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Course Information


The Good Home Half Marathon and Fleming Contracting 10km Course

From the start line the run leads up a well formed gravel forest access road including the first of Mangamahoe’s many climbs, after about a kilometre runners head left and onto the first taste of single track forest trail, after getting a feeling for the narrower track we come back down onto the access road for another short burst where the pack can sort itself out a little more if need be. Following a trail around to the left (passed the point where the 5km runners will turn) we head over the dam at the end of Lake Mangamahoe and with a sharp right head up onto a ridgeline with nice flowing single track, at the end of the ridge the track plummets quickly in a tricky little descent and runners find themselves on the Bridle trails on the western side of the forest. From approximately 3.5 to 8k the course is on these bridle trails predominantly looping around the far trails and including some short sharp hills and a good view of Mount Taranaki before leading past the Crematorium and Horse Trailer carparks and one more hill before turning right and heading for the main lakeside gravel road. Watch your footing on the bridle trails as depending on the weather the clay can be slippery and the surface inconsistent and amongst the trees expect to encounter at least a few patches of mud. The course follows the main lakeside road until approximately 9.5k where it takes to the round the lake walking track, a narrow track with a couple of swing bridges and another short sharp climb which brings you to a view point overlooking the lake and out towards New Plymouth. Descending the hill the course turns back towards and onto the forest access road and back to the Events Centre, Quarter Marathon participants finish here while Half Marathon participants turn left around the edge of the Event Centre and onto the Kiwi Mountain bike trail traversing across a hillside to another gravel road (the gravel road will have participants going in both directions so please follow marshal instructions and arrows) which takes runners down to first the fantail and secondly the Hihi mountain bike trails run in reverse, these trails are twisty single track under pine forest with the sound of the nearby Waiwakaiho River flowing by, back up the gravel road and onto the higher Kiwi track runners traverse the hillside again and find themselves behind the Event Centre two thirds of the way through the event. From here the course follows a mountain bike track gradually climbing with switchbacks and brilliant views to Mount Taranaki and New Plymouth before running along the top of the ridge and the longest descent on the course down to more mountain bike single track alongside the Waiwakaiho River, the second track (Rocky Road at just past the 17k mark) includes some of the more technical running on the course with round river rocks and sand, watch your footing. Coming out to the single track the course leads back onto the forest access road and loops around to where the 5km runners turned off earlier. This time round all half marathon participants turn left and head up the steps and onto the round the lake walking track on the eastern side of the lake, this track undulates and heads down lakeside in native bush before heading through a small patch of redwoods and onto another gravel track, this is the last bigger hill and runners will climb this to get back onto the forest access road turning right and heading down the hill they started on some 20.5 kilometres earlier back to the Event Centre and across the finish line!

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