Support Crew and Spectators

Cheer and support your runners

Spectators, support crews and team mates and able to follow the event around, to clap and cheer on all runners at the various access points along the course.

The race course is very accessible to the public with numerous locations where you can see the runners – and in the process you’ll visit some very scenic sections of the Margaret River region along the way – perfect!

This was an incredible experience, organised brilliantly with amazing scenery around every corner. – 2021 Competitor

Checkpoints and recommended viewing

The checkpoints are the best locations to see the runners and are the only places where competitors may receive external assistance from support crew and/or team mates.

SUPPORT CREW MAP 2021 – DOWNLOAD HERE

Designated checkpoints:

  • Start: Hamelin Bay boat ramp
  • Checkpoint 1: 10.5km at the Boranup Campsite.
  • Checkpoint 2: 28.5km at the Contos Campground
  • Checkpoint 3: 48km Riflebutts Reserve, Gnarabup
  • Checkpoint 4: 67km Gracetown.
  • Finish: 80km Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery.

[Any runners seen to be receiving any external support outside of these checkpoints will be given a 30 minute penalty – this includes collecting water bottles or other hydration or nutrition from spectators as well as items that have been ‘pre-placed’ on the course for collection during the race.]

Other recommended locations to see but not support runners:

  • 23km pt – 100m in from the intersection of Boranup Drive and Caves Rd
  • 41km pt – at Redgate Beach
  • 45km pt – at the southern end of Gas Bay Rd in Gnarabup
  • 49km pt – at Surfers Point and the Margaret River mouth
  • 61km pt – Ellensbrook Homestead
  • 64km pt – at the southern end of Left Handers

Detailed checkpoint information

Race Start – Hamelin Bay

Where: Hamelin Bay beach.    
What: Race start: 6:30am for solos, 8:00am for relay teams
Are there toilets here?: Yes
Driving directions: Drive to the end of Hamelin Bay Road. Start line is 100m away on the beach.
Parking instructions: Park in the sealed car park near the boat ramp and on the road side – but please ensure that 2 way access is maintained at all times.
General notes:

  • The Margaret River Ultra Marathon starts on the sand, then runners go up the boat ramp, through the car park and out the main road for 1k before turning on to the trails. Please ensure you allow them through!

CP1 – Boranup Campsite – LIMITED ACCESS

Where: Boranup Campsite. 10.5km point.
What: Team change over point only
Expected first solo runner / team runner: 7:25am / 8:50am
Cut off: 9:45am
Are there toilets here?: Yes, long drop and porta loos.
Driving directions: From Hamelin Bay: Drive out Hamelin Bay Road and then continue north on Caves Road for 7km then turn left onto Boranup Drive. The CP is 1.4km up this road. From Margaret River township: Drive south on Caves Road and turn right into the southern end of Boranup Drive.
Parking instructions: There is VERY LIMITED car parking at CP1. All cars must park on the left hand side of Boranup Drive and must ensure that 2 way access to other cars is maintained at all times. Please park as directed and be willing to walk up to 1km to get to the CP itself.

  • This CP is restricted to one car per solo runner and one car per team. But unless you really need to come to this CP we’d encourage you to keep clear as it is very small and tight for space
  • NEW FOR 2021: Solo runners can receive assistance from support crews at CP 1.
  • Be aware that runners cross Boranup Drive after exiting the CP so take care when driving past
  • Water and other provided race food will be available for individual and team runners
  • BYO coffee / food. Sadly we are unable to have a coffee cart here as it is National Parks land.

CP2 – Conto Campsite

Where: Conto Campsite – ‘Hamelin’ camping area. 28.5km point.
What: Team change over and service point for solo runners.
Expected first solo runner / team runner: 8:50am / 10:00am
Cut off: 1:00pm
Are there toilets here?: Yes, long drop and porta loos.
Driving directions: From CP1 on Boranup Drive: do a U-turn and drive back to Caves Road and turn left (north). Drive 13.5km north on Caves Road then turn left into Conto Road, signposted ‘Lake Cave’. Turn left  short distance later and follow signs to Conto Campsite 1.3km further on. From Margaret River: drive south on Caves Road and turn right into Conto Road when you see the ‘Lake Cave’ sign.
Parking instructions: This CP is restricted to one car per solo runner and one car per team as car parking VERY TIGHT. Conto Campsite is a rabbit warren of roads, campsites and tracks, we will be parking in spare campsites, on road edges and back out on Conto Road. Please park as directed, if parking on side of road ensure you park well off the side to maintain access. Be willing to walk up to 1km to get to the CP itself.
General notes:

  • Once you have parked please follow the signs to the ‘Hamelin’ camping area which is where the runners will enter / exit the CP.
  • Runners will enter / exit the Conto Campsite via a short 2-way track and the layout will allow you to see them for a short time before they reach the fenced off transition area itself.
  • NO DOGS. National Parks declare this a no dogs area and will enforce it on the day.

CP3 – Riflebutts Reserve

What: Team change over and service point for solo runners.
Expected first solo runner / team runner: 10:40am / 11:25am
Cut off: 5:30pm
Are there toilets here?: Yes, permanent toilets
Driving directions: From CP2: Drive back out to Caves Road and turn left (north). Continue 5km along Caves Road and then turn left onto Wallcliffe Rd (signposted Prevelly). Turn right into Surfers Pt Rd and then left onto Michell Dve and then turn right at the first roundabout to enter the parking area where you will be directed by marshals. It is a short walk from the carpark to the actual CP.
Parking instructions: Park in the car park north of Michell Dr or on the grass beside the car park north of the road. Do NOT park on Mitchell Dve verge. If you do, you will be booked and receive a fine!! You’ve been warned. Alternative parking is to park in the Surfers Pt parking area and walk back down the pedestrian pathway into Riflebutts Reserve.
General notes:

  • Runners enter/exit the Reserve from the ocean pathway.
  • The CP is located right next to the permanent toilet block.

“I enjoyed the time I spent at CP 3 and CP4, and the finish. It is a lovely part of the world and a good excuse to visit some out of the way places (like Ellensbrook house). We were pumped spending time as a team, cheering each other on!” Kristie, 2018 Relay Team Competitor 

CP4 – Gracetown

Where: Gracetown car park (next to the beach)

What: Team change over and service point for solo runners
Expected first solo runner / team runner: 12:35pm / 1:05pm
Cut off: 9:50pm
Are there toilets here?: Yes
Driving directions: From CP3: Drive back out to Caves Road and turn left (north). Continue along Caves Road for 13km and turn left into Cowaramup Bay Rd. Drive 4km into Gracetown at the end of the road, the CP is in the gravel car park at the bottom of the hill next to the beach.

Parking instructions: There is a dirt car park at the checkpoint. Overflow car parking is available at the boat ramp. Do NOT park on Cowramup Bay Rd verge. You will be booked if you park on the road verge. You have been warned!

  • The CP is located in the gravel car park, next to the toilet block. 
  • Nearby Gracies Store serve good coffee / food. 
  • Mobile reception available at this chekpoint

Finish line – Cheeky Monkey Brewery

Where: Cheeky Monkey Brewery
What: Race FINISH LINE!! and event centre
Expected winning solo runner / team runner: 1:45pm / 2:00pm
Cut off: 12:30am
Are there toilets here?: Yes
Driving directions: From CP4: Drive back out to Caves Road and turn left (north). Continue 5.5km north along Caves Road and then turn right into the Cheeky Monkey Brewery.
Parking instructions:  There is considerable parking on the grass surrounding the dam and restaurant building. Please follow the signs and direction of marshals.
General notes:             

  • This is the elusive finish line and the site of great accomplishments and satisfaction when runners cross the line!!
  • Team mates are welcome to meet their leg 5 runner at the road crossing and run the last 400m down through the vines together.
  • Competitors cross over Caves Road 200m north of the Cheeky Monkey turn off, so if you are coming from the North, or continuing north afterwards then please be aware of runners.

Support for solo runners

We encourage all solo 80km runners to have a support crew to assist you during your race BUT the race is designed and delivered such that you do not need a support crew and can do the race as a solo competitor unaided. This is made possible because the following support services are provided:

  • Bus from the finish to the start on race morning. So you park your car at the finish and get our group transport to the start. This will be on a user pays basis.
  • Drop bags. We will transport a ‘drop bag’ of your pre-prepared clothing / nutrition from registration at the Cheeky Monkey to each of the checkpoints for you free of charge.
  • Race nutrition at checkpoints. We will provide considerable food and hydration at the designated checkpoints that is free for all competitors to access. Further details here
  • Bag transfer from the start back to the finish with any items you do not need (such as a warm jumper…)
  • Trail ‘love’! Our race marshals and volunteers will give you plenty of love and attention when on the course if you need it – you will have all out encouragement and support! 

If you have any questions with regard the logistics for solo runners then please call us on (03) 5261 5511 or e-mail on [email protected]  

Support Crew Map

A specific support crew map is linked here and a printed copy given to all entrants to help you navigate your way around the checkpoints, also highlighting other spots you can clap and cheer on your runners, and the best café’s and lunch spots along the way!

Follow The Race Progress

Social Media: Live event updates on #margaretriverultra

Live event updates will be posted over the weekend on Twitter, as well as to Facebook and Instagram so make sure you search for #MargaretRiverUltra or follow Rapid Ascent at http://twitter.com/Rapid_Ascent and you’ll receive a steady stream of results, photos and news snippets from around the course as it happens.

We’d also love it if runners and support crews could post updates around the course and recommend you tag #MargaretRiverUltra with any posts to share the trail stories!

Live Event Splits

Live event updates will be posted to Instagram and Facebook so make sure you search for #MargaretRiverUltra you’ll receive a steady stream of results, photos and news snippets from around the course as it happens.

We’d also love it if runners and support crews could post updates around the course and recommend you tag #MargaretRiverUltra with any posts to share your trail stories!

Recommended CAFE’S AND RESTAURANTS

We recommend the following cafe’s and restaurants whenever you are visiting the Margaret River region before / during  / after the event:

The White Elephant

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the White Elephant Cafe’s number one best-seller was the stunning 360 degree views of Gnarabup Bay and we agree it’s worth the visit for that alone, but you’ll soon discover that the food and drinks at the White Elephant Cafe are as superb as the view and you’ll be back time and time again… Open daily for breakfast, lunch and fabulous coffee from 7:30am til 3pm.


Website – www.thewhiteelephantcafe.com.au   Instagram tag – @whiteelephantcafe

The Common

Enjoy a drink on the deck as the sunsets over the ocean or grab a seat in the restaurant or bistro and tuck into one of Chef Sean’s tasty menu offerings, there’s a great mix of creative Chef Sean dishes and delicious bistro favourites. Pair your meal with one of the many selections of local wines or craft beers. Pop in from 5pm – 6pm for Happy Hour where you’ll find a range of special prices on both food and beverage including $10 pizza’s and half price kids meals. Open 7 days from 4pm til late.

Website – www.thecommonbistro.com.au   Instagram tag – @the_common_mr