All runners should be prepared to carry with them the following safety equipment:

  • a 500 ml water bottle or cup/container for collecting water at drink stations (NB no cups are provided)
  • 10 cm wide elasticised bandage (rolled ankle/snake bite)

Highly recommended:

  • sunscreen, sun hat
  • mobile phone

Snakes: are present in the area and are often seen on the track or on the side of the track. In most conditions they will move away from you. Please treat them with caution, wait for them to move away or go around them, alert other runners if you see a snake. Treat all snakes as poisonous.

Snake Bite - Mandatory Safety Equipment

Please watch this video prepared by trail runner Dr Cheryl Martin.

The crepe bandage on the right is not acceptable. Ensure that, as a minimum you bring an elastic compression bandage 10 cm in width. You can obtain these from most chemist stores. A crepe bandage may assist in covering the bite wound.

Recent research shows that the effectiveness of traditional crepe bandages is significantly lower than modern elastic bandages in treating a snake bite, and even elastic bandages will be compromised if they are not applied at the correct pressure. In most cases it has been found that not enough pressure is applied when using these bandages, decreasing their efficacy.

In terms of bandaging technique, firm pressure bandaging is required to restrict the lymphatic flow of toxins after snake bite. Strict limb immobilisation is necessary to minimise lymphatic flow, since walking after snake bite will inevitably result in the spread of toxins throughout the body, and render any pressure bandaging useless. More detailed insight can be gained from Australian Venom Research Unit – First aid for snakebite.

Gaiters are likely to be effective against snake bite as Australian snakes generally have small fangs. If the snake were to bite through a closely woven, thick gaiter, the venom will either be absorbed by the gaiter itself, or, due to its position away from the calf, will lead to the venom running down the inside rather than making contact with skin. Source: Wild Magazine, Dec 2014