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Update and Reminder - We are go!  
This is an update email for those who have entered the 2020 event and a 'reminder' email for past participants in case you were unsure if we were proceeding. The good news is, we have Police approval to stage the event and failing the 'sky falling in' over the coming weeks, we are good to GO!
Check this mail out and feel free to contact us via phone or email for any questions. We are 'real' Hunter local people, not international corporations or interstate nomads. We live and race in the Hunter. We live it... and love it, and we hope to see you racing here soon. Call or email @ 0249348138, 
Entries filling quickly. 70% sold. 

Tell  FRIENDS AND FAMILY that we are 70% sold out, so do not delay. We cannot exceed the COVID gathering numbers. 

COVID Pre / Post Event and Spectators

It pains us to say that for this year, to comply with Health Orders, we need to ask that you Arrive, Race/Recover and Leave. A few notes:

  1. Remember that we must limit the number of spectators in our event area, in particular at the start when all competitors are marshalled. Once the event has started and competitors are on the course we can allow more spectators into the area. Everyone MUST socially distance and masks are welcome but not mandatory. We have COVID marshals who will monitor this.
  2. The swim and cycle can be viewed from the main street next to the bridge. Lots of cafes and shops to visit. 
  3. There will be no formal mass presentation of awards. Awards can be collected from the admin area as our results are confirmed. This is likely to be about 20 min after you have finished. 
  4. Results will be live at​
Qualifying Race Status for Age Group Worlds

If you are keen to race for your country next year, this event has been selected to be a qualifying race for the World Long Course and Sprint Distance Age Group Championships. There are three events including the MULTISPORT CHAMPIONSHIPS in Almere in Holland and TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS in Edmonton, Canada or Hamilton, Bermuda. Best to read the link below before deciding. This could be the year!!

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Thanks for sticking with us in tough times!
A big thanks to the community and property owners of Morpeth and Duckenfield area for allowing this event to continue, albeit with a few changes. Also a big thank you to our major sponsor Quarry Mining for their on going support. Also thanks to Ted's Bike Shop, Hunter Valley Steel, Eyeline, Just Dig Deeper Coaching and our mates at Maitland Triathlon Club, TriNSW, East Maitland Rotary Club and Newcastle Surf Life Saving Club.  
Naming Rights Sponsor Quarry Mining is committed to promoting health and fitness within their team and will  'walk the talk' with a large staff team in the event. Quarry Mining  is looking forward to the event, which has created plenty of camaraderie within the team, led by example at the executive level. 
This event will implement a range of COVID SAFE practices to make sure we are all safe and also comply with current NSW COVID health orders. This will include the normal range of hygiene and social distances measure that we are all becoming used to in our daily lives. It also includes:
  1. Reduced start numbers and spectator limits. You will be asked to self seed in the swim start with 1.5m between. 
  2. Arriving and leaving the event zone is strictly from the crn Queens Wharf Rd and Tank St. 
  3. Please marshal prior to the event with 1.5m between each participant
  4. Participants should avoid close contact at all times
Participants who have visited or had contact with any potential cluster or infection zones should not travel to Morpeth and should not participate in the event. 
This of course also applies to any person who is feeling unwell. 
If you wish to voluntarily withdraw from the event, please contact us on 

Race Kit Collection:

Race kits can be collected from 1pm - 4pm on Saturday 7 November or from 5.30am on Sunday 8 November. Race admin is in the event compound as per below notes, at Queens Wharf Rd, Morpeth. (Morpeth Boat ramp). Saturday parking is on site, with Race Day parking along Tank St or Morpeth Rd early on race morning.  DO NOT PARK IN DRIVEWAYS!!!!

Relay Teams can be collected by one member, but all members must have signed the waiver, if someone else entered you. Individuals also need to agree and sign this form if you did not complete the entry online. 

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Event Compound Notes:

  1. Located at Queen Wharf Park (Morpeth Boat Ramp) off Queens Wharf Rd (opposite Tank St) at Morpeth. It includes:
    1. All admin, sport expo (small due to COVID)  and team tents
    2. Bike Compound
    3. Start and Finish lines. 
    4. Limited Food and Drinks due to COVID. 
    5. Everything is within 100m. 
  2. All parking is within the streets of Morpeth, early bird parking will be on Morpeth Rd or Tank St. Otherwise use High St. Do not park in front of driveways. DO NOT PARK IN SWAN ST. 
  3. We may need to make some layout changes subject to boat ramp renovation completion. 
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Swim Notes

  1. Swim start is 6.45am for first wave of the Long Course event. Other events start at 7.05am for the Standard and 7.25am for the Sprint. Waves are allocated once entries finalised. There is only 1-2 min between waves. Likely waves, all Male, Female, Teams. You MUST tell us if swimming out of your wave. Swimmers must socially distance along the boat ramp when entering the water and also while marshalling along the start line. 
  2. First turn buoy is half the distance of your swim. The course is stay left out and left back.  
  3. Water quality is fine for swimming. Recent test swims by locals report great conditions. 
  4. Water Temp is around 21 degrees C at the moment and likely to stay at this. This swim is expected to be wet suits optional if water stays at this temperature. A test will be done on the morning. 
  5. Newcastle Surf Life Saving Club are assisting with water safety. There will be IRB's and paddle boards in the water. The river is approx 70m wide. The shore is never more than 35m away. The swim is up and back clockwise.  See map
  6. The tide is high (1.2m) around 6.40am (but very hard to judge that far from the coast) therefore there will be very little tidal flow either way or potentially an assisting flow out and against flow on return. 
  7. See practice swims Sunday 11 Oct at 5pm from Morpeth Boat ramp by Just Dig Deeper below. 
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Cycle Notes

  1. The start of ride is a 100m rise. Start in the correct gear for this and consider your shoes entry.  
  2. The course is the best sections of Duckenfield and McFarlanes Rd . There are 2 climbs in each lap, but otherwise flat. 
  3. There are 8 traffic controllers and 10 cycle course marshals. Traffic interaction is mixed with a closed section through main street, open wide sections with some local traffic and skinnier sections with very limited traffic. You are granted right of way in some circumstances, but should always be conscious of potential conflict. The road is hard!!
  4. Roads are country roads, with rough tar finish. If you stop pedalling, you wont go far!!. 
  5. This is a NON DRAFTING event. Technical officials will monitor this. 
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Run Notes

  1. The course is very flat. 
  2. There is 1 drink station, on each 2.5km lap.
  3. Course is closed to traffic. The course is gravel road, grass and small amount of tar.
  4. We may need to make a small change to the loop subject to the completion of the new jetty landscaping. 
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This event is assisting Rod Marshdale promote the great work of The Australian Heart and Lung Transplant Association. 

Watch out for Rod Marshdale in the event. He is living proof of the success of the transplant community. 
More updates coming soon for entered participants. 
For information email or call 49348138
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Posted by: Paul Humphreys
9 October 2020

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