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Ashley River Stopbanks Half Marathon , Canterbury

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Ashley River Stopbanks Half Marathon Beginner

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Urban fringe

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat



3:00 (Slow)
2:00 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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Start at the BMX track and head east on the Rakahuri Trail. This undulates through bush along the edge of the river, some nice flowy single trail bits. After about 4km the trail ends and you jump onto the stop banks. Neat views over farmland to your south and the river to the north.

Duck under the Main North Road Bridge after 9km and box on for another 1500m or so before turning round once you hit the houses (you could continue on to Waikuku and the coast if you wanted extra kms). Head back the way you came. Piece of cake.

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Features of interest

The mighty Ashley River.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 80%

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  • Access

    Ashley BMX Track on the northern edge of Rangiora

    Heaps of parking at the BMX track

    3 km

    4 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Follow the main trail. Lots of little offshoots to the river to explore if you want.

    Generally good.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    At the BMX track start/carpark


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