NewRun / Hill to Harbour
Half Marathon5 April 2020
AIMS accredited course.
Starting from Queens Wharf the course is essentially the 10km Hill to Harbour Course in reverse to get to Bar Beach and then the 10km Hill to Harbour course from Bar Beach. The additional 1.1km is achieved at the start of the event by running 550m on Wharf Rd east toward Nobbys Beach and then turning and coming back to the start line. From that point you have exactly 20km to run. The start and the finish line are parallel, with the start on the road . The Hill to Harbour course is below, and it makes more sense to explain this course, than explaining the out and back sections. Note that the only section that is different to the main regular course is that we are now back on the south Newcastle Beach cliff and we will also run onto the new footpath at Newcastle Beach to allow East end traffic ot exit. This is impossible to avoid give Light Rail construction. All sections that may seem complicated due to the construction works will be fenced and marshaled so they will be simple to navigate at your blistering pace!!
Hill to Harbour from Bar Beach is : Starting from Empire Park just up the road from the famous Merewether Beach break, the event lines up on Memorial Drive just past the Cooks Hill Surf Club and runs straight up towards the Strzelecki lookout. It climbs for 1.8km and then levels out to heads down- hill, entering beautiful King Edward Park. Winding through the Park, the run heads to the middle entry past the famous 530 runners drink station where it heads down the old road into the Gardens and then down past the south Newcastle cliff and past the skate park then up to the intersection with Shortland Explanade. At this point (*due to the Light rail construction we will run onto the footpaths for 400m and then rejoin the road north of Zarra St. (This is to allow residents to exit and enter the east end of Newcastle). The course then passes some classic Newcastle café’s, hotels and then past the historic Newcastle Ocean Baths. The course then approaches Nobby’s Beach (home of the Pasha Bulka for a while) turns right at the Nobby’s Surf Club House and towards the Macquarie Pier, better known as Nobby’s Break-wall. It is then an out and back run of 3km and back to the surf club for a stroll down the Wharf Rd passing Customs House, old Newcastle Rail Station, Harry’s Café D Wheels and the Queens Wharf complex. Turning right the course then heads into the Honeysuckle area for a out and back section to Worth Place right next to the Harbour and then returns to Market St Lawns opposite Queens Wharf and a great spectator crowd ready to bring you home. Newcastle Herald Hill to Harbour touches much of what Novocastians love about Newcastle. We hope you enjoy it.
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