This year's edition has been postponed. A new date has not yet been announced.
Join Hunter Valley Winery Running Festival
A major Recreational Running Festival staged in and around the vineyards of Pokolbin. A festive atmosphere surrounds the event with sports and local produce expo and many cafes, eateries and wineries within 400m.
The overall event draws one of the biggest spectator crowds seen at regional running events in Australia, with more than 5000 spectators expected to visit the Hunter Valley Gardens village on race day.
Competitors can run or walk any event and enjoy the convenience of the start and finish lines in the same area, as well as sport and local produce expo and family entertainment on offer. Enjoy running past world famous vineyards and resorts in one of Australia’s best holiday locations.
Spectators will enjoy one of the best venues in Australia, which adjoins 32 acres of international standard themed gardens and a tourist village brimming with cafes, restaurants and shops. The event offers a carnival atmosphere with sport/health and local produce exhibitors and live entertainment. The day will be a celebration of the healthy lifestyle on offer in one of Australia’s most picturesque tourism areas.
This course will be the same as the full marathon, and then the 10.3km course, making it 52.5km.
There are 62 marshals on the course and lots of signage. The general description for the half marathon course is:
Starts at Hunter Valley Gardens oval and runs approx 300m run around the oval, to allow the field to spread out before the Garden entrance gate. Runners exit the gardens via a side gate through the nursery and left into the Talwanta Vineyard heading up towards Thompsons Rd.
Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km runners turn right along Thompsons Road about 400m and then left into Thompsons Lane that leads to The Golden Door (part of Cypress Lakes) and then in another 200m, right into the back of Audrey Wilkinson's Winery.
All runners follow the road all the way through the property (past the warehouse) and to the top and turn left and up to the Cellar Door. Then back and out the front gate onto Debeyers Road.
Cross to the RHS of the road, then left along Debeyers until the intersection with McDonalds Rd. At this point marathon and half marathon runners cross McDonalds Rd and continue along Debeyers Rd for another 5km and then return. This section is quite flat with a few rolling hills.
On returning to McDonalds Rd marathon and half marathon runners will cross again and turn right to follow the same course as the 10km runners along the bike track all the way to Pokolbin Estate and then cross McDonalds Road again and near Cypress Lakes and back onto the bike track until Brokenwood and McGuigans and all the way through until it joins with the back car park of Hunter Valley Gardens.
Through the top car park, then keep left along the small top carpark and zig zag around a garden and then around the big top car park and left into the path past the Aqua Golf and then follow the path around the outside of the car park beside the entrance to Hunter Valley Gardens and follow the markers to return to the oval. A chute will direct you to the finish area.
Marathon runners will enter a chute and run past the start line and do one more lap.
The additional 10.3km of this event will be achieved by completing the 10km course after completing the full marathon. This will mean runners get to see the start and finish area three times, for some extra encouragement.
directions_runStart Address: Pokolbin,au
flagFinish Address: Pokolbin,au
Will be situated not more than 2.8 km apart on the various courses. Note: Water is available on all drink stations. Brand electrolyte drink will be available on drinks stations on the half marathon at: 6.0, 8.7, 11.24, 13.6, 16.2, and at the recovery area. Also the 21km mark for the marathon second lap. Jelly beans will be available on the same stations The same stations repeat for the marathon. There is no electrolyte on the 10km course, except the finish, however Ultra runners will be catered for. There is no electrolyte on the 5km course, except the finish Special needs area will be set up ready for the second lap of the marathon near the start line. Drinks/food etc should be clearly marked with your bib number and dropped off at the drink station at the start line (for the second lap of the marathon or 3rd lap of teh ultra).
A combination of goods and services will be presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in all age categories. Random draws will also take place during all presentations.
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