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37th Annual Great NOSH Footrace







Sunday, June 5 2011



Race results including class winners can now be viewed here.

The Great NOSH Footrace is back for its 37th 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 15.25km, mostly on bush tracks and fire trails, with some steep sections. Proceeds from the event go to the Orienteering Association of NSW to assist in running orienteering events throughout NSW.

Where is it?

Start: Lindfield Oval, Tryon Road, East Lindfield.

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Finish: Seaforth Oval, Wakehurst Parkway, Bantry Bay.

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When is it?

Sunday June 5 2011, 10AM. Make sure to get to Lindfield oval at least an hour early to allow time to pick up your race number and get down to the starting line.

At the Start: Lindfield Oval

When you arrive at the oval, head towards the grandstand. There will be a line for pre-entered competitors to pick up their race number and t-shirt (if they have ordered one).

Starting order: There is one mass start at 10am. 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. Faster runners will want to get there early to reserve their place close to the line. There will be signs indicating where you should start from depending on how quickly you think you will finish the race: <75 minutes, 75-90 minutes, 90-115 minutes, and walkers. As the trail quickly narrows it is important to be considerate and start in the appropriate location to minimise congestion. Last year’s winning runner took just over 61 minutes! Some of the walkers will take a more leisurely 4 hours.

Race Numbers: Please make sure to display your race number at all times during the race. This will be a waterproof A5 sheet which you can pin to your shirt. Pins 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.

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.

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 nature, so there will be tree branches and roots! You will not have to run on a public road, however there is one location where you use a footpath: crossing Roseville Bridge. You must obey the traffic controllers 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 12km, at Forestville Park.

If you are injured, please see the closest marshal for assistance, or call one of the race directors. Their phone numbers will be on the back of your race number. St Johns Ambulance will be available at the Finish line at Seaforth Oval to provide First Aid.

Course Map: View below, or download a kmz file to view in Google Earth.

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Some photos of the course can be found here.

At the Finish: Seaforth Oval

When you cross the finish line you will be handed a note with your official finish time. Please then proceed to the race officials table and join the line for your age/gender. Your time will be recorded and you will be given a race certificate with your official race time. Please have your time recorded as this will let us know that you have finished the race and save us some time looking for you.

Full race results will be available on the Bennelong Northside Orienteers website,

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

Injuries? St Johns Ambulance will be treating any cuts and abrasions.
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 12pm; Walkers at 1pm. Prizes will go to 1st, 2nd and 3rd for Men and Women in the Running and Walking categories.


Public transport between the start and finish locations by Sydney Buses is possible about every hour but involves at least 2 changes so we recommend you get dropped off and picked up or organise a car shuffle with your friends. We have set up a forum to help arrange car pooling here. For public transport information, see


The event will go ahead rain or shine. It is looking like the heavy rain of Monday and Tuesday has ended, which will give the tracks a chance to dry out a bit before Sunday, but there will still be a few puddles to run through or around. The forecast for Sunday is a comfortable 18 deg C with winds at 10-20km/h. The latest Sydney weather forecast information is available here.


Pre-entries have now closed. You can still enter on the day of the event at the start location, Lindfield Oval for $25.

Risk Statement

In entering this event you should recognise that the trail running is a recreational activity that may involve significant risk of physical harm and has certain inherent and obvious risks due to its conduct in both urban and natural environments. Included in these risks are injury due to: rough terrain and obstacles; the effects of heat, cold or other adverse weather conditions; plant and animal life; vehicular traffic; and remoteness to medical services or evacuation difficulties. You should recognise that trail running can be a dangerous recreational activity and the enjoyment of trail running is derived in part from the inherent and obvious risks associated with the activity.

You should be aware that there is no personal accident insurance on your participation in the sport and you participate at your own risk.

Still have questions?

You can email the race organisers at:

  The Great NOSH Footrace is only possible because of the support of the Orienteering Association of NSW and the volunteers from the orienteering clubs: Bennelong Northside Orienteers, Big Foot Orienteers, Garingal Orienteers, Uringa Orienteers and the Western and Hills Orienteers.  
  For more information on orienteering and upcoming events, check out the Bennelong Northside Orienteers and OANSW websites.  


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