2020 Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival newsletter, 26 November 2020
Registration centre, start/finish, and car parking for both days
The start/finish and registration tent is on the north side of Campbell High School, outside the gymnasium which has male and female toilets and change rooms. Only 100 metres away there is plenty of parking at the former CSIRO Headquarters car park. To access this from Limestone Avenue turn on to Quick Street in Ainslie then turn right in to Hayley Street and follow it south for 300 metres to the CSIRO car park. Please DO NOT PARK at the War Memorial or Campbell High car park off Treloar Crescent, or anywhere on the south side of the school, and then walk past the school buildings to get to the start/finish. If you do, you will probably set off the school building alarm system, which is extremely loud and difficult to get turned off.
AMRA COVID Safe Guidelines
Please download a copy of the start/finish map, event program, course maps and other event information at
SATURDAY 28 November 2020 10 am 16 km and 10 km
SUNDAY 29 November 2020 6.30 am 42.2 km marathon; 21.1 km half marathon; 16 km; 10 km 16km and 10km participants: results of the 16 km and 10km finishers on Saturday and Sunday and will be merged and presentations of trophies to the first 3 males and females in each done on Sunday morning.
The following 16km and 10km entrants have advised that they will do the 6.30am SUNDAY event:
It is assumed that all others will be starting at 10am on Saturday. If not, please urgently email John Harding that you wish to run on Sunday instead.
Arrival time for your event
It is recommended that you aim to arrive 50 minutes prior to your start time to allow sufficient time to find a parking spot, walk to the start/finish area, collect your race bib (if you don’t already have a permanent bib number) and pin it on the front of your T shirt or vest, warm up, visit the toilets, and attend the compulsory pre-start briefing 5 minutes before each start.
Weather forecast: warm (see http://www.bom.gov.au/act/
The current weather forecast is :
SATURDAY: Min 16, max 33 degrees. Mostly sunny. Light winds becoming northwesterly 25 to 40 km/h during the morning.
SUNDAY: Min 19, max 31 degrees. Partly cloudy. Winds west to northwesterly 20 to 25 km/h becoming westerly 25 to 35 km/h during the morning.
Race bibs have electronic timing chips attached and must be collected when you arrive on race day if you do not already have a permanent race bib. If you are collecting a race bib, please keep it after finishing and use it for all future AMRA events.
Race bibs for all runners and walkers MUST be worn on the front of the chest clothing and clearly visible as you approach both the start line timing mat and the finish line timing mats for the electronic chip to work and to facilitate backup recording of finishers. You must not have a backpack strap over the bib as this can prevent the electronic chip from recording.
Pre event injuries and ill health
Each year some runners start the events with pre-existing injuries which they managed by taking pain killers pre-start and while out on the course. The Sports Medicine Australia attendants have said that this is extremely dangerous, both to health and to masking pain from an impending stress fracture or muscle or ligament failure. Please DO NOT START in these circumstances.
You can also swap to a shorter distance if those are manageable within the constraints of the injury.
Having a bad day on the day
If you are doing the marathon on Sunday, you can cut short and just complete the half marathon and go in the results for that event. However, you must advise the finish recorder you have done this. You will not be eligible for a place getter trophy if you swap to a shorter distance.
Toilets and change rooms
There are male and female toilets and change rooms at ground floor level in the Campbell high gymnasium, just near the start/finish. See the map at https://
Please arrive early and warm up early and visit the toilets early to avoid a queue. Races will be starting on time.
There is NO portaloo on the course this year as they are very expensive to hire and the number of entrants is much lower than in previous years.
Campbell High School security system
Please do not walk close to any parts of the school building apart from the gymnasium, as this will set off the security alarm.
All competitors in each event must be at the start line 5 minutes before the start for a compulsory pre-race briefing. This is a compulsory requirement in respect of the event risk management procedures agreed by the ACT government approval agencies, and so that you understand the finish procedures with the electronic timing.
Please ensure that your chest number is fully visible on the front of your jacket or T shirt as you approach the finish line. There will be a finish shute funnelling you to a finish recording tent where you will be handed a race mug.
Please bring your own water and food for after you finish as these cannot be provided under COVID restrictions.
Live results will be available on any device with Web access (smartphone, tablet, PC) via the following link: https://my.raceresult.com/
Copy and paste this link into your browser.
Your finish time recorded will be the gun time- ie time when you crossed the finish mat minus the start time at the start cones.
Online Finisher’s Certificate
When you access the Web result if you click on your name in any Results List a pop up box with a downloadable/printable Finisher’s Certificate will be available for you.
Out on the courses
Nearly all of each of the courses is within Canberra Nature Park. As a condition of access, Park Management has requested that runners and walkers do not drop empty cups or empty gels or other rubbish along the way, and that all such material is left in the garbage bags at each drink station.
We are also required to advise you that Mt Ainslie many years ago was an army firing range and a few unexploded ordinances have been found in recent years. You will not encounter any such things on the Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival trails. However, if you venture off the trail for any reason (such as answering a call of nature) and encounter any metal objects on the ground, stay right away from them and do not pick them up. If they look at all like an unexploded military device, please report the location to police.
Compulsory gear for events 16 km and longer (& recommended for 10km races)
Wear a hydration vest or carry either a cup or 0.5 litre to 1 litre water bottle or water bladders in race vests and refill these at drink stations.
Trail running shoes, mobile phone.
Marathon drink stations
The marathon does 2 laps of the half marathon course. Please set up your own personal drink station near the start/finish turnaround where you may put your own special drinks and food.
Race time limits and intermediate cut off times
In the interests of competitor safety and fairness to the volunteer helpers, there are time limits and cut off times. Competitors not achieving the cut off point time of 3 hrs 15 mins in the marathon at the end of 1 lap must withdraw from the marathon at that point but will be included in the results for the half marathon. The course is hilly by marathon standards, and the second 21.1 km lap tends to be significantly slower.
There are also time limits for the other events. Participants not finishing within the time limits will be disqualified.
Mobile phone coverage
There is excellent mobile phone coverage right around Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura.
Photographers will be taking photos of as many participants as possible. These will be published afterwards in online photo albums. If you do not want your photo published, please call ‘no photographs’ to any photographer you see.
Please do not email event queries on Thursday or Friday. Course marking, filling water containers and packing all the gear for the weekend takes all day from dawn until late at night. Please read this newsletter and the event information and your question should have been answered. This includes information on withdrawals and refunds.
Events coming up after this weekend
Tour de Ridges 21k, 15k and 10k on Sunday 13 December. Please download and read the event information before proceeding to entry.
Volunteers are needed: register online at https://
Register to run/walk at
Kowen Trail Runs Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 6 AM
Public · Hosted by Kowen Trail Run
Save the date! Our Kowen New Year’s Resolution Run is back in 2021.
Come and join us on Sunday 17 January and take part in either the trail half marathon or the 12km trail run/walk.
Finally, enjoy yourself and have a good time.
Australian Mountain Running Association