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The Greater Bank Fernleigh 15

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The 2019 Greater Bank Fernleigh 15 will offer runners the chance to compete as an individual and complete the 15km course by themselves or as a part of a 5 runner relay. This relay is exciting and popular providing runners of all ages and abilities to run the Fernleigh if 15km is a little too far!

How to enter the The Greater Bank Fernleigh 15

  1. 15km Handcycle

    Run 15km
    AUD $40–AUD $60
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  2. Greater Fernleigh 15 Run or Walk

    Run 15km
    AUD $40–AUD $60
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  3. 15km Wheelchair Race

    Run 15km
    AUD $40–AUD $60
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  4. Fernleigh 15 5 Runner Relay

    Run 15km
    AUD $85–AUD $100
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The Greater Bank Fernleigh 15 routes

The seventh annual Fernleigh 15 is the one opportunity for runners and walkers to complete the entire length of the Fernleigh Track without traffic or bicycles. The 2019 event will again feature a 5 person relay with relay change zones at each of the iconic railway stations along the track.

Pass through suburban settings before running through the iconic Pacific Highway tunnel linking Newcastle and Lake Macquarie jurisdictions. Run through the leafy Glenrock reserve and then past the historic coastal town of Redhead. The run culminates with a ripping last km over boardwalk sections of paperbark swamp and finishing at the Belmont railway platform.

This year will be the third running of the 15km relay divided into 5 individual run legs. Each run leg will have a change over zone at each Railway Station along the track. Runners will wear a sash from the start to the finish and will complete one of the 5 relay legs. The minimum age for relay runners is 8 years old (Primary School age) making it suitable for school teams.

Team Event - The 5 Leg Relay
1. There are 3 team categories; Schools/Clubs, Family or Open
2. All runners shall ride on a bus from St Pius X to their leg start (private transport is not permitted) they will also be picked up at the finish of their leg and transported to the finish at Belmont.
3. There are 5 legs of varying distances all taking in a station to station leg – see above map. Teams must nominate which runner is completing each leg they are doing at the time of registration.
– Leg 1: Adamstown to Kahibah (3.1km)
– Leg 2: Kahibah to Whitebridge (2.1km)
– Leg 3: Whitebridge to Redhead (4.1km)
– Leg 4: Redhead to Jewells (2.5km)
– Leg 5: Jewells to Belmont (3.2km)
2. All teams will start at 8:15am in their own wave. The finishing time of the 5th runner shall be recorded.
3. The bus fee is included in the team entry fee, however a Return bus to St Pius X from Belmont is not included

Start Area
The Start Area is St Pius X High School, Adamstown. This is where participants can check in, park their car, visit the bathrooms and receive on the day race instructions. There is ample parking along with toilets, bag drop, warm up facilities and a coffee vendor all nearby. Runners shall be escorted from the start area to the start line in waves. The waves shall be brought together at St Pius X quadrangle just near the check in location (School chapel) and then led down to the start line following the route marked in yellow above. Ushers will lead the group down to the start line arriving 10 minutes before their allotted start time (listed above). Officials will call participants from the Start Waiting Area to the Start line 5 minutes before the Start Time.

Aid Stations
Aid/drink stations will be provided at the start, finish, 3km, 5.1km, 9.5km and 12km marks. Electrolyte drink and water will also be available at the 9.5km, 12km and finish line water stains. First Aid will be located at several points along the course and the finish line. There is also toilets at Whitebridge and Redhead.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Finisher's medal
Raceday Logistics
Race Registration at Westfield Rooftop
Race pack collection will be held at the Rooftop at Westfield Kotara. As a part of your race pack you wont have a timing chip to lace in your shoe. Your chest bib will include a timing device. Chest bibs can be collected at race kit collection before race day. You can collect your race kit at the following locations;
9am – 5pm Friday 18th October: The Rooftop, Westfield Kotara
9am – 5pm Saturday 19th October: The Rooftop, Westfield Kotara
6am – 7:30am Sunday 20th October: St Pius X High School, Adamstown

Last minute bus tickets can be purchased from check in. Please bring $10 cash.

The Fernleigh 15 has a Marshal Time and a Start time! This is because we gather runners together in their wave at St Pius X High School and perform a nice little 5min walk to the start line. Please note your marshal time and your start time below.

Wave Start Times
Wave 1: Wheelies 7:55AM
Wave 2: Runners Seeded/Open wave 8:00AM
Wave 3: Runners 35-44yrs 8:05AM
Wave 4: Runners 45-54yrs 8:10AM
Wave 5: Runners 5 leg relay 8:15AM
Wave 6: Runners 55+ & Walkers 8:15AM (right behind the relay starters)

Wave Marshal Times
Marshalling 1: Wheelies on the start line 7:50AM
Marshalling 2: Runners Seeded/Open 7:50AM
Marshalling 3: Runners 35-44yrs 7:55AM
Marshalling 4: Runners 45-54yrs 8:00AM
Marshalling 5: Runners 5 x leg relay 1st leg runner 8:05AM
Marshalling 6: Runners 55+ & Walkers 8:05AM

Event Day Details – On the track
Newcastle Flyers Pace Groups
We are pleased to announce that the Newcastle Flyers will provide pace groups for any runners to join in in order to reach their target times. These runners will be well identified at the start and will wear a tall flag. The pace groups are:

1. 4:00 min per km pace = sub 60:00 (this group will be start with WAVE 1)
2. 4:30 min per km pace = sub 1:07:30 (this group will start with WAVE 2)
3. 5:00 min per km pace = sub 1:15:00 (this group will start with WAVE 3)
4. 5:30 min per km pace = sub 1:22:30 (this group will start in WAVE 3)
5. 6:00 min per km pace = sub 1:90:00 (this group will start in WAVE 4)

Should you want to run with one of the pace groups you will need to ensure that you start in the SAME WAVE as your chosen pace group.
Kit List

Suitable running clothing


Come and cheer on your family and friends!

The event requires over 50 volunteers. Most of these volunteers will come from local athletics clubs and other community groups. If you or your group are interested in volunteering please contact event organiser Scott Westcott via email [email protected]

Results will live via NSW live results. Final results will be available from the results tab

We are fortunate in being able to present several prizes over the course of the day. All prizes and places aside from the overall top three will be taken from ‘Net Time’. This is the time recorded for each participant from the time they cross the start line until the time they cross the finish line. Prizes for top three males and females and wheelies are as follows. These first three across the line shall be awarded on Gun Time.

Greater Bank / Hit 106.9 Family Fun Zone
The finish line of the 2018 Fernleigh 15 will be a little different with a fun zone hosted by Hit 106.9 and Greater Bank. There will be things to do for kids and supporters while you collect your medals, grab a drink and enjoy some fruit while catching up with mates.

The Greater Bank Fernleigh 15 weather forecast

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