Q. What do I get for my entry fee?
A. A high visibility and very sexy t-shirt, number bib, water and nutrition along the way, finisher’s medal and goody bag at the end (if you make it!), and first aid and emergency support that you hopefully won’t need.
Q. How do I get myB2B Walk Pack?
A. You need to pick your Walk Pack up from Newcastle Surf Club the day before on Saturday 08 October 2016 between 10am and 5pm, or if you cannot get there due to kids’ sports or if you’re coming up from the south then you’ll be able to grab it on the Sunday morning between 6:30am and 8:30am from Swansea-Belmont Surf Club (a couple hundred metres from the start line) on your way to start your walk.
Q. Can a friend pick up my B2B Walk Pack for me?
A. Yes, but only if you ask them really nicely, and let us know via email that they will be grabbing it on your behalf.
Q. Can I register on the day?
A. No. If there are any entries available the day before we may allow people to sign up at the Walk Pack Pickup at Newcastle Surf Club for a hideous surcharge.
Q. What if I don’t have a computer to enter online?
A. Then how are you reading this? Surely you have at least one friend who lives in the modern age and might even have a credit card.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. All walkers must be 13 or over. Children aged 13 – 15 must walk in the supervision of an adult at all times.
Q. What happens if it rains?
A. If it’s a light drizzle, we will still go ahead. If it’s a torrential downpour with thunder and lightning and cyclonic winds like something out of a Hollywood disaster blockbuster then we might just adjourn to the nearest coffee shop.
Q. What happens if the event is called off?
A. We will postpone the event and run it later in the year, and all registrations will be automatically transferred across.
Q. What if I cannot make it or if I change my mind?
A. As this is a charity event we can’t offer refunds. We can transfer it across to a friend.
Q. Are there wave times?
A. We will be releasing 300 walkers every 15 minutes from 7:30am, although if you just want to start walking as soon as you get there and not hang around for the big countdown and mass start we won’t stop you. You’ll just miss out on the atmosphere and buzz!
Q. I have a friend in an earlier wave that’s sold out. Can you squeeze me in so I’m not walking alone?
A. Due to the fact that the start of the course is nice and wide and the first 10km is just sandy goodness all the way up to Redhead it is not crucial that we police wave-jumpers. We can certainly look the other way.
Q. How long is the course?
Q. How fit do I need to be?
A. 26.9km fit within seven hours fit! This is not a dawdle or a stroll, it’s a challenge.
Q. Will the course be marked out?
A. Due to the sheer length of the B2B Walk, we can’t put bunting up the whole way down the coast, but we will do our best putting signs up at turns and the like, and have an interactive map on the course page which you can bring up on your phone to make sure you’re on track.
Q. What do I have to bring?
A. Compulsory items: Water bottle or hydration pack, mobile phone, 10 x $2 coins
Recommended items: Hat and sunscreen, toilet paper, basic first aid gear like bandaids, spare socks and bus/taxi fare money or Opal card should you need to bail.
Q. Why for do we need to bring 10 x $2 coins?
A. Your coins are your way of saying “THANKS” to each of the the surf clubs along the way who’ll be looking after us and helping us out with water and first aid and safety and a bit of fruit. This will not be compulsory, but it will be something you simply HAVE to do on the day.
Q. Is there much climbing?
Q. How much is on sand?
A. Roughly around 14.83km precisely
Q. Do I have to wear shoes?
A. Yes, there is a bit of walking along streets and bush tracks. Doesn’t mean you can’t take them off on the sandy bits!
Q. Will I get wet?
A. Only if you are a goose! Keep the ocean on your right and you’ll be right,
Q. Are there toilets?
A. Only 11 blocks of them (sorry, we haven’t counted precisely how many bowls are in each one!) These are all marked out on the course map
Q. Will there be water?
A. Yes, but in order to keep it simple for our surf club volunteers and to cut down on waste and litter, there won’t be the traditional cups of water on a table. Instead, at each of the surf clubs and maybe at one or two other points we will have Water Refill Stations where a clubbie will be only too happy to refill your water bottle or hydration pack. Some of these Stations may have fruit and lollies to refuel as well as rehydrate. These are all marked out on the course map
Q. Is the event timed?
A. Only if you have a Fitbit or Garmin or a stopwatch and hit ‘start’ as you leave Blacksmiths and ‘stop’ as you arrive at Nobbys. There will be no timing chips or results as the best result will be completing the challenge and enjoying the view!
Q. Is the B2B Walk wheelchair-friendly?
A. If you consider long stretches of sand, rocky headlands, bush tracks and stairs to be friendly then you and your wheelchair are more than welcome to come and partake. You’ll still need to be finished by 5pm and be subject to everything everyone else is subject to on the day.
Q. Can I bring my dog?
A. Sadly, our event is not for furrykids as it passes through National Parks. There are some great off-leash beaches and parks along the way though, so leave puppy at home and take him back to one of them after the Walk.
Q. Can we run it?
A. We have no authority on telling you how fast or slow you can go, but as some parts involve single-file tracks and potentially slippery rocks we strongly advise against making it a race. Besides, you’ll miss the awesome views and possible whale-sightings if you are going too fast!
Q. Is there a cut-off time?
A. You need to be at the Nobbys by 6:30pm if you want a finisher’s medal as we will stop being handed out at this time. Most importantly, Mr Sun goes to sleep at 7:01pm. If you have not arrived at the halfway point at Dudley Beach by 1:30pm we will strongly advise you to withdraw.
Q. Will there be photographers on the course!
A. Yep, and all the photos will be uploaded onto our Facebook page where you can download them for FREE! (just don’t ask them to take a photo for you on your camera or phone as they will be flat out already!)
Transportation & Logistics
Q. How do I get to the start or back to my car?
A. We strongly encourage all Walkers to carpool and leave a vehicle at each end or have a friend drop them off or pick them up. We are going to get Newcastle Buses to put on a couple of express charters that you can add to your entry when you sign up, or if you are really keen you can always walk back to Blacksmiths once you have finished!
Q. What if I don’t make it the whole way?
A. Firstly, train up to increase your fitness so you stand a chance of making it the whole way. Secondly, there are buses and taxis that can get you home if you need to bail, or you can phone a friend Eddie.
Q. Will there be somewhere to stash my gear?
A. We will not have a bag drop as you should be taking everything you need with you on the B2B Walk. If you want to leave your hoodie or jumper or other Winter clothing at the start line then we will be only too happy to donate this to the Smith Family for you (and will be strongly encouraging that all Walkers wear something warm for this very purpose!)
Q. Will there be food and drink and music at the finish?
A. Kind of. It’s called Newcastle and there are dozens of venues where you can eat and drink and make merry. Head back along the Breakwall from the finish line back the way you came and you can’t miss it!
The Fine Print
Q. Who is actually behind the B2B Walk?
A. The Blacksmiths 2 Breakwall Coast Walk is an initiative of Newcastle Surf Club, with assistance from the people behind the Lighthouse 2 Skillion Coast Walk.