GNW Ultras - Great North Walk Trail Ultra Marathons logo over background of view from Great North Walk, and 10km, 30km, 50km, 50mi, 100km & 100mi legend

Key Dates for 2023

Earlybird Entries Open

24 March 2023

Standard Entries Open

14 July 2023

Late Entries Open

29 September 2023

All Entries Close

13 October 2023

Race Date

28 October 2023 (10K, 50M, 100K & 100M)
29 October 2023 (30K & 50K)

10K

Early Bird $40 Until 14 Jul

Standard $50 Until 29 Sep

Late Entry $60 Until 13 Oct

Total Ascent 329m

Total Descent 329m

Actual Distance 9.6km

Cut Off 4h

 

30K

Early Bird $80 Until 14 Jul

Standard $100 Until 29 Sep

Late Entry $120 Until 13 Oct

Total Ascent 770m

Total Descent 770m

Actual Distance 29.2km

Cut Off 8h

UTMB/ITRA = 1 Point

50K

Early Bird $125 Until 14 Jul

Standard $150 Until 29 Sep

Late Entry $175 Until 13 Oct

Total Ascent 1,485m

Total Descent 1,485m

Actual Distance 50.3km

Cut Off 11h

UTMB/ITRA = 2 Points

50M

Early Bird $170 Until 14 Jul

Standard $200 Until 29 Sep

Late Entry $230 Until 13 Oct

Total Ascent 2,436m

Total Descent 2,436m

Actual Distance 80.0km

Cut Off 18h

UTMB/ITRA = 3 Points

100K

Early Bird $210 Until 14 Jul

Standard $250 Until 29 Sep

Late Entry $290 Until 13 Oct

Total Ascent 3,056m

Total Descent 3,056m

Actual Distance 101.4km

Cut Off 23h

UTMB/ITRA = 4 Points

100M

Early Bird $300 Until 14 Jul

Standard $350 Until 29 Sep

Late Entry $400 Until 13 Oct

Total Ascent 4,838m

Total Descent 4,838m

Actual Distance 161.9km

Cut Off 36h

UTMB/ITRA = 6 Points

GNW Ultra Background

The Great North Walk Ultras (GNW Ultras) event was first organized by the Terrigal Trotters running club in 2005. Initially, it consisted of two ultra-distance races - a 100 Mile and a 100 Kilometre – which followed much of the spectacular Great North Walk hiking trail that runs between Sydney and Newcastle. In 2018, popular 50 Mile and 50 Kilometre races were added to the program, and in 2022, a 25 Kilometre was included.  For 2023, the 25 Kilometre race has been increased in distance to 30 Kilometres, and a 10 Kilometre "sprint" has been added.

Increasing traffic management restrictions meant that in 2019 the course was changed to ensure the GNW Ultras can continue into the future. The new courses, which remain a challenging test for any runner, all start and finish at the major event hub in Patonga and include parts of the GNW along with other trails in scenic Brisbane Water National Park.

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GNW ULTRA MARATHON PARTICIPATION WARNING

Despite its proximity to the populated Central Coast of New South Wales, the course passes through rugged and spectacular terrain and is a demanding challenge for all runners. Entrants need to cope with precipitous ascents and descents, muddy trails and creek crossings, slippery rocks and roots, and hard-to-follow trail.  There are a number of sections where running is impossible.

IT IS EASY TO GET LOST OR INJURED ON THIS COURSE IF YOU DO NOT EXERCISE SUFFICIENT CARE AND/OR ARE ILL-PREPARED.

For the longer races (100M, 100K, 50M) there will be no marshals on the course and all runners will need to be capable navigators and prepared to travel at night in remote areas on difficult trail.  They will also be required to carry certain equipment and must carry sufficient water to last them between checkpoints which can be up to 30 km apart.  IT IS COMMON FOR RUNNERS TO WITHDRAW SUFFERING FROM DEHYDRATION.

GNW ULTRAS IS GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE FOLLOWING ORGANISATIONS

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