From the Desk of the Setter:

There is something very exhilarating running through, flat open bush on a misty moisty morning don't you think? Well that is exactly what the doctor ordered for 68 competitors who ran the NOY 3 at Barnsley.

I remembered Dennis Lyons advice: "Make it fun!" Judging by the times and positive feedback, it was a lot of fun in a surprisingly great piece of bush so close to the burbs.

Thanks go to Angus for the genius 'big picture' leg plans on paper, "Dad send them down the hill on a straight line - they'll be tempted to drift" and for the ideas to make the best use of the runnable areas. "You can fill in the rest!" I must say I really enjoyed the "time in the bush" planning and setting the course.

Thanks to Rob Vincent for the vetting. Fine detail is not my best point so I was very grateful for your notes and advice. Big thanks to all the helpers on the day, setting up in the rain and packing up in the sun.

Steven Roberts!

Directions: From Sydney or Central Coast, take Pacific Motorway, Toronto exit then Wakefield Rd to Appletree Rd in Holmesville. From Maitland and the north, take Pacific Motorway, Newcastle exit, then Cameron Park Dr becoming Wilson St through the main street of West Wallsend. Turn left into Withers St then right into Appletree Rd to Holmesville.
Start Location: Kevin Evans Oval (also known as Holmesville Soccer Oval) on Appletree Rd. Park along Appletree Rd. 50m walk to the assembly area and a further 50m to the start. Follow signs.
Terrain: Generally undulating with one steep section with some rock detail. There are a few spur and gully sections, and complex track networks throughout the map. Vegetation is variable from highly runnable to very thick, while visibility is generally good. Full body cover is recommended due to patches of thick and/or spiky growth. 
Facilities: There is a unisex public toilet.

Map: Barnsley (1:10000)
Setter: Steve Roberts
Organiser: Angus Roberts
Vetter: Rob Vincent


Very Easy - 2.2km (25m climb)
Easy – 2.3km (40m climb)
Moderate Short - 2.4km (45m climb)
Moderate Long - 3.5km (65m climb)
Hard Short - 3.6km (65m climb)
Hard Medium - 5.2km (95m climb)
Hard Long - 7.0km (120m climb)

Start times: 9:30 to 11:30am with course closure at 1pm