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Thanks everyone for making the Washpool weekend once again a great weekend at one of the most wonderful places on earth. We are so fortunate to have access to such natural beauty for our events. On top of that, the use of the camping facilities at the start line, make it an even more wonderful experience to be there.
Congratulations to all of you, the results are posted on the web and we’ve sent you the results via email. If you have any photo’s to share, please do so via Facebook, or send them to Info@traq.org.au, then we’ll share them for you. Our sweeper Laura for the 9km made some great pictures; see Facebook.
We had a full field of competition over the 50, 25 and 9km events. The 50 km course runs through both Washpool and Gibraltar National Parks and is more a 52km course than a 50km course. It can be run as a qualifier for the 6 Ft Track race in NSW. Tom Ennever was the clear winner in 4:42:10, with Peter Loveridge and Greg Truloff running second and third in 4:56:37 and 4:57:24 respectively. The women’s field was fast, with Delina Rahmate crossing the line first in 5:14:45, Claire Bradshaw second in 5:22:25 and Rachel Lawrence third in 5:59:59!
The 25, or better 26km, race is run in Gibraltar NP and was almost won by the amazing Clare Palmer, who smashed the course record and almost won the race outright in 1:58:19. However, Tony Woolford held her off by finishing 19 seconds ahead of Clare. The other placings for the men were taken up by Chris Haire (2:09:11) and Greg Ellett (2:11:33). The other placings for the women went to Hubertien Wichers (2:17:57) and Kelly Watson (2:31:20).
The 9km run had a great field with younger and older competitors. Liz and Tom Mois made the most of it by ‘closing the gates’ making it into a great walking outing over the rocks and through the rain forest. The speedy end of the field saw Phil Cook come first with with Sam Herd being only 1 second behind in 44:44 and 44:45. Stuart Tait had a great run, coming in at 45:20. Chiara Wenban was the clear winner for the women coming in at 51:46, with Kaylee Welfare and Casey Smith being 1 minute apart running 57:06 and 58:05 respectively.
Quite a number of snakes were reported, with Brett Newton politely stopping for a couple of minutes to let one pass. Most of them were the shyer, but very venomous, Red Belly Black snake, so it’s no luxury to have the compression bandage as part of the mandatory kit.
Once again, Steel was the perfect host and Race Director, having a relaxed demeanour and being very efficient in organising the event, So, an extra big thank you to Steel and Lyn.
Also a great thanks to Lynnette, Jeff (checkpoints), Steve, Tina (timing) Laura (sweeping) and Julie (sweeping) for volunteering and to Koen the Ranger. I know it is not bad to be out there, but you make the difference.
About all our races were sell-outs this year, which is a great feeling to all the volunteers who make things happen at TRAQ. If you want to help out other future events and / or have any feedback for improvements or elements you liked and would like to report on, please write to us!
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