Entries for GNW 100 closes in ten days

Posted on October 14, 2008 by

Just a reminder that Entries for the 2008 GNW100s on 8 November 2008 will close on Friday, 24 October 2008.  If you haven’t sent your Entry in yet and are intending to run, please take note.
Entries to date can be seen here.  The Terrigal Trotters mailbox is cleared each Friday so the next tranche of entries will be processed and posted this coming weekend, and then the final tranche the following weekend.
I can see from comments in the CoolRunning GNW100s Chatroom that a number of potential entrants have been training on the course.  This is highly recommended for anybody planning to compete if practicable.  If anybody training on the course has noticed any significant errors in the maps and/or directions, please let me know.  At this point in time, there are no changes to last year’s maps and directions but, if you are planning to download them from the website, it is recommended that you wait until after 24 October 2008, just in case there are any last minute changes.
We have had a real mix of weather on the Central Coast in the past few weeks, ranging from hot and humid, to very wet, to cool and clear.  Entrants need to be prepared for all of these conditions, particularly hot weather.  Have the capacity to carry three litres of water.  It may be critical to your success.
On a related safety matter, every year we have had entrants caught on the course without the light necessary to travel safely, particularly on the section between Checkpoints 2 and 3.  You must observe the race rules with respect to compulsory equipment listed here or risk immediate disqualification.  Apart from the serious safety aspect and commitments made to supervising authorities, it is unfair in a competitive sense if you cheat by carrying less than your fellow runners.  You can be asked at any time to show that you are carrying the compulsory equipment, and can count on being asked before you leave Checkpoint 2.
Finally, the Parents & Friends Association of the Congewai Public School, which is the location of Checkpoint 2, will be operating a BBQ at the school for the time the Checkpoint is open to raise money for school funds.  It is intended that competitors will be supplied free of charge with food that they want, but spectators and support crews will be charged very reasonable prices.  We encourage spectators and support crews to plan having their lunch/afternoon tea at Congewai School and support this endeavour in the way that the Congewai School has enthusiastically supported our event every year.  It’s a great way to get the local community involved in the event.
If you have any questions about this year’s event then please contact me by e-mail or phone.
Dave Byrnes
0428 880784