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The 43rd Great NOSH Footrace 2017











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The Great NOSH Footrace is back for its 43rd 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 4, 2017

If the trails are closed or deemed too dangerous by event organiser's on the 4th we will post updates on this website and FaceBook to give runners as much notice as possible.  In the unlikely event that the run is postponed (it's only happened once in 42 years), the run will be rescheduled for Sunday June 18, 2017.  Sorry but no refunds are available if the event is postponed or ultimately cancelled.

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.


New in 2017 is 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; Sorry - seats on this bus have sold out.


2. Post-run - 12:45pm departure from Seaforth Oval to Lindfield Oval.

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.

Alternatively 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. 


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 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 bib. If registering on event day you can collect a registration form to complete before making your payment at the registration desk.

Starting order: There will be a wave start with the fastest runners starting 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.  There will be signs indicating where you should start from depending on how quickly you think you will finish the race: <80 minutes, 80-95 minutes, 95-115 minutes, and walkers. Waves are expected to start in quick succession, so please be at the start for 10am.  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 2016 only 9 men ran under 80 minutes and 5 women ran under 95 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. 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 labeled 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 on public roads: on the east side of Roseville bridge down the ramp which is the exit of the National Park and a couple of blocks in quiet, suburban Forestville. 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.  You are also welcome to carry your own refreshments.

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 a temporary closure of part of the Flat Rock Track by National Parks there will be a slight detour to our usual course. The 2017 course length will be approximately 16.4km.  It will be the same route as used for the 2016 event. 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 2017 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 (enter here)

Pre-entry $35

Entries open 1 May 2017 at midday.  A link will be posted both here and on FaceBook.

Entries received by 5pm Sunday 21 May will have pre-printed, personalised race bibs.  Only these early entrants will have the opportunity to pre-book a ticket on either a 8:30am or 12:45pm event bus from Seaforth to Lindfield.  Bus tickets are $15 per person.

Pre-entries will close at 9am on Friday 2 June.

All race bibs may be collected from the registration desk from 8:30am on race day. They will not be posted out. 

Enter on Day (limited entry on the day will be available) $45

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.

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 21 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 This year's event t-shirt is available in men's and women's cut and is a microfibre performance training top. The shirts will be prizes for category winners and may also be purchased for $40 each.

If you order early then 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.

Men's Front Women's Front Rear

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 Occasional 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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