CHCH 10km Series: TRAIL

Pre Race

Race packs


Race packs will be ready for collection on Thursday the 10th of January and Saturday the 19th of January from Frontrunner Colombo. We will also have a collection prior to each event and we will let you know the details via email. 


Your race pack will include an individual race bib for every event you have signed up too - 1 for sand, 1 for park etc... with a timing chip attached to each one. It will be very clear which bib is for which event. Please ensure you take the correct bib to the correct event. You will need to attach the race bib to your front using the 4 safety pins provided, your race bib must be visible at all times. Event crew will stop you along the course if they cannot clearly see your race number.


You will also pick up your Christchurch Series goodie bag at the same time which includes some amazing offers from our event partners and a few sweet things from us too! Any merchandise purchased will be ready for collection at your first event. 

Kit list

Whilst the below kit list is a recommend guide rather than mandatory, please run through this list (no pun intended) before leaving home in preparation for each event.


  • Your correct race bib (attached to the front of you)

  • Water bottle - at least 750ml (filled)

  • Suitable clothing (we will be updating you with weather conditions just before the event)

  • Suitable shoes - have a chat with the team at The Frontrunner Colombo if you need advice

  • Sunscreen (50 SPF)

  • Sun glasses

  • Hat

On the day



Sunday 17th February 2019




Halswell Quarry

Kennedys Bush Road




Map coming soon






07:40 - Start pen opens 

07:50 - Safety Briefing

07:55 - Warm Up

07:57 - Final Checks

08:00 - Go time!




By Car (recommended): This event will require you to travel by car as currently there is no public transport which will get you to the park itself. Please allow at least 30 minutes of travel time from the city centre and to park.


Parking: Parking is available at the Quarry, please familiarise yourself with parking options prior to the event.

Car Share: To ease congestion on the day - we suggest car sharing with friends and family who are also taking part or who are coming along to support. Please use the discussion board within the event on facebook if you would like to get in touch with other participants looking to car share.  

On the Event

Arrival / Start Pen: As you will be arriving with your race bib already attached and your water dispenser (bottle or backpack) already filled, you can head straight to the start pen. You will be greeted at the entrance to the start pen by a lovely member of staff who will use the wonders of technology to check you into the start pen -  you are now officially checked in, at the start line, and ready to go…


Once you are in the start pen, that’s it. It’s a one way system so please ensure you are 100% ready for your start as once you are in you are checked into the event and things will get very confusing if you try to head out and come back in.


A race briefing will take place just before your start time, outlining any important information about the route or event before you will be passed over to our warm up team provided by YMCA Christchurch.


Then, just when you are barely able to contain your excitement - 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Gooooo….


At the start / finish point you will find:


Information Point - this will be manned by our gurus of knowledge who will be able to help you with any queries you have relating to the events.


Merchandise Stand -  If you have pre-purchased merchandise it will be available for collection at the event. 


First aid - We provide first aid at each of the events for this events series. They are in attendance to help with any injury incurred along the way or if you are feeling a little unwell (pre race nerves or hangovers cannot be treated).


Water Station - for all of you thirsty people there will be a water point close to the startline where you will be able to top up your water vessel - to avoid any queues...come with a filled bottle ready to start.


Toilets - Toilets will be available at the start/finish point.

Bag Drop: We are offering a bag drop area for this event where you will be able to drop off a backpack (max of 10ltr) of spare clothes or a change of shoes. This service is available to all participants, so if you do not have any supporters coming along who can watch your “stuff” you will be able to drop your bag off for safe keeping with us.

Please note: As with any event bag drop, whilst you are dropping off your bag in a safe area which will be manned by event staff, we cannot guarantee or assume responsibility for any loss or damage of your property so please leave any valuables at home.


The bag drop area for this event will be visible from the start / finish line. Please make sure you allow yourself enough time to use the drop off before heading down to the start line.

On the Course

The route: This a 5km circuit will allow you to take in the breathtaking views over Christchurch, it will test you on the uphills and be exhilarating on the down hills. Once you have completed the first loop you will be switched back on the second. So remember, what goes up must come down! 


The course itself will be rugged, steep in places (both up and down) and will offer a challenge to even the most accomplished of walkers / runners. The course will take you on both public and private land, we have secured a section of wicked mountain bike tracks for our sole use on the day. 


The route will be signed with markers where required so you can track your progress and walk or run without worrying which direction to take.

If you are completing the 5km option, you will only need to do 1 loop. 


Timing: As soon as you cross the start line, your timing chip will register your exact start time this time will run until you pass over the same line when you finish. Your official time will be logged and will be available immediately following the event at our website


Marshals: This course will be managed with safety as a key point of view. It is important for us to ensure we know what is happening on the event at all times. To ensure everyone is safe and happy for the duration of your run or walk we are including running pacers and walking marshals in the pack. These amazing helpers will be easily recognisable so if you need to...just reach out.


Event crew will be dotted along the course and medical assistance will be available at the start/finish village and the half way point. If you feel unwell at any point please let one of our friendly crew know and they will help you out.


Half way point: This aid station which will mark the 5km point of the course. Shoot straight through, stop for a yarn, top up your water or take a quick's up to you…

IMPORTANT POINT - HEADPHONES: We do not encourage the use of headphones on any of our events but as we’re mostly in a vehicle free space we are setting the rule that users are only to have one head phone in at a time. This is for safety as you are on very uneven terrain and also to ensure you can hear any instructions from marshals along the route. Please also make sure you don't hit play until the race briefings have taken place.

Finish Line: It’s medal time… when you cross the finish line the glory will all be yours. Once you have had your medal placed around your neck, you will be given a breakfast roll voucher and can now relish in the fact that you have finished your 10km challenge...for now… Head off and grab your breakfast roll, have a drink, and go a check out everything this amazing park has to offer!

Additional Information

Your Supporters

Supporters are more than welcome and in fact - massively encouraged... tell your friends and family to join us at the start / finish lines. Sadly, spectators will not be able to watch from anywhere along this route whilst you are on your challenge. There is plenty for them to do whilst they wait for you at the finish line however, a shop, a cafe, an info center...they can even take a ride up the chairlift and back themselves...If they can’t take part with you...they can support you… no excuses…


We would be delighted to hear from potential volunteers and we have a real variety of volunteering jobs which anyone can help with - for more information please get in touch at


Unfortunately this event is not wheelchair friendly due to being very steep in parts. Participants may experience rocky, muddy, uneven terrain.


Unfortunately this event is not pushchair friendly due to being very steep in parts. Participants may experience rocky, muddy, uneven terrain.

If you require any further information, please get in touch -


See you at the start line...

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