Burgh 2 Beach is on again this weekend, Sunday 26th October, starting from Helensburgh town centre, with a downhill run to beautiful Stanwell Park Beach.
Nathan believed such a run would be challenging but in turn showcase the truly wonderful features of the Helensburgh, Otford and Stanwell Park communities and while not the same event a semblance of the prior race with the same name.
The charity race will be held on Sunday 26th October, 2014 starting with a mass start for walkers at 7:30am and runners at 8am. Registration is $35 up to midday on Thursday 23rd October, 2014. You may then register on the day between 6:00am and 7:15am for $50. A race briefing will be conducted at 7:15am for walkers and 7:45am for runners. Family and Friends are able to make their way to the event finish on Stanwell Park Beach but these spectators must pass through Bald Hill/Stanwell Tops by 8:00am OR before the first event participant arrives (for safety the road will be closed for 45 minutes in both directions from the Stop sign at Bald Hill to Stanwell Park – a distance of about 1km).
All participants must pass through the 5km Bald Hill road closure by 8:40am in order to complete the event. For a ‘walker’ this is 70 minutes after the official start. For a runner this is 40 minutes after the official start. The checkpoint must be reached within time or you will be stopped from descending in to Stanwell Park. For example, if you cannot run 8 minutes per kilometre you should not be starting at 8am (it’s the reason we have a 730am walking start!). A race sweeper will be moving at the slowest pace permissible to complete the event and you must keep in front of him at all times.
The 8km race will start in Helensburgh, outside the historic ‘Centennial Hotel.’ It will continue down the main street of Helensburgh and then out towards Otford Road. The run will then travel down into the rainforest community of Otford before travelling up to ‘Bald Hill’ and the wonderful views of the South Coast – your 5km aid station is in the car park of the Bald Hill look out for both fluid and aid. From there it will travel down Lawrence Hargreaves Drive, into the surf community of Stanwell Park. It will lead onto the actual Stanwell Park beach and after a gruelling run along the soft sands of the beach; the race will finish in front of the Stanwell Park Surf Club.
The event attracts social runners as well as a family event for members of the Helensburgh/Stanwell Park and wider community. Local residents not taking part in the race will be encouraged to line the streets and cheer on the runners as they pass, showcasing the community spirit of Helensburgh, Otford, Stanwell Park and surrounds.