10K Classic

/10K Classic
10K Classic 2017-07-18T11:48:24+00:00

For Groovers and Improvers

The 10k distance at the Devonport Half Marathon is a beautiful seaside run with spectacular views. The distance is testing but achievable and an ideal stepping stone for those looking to move up from the 5k. The course includes an out-and-back section on Devonport’s beautiful waterfront and a tour of North Head with views to Rangitoto and Auckland City.

This is a quality ten kilometre course which runners will love, with an ideal mix of flats, ups and downs to keep you engaged. Devonport’s gorgeous Victorian houses are the backdrop as you run from beach to reserve, enjoying views of Auckland’s magnificent Waitemata Harbour throughout.

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Runners start at 7:45am sharp with the 15km field. Competitive walkers at 7:48am.
Time Limit is 2 hours (otherwise known as “too easy!”). You’ve got heaps of time.
A great inner-city 10k course that runners and walkers alike will love

Run a beautiful and challenging 10k in the morning …
then hit the Devonport cafes for brunch!

Course Description

The event begins on Victoria St in the centre of Devonport village and turns onto Queens Parade in front of the famous Esplanade Hotel and along the western section of the Devonport foreshore, with stunning views of Auckland City throughout. After a 180 degree turn, head back towards the start line and Ferry Terminal on the Queens Parade footpath and follow our directions around Windsor Reserve and along King Edward Parade, heading towards North Head.

At the controlled crossing, turn away from the sea front and into Church St. Half way along Church St, 25k and 15k runners will join from your left. Cross to the east side of Church St at Cracroft St and continue to the junction with Albert Rd where you will turn right and then cross over Albert Rd shortly thereafter. Please take care here, Albert Rd is busy and is on a bus route.

From the north side of Albert Rd, turn right into Derby St and continue past Waitemata Golf Club to a path between the Plunket Centre and bowling green takes you through to Wairoa Rd. Stay on the footpath on the golf course side of Wairoa Rd past Woodall Park to the pedestrian crossing of Old Lake Rd in front of Narrow Neck Beach. Enjoy the views of this beautiful beach, with Rangitoto as a back drop, but take care at the end of the beach where you cross over the boat ramp.

You are now on the Vauxhall Rd footpath for a long, but relatively benign, uphill push takes you past our former venue, Fort Takapuna. At the top of the hill, you begin to drop down towards Cheltenham. Bear left into Tainui Road, where you will find the 5km marker – you’re half way there! – and then turn left into Matai Road. Run to the end of Matai Road. Enjoy the view over beautiful Cheltenham Beach, then cross to the other footpath before a left turn joins you onto the seaward footpath on Oxford Terrace. At the end of Oxford Terrace, turn left for a short section down Cheltenham Rd to the famous McHugh’s of Cheltenham restaurant. Cross over to the other footpath and continue back along Cheltenham Rd.

Turn left into Takarunga Rd and head towards the entry gate into North Head. Bear left onto the grass footpath and follow the signs and marshal directions for a full loop around North Head, enjoying stunning views to Rangitoto and back to Auckland City. Arriving back at the main gate, proceeed back down Takarunga Rd on the opposite footpath and turn left back into Cheltenham Rd.

Just before the bottom of Cheltenham Rd, turn left for a short out-and-back section along Jubilee Ave. At the end of Cheltenham Rd, turn left again onto King Edward Parade for another out-and-back, and run down to the award winning Navy Museum at Torpedo Bay before returning along the Devonport foreshore. Just past the junction of Church St (where 5km and 10km participants turn) bear left onto the shoreside gravel path – you are almost home now!

Approaching Devonport Village, bear left onto the boardwalk and then promenade past Devonport Beach. With Windsor Reserve (and the finish line) on your right, run along the Devonport foreshore with your adoring crowd cheering you on. Run towards the ferry terminal and then, opposite the wharf, take a right along the path into Windsor Reserve. The glorious finish line is directly ahead of you. You made it!

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