Lake Macquarie Fernleigh 15 2015

18 Oct 2015


Live Results

Lake Macquarie Fernleigh 15  Sunday 18 October 2015
| 8:00am 15km |

The 4th edition of the annual Lake Macquarie Fernleigh 15 is proudly supported by Lake Macquarie City Council.

Congratulations to all participants who “Ran the track, Newy to Lake Mac!” 

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Find your result quickly here – SEARCHABLE RESULTS

Results are listed below or you can also view them at LIVE RESULTS 

Download Individual Results PDF here    |    Download Team Results here  |  Download full age category results here

Individual Honor Role

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Top Five Wheelchair Athletes 
1 Dawes, Christie W35 38:53.70
1 Bailey, Luke M18 Forster athl 41:07.94
2 Pemberton, Brad M15 Mingara Athl 50:17.80
3 Tang, Jonathan M26 Sydney Unive 54:21.03
4 Hannaford, Sean M23 2:30:45.04
5 Muddle, David M21 2:31:01.25



Top Five Men
1 873 Shatrov, Vlad M37 49:16
2 98 Bradney, David M26 Macquarie Hunter 50:34 1
3 755 Wallace, Hamish M19 Bankstown Sports Athletic 53:41
4 59 Bartlett, Arnold M30 Newcastle Flyers 54:34 4
5 182 Dawes, Jim M44 Randwick Botany Harriers 55:57



Top 5 Women
1 421 Leadbeatter, Angela W39 Newcastle Cross Country C 58:27
2 843 Gamble, Felicity W38 Newcastle Flyers 1:00:18
3 934 Delaney, Bridey W26 St. George District AC 1:00:57
4 552 Newman, Cory W36 1:01:43
5 380 Johnson, Scott W47 Nowra Athletics Club 1:03:10


Top 5 in each age group Honor Role (includes pace per km)

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Women 34 & Under

1 Delaney, Bridey W26 St. George D 4:04 1:00:57
2 Brady, Tia W23 4:15 1:03:32
3 Mogg, Chriss W24 4:26 1:06:26
4 Keevers, Amanda W33 4:39 1:09:44
5 Burnley, Kylie W30 4:45 1:11:08

Men 34 & Under

1 Bradney, David M26 Macquarie Hunter 3:23 50:34
2 Wallace, Hamish M19 Bankstown Sp 3:35 53:41
3 Bartlett, Arnold M30 Newcastle Flyers 3:39 54:34
4 O’Halloran, Liam M32 3:48 56:51
5 Babic, Luke M27 3:48 56:51



Women 35-44

1 Leadbeatter, Angela W39 Newcastle Cr 3:54 58:27
2 Gamble, Felicity W38 Newcastle Flyers 4:02 1:00:18
3 Newman, Cory W36 4:07 1:01:43
4 Hart, Danielle W42 4:16 1:03:49
5 Sinton, Penelope W38 4:29 1:07:08

Men 35-44

1 Shatrov, Vlad M37 3:18 49:16
2 Dawes, Jim M44 Randwick Bot 3:44 55:57
3 Wade, Adrian M43 Ryde Athleti 3:50 57:20
4 Higginbottom, Ben M39 3:52 57:58
5 Whittaker, Damien M37 Newcastle Ru 3:52 57:59



Women 45-54

1 Johnson, Scott W47 Nowra Athlet 4:13 1:03:10
2 Yule, Mary W47 Forster Runners 4:14 1:03:26
3 Bushell, Linda W47 4:52 1:12:55
4 Lord, Mandy W52 Forever Dare 4:57 1:14:15
5 Norris, Kyley W45 4:58 1:14:22

Men 45-54

1 Murray, Paul M48 3:46 56:20
2 Sam, Scott M47 Newcastle Ru 3:52 57:46 1
3 Phillips, Michael M48 3:52 57:52
4 Gallagher, Stephen M45 Newcastle Flyers 3:54 58:17
5 Horder, David M46 Newcastle Flyers 3:58 59:27



Women 55+

1 Southwell, June W59 Forster Runners 4:53 1:13:05
2 Cameron, Robin W56 Sydney Strid 5:16 1:18:57
3 Bromwich, Lynn W59 5:21 1:20:07
4 Webster, Rita W58 Hills Distri 5:30 1:22:30
5 Wallace, Vicki W58 5:32 1:22:53

Women 65+ 
1 Swarzes, Margaret W69 5:22 1:20:23
2 Close, Anne-Marie W67 Newcastle Ve 5:42 1:25:30
3 Marks, Joyce W68 6:21 1:35:14
4 Ward, Wendy W66 7:01 1:45:15

Men 55+

1 Hayes, Chris M55 3:59 59:37
2 Schwebel, Ron M64 Sydney Strid 4:07 1:01:41
3 Cowley, Greg M61 4:11 1:02:43
4 McCloskey, Alan M62 4:13 1:03:08
5 Coughlan, Peter M55 4:23 1:05:36

Men 65+ 
1 Glenn, Nick M99 4:44 1:10:57
2 Magill, Peter M66 4:50 1:12:20
3 Robertson, Lance M70 Newcastle Ve 4:54 1:13:18
4 Marks, Robert M68 5:31 1:22:38
5 Ferguson, Ken M70 6:13 1:33:12


Team Results

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Men’s Teams of Four 

1 Newcastle Flyers 54:34 57:34 58:17 59:27
Total Time: 3:49:52.01
Average: 57:28.00
2 Newcastle Runners Inc 57:46 57:59 1:00:43 1:03:43
Total Time: 4:00:11.01
Average: 1:00:02.75
3 five30runners 1:01:11 1:07:30 1:09:27 1:10:59
Total Time: 4:29:07.01
Average: 1:07:16.75
4 Macquarie Hunter 50:34 1:00:02 1:18:14 1:22:49
Total Time: 4:31:39.01
Average: 1:07:54.75
5 Wooters Runners 1:06:52 1:12:47 1:15:10 1:16:00
Total Time: 4:50:49.01
Average: 1:12:42.25
6 Sydney Striders Road Runn 1:01:41 1:11:46 1:20:46 1:21:04
Total Time: 4:55:17.01
Average: 1:13:49.25
7 Sorg 1:06:03 1:10:35 1:19:23 1:19:23
Total Time: 4:55:24.01
Average: 1:13:51.00
8 Forever Dare 1:10:21 1:14:09 1:31:43 1:53:56
Total Time: 5:50:09.01
Average: 1:27:32.25



Women’s Team of Four 

1 Forster Runners 1:03:26 1:13:05 1:17:16 1:29:35
Total Time: 5:03:22.01
Average: 1:15:50.50
2 Night Striders 1:10:05 1:17:40 1:21:02 1:22:35
Total Time: 5:11:22.01
Average: 1:17:50.50
3 five30runners 1:19:35 1:20:37 1:23:04 1:26:52
Total Time: 5:30:08.01
Average: 1:22:32.00
4 Newcastle Runners Inc 1:13:37 1:25:22 1:25:51 1:28:10
Total Time: 5:33:00.01
Average: 1:23:15.00
5 Forever Dare 1:14:15 1:35:28 1:42:17 1:57:48
Total Time: 6:29:48.01
Average: 1:37:27.00
5 Wooters Runners 1:11:18 1:33:16 1:42:33 2:12:18
Total Time: 6:39:25.01
Average: 1:39:51.25


Marathonphotos were on hand to capture the Lake Macquarie Fernleigh 15 for 2015. Photo galleries for viewing and purchase will appear here soon!



Why run the Fernleigh 15?
This is the only chance to run on the iconic Fernleigh track which will be closed to all other traffic! The course is a certified 15 km and will also feature the NSW 15 km Championships in 2015. Regardless of your ability the Fernleigh 15 is an experience, not just a run. Pass through suburban settings before running through the iconic Pacific Highway tunnel linking Newcastle and Lake Macquarie jurisdictions. Run through the leafy Glenrock reserve and then past the historic coastal town of Redhead. The run culminates with a ripping last km over boardwalk sections of paperbark swamp and finishing at the Belmont railway platform.

Make the Fernleigh 15 your target event this spring!

The Lake Mac Fernleigh 15 has a Marshal Time and a Start time! This is because we gather runners together in their wave at St Pius X High School and perform a nice little 5min walk to the start line to warm up! It also assists to keep congestion on the track to a minimum and allow you to battle it out with runners of a similar age. Please note your marshal time and your start time below.

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Wave W: Wheelies 7:55AM
Wave 1: Runners Seeded/Open wave 8:00AM
Wave 2: Runners 35-44yrs 8:05AM
Wave 3: Runners 45-54yrs 8:10AM
Wave 4: Runners 55+ & Walkers 8:15AM



Marshalling 1: Runners Seeded/Open wave 7:45AM
Marshalling 2: Runners 35-44yrs 7:50AM
Marshalling 3: Runners 45-54yrs 7:55AM
Marshalling 4: Runners 55+ & Walkers 8:00AM


Entry Fees

Late: $50 (closes 5:00pm Thursday 15th Oct)
On the day: $50 (from 6:30am on race morning) You can still enter at Westfield Kotara on Sat 17th Oct between 9am – 2pm. 

Manual entries will cost $50 and can be lodged at the Event Registration  (Friday 16th Oct and Saturday 17th Oct) and on race morning from 6:30am.


Technical running t-shirts can be collected when you check in. We do not have extras to sell at this late stage sorry.

Early Race Kit Collection
Race kits can be collected before race day at the Greater Building Society from Westfield Kotara.
Friday 16th October 9am – 5pm
Saturday 16th October 9am – 2pm
Remember to bring confirmation of your entry or personal ID to pick up. Should you pick up for someone else you will need a copy of their race entry confirmation.

On the Day Race Kit Collection
Sunday 18th October: 6:30am – 8:00am St Pius X High School, off Park Ave then Fletcher St, Adamstown. Allow for crowds and parking.


The Start Area

The Start Area is St Pius X High School, Adamstown. This year the Start Area will be on the bottom south western section of the school off Fletcher St. Access is via Fletcher St. There will be ample parking for 300-400 cars. Check in will occur under a cola area with toilets, bag drop, warm up facilities and a coffee vendor all nearby.

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[av_one_half]We will marshal each start group 15 minutes before their start time. Ushers will lead the group down to the the start line arriving 10 minutes before their alloted start time. Officials will call participants from the Start Waiting Area to the Start line 5 minutes before the Start Time. Below is the list of marshalling times for each starting wave.

Marshalling 1: Runners Seeded/Open wave 7:45AM
Marshalling 2: Runners 35-44yrs 7:50AM
Marshalling 3: Runners 45-54yrs 7:55AM
Marshalling 4: Runners 55+ & Walkers 8:00AM


Car parking and the Shuttle Bus
Cars may be left at St Pius X High School until 12:00pm. Kotara Westfield will also be available for parking is within walking distance of the start event area. Westfied Kotara is located off Park Ave and Northcott Drive.
A shuttle bus service will run every 30 minutes from the finish line back to Westfield Kotara and St Pius X. Purchase your bus ticket when you register.

Bag Drop and Transport
A bag droop and transport service will be available to take bags to the finish line from the Start Area. Bags will be left in a ’secure baggage’ area at the Belmont finish line for collection after the race. No items are to be left at the start area. It is NOT recommended that you place precious items in transported bags.

The Finish Line


The map above shows the finish line area at Railway Pde, Belmont. There is ample parking around the Belmont Tafe precinct and a short walk to the finish line. The shuttle bus will stop within metres of the ‘Recovery Area’ making it easy for runners exiting the recovery area to grab their bag and hop onto the shuttle bus.

There will be coffee, drinks and a BBQ operating at the finish line along with the Central Coast Runners Shop runnersshop

Results will live via NSW live results. Final results will be available from the results tab and from live results here

We are fortunate in being able to present several prizes over the course of the day. All prizes and places aside from the overall top three will be taken from ‘Net Time’. This is the time recorded for each participant from the time they cross the start line until the time they cross the finish line.

Prizes for top three males and females and wheelies are as follows;
1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Top three men and women in each of the three categories will receive a RunNSW medal while the top three eligible runners will receive an Athletics NSW Championship medal. In addition the winners of these categories will receive a pair of Nike shoes from the Central Coast Runners Shop or a gift from the Greater.
Open (14-34yrs)
Masters (35-44yrs)
Masters + (45-54yrs)
Grandmasters (55+)

Note: The minimum age for participation is 14yrs and all categories are age on the day.
Seeded runners are those capable of finishing under 60 minutes OR participating in the NSW 15km Championships. These runners are permitted to start at the FRONT of the Open Category wave.

Teams of any size can be formed with the top 4 finishers from a team to score.
To enter a team simply ‘create’ new team in the registration portal and have your friends select it when they enter. There is no added cost to create or join a team.

Aid Stations
Aid/drink stations will be provided at the start, finish, 3km, 5.1km, 9.5km and 12km marks. Electrolyte drink and water will also be available at the 9.5km, 12km and finish line water stains. First Aid will be located at several points along the course and the finish line.

The event requires over 50 unpaid volunteers. Most of these volunteers will come from local athletics clubs and other community groups. If you or your group are interested in volunteering please contact

Pace Groups
We are pleased to announce that the Newcastle Runners will provide THREE pace groups for any runners to join in in order to reach their target times. These runners will be well identified at the start and will wear a tall flag. The pace groups are
1. 4:00 min per km pace = sub 60:00  (this group will be start with WAVE 1)
2. 4:30 min per km pace = sub 1:07:30 (this group will start with WAVE 2)
3. 5:00 min per km pace = sub 1:15:00 (this group will start with WAVE 3)
4. 5:30 min per km pace = sub 1:22:30 (this group will start in WAVE 3)
5. 6:00 min per km pace = sub 1:90:00 (this group will start in WAVE 4)

Should you want to run with one of the pace groups you will need to ensure that you start in the SAME WAVE as your chosen pace group.


The Fernleigh Track is a multi-use rail trail near Belmont in New South Wales. The track was constructed in the way of the former Belmont railway line. The project is a joint venture between Newcastle City Council and City of Lake Macquarie.
The track extends from Adamstown to Belmont over an approximate distance of 15.5 km.
The former railway closed in December 1991. The first section between Adamstown and Burwood Road opened in 2003. Construction has continued in stages with the final section between Jewells and Belmont completed in March 2011.

For an estimated 6,000 years, the Fernleigh Track area was home to the indigenous Awabakal people. They lived amongst the rich natural environment and utilised the resources of the open and rocky coastline, swamp land and hilly forests.
Rail construction began in the late 1880’s, and the Adamstown to Belmont railway line was opened for traffic early in the 1890’s. It was used to transport coal from the mines in Lake Macquarie to the port of Newcastle and the Newcastle steel works.
In addition to coal haulage, a passenger service existed between Belmont and Newcastle. The trip took around one hour and was frequently used for weekend excursions from the city. When coal transportation began to decline, the service and maintenance of the line decreased.
In 1967, a switch from steam to diesel rail motors was made, before the scheduled passenger service was finally terminated in 1971. Throughout the 1980s, closures of coal mines along the line increased.
After the Lambton Colliery shut down operations in 1991, use of the line ceased completely.

The Transformation Process
Guided by the Fernleigh Track Committee the transformation from former rail corridor to treasured community asset began in 1994 after the joint purchase of the land by the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle City Councils.
In 1999, the development of a shared pathway was proposed. Funding from both Councils and the NSW State and Federal governments allowed construction to commence with a significant focus set on restoration and preservation. Different sections were completed in stages, spanning 2003 2011.


– 1880 – Rail line opened to Redhead
– December 1916 – Rail line extended to Belmont
– 12 October 1922 – Special train left Newcastle for the opening of “Soldiers’ Memorial Hall” at Kahibah
– January 1925 – Redhead Loop name changed to Fernleigh Loop
– 1967 – Last passenger steam train to Belmont
– 8 April 1971 – At 17:10 the last rail passenger train to Belmont via Kahibah left Newcastle Station
– 19 December 1991 – Rail line closed
– 2 February 2003 – Adamstown to Kahibah Station stage of the Fernleigh Track (cycleway) opened
– August 2004 – Dudley Junction to Whitebridge Station section of Fernleigh Track completed
– 7 May 2005 – Kahibah Station to Whitebridge Station section officially opened
– November 2009 – Whitebridge Station to Redhead Station section of Fernleigh Track completed
– November 2010 – Redhead Station to Jewels section of Fernleigh Track completed
– 12 March 2011 – Fernleigh Track fully completed
– 21 October 2012 – Inaugural Fernleigh15 running/walking event

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The Fernleigh 15 takes in all 6 stations of the Fernleigh Track: Adamstown, Kahibah, Whitebridge, Redhead, Jewells and Belmont

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