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Speight’s West Coaster

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Review summary

4.7
4 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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Fletcher D
"Great event as ever by total sport. Get amongst it any event distance..."

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Jared P
"Maybe just a little more course info was alot harder then anticipated but still..."

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Kirsten M
"Hydrate really well the day before and electrolytes are really important as..."
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Distances in this event

  1. 42k Solo/Team Run

    Run 42.2km
    NZD $99
    Event passed
  2. 21.1k Run/Walk

    Run 21.1km
    NZD $64
    Event passed
  3. 13k Run/Walk

    Run 13km
    NZD $52
    Event passed
  4. 6k Run/Walk

    Run 6km
    NZD $39
    Event passed

Speight’s West Coaster routes

6km Run/Walk 

If your off-road running adventures have just begun or you’re looking for a great morning out with the family, this is the event for you. The course is designed to be achievable yet still challenging and includes a taste of each aspect of the West Coast’s stunning beauty.

Starting at the event base you will head out the gravel drive way you arrived on, cut behind Bethells reserve and carpark, before popping out on the world class Bethells Beach. From here you will enter the Te Henga Track for a short out and back section to give you a taste of its magic.

Once down from the Te Henga walkway, cross the Foot Bridge and head beneath (that’s right – beneath) the bridge you drove across when you came into Bethells. You’ll proceed along the path as if you were heading to Lake Wainamu but take a right onto the truly epic Bethells sand dunes before a short ‘home straight’ to the event base nestled under the Pine Forest to finish.

13km Run/Walk 

Starting on private land at Bethells (next to the Bethells Beach reserve) you will first do a 2.5km loop through some awesome pine forest – this will get the legs and lungs well warmed up. You’ll then loop back past base for some motivation before the climb up to “Razorback Ridge” via 4 wheel drive track.

At the top of the ridge you’ll reach aid station one. Turn left from here and proceed in the direction of the sea with fast flowing ridge line running and stunning 360 degree views. You then turn towards the north and start your decent through stunning native bush lined tracks. From here, you will have another solid grunt back up to the ridge line while being rewarded with your second aid station and some more quality views.

You will start your last big descend down the 4 wheel drive track you came up. The track will fork and you will continue down an awesome fast, sand-based decent which snakes its way around to then run parallel with the sand dunes and to the event base to finish.

21.1km Run/Walk – Proposed Course 

For those of you that might have done the Half Marathon here before we have a 100% new course for you this year!

Starting on private land at Bethells (next to the Bethells Beach reserve) you will first do a 2.5km loop through some awesome pine forest – this will get the legs and lungs well warmed up. You’ll then loop back past base for some motivation before the climb up to “Razorback Ridge” via 4 wheel drive track.

At the top of the ridge you’ll reach aid station one. Turn left from here and proceed in the direction of the sea with fast flowing ridge line running and stunning 360 degree views. You then turn towards the north and start your decent through stunning native bush lined tracks. From here, you will have another solid grunt back up to the ridge line while being rewarded with your second aid station and some more quality views.

You’ll start your last big descent down the 4 wheel drive track you came up. The track will fork, and you will continue down an awesome fast, sand based decent which snakes its way around to, then run parallel with the sand dunes.

At the bottom, you will then be directed right and begin making your way across what can only be described as a truly amazing inland sand dune for the next km or two. Once you arrive at Lake Wainamu you will complete a loop of the lake in an anticlockwise direction. This track is trail running at its best, fast and flowing with great views of the lake, waterfall and sand-dunes while being under the cover of cooling shade native bush. Your final few kms will be memorable as you fly down the Waiti Steam and across the epic sand dune once more to finish!

42.2km Marathon Course – Proposed Course 

Not for the faint hearted – this is quite possibly NZ’s toughest off-road marathon.

For those of you that have done the Marathon here before, we have changed the order around a bit and added some new stuff we think you will like!

Starting at the event base you will head out the gravel drive way you arrived on, cut behind Bethells reserve and carpark, before popping out on the world class Bethels Beach. From here you will enter the Te Henga Track and head northward for 10km of truly stunning open single-track running! Traversing along the cliffs you will be rewarded for all your hard work with ever changing views out to sea. Your final 1km involves a healthy number of stairs before you pop out at you first aid station on Constable Road.

After some very welcome hydration (it can get remarkably hot on the Te Henga trail) you are back on the Te Henga Track heading south now, with new views to be had in the opposite direction. This track is one that is well worth doing a second time!

Once you are off Te Henga track for the second time, you are basically half way done. Cross the Foot Bridge and head beneath (that’s right – beneath) the bridge you drove across when you came into Bethells. You will proceed up the river for a short bit, and along the path as if you were heading to Lake Wainamu, but take a right onto the truly epic Bethels sand dunes. You’ll reach aid station number two on the other side and continue through event base for a bit of a boost before you start the biggest climb of the day.

Heading up through epic pine trees to “Razorback Ridge” via 4 wheel drive track. At the top of the ridge you’ll reach aid station three. Turn left from here and proceed in the direction of the sea with fast flowing ridge line running and stunning 360 degree views. You then turn towards the north and start your decent through stunning native bush lined tracks. From here, you will have another solid grunt back up to the ridge line while being rewarded with your fourth aid station and some more quality views.

You’ll start your last big descent down the 4 wheel drive track you came up. The track will fork, and you will continue down an awesome fast, sand based decent which snakes its way around to, then run parallel with the sand dunes.

At the bottom, you will then be directed right and begin making your way across what can only be described as a truly amazing inland sand dune for the next km or two. Once you arrive at Lake Wainamu you will complete a loop of the lake in an anticlockwise direction.

This track is trail running at its best, fast and flowing with great views of the lake, waterfall and sand-dunes while being under the cover of cooling shade native bush. Your final few kms will be memorable as you fly down the Waiti Steam and across the sand dune one last time!

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Based out of Bethells Beach along the Te Henga track on Auckland's West Coast, the Speights West Coaster will reward you with some of the best off-road terrain and the most stunning coastal sights our beautiful country has to offer.

The SPEIGHT'S West Coaster accommodates all levels of fitness, adventure, and enthusiasm. Distances range from a full marathon - which will make an honest man, woman or team out of you - to a 30km, 21.1km and a 13km and 6km for individuals.

If youre keen to hit some of the finest trails in the country then the SPEIGHT'S West Coaster is a must-do event!

Raceday Logistics

Event – 42.2k Marathon Run
Start Time – 8:00am
Location – Event Base, Bethells Reserve

Event – 21.1km Half Marathon Run/Walk
Start Time – 09:00am
Location – Event Base, Bethells Reserve

Event – 13km Run/Walk
Start Time – 10:00am
Location – Event Base, Bethells Reserve

Event – 6km Run/Walk
Start Time – 10:30am
Location – Event Base, Bethells Reserve

Kit List

Compulsory Gear

Depending on the weather/forecast for event day, a call will be made by event staff on Thursday as to whether we will be implementing the below options for the competitors in the 42.2km/30km/21.1km event. This will be communicated to you before race day, but plan to need it all, and leave out the un-required items if that call is made (Final decision to be made and communicated on event morning).

  • Option 1: Nothing
  • Option 2: Seam-sealed jacket
  • Option 3: Long sleeve top (polyprop or wool), beanie (polyprop or wool), survival blanket, seam sealed jacket

While some of this gear may seem excessive, we ask you to bring it for your safety. You may not need it while you are running or walking but if something happens and you have to stop you will need it. The event is on a very exposed, rugged country and it can be very cold if you have to stay in one spot.

FAQs

42.2Km Marathon Run

Aid Stations: Over the Marathon, you will see four aid stations:

  1. Approx 12km in the Te Henga Walkway car park after you go under the Bethells Rd road bridge coming from Lake Wainamu.
  2. Approx 22km at the Constable Rd end of the Te Henga Walkway.
  3. Approx 27km in the Middle of the Goldies Bush loop at the Horseman Road entrance.
  4. The fourth one is at 32km at the Constable Rd end of the Te Henga Walkway as you head for the homeward stretch along the Te Henga Walkway.

Aid Stations contain: 

  • Water
  • 1Above Endurance Drink
  • Bananas
  • Sweets (likely to be jet planes!)
  • Vaseline
  • A basic first aid kit

21.1Km Run/Walk

Aid Stations: Over the 21.1km course you will see two aid stations:

  1. Approx. 4km into Goldies Loop where Horseman Road enters the track.
  2. Approx 10km on Constable Rd after you’ve come out of Goldies Loop. From here on we aren’t able to get aid stations on to Te Henga walkway so please make sure you’re carrying enough hydration, especially if it’s a hot day.

Aid Stations contain:

  • Water
  • 1Above Endurance Drink
  • Bananas
  • Sweets (likely to be jet planes!)
  • Vaseline
  • A basic first aid kit

13Km Run/Walk

Aid Stations: There will be two aid stations at 3.9km and 8km. If you feel this is not going to be enough, please carry a drink with you.

Aid Stations contain: 

  • Water
  • 1Above Endurance Drink
  • Bananas
  • Sweets (likely to be jet planes!)
  • Vaseline
  • A basic first aid kit

6Km Run/Walk

Aid Stations: You will have one aid station on the 6km course. Aid Stations contain:

  • Water
  • 1Above Endurance Drink
  • Bananas
  • Sweets (likely to be jet planes!)
  • Vaseline
  • A basic first aid kit

Speight’s West Coaster weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

18°C
Predicted highs
16°C
Predicted lows
IconModerate breeze possible, up to 15mph

Speight’s West Coaster reviews (4)

4.7 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the 21.1k Run/Walk in 2018

    Great event as ever by total sport. Get amongst it any event distance
  • Did the 21.1k Run/Walk in 2018

    Maybe just a little more course info was alot harder then anticipated but still really enjoyed it!
  • Did the 21.1k Run/Walk in 2018

    Hydrate really well the day before and electrolytes are really important as well as water out on the course to feel strong all the way through. Also have breakfast that morning :-D
  • Did the 21.1k Run/Walk in 2018

    Great race.. loved the scenery and it was definitely challenging. Luckily the sun was shining, otherwise those tracks could have been slippery

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