About the Mizuno Coatesville Half Marathon

Stunning rural running on Auckland’s doorstep.

Welcome to the Mizuno Coatesville Half Marathon. The peaceful rural village of Coatesville, on the fringe of New Zealand’s largest city, is a tranquil oasis from the hustle and bustle of Auckland. Only 15 minutes north of the Harbour Bridge, you can enjoy the very best of New Zealand’s rural scenery on a traffic free course that offers stunning views all the way back to Sky Tower.

Event distances go from the superb, single lap, Half Marathon all the way down to a 2km kids’ dash, so there’s an option to suit everyone and no-one gets left out. All courses feature beautiful rural scenery on closed roads.

All finishers receive what is widely accepted to be the finest finisher medal in New Zealand running. Each year the Coatesville Half Marathon finisher medal features a member of the local flaura and fauna and the 2019 medal is graced by the colourful Monarch butterfly. A suitable reward for taking on the challenging course and distances offered.

The Coatesville Half Marathon is Race Three of the Mizuno Auckland Half Marathon Series, a season-long challenge featuring five awesome events at five stunning locations. Accumulate points in the Half Marathon or Classic Series leading up to our season finale in April.


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2019 Event Now Sold Out

The 2019 Mizuno Coatesville Half Marathon has reached capacity and no more race entries can be accepted. If you missed out, please join us for the 2020 event!

Entry Fees

Half Marathon

  • Until 9 Feb | Fee Info
  • 14 yrs & over

8km Classic

  • Until 9 Feb | Fee Info
  • No age restrictions

4km Downhill

  • Until 9 Feb | Fee Info
  • No age restrictions

2km Kids' Dash

  • Until 10 Feb | Fee Info
  • Ages 3 – 10 yrs

Family 4K Pass

  • 2 Adults/1 Child | Fee Info
  • Extra Child (U16) $10

Your Entry Includes …

  • Superb Race Organisation
  • Finisher Medal

  • Fully Pimped Out Race Number
  • Running Events Gift

  • Electronic Timing & Instant Results

Race Information

A comprehensive guide to the Mizuno Coatesville Half Marathon.

Race Day: February 10th 2019

Venue: Coatesville Reserve, Coatesville

Start Times

Half Marathon Start – 7:30am
8k Classic – 8:30am
4k Downhill Dash – 9:45am
Kids Dash – 10:30am

Race Guide

The Race Guide is a comprehensive document in PDF format which you can download and store on your smart device – or go old school and print it out. It contains a summary of all the important information to make sure you get the most out of your event experience. The Race Guide is now available for download – just click the button below to make it yours!


Important Dates

Date Details
08 Oct 2018 Online registration opens.
02 Dec 2018 Earlybird entry rates expire.
10 Jan 2019 Last opportunity to claim 50% refund for withdrawal.
14 Jan 2019 Last chance to claim free delivery of your race number.
03 Feb 2019 Family entry packages expire.
04 Feb 2019 Race Week entry rates apply.
09 Feb 2019 CANCELLED!: Pre-race registration at the event venue. Unfortunately, due to limitations at the race venue, we are not able to offer pre-race registration in 2019
09 Feb 2019 9pm: Online registration closes (if not already sold out)
10 Feb 2019 Race Day!

Race Day Schedule

Time What’s Happening
6:00am Parking opens
6:00am Race-pack pick up and late entry (if available) opens
7:15am Half Marathon muster @ the start line, Mahoenui Valley Road
7:20am Half Marathon – compulsory race briefing
7:30am RACE START Half Marathon
7:33am RACE START Half Marathon – Competitive Walk
8:15am 8k Classic muster @ the start line, Mahoenui Valley Road
8:20am 8k Classic – compulsory race briefing
8:30am Car park & Glenmore Rd Access CLOSED
8:30am RACE START 8k Classic
8:33am RACE START 8k Classic – Competitive Walk
9:00am 4k Downhill Dash muster @ the start line, Mahoenui Valley Road
9:10am 4k – First bus departs for The Prom
9:30am 4k – Last bus departs for The Prom
9:45am RACE START 4k Downhill Dash
10:15am 2k Kids Dash – compulsory race briefing
10:20am 2k Kids Dash Warm-up
10:25am 2k Kids Dash muster @ the start line, Mahoenui Valley Road
10:30am RACE START 2k Kids Dash
10:55am Last finishers (approx)
11:00am Awards Ceremony
11:30am Close (approx)

Everyone who registered at least four weeks prior to the event – by midnight on January 13th – should already have their race number. If you registered with an Auckland Half Marathon Series (AHMS) Series Pass, you will have received race numbers for all five events in the series – plus your free hoodie – by courier in September 2018. For those entering just the Devonport event, your personalised race number will have arrived through the mail.

Keep your race number safe! Your race number includes your integrated, disposable timing tag on the back. Because of this, replacement bibs cost $10 – so don’t lose yours!

I Don’t Have My Race Number Yet!
If you registered after the postal deadline, you will need to collect your race number from the Registration tent at the race venue on race weekend. There are two opportunities to do this:

  • Pre-race registration: CANCELLED! Unfortunately, due to limitations at the race venue, we are not able to offer pre-race registration in 2019
  • Race-day registration opens at 6:00am. We advise those who still have to collect their race number to allow a little bit more time on race morning.

The Registration Tent is easy to find once you get the event venue. Just look for the green marquee with “REGISTRATION” written on it!

Important! Remember to bring your e-ticket. It makes things so much quicker on race day. A link to your e-ticket was sent to you by email when you registered.

Mizuno Technical Event T-shirt

Title sponsor, Mizuno, have put together a great t-shirt package for you to celebrate your participation in the event. You can order your t-shirt during the entry process or – if you change your mind later – click on “Athlete Log In” at the top of the page and you can add one to your cart. Don’t delay, however, because sizes are limited and these shirts normally sell out. You will be able to pick up your t-shirt, and any other merchandise you ordered, from the registration tent on race day.

Cost: $40


Chest (cm) 89-96 97-104 105-112 113-120 121-127

Race Number

It is a requirement of your participation in the event that you wear your race number on the front of your shirt at all times whilst taking part. Your number should be secured to your shirt by a safety pin in each corner (if you don’t have any, come to the Registration desk on race morning). Your electronic timing tag is attached to the back of your race number so be careful not to crease, crush or puncture it.

Pimp Your Bib!
When you register, you will have the opportunity to select a nickname to print on your race number. Feel free to be creative – but please keep it clean folks! If you don’t select a nickname, your first name will be printed instead. If you prefer to fly under the radar – or you want to get creative with a sharpie – just put a full stop in the nickname field and we will leave it blank.

Important! Race numbers are printed in two batches. The first batch is sent to print approximately 28 days prior to the event and will include everyone registered in the event at that time. The second batch is sent to print 3-4 days before the event and includes everyone registered up to that time. Note that once your race number has been printed, it is no longer possible to change the printing. If you transfer your entry to another person and your race number has already been printed, your name will still appear on there.

Important! Please don’t lose your race number. Replacement numbers are $10.

Timing Tag

When you receive your race number, your electronic timing tag will be attached to the back. We are using disposable stick-on timing tags this year. We are sure you will appreciate the convenience of not having to attach a plastic tag to your shoes and then return it at the finish. All you have to remember is to secure your race number to the front of your shirt and you’re all set. Try to avoid holding your arm in front of the number as you cross the finish line (e.g. to turn off your watch) as this can sometimes affect the tag reading. Just wait until a few steps after the timing mat.

Important! There is no need to return your timing tag.

Important! Keep your race number with you when you finish as we will use it to register you in the prize draw for the Awards Ceremony – see below.

Finisher Medal

Everyone who finishes the Coatesville Half Marathon – irrespective of distance – will receive an exclusive commemorative medal. At the Coatesville Half Marathon, we jealously guard our reputation for producing a truly unique, collectable and beautiful finisher medal. Each year, the medal features a beautiful representation of the local flaura and fauna. For 2019, the stunning NZ Monarch butterfly is the star. We are sure you will love it!

Mizuno Auckland Half Marathon Series (AHMS)
Additionally, as this event is part of the Mizuno Auckland Half Marathon Series, all finishers in the half marathon distance will also receive an AHMS finisher token. Each person who earns all five tokens in a single season (meaning they have personally finished the 21km distance at Devonport, Omaha, Coatesville, Maraetai and Waterfront Half Marathons) will receive an amazing Grand Slam mega-medal as a memento of your superb achievement. Each of your finisher tokens fits inside the Grand Slam medal to make the ultimate runner’s blingfest!

Road Closures

To ensure the safe operation of the Coatesville Half Marathon event, road closures are in place throughout the entire field of play from 7am – 11am on the morning of the event. Running Events – and the participants themselves – are indebted to local residents for their patience, understanding and support  of the event and the safety of all concerned.

Below you will find a handy reference guide to the road closures and you can also download and print the PDF to post in your home or workplace so that as many people as possible are aware of the arrangements.

Roads affected; Mahoenui Valley Rd, Ridge Road, Glenmore Road Collings Drive, The Prom, Coatesville Heights, Lynton Masters Lane, Wake Road, Elmore Road, Brookdale Road.

Road Closure Map


The Coatesville Half Marathon attracts up to two thousand people to the area and most will arrive in private vehicles. It is a significant challenge to find convenient, safe parking for all and, with this in mind, we have created a simple guide to parking for the event and we encourage all competitors to read the notes below carefully.

Parking Map

What Time Should I Arrive?

Half Marathon / Park in Coatesville Pony Club. Aim to arrive between 6am and 7am. If you are still to register, go closer to 6am. If you have your race pack, you can go closer to 7am. Important! First light is approx 7:10am so you will be parking in the dark. Take care, drive slowly and obey the parking marshals. Consider bringing a torch for the short walk to the race venue.

8k Classic / Park in Coatesville Pony Club. Aim to arrive between 7am and 8am. If you are still to register, go closer to 7am. If you have your race pack, you can go closer to 8am. Important! First light is approx 7:10am so you might be parking in the dark. Take care, drive slowly and obey the parking marshals. Consider bringing a torch for the short walk to the race venue.

4k Downhill / Your event starts at 9:45am but you must be at the Coatesville Settlers Hall for a race briefing at 9:05am (before boarding your bus to the start line). Therefore, we recommend arriving between 8 and 8:30am and parking in Coatesville Pony Club. Access to this car park and Glenmore Rd will close at 8:30am sharp so if you arrive later than this, you will have to find your own parking in the area which will not be easy.

2k Kids Dash / The easiest parking for the kids’ dash is to arrive between 8 and 8:30am and park in Coatesville Pony Club. Soak up the atmosphere of the event and watch the start of the 8k and the muster for the 4k. Before you know it, it will be time to get ready for the dash. If you elect to arrive after 8:30am, you will have to find your own parking in the area. This will not be easy.

Spot Prizes & Merit Awards

The event will conclude with an Awards Ceremony where we will acknowledge some of the excellent performances on the day, as well as giving away thousands of dollars of spot prizes from our sponsors. The ceremony will take place on the main stage at the venue. See the Race Day Schedule for times.

Spot Prizes

We have many wonderful spot prizes to give away including vouchers for Mizuno shoe vouchers and the Garmin Forerunner GPS sports watches. The grand prize is a big screen TV. Remember – you must be present at the prize giving to claim your prize. Only those who scan their timing tags at the spot prize timing point will be eligible to win a prize. The prize draw timing point will be activated approximately 15-20 minutes before the ceremony – listen out for announcements. All you have to do is walk across the timing mat with your race number and you will be registered in the draw. Easy as!

Important! In the event of inclement weather, we may elect to cancel the Awards Ceremony. Listen out for announcements on the PA or check out our Facebook page. If this does happen, all prize winners will be announced on our Facebook page and prizes will be couriered out to them.

Merit Awards

Beautiful glass trophies will be awarded to:

  • Top 3 men and women overall in the following events …
    • Half Marathon Run,
    • Half Marathon Competitive Walk,
    • 8K Classic Run,
    • 8K Classic Competitive Walk
    • 4K Downhill Dash
  • Top 3 boys and girls in the 2K Dash for …
    • Ages 7 & Under
    • Ages 8 & Over


Thanks to the good guys at Metro Run and the Auckland YMCA club, we will have pacers available to help you reach you race goals. Our pacers will be wearing a black Run More tshirt or singlet and a hydration pack with their target time flag attached. Look out for the coloured flags during the pre-race safety briefing or at the finish line. When you find them – stick to them like glue! Right to the finish line!

Target Time Colour
1’30” White
1’40” Green
1’50” Blue
2’00” Red
2’10” Yellow
2’20” Orange (subject to availability)

Information For Walkers

Running Events welcome walkers in all of our events, irrespective of the distance. Walkers routinely make up around 15-20% of the total field. We take the needs of our walkers seriously and have made changes to how our events operate to allow walkers to be appropriately recognised and accommodated. The notes here will help you, as a walker, to get the most from the event and help familiarise you with our setup for walkers.

Important! In the spirit of fair competition, we ask that all competitors adhere strictly to the rules. Competitive Walkers must not run or jog at any time during the event and must maintain contact with the ground at all times.

Hybrid Walk/Run or Competitive Walk?
When registering for a race distance which includes a competitive walk prize, you will be prompted to identify yourself as Runner, Hybrid Run/Walk or Competitive Walker. If you plan to walk most of the way but want to have the option to jog or run at any point, you should select the hybrid option. If you intend to walk throughout the event and want to measure yourself against other walkers, you should choose the Competitive Walk option.

Important! Hybrid run/walk competitors should start on the same start horn as the runners. For the 21K and 10K distances, Competitive Walk participants should start on the dedicated walkers start which will be three minutes after the main field.

Are There Prizes?
Please see the Merit Awards section for details of prizes. To be eligible for awards, walkers must enter in the Competitive Walk category, start on the Competitive Walk start signal and must only walk during the event.

How Is the Walking Competition Judged?
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide walking judges for our events. Therefore, we rely upon the integrity of those taking part to adhere to the rules of the walking competition and not run or jog at any time. In our experience over the years, we have found that the most common error in the walking competition is where people register as a competitive walker but decide to run on race day. We have worked around this issue by having a dedicated race start for walkers wherever there are Competitive Walk merit prizes at stake.

Important! We do not make judgement calls on disqualifications based on reports from other competitors. Unless advised otherwise by the competitor in question, we trust the integrity of our competitive walkers. In all cases, the Race Director’s decision shall be final.

Event Safety

It is compulsory for all participants to attend, listen to and heed the advice of the safety briefing. Above all else, however, please understand that no roads are closed during the event. You have sole responsibility for your own safety. Do not leave any pavement, cross any road, pass any driveway unless you deem it is safe for you to do so.

Please remind your own spectators that they should not attempt to accompany you in vehicles, bikes or otherwise. They must follow the normal rules of the road to reach vantage points.

Important! A copy of the approved Health & Safety plan is available from Running Events on request.

Course Safety

Remember that other a very small area near the start and finish of the event, all roads are open to the public at all times. Stick to the pavement where one exists and do not cross any intersection unless you have determined to your own satisfaction that it is safe to do so.

Please remember the golden rule … Always give way to vehicles. No matter who has right of way, vehicles always win.


Course & Venue Maps

Know where you’re going … then train to get there. Maps for all race distances and the event venue.

Half Marathon

The Coatesville Half Marathon course combines the 8km “classic” loop with a 13km out-and-back section along Ridge Road. The entire course is closed to traffic making for a true (and very rare) running experience – the Coatesville Half Marathon is a road race, not a footpath fun run. The course has rolling hills – including our very own “Heartbreak Hill” as you run past Dotcom Mansion, flat sections and a long downhill run into the finish.
Important! The half marathon course has been officially measured by an AIMS approved course measurer.

Half Marathon Course Map

8K Classic

The 8k Classic course has been a staple of local running for many years and was the course used for the original “Coatesville Fun Run” for almost twenty years from the late 80s. The official classic 8k differs only from the traditional “block run” with the addition of a short out-and-back section in Donaldson Drive to make the course an accurate 8k (what US and UK runners would refer to as a “five miler”).
Important! The 8K Classic course has been officially measured by an AIMS approved course measurer.

Half Marathon Course Map

4K Downhill Dash

So you always wanted to take on the Coatesville Half Marathon but Heartbreak Hill put you off? Now you have no excuse! The course for the 4k is almost entirely downhill so if you prefer running down the hill rather than up … this one’s for you!

Important! All competitors in the 4K must board the buses at the appropriate time to be transported to the start line.

Half Marathon Course Map

2km Kids’ Dash

Kids, start your engines for a two-lap, 2km blast! Kids start under the same big arch as the adults and follow a safe, traffic free couple of laps on Mahoenui Valley Road before turning into the reserve for the glorious sprint down the finish line!

Half Marathon Course Map

Venue Map

Coatesville Reserve and the venerable Coatesville Settlers Hall lie at the bottom of Mahoenui Valley Road in the heart of beautiful Coatesville. Check out the location of all the most important facilities – like toilets, toilets and toilets – so you know where to head on race morning.

Half Marathon Course Map

Past Events

Results, photos, video and more from previous editions of the Coatesville Half Marathon

“LOVE my medal … can’t wait to see next years!”

“I enjoyed this run a lot, with lots of aid stations and the volunteer cadets out on the course were awesome. And I LOVE my medal … can’t wait to see next years medal!” – Wai McClutchie-Bennett

Awesome challenging race, very well run, put on the perfect weather for us too!

Deb Ramsey, Half Marathon

Great event! I loved it would recommend to all fellow runners.

Jayne Hawker, Half Marathon

Fantastic event. Very well organised and lovely atmosphere (and weather!@)

David Clark, Half Marathon




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Running Events offer a 50% refund of the entry fee paid to anyone who is unable to take part in one of our events for medical reasons (or a 75% refund in the case of a Series Pass entry). Notification of your intent to withdraw must be made at least one calendar month prior to the event (in the case of a “Series Pass” entry – this must be one month prior to the first event in the series) using the online contact form on the event web site. Unfortunately, we do not offer deferral of race entries to future events under any circumstances.

Full details on our Refund & Transfer policy can be found here.

Important: Please DO NOT ASK for an exception – you are wasting your time and ours. In fairness to all participants, we do not make exceptions to these rules under any circumstances.

Everyone registered in the event more than 4 weeks out from race day can expect to receive their race number (with timing tag attached to the back) 2-3 weeks prior to the event.

Those who registered after this time will need to collect their race number from the venue during race weekend. Check the Info section of the web site for dates, times and locations for Race Packet Pickup.

If you ordered any merchandise, it will be available for collection on race morning from the Merchandise tent.

Our new timing tags are small stickers that can be found on the back of your bib.  The tag sends out a unique UHF signal that identifies the athlete and records the exact time at which the athlete passes the detection mats. The tags are designed to withstand rain and sweat as the mechanical part of the tag is covered by a foam spacer but please don’t fold or bend the bib as this can damage it.  All you need to do is make sure you have your bib attached to the front of your shirt and you’re good to go.

Of course! We love walkers and all of our events are open to runners, joggers and walkers alike. Many of our events offer specific merit prizes, start times and rules for competitive walkers. Please check the event web site and you will find this information on the “Walkers” tab.

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