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The 42nd Annual Great NOSH Footrace - 2016






Sunday, July 10 2016



Results are available

The 2017 race is scheduled for Sunday 4th June 2017, subject to NPWS and council approvals.
If you would like to know more about the race, check out the details of the 2016 event below.

The Great NOSH Footrace is back for its 42nd 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. Proceeds from the event go to Bennelong Northside Orienteers and Orienteering NSW to assist in running orienteering events throughout NSW.

Where is it?

Start: Lindfield Oval, Tryon Road, East Lindfield.

Finish: Seaforth Oval, Wakehurst Parkway, Bantry Bay.

When is it?

NOTICE: New date - Sunday July 10 2016

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 number and get down to the starting line. You can get your pre-race caffeine boost  from the coffee van.

At the Start: Lindfield Oval

When you arrive at the oval, head towards the grandstand. There will be an express line for pre-entered competitors to pick up their race number and timing chip. If registering on event day you can collect a registration form to complete before making your payment at the registration desk.

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. Last year’s winning runner took just over 59 minutes! Some of the walkers will take a more leisurely 4 hours. As the trail quickly narrows it is important to be considerate and start in the appropriate location to minimise congestion.

Race Numbers: All competitors will be given an A5 waterproof race number. 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.

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! It is steep in some sections. There are only two locations where you will have to run on public roads: a couple of blocks in quiet suburban Forestville and down the exit ramp of the national park on the east side of 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 13.4km, at Forestville Park.

If you are injured, please see the closest marshal for assistance, or call the communications officer. Their phone number 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: Course change: Due to a temporary closure of part of the Flat Rock Track, National Parks and Wildlife Service has directed us to modify our course. The 2016 course length will be approximately 16.4km. This is due to police action in the area regarding unapproved construction works and arson at the Killarney Point rowing club site. There is quite a tale attached; you can ready more about it in this Daily Telegraph article, which also has some historical photos of the site. We hope to be able to return to the original track next year. 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

When you cross the finish line you will need to tap your timing chip on top of the sportIDENT Finish Control and hear a beep, indicating your finish time is recorded on your timing chip. Proceed to the download station where your timing chip will be collected and downloaded. 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. Competitors who do not return their timing chip (by loss or otherwise) will be charged $30 for the replacement of the chip. Live race results will be displayed on a screen at the download station. Official timekeeping will cease at 1:30pm.

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

Did you buy a t-shirt? T-Shirts must be pre-ordered with your race entry. They will be available for pickup from the results desk at the finish.

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.


Presentations 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 2016 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.

Sponsors are yet to be announced.


Competitors must make their own 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. We recommend you park your car at the finish and get a friend to drop you off at the start or organise a car shuffle with other competitors. We have set up a forum to help you find other competitors interested in car pooling by posting on our Facebook page here. For public transport information, see


The event will go ahead rain or shine, unless a National Park closure is declared. Typical weather is for a comfortable 18 deg C with winds at 10-20km/h. Sometimes it rains a bit in the week before the event but most of the track handles the rain pretty well and your feet will stay dry if you watch your step. The latest Sydney weather forecast information is available here.



Pre-entries are open here and close at 11:59PM on Sunday 22 May. If you miss out, you can still enter on race day at Lindfield Oval from 8:30AM. Pre-entry is at the discounted rate of $28. Race bibs are to e picked up from the registration desk 8:30am on race day. They will not be posted out. T-shirts can be ordered with your pre-entry for $29 and will be available for pickup at the finish.

Enter on Day

Unless all entry positions are sold prior, we will be accepting entries on race day. The EOD entry rate is $40. Please arrive early as there will be a lot of people registering. You will need to clear registration in time to make your way to the start line, a 10 minute walk from the oval. A very limited number of T-shirts may be available for purchase after the presentation, depending upon the number of place getters. 

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 cancelations can be made up until the closing date for entries, by writing to, where a refund (less $5 administration fee) will be made. Refunds will not be given after this date. The event will be held regardless of weather unless a closure of National Parks is announced. In the event of cancelation a notification will be made on the NOSH website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Risk Statement When registering you will be asked to sign the following risk statement:
"By competing, I accept all risks necessarily flowing from my participation which could result in loss of life or permanent injury and acknowledge that I will be responsible for my own health and safety during the event. If I observe any safety risk during the event, I agree to notify Bennelong Northside Orienteers immediately and take all practicable steps to ensure my own health and safety and the safety of others. 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 Bennelong Northside Orienteers and its related affiliates, 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."

Insurance The Great NOSH Footrace is covered by its own 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 This year's t-shirt is available in men's and women's cut, in 150gsm 100% combed cotton. This is the same cut and fabric as the 2014 and 2015 shirts. It has an smooth knit feel and extra length. They are a modern (close-fitting) fit so you should order a size up if you prefer your shirt looser. Full sizing information is available on the ordering page. All shirts must be ordered through the online entry system and will be ready to pick up at the end of the race. If you have already entered but still want a shirt, just go to the entry page and enter '0' in the entries quantities to order just a shirt. T-Shirt orders will cut off at the same time as entries, at 11:59PM on Sunday 22 May.

Click the pic. for a closer look!

Just $29!

Beverage Receptacles: 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 for people who make it to the presentation ceremony! What will this year's mug colour be? You will have to wait until race day to find out!

Still have questions?

You can email the race organisers Darren and Joel at:

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


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