people you are responsible for must all be fit, healthy and in a physical condition appropriate for participation in this event.  Any questions or concerns should be raised with event management prior to participation.

If you observe any safety risk during the event, by entering the event you agree to notify a course marshal or the Event Communications Officer immediately and take all practicable steps to ensure your own health and safety and the safety of others.

If your or any people you are responsible for suffers injury or illness,  event management can, at your cost, arrange medical treatment and emergency evacuation services as event management deems appropriate for that persons’ safety or well-being.

By entering this event you agree to allow the free use of your entry information and photograph or video for any purpose and in perpetuity and agree that they may also be shared with other parties. Please let us know in advance if there are any concerns in this regard and we will do our best to accommodate special requests.

  The Great NOSH Footrace is only possible because of the most excellent support of Orienteering NSW and the volunteers from the orienteering clubs: Bennelong Northside Orienteers, Big Foot Orienteers, Garingal Orienteers, Southern Highlands Orienteers, Uringa Orienteers and the Western and Hills Orienteers. If you love trail running why not blaze your own trail at an orienteering event soon?  
  For more information on orienteering and upcoming events, check out the Bennelong Northside Orienteers and ONSW websites.  




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