Support Crew and Spectators

Cheer and support your runners

Spectators, support crews and team mates and actively encouraged to follow the event around, to clap and cheer on all runners at the various access points along the course. This not only helps the runners but builds a great atmosphere and enthusiasm across the entire event. 

The race course is very accessible to the public with numerous locations where you can see the runners - and in the process you’ll visit some very scenic sections of the Margaret River region along the way – perfect!

"What a fantastic event. A really challenging and breathtaking course made for pretty high difficulty rating. Superb atmosphere at checkpoints and having the finish line at a brewery was genius!" Chris, 2018 Competitor

Checkpoints and recommended viewing

The checkpoints are the best locations to see the runners and are the only places where competitors may receive external assistance from support crew and/or team mates.

Designated checkpoints:

  • Start: Hamelin Bay boat ramp
  • Checkpoint 1: 10.5km at the Boranup Campsite. NO SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUAL RUNNERS HERE (there is not enough parking for everyone)
  • Checkpoint 2: 28.5km at the Contos Campground
  • Checkpoint 3: 48km White Elephant Café, Gnarabup
  • Checkpoint 4: 68km Gracetown.
  • Finish: 80km Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery.

[Any runners seen to be receiving any external support outside of these checkpoints will be given a 30 minute penalty - this includes collecting water bottles or other hydration or nutrition from spectators as well as items that have been ‘pre-placed’ on the course for collection during the race.]

Other recommended locations:

  • 23km pt – 100m in from the intersection of Boranup Drive and Caves Rd
  • 42km pt – at Redgate Beach
  • 46km pt – at the southern end of Gas Bay Rd in Gnarabup
  • 50km pt – at Surfers Point and the Margaret River mouth
  • 62km pt - Ellensbrook Homestead
  • 65km pt – at the southern end of Left Handers

 

Detailed checkpoint information

Race Start - Hamelin Bay

Where: Hamelin Bay beach.    
What: Race start at 7:00am
Are there toilets here?: Yes
Driving directions: Drive to the end of Hamelin Bay Road. Start line is 100m away on the beach.
Parking instructions: Park in the sealed car park near the boat ramp and on the road side - but please ensure that 2 way access is maintained at all times.
General notes:

  • The Margaret River Ultra Marathon starts with all runners (solos and relay teams) getting under way together at 7:00am. Runners will start on the sand, run up the boat ramp and then through the car park and out the main road for 1k before turning on to the trails. Please ensure you allow them through!

 

CP1 - Boranup Campsite - LIMITED ACCESS

Where: Boranup Campsite. 10.5km point.
What: Team change over point only - NO ACCESS FOR INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT CREWS
Expected time of first runner: 7:50am
Expected time of last runner: 9:00am
Cut off: 9:10am
Are there toilets here?: Yes, long drop and porta loos.
Driving directions: From Hamelin Bay: Drive out Hamelin Bay Road and then continue north on Caves Road for 7km then turn left onto Boranup Drive. The CP is 1.4km up this road. From Margaret River township: Drive south on Caves Road and turn right into the southern end of Boranup Drive.
Parking instructions: There is VERY LIMITED car parking at CP1. All cars must park on the left hand side of Boranup Drive and must ensure that 2 way access to other cars is maintained at all times. Please park as directed and be willing to walk up to 1km to get to the CP itself.
General notes:

  • This CP is restricted to TEAMS NEEDING TO CHANGE OVER ONLY. Unless you need to come to this CP then please keep clear as it is very small and tight for space
  • Solo runners cannot receive any assistance from support crews or anyone else at this CP
  • Be aware that runners cross Boranup Drive after exiting the CP so take care when driving past
  • Water and other Rapid Ascent supplied nutrition will be available for individual and team runners
  • BYO coffee / food. Sadly we are unable to have a coffee cart here as it is National Parks land.

 

CP2 - Conto Campsite

Where: Conto Campsite - ‘Hamelin’ camping area. 28.5km point.
What: Team change over and service point for solo runners.
Expected time of first runner: 9:10am
Expected time of last runner: 12:15pm
Cut off: 12:30pm
Are there toilets here?: Yes, long drop and porta loos.
Driving directions: From CP1 on Boranup Drive: do a U-turn and drive back to Caves Road and turn left (north). Drive 13.5km north on Caves Road then turn left into Conto Road, signposted ‘Lake Cave’. Turn left  short distance later and follow signs to Conto Campsite 1.3km further on. From Margaret River: drive south on Caves Road and turn right into Conto Road when you see the ‘Lake Cave’ sign.
Parking instructions: Car parking at Contos is also very tight for parking. Conto Campsite is a rabbit warren of roads, campsites and tracks, we will be parking in spare campsites, on road edges and back out on Conto Road. Please park as directed and be willing to walk up to 1km to get to the CP itself.
General notes:

  • Once you have parked please follow the signs to the ‘Hamelin’ camping area which is where the runners will enter / exit the CP.
  • Runners will enter / exit the Conto Campsite via a short 2-way track and the layout will allow you to see them for a short time before they reach the fenced off transition area itself.
  • BYO coffee / food. Sadly we are unable to have a coffee cart here as it is National Parks land.

 

CP3 - White Elephant cafe

Where: White Elephant Cafe, Gnarabup.
What: Team change over and service point for solo runners.
Expected time of first runner: 10:45am
Expected time of last runner: 5:00pm
Cut off: 5:30pm
Are there toilets here?: Yes, permanent toilets and fresh water showers (cold)
Driving directions: From CP2: Drive back out to Caves Road and turn left (north). Continue 5km along Caves Road and then turn left onto Wallcliffe Rd (signposted Prevelly). Continue along Wallcliffe Rd as it goes around Prevelly and not the hamlet of Gnarabup. Turn right into the White Elephant Cafe and boat ramp car park.
Parking instructions: There is a large sealed car park adjacent the cafe itself with an overflow car park further along Wallcliffe Rd and around to the right.
General notes:

  • Runners come down a set of stairs behind the cafe and descend onto the beach for just 20m before coming up another set of stairs and into the fenced off CP area on the car park.
  • The CP is located right next to the cafe - so its a great place to buy some lunch or a coffee. They have also been very supportive of the event.

"I enjoyed the time I spent at CP 3 and CP4, and the finish. It is a lovely part of the world and a good excuse to visit some out of the way places (like Ellensbrook house). We were pumped spending time as a team, cheering each other on!" Kristie, 2018 Relay Team Competitor 

CP4 - Gracetown

Gracetown CP Map

Where: Gracetown car park (next to the beach)
(FYI 2018 CP4 was at Ellensbrook)
What: Team change over and service point for solo runners
Expected time of first runner: 12:20pm
Expected time of last runner: 9:50pm
Cut off: 9:50pm
Are there toilets here?: Yes
Driving directions: From CP3: Drive back out to Caves Road and turn left (north). Continue along Caves Road  and turn left onto Cowaramup Bay Rd. Drive 4km to where road kisses the beach and the car park on your right (a few hundred metres beyond the boat ramp).
Parking instructions: There is a dirt car park at the checkpoint. Overflow car parking is along the sides of Cowaramup Bay Rd.

  • The CP is located in the gravel car park, next to the toilet block. 
  • Nearby Gracies Store serve good coffee / food. 
  • Mobile reception available at this chekpoint

 

Finish line - Cheeky Monkey Brewery

Where: Cheeky Monkey Brewery
What: Race FINISH LINE!! and event centre
Expected time of first runner: 1:30pm
Expected time of last runner: 12:00am
Cut off: 12:30am
Are there toilets here?: Yes
Driving directions: From CP4: Drive back out to Caves Road and turn left (north). Continue north along Caves Road and then turn right into the Cheeky Monkey Brewery.
Parking instructions:  There is considerable parking on the grass surrounding the dam and restaurant building. Please follow the signs and direction of marshals.
General notes:             

  • This is the elusive finish line and the site of great accomplishments and satisfaction when runners cross the line!!
  • Team mates are welcome to meet their leg 5 runner at the road crossing and run the last 400m down through the vines together.
  • Competitors cross over Caves Road 200m north of the Cheeky Monkey turn off, so if you are coming from the North, or continuing north afterwards then please be aware of runners.

 

Support for solo runners

We encourage all solo 80km runners to have a support crew to assist you during your race BUT the race is designed and delivered such that you do not need a support crew and can do the race as a solo competitor unaided. This is made possible because the following support services are provided:

  • Bus from the finish to the start on race morning. So you park your car at the finish and get our group transport to the start. This will be on a user pays basis.
  • Drop bags. We will transport a ‘drop bag’ of your pre-prepared clothing / nutrition from registration at the Cheeky Monkey to each of the checkpoints for you free of charge.
  • Race nutrition at checkpoints. We will provide considerable food and hydration at the designated checkpoints that is free for all competitors to access. Further details here
  • Bag transfer from the start back to the finish with any items you do not need (such as a warm jumper…)
  • Trail ‘love’! Our race marshals and volunteers will give you plenty of love and attention when on the course if you need it – you will have all out encouragement and support! 

If you have any questions with regard the logistics for solo runners then please call us on (03) 5261 5511 or e-mail on info@rapidascent.com.au  

Support Crew Area’s and Map

A specific map will be prepared for support crews that helps you navigate your way around the checkpoints, also highlighting other spots you can clap and cheer on your runners, and the best café’s and lunch spots along the way!

 

 

Follow The Race Progress

 

GPS Trackers - Watch the race progress online with RACEMAP

We will be using new GPS tracking software during the race that allows you to track runners along the course using YOUR MOBILE PHONE as the GPS tracker. Coverage along much of the course is quite good (especially with Telstra) so this allows you to watch the race unfold and see where your team mates are whilst racing.

Specific instructions will be e-mailed to all runners in the days leading up to the event that explains how to register for GPS tracking. It will require you to:

  • Download an app called Race Map
  • Select the Margaret River Ultra Marathon 2018 and then search your name and race number.
  • Then simply click ‘start live tracking’ when you are running. (Team members remember to stop live tracking when you are not running before / after your leg)

Running the app will drain a bit more battery than normal but it should provide 8hrs of tracking. We strongly encourage everyone to register your phone and track yourselves whilst racing.

 

Social Media: Live event updates on #margaretriverultra

Live event updates will be posted over the weekend on Twitter, as well as to Facebook and Instagram so make sure you search for #MargaretRiverUltra or follow Rapid Ascent at http://twitter.com/Rapid_Ascent and you’ll receive a steady stream of results, photos and news snippets from around the course as it happens.

We’d also love it if runners and support crews could post updates around the course and recommend you tag #MargaretRiverUltra with any posts to share the trail stories!

Live Event Splits

Live splits from each check point will be sent directly to the web (and a mobile friendly website) during the race so you can follow your team mates and friends to see how they are going (the live splits are a great way for team mates to track your team to see where they are.) You can nominate runners you want to track around the course or see the current standings in each category whilst the race is under way. The links will be provided just prior to race weekend.

There is good phone reception across the whole course so mobile internet coverage and phone calls are possible throughout the course. 

Recommended CAFE'S AND RESTAURANTS

We recommend the following cafe's and restaurants whenever you are visiting the Margaret River region before / during  / after the event:

 

The White Elephant

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the White Elephant Cafe’s number one best-seller was the stunning 360 degree views of Gnarabup Bay and we agree it’s worth the visit for that alone, but you’ll soon discover that the food and drinks at the White Elephant Cafe are as superb as the view and you’ll be back time and time again… Open daily for breakfast, lunch and fabulous coffee from 7:30am til 3pm.

Website - www.thewhiteelephantcafe.com.au   Instagram tag - @whiteelephantcafe

 

The Common

Enjoy a drink on the deck as the sunsets over the ocean or grab a seat in the restaurant or bistro and tuck into one of Chef Sean’s tasty menu offerings, there’s a great mix of creative Chef Sean dishes and delicious bistro favourites. Pair your meal with one of the many selections of local wines or craft beers. Pop in from 5pm - 6pm for Happy Hour where you’ll find a range of special prices on both food and beverage including $10 pizza’s and half price kids meals. Open 7 days from 4pm til late.

Website - www.thecommonbistro.com.au   Instagram tag - @the_common_mr

 

 

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