Rocky Point Run
Tauranga Bay to Carters Beach | Sunday October 22nd
Image Source: http://abeltasman.org.nz/images/
Cape Foulwind, the earliest image of New Zealand (folio 62)
Why Rocky Point?
Abel Tasman was the first European to sight Cape Foulwind on 14 December, 1642. Tasman named the promontory Clyppygen Hoeck, which translates to Rocky Point, but it was Captain Cook who later gave it the name Cape Foulwind. Cook’s ship the Endeavour was blown well out to sea from this point in a particularly unpleasant patch of weather.
One of Tasmans’ associates, Isaac Gilsemans, sketched the land near Cape Foulwind. The prominent islands called The Steeples can be seen at upper left.
While generally “flat” there are two climbs up out of the Seal Colony car park. The first (approximately 1kn into the run) is around 800m long with 43m elevation, followed (quite quickly) by a short 100m section with 10m elevation gain.
The trail itself is a well-groomed cycle trail – mostly 2+ metres wide. For the 25km run the Millennium Track at the Buller Bridge is mostly narrow, compacted sand with the odd tree-root here and there. As the Millennium Track circuit is less than 2km, it would be advisable to make yourself familiar with it before race day.
The 12.5km and 25km events will start at the Tauranga Bay domain on the Kawatiri Coastal Trail (KCT).
Leaving the Tauranga Bay Domain, competitors will follow the KCT north to the Tauranga Bay Seal Colony carpark.
Marshalls will direct you onto the next section through to Lighthouse Road.
From there, you will follow the KCT through to the Omau Domain, across SH 67 to the old Holcim haul road.
At the bottom of the Holcim Hill, you will cross SH67 again, back onto the KCT and through to the Carters Beach Domain 12.5km Runners and Walkers will finish here
25km Runners continue on the KCT, crossing controlled intersections at Golf Links Road and Schadick Avenue.
At the end of the KCT, you will run across the Buller Bridge (on the barriered walkway), turn left at the end of the bridge and follow the trail down into the Buller Bridge carpark.
Follow the flags to the start of the Millennium Track (to the north of the bridge) then run on the outer track alongside the Buller River.
Marshalls will then direct you onto the “inland” Millennium Track, which you will then follow back to the Buller Bridge retracing your steps back out to the Carters Beach Domain where the finish line is.
The 5km event will start at the Buller Bridge car park in Westport. Runners and walkers will cross the bridge then connect with the Kawatiri Coastal Trail where they will follow the trail until they reach the Carters Beach Reserve and their finish line.
The After match – food and drink
Locally made food and drink will be available for sale at the end of the race. So once you have completed your event why not try a Short Jaw Brewery Trail Hopper Pilsner, A West Coast Pie or one of Rosa’s delicious Raw Treats – award yourself for making it to the finish line!
There is also a local café and restaurant based nearby if you are feeling like something more substantial to fill the gap – Donaldos Cafe on Marine Parade.