All of the below information is important and will help ensure you have a fun and enjoyable event. Please take the time to read it ALL carefully.

 

Compulsory Event Safety Briefings

Event Safety Briefing for Junior Swim 250m and Junior Run 2.5km will be on Takapuna Beach at 5.45pm.
Event Safety Briefing for all other events will be on the Takapuna Reserve at 6.20pm.

Your Health and Safety

  • If you have any concerns about completing your event in a satisfactory and healthy condition, we urge you to withdraw prior to your event start. If you have already started the event and withdraw please let an event official in the Timing Tent know.
  • If you get into any trouble on the water, please raise a hand directly above your head, if you are able to, to attract the attention of lifeguards.
  • A St John staff member is situated to the right of the finish arch (when looking out to sea) for medical needs before, during and after the event. Please note that you are competing in the Harcourts Beach Series at your own risk.
  • If you see a fellow participant in trouble while competing, please assist only if it is safe to do so, alert a Beach Series official as soon as you can and call for emergency services if needed.
  • Make sure you drink plenty of fluids before and after your event. Drink will be provided on the reserve before and after the event – you need to bring your own drinks bottle
  • You are taking part in events on a beach, rocks and grass, which have naturally uneven surfaces. Please watch your footing when taking part.

 

General Event Rules

  • All turning markers on the courses (as per the course maps) must be rounded and failing to do this will result in disqualification. Participants must stay within 10m of all marker buoys on their course.
  • Competitors must start their events on the beach/reserve within the start area of their designated event discipline.
  • All participants must exercise a decent code of conduct during their events, including not deliberately bumping into other competitors at the start or during the event. This includes rounding marker buoys and generally being considerate of other participants around you.
  • Any competitor who appears to be incapable of completing the event in a satisfactory and healthy condition may be withdrawn by the Event Director or a lifeguard at any time.
  • Any DNFs (Did Not Finish) must report to the Timing Tent once back at the event site.
  • We urge all participants to self-seed on the start line and go wide around turn markers or buoys to avoid being unintentionally hit by another participant.
  • If you are changing from your ‘default event category’ (the event category you selected when you purchased your Event Pass for the first time this season) on any given event night, then you will NEED to go to the Event Registration in Francs Bar between 5.00pm through to 15 minutes before your event start to let the event officials know otherwise your results will be incorrect.

 

Start Marshals and Start Positions

  • All event disciplines will have a start marshal. They will determine whether the field is set and ready.
  • Please remain behind your start line for your event, otherwise your event will not start.
  • When the orange flag in front of a field is raised (and still), you will then be in the starter’s hands. To avoid a false start or being disqualified, leave your start line/area only when you hear the hooter sound and when you see the orange flag lowered in front of your start line by the start marshals.

 

Finish Line

    • The finish line is the mats you go over when running through the finish arch. Please don’t stop until you reach this mat as your time will be recorded at this point.
    • There will not be a race clock, if you are wanting to know your time on the night please use a watch and don’t ask the timing tent

 

Swimmer Rules & Safety Information

      • All swimmers must wear the official Harcourts Beach Series swim cap when taking part. Your first one is given to you with entry. If you lose it at any point you must purchase a replacement at the cost of $10.00 from the crew in Registration (Francs Bar) No official cap – No swim.
      • Swimmers should wear suitable swim attire for all swim events and are recommended to trial their gear before taking part.
      • To take part in any of the swims, you must be able to competently swim your chosen distance.
      • If you are in trouble at any stage in the water please raise your hand directly above you head and wave for a lifeguard if you are able to. If you are unable to, please rest on your back and await assistance from a lifeguard.
      • You must follow the instructions of the Surf Life Saving guards at all times whilst on the water during the event.

 

Stand Up Paddler Rules & Safety Information

      • All paddlers must wear a Harcourts Beach Series vest when taking part. Your first one gets given to you with your entry. If you lose it you must purchase a new one for $15 from officials in registration. No official vest – No paddling.
      • All paddlers must be competent swimmers.
      • All paddlers MUST round the flag on the beach before crossing the finish line.
      • All craft must be seaworthy and paddlers must be capable of mounting them easily at sea in rough conditions.
      • Paddlers must each wear a safety leash attached to themselves and their craft. These are available for purchase from Stand Up Paddle sponsor Starboard on the Takapuna Beach Reserve each week.
      • We ask ALL paddlers to be courteous to other beach users and the remaining runners taking part by removing your boards from the beach as soon as possible after you finish.
      • Ensure you leave your board in a safe place on the beach when exiting the water and running to the finish line. The Harcourts Beach Series takes no responsibility for boards on the beach
      • For your own safety, it is recommended that all paddlers wear a lifejacket or buoyancy vest when taking part in the event.
      • If you are in trouble at any stage in the water please raise your paddle directly above you head and wave for a lifeguard if you are able to. If you are unable to, please rest on your board and await assistance from a lifeguard.
      • You must follow the instructions of the Surf Life Saving guards at all times whilst on the water during the event.

 

Runners Rules & Safety Information

      • All runners must wear a Harcourts Beach Series vest when taking part. This may be placed over other garments. Your first one is included with your entry. If you lose it you must purchase a new one for $15 from officials in registration. No official vest – No run.
      • All runners need to self-seed according to their ability. Slower runners should position themselves at the rear of the start field.
      • Please be aware of other beach users at all times.
      • If you come across an injured participant on the course, please assist, and if required send for the St John crew member stationed at the event site and alert one of the Harcourts Beach Series officials/marshals. If it’s a medical emergency, alert emergency services and the Harcourts Beach Series event officials/marshals.