Walkabout Creek Trails Race – 10 July 2016

Walkabout Creek Run – 9.3km – The Gap – Sunday 10 July 2016

Please find the Walkabout Creek Trails Race 2016 results here.

Awesome action shots from the Walkabout Creek Trail Race on the weekend can be viewed and purchased here: GeoSnapShot. Thanks Matthew and Scott for the awesome shots

Registration: here. Results from last year: results. Become a member here.

Individual TRAQ Member$25.00

Individual Non TRAQ Member $30.00

Welcome to the second running of the Walkabout Creek Trails Race. It is a beautiful course around the Enoggera Reservoir on SEQ Water land within the d’Aguilar National Park.


In recent years, this area has been developed for recreation purposes, which allows us to organise this race that finishes at the Walkabout Creek Visitors and Wildlife Centre. It is fantastic to have access to this beautiful area only 15minutes away from the Brisbane CBD at The Gap.

The course is fairly short at 9.3km and suitable to most runners from the fast runner who would like to have a nice hit-out to people who are new to trail running or to those who would like to have a nice social run with friends. However,  you need to be 16 years or older. If you are between 16 and 18, you need to have your parent/guardian to sign the waiver.

If you would like to register as a TRAQ member, make sure you are a current financial member. Membership is only $17.50 and if you are already a Qld Athletics member the fee is $7.50. Become a member here.

There are two waves, 5 minutes apart. The first wave is the fast wave, the second wave the slow wave. The first 3 males and females over the lines get the placings, so if you want to be in the running for a place, make sure you enter in the first wave. If the first wave is booked out, contact me, Hubertien on 0404 922 577 or hubertien.wichers@gmail.com, to get a start in the first wave.

group start

The race starts at the Enoggera Dam Wall, inside the gates of SEQ Water, which is just behind the Park ‘n Ride at the end of The Gap. Whilst the finish line is only 700m away, the course leads all the way around the reservoir for 9.3km to finish on the ‘beach’ of the Walkabout Creek Visitors and Wildlife Centre. The course covers a variety of flatter sections, steep hills, broad fire trails and single tracks.

At the finish line we’ll have a nice morning tea waiting for you, which is included in the entry fee and there is coffee available for purchase from the Green Tree Frog Cafe

Please bring along the family and some extra picnic, because Walkabout Creek is a great area to explore, take a walk, or just hang out near the finish line to see you run the trails from across the water when you have about 2km to go. Once the presentations are done and morning tea is finished, visit the Wildlife Centre with its wombat, platypus, sugar gliders, rain forest birds, snakes and many other animals. Have a look here! There are lots of interesting things to do and see for children. Of course, make sure your children are being supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

Top of hill

Summary: Registration: here.  Become a TRAQ member here.

Event date: Sunday 10 July 2015 8:00 am, registrations open from 7am (you need to enter online though!)

Event distance: 9.3km

Garmin course link – here  Strava map link – here

Start: Enoggera Dam Wall (SEQ Water), The Gap

Getting there and Parking: The Gap is about 15 minutes drive from the CBD.

Drive out to The Gap along Waterworks Road towards Mt Nebo and turn left just before the Park ‘n Ride at the end of The Gap and park inside the SEQWater gates, which is about 200m from the start line.

Bussing it: consider taking the bus (385), which stops at the bus depot of The Gap Park ‘n Ride, which is right where you want to be, a mere 300m walk to the start line.

Finish: the ‘Beach’ at the Walkabout Creek Visitors and Wildlife centre, which is also the Head Quarters for this part of d’Aguilar National Park.

Finishers’ bags: A vehicle/trailer is provided at the start line to carry your finishing gear to near the finish.

Return to parking: 700m walk.

Number of participants: 150

Checkpoint: about ½ way: at this checkpoint your bib number will be recorded and there will be a self-help first aid kit.

Hydration and Fuel: There is no water or sports drink provided along this course, so if you are not sure about your hydration requirements carry at least 500ml of water. Also, make sure you are properly hydrated and fuelled at the start of the race.  Please take enough supplies with you to last you for the duration of the run, but take your litter with you.

Course familiarisation: The course will be marked, but please make sure you read the course information so that you know where you are going. TRAQ may organise a training run 2 weeks out from the race, so keep your eye out for this on the web page and on Facebook.

Garmin course link – here  Strava map link – here

First Aid: Qualified First Aid person at start and finish, self-help first aid kit at the ½ way check point.

Catering: Morning tea, water and sports drinks are provided to participants and volunteers. Coffee may be purchased from the Green Tree Frog Cafe.

If you have any questions, please give me a ring on 0404 922 577

I hope you will have a great time!

Hubertien, Walkabout Creek Trails Race Organiser and TRAQ President

Brisbane Trail Marathon 2016 Results & Race Report

Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved in the inaugural Brisbane Trail Marathon. The results are posted below. Please email info@traq.org.au if any discrepancies.

Brisbane Trail Marathon 2016 Results – Results BTM 2016  updated 31.05.2016

Photos from the BTM taken by GeoSnapShot for purchase – here.


The day began early for most at 04:30am (some would call it stupid o’clock) when officials arrived at Gold Creek Reservoir to set up and the excitement of the first trail marathon in Brisbane was certainly in the cool air. Competitors and supporters soon began to turn up for registration as well as the checkpoint crews who found their way through the dark to set up. We were fortunate to have the sun rise by race time and therefore headlamps weren’t needed but many were still wearing beanies and gloves.

At 06:10am the marathon runners set off to complete a lap of the reservoir, via a challenging single trail, with Titov Slavik setting a flying pace as he passed through the start / finish area in hot pursuit of the half marathoners on the open trails of South Boundary and Centre Roads. The half marathoners had started their race on these open trails, having to negotiate the single trail at the conclusion of the race.

Once up on the Mt Nebo Break and heading for the notorious Hell Hole Break the surroundings changed to that of subtropical rainforests, where the welcome down hills would only be followed by a challenging uphill climbs.

At checkpoint 2 the courses of the two events parted with the marathon runners starting the ascent to the highest part of the course, and the half marathoners continuing along the undulating trail of Gold Creek Break. At the 20km mark the half marathon (well, half-ish marathon at just under 25km) turned onto the single trail of Gold Creek. As it is a quite technical section it was great to see so many runners doing well on this part of the course, with undulating terrain with more ups and downs than a merry-go-round.

The first male in the half marathon was Enda Cotter with a time of 2:16:26, and the first female in the half marathon was Sarah Ludowic with a time of 2:44:55.

Meanwhile, the marathon runners were on the decent down Augies Road and on the cruel climb up Creek Road before seeing the cheerful Brisbane Trial Runners checkpoint crew from checkpoint 2 again at checkpoint 4. No doubt that the last few hills were challenging the competitors and letting their legs know that this was no leisurely Sunday training run, with a few toes screaming out during the last few steep descents.

Andy Churchman was the first marathon runner home in a time of 04:00:28 and Jessica Schluter was the first female across the line at 04:58:10. Excellent results and the times to beat during next year’s BTM.


The success of this event could not have happened without the planning and experience of the TRAQ committee, and in particular Hubertien who’s experience and her vast knowledge of structuring a trail running event was without question a key factor in the success of this event.

I would like to thank the WICEN team for providing on-course communications between checkpoints and race control, so that we knew at all times in which section runners were.

I would also like give my appreciation and thanks to everyone who made it all happen on the day, thanks also goes to Tim and Laura from The Trail Co for their support and prizes, the Babling Babes for the BBQ, Hammer Sports Nutrition for supplying “HEED” sports drink.

To all the volunteers and supporters who contributed to the smooth running of this event, a very big thank you..

The trail runners themselves have made this event a great success and many have indicated that the Brisbane Trail Marathon will be a ‘must do’ event on their event calendar for next year, so TRAQ will ensure it will be back next year on Sunday 28th May 2017.

See you out there on the trails!

Paul Vennells

Race Director

Brisbane Trail Marathon



Next year’s event is on Sunday 28th May 2017.

2016 results and race report – here.

Brisbane Trail Marathon Sun 29 May 2016– Gold Creek Reservoir. Also includes Half Marathon.map btm




Marathon course strava map – here
Half Marathon course strava map – here

TRAQ Brisbane Trail Marathon – Event Information

TRAQ presents the inaugural Brisbane Trail Marathon, incorporating a full 42.2km Marathon and a 24.7km Half Marathon to be run in the iconic, spectacular terrain of the South D’Aguilar National Park

This iconic trail running event will start and finish at Gold Creek Reservoir, Brookfield. An entry point to Brisbane’s momentous trail network.

Both the Marathon and Half Marathons course will traverse open fire-trails, narrow and single trials passing through a diversity of environments, eucalypt woodlands and lush subtropical rainforest. A full range of trail surfaces will provide all levels of trail runners and even road runners a challenge and the experience that is trail running.

Registration and Cost:

Participants must be over 18 years of age on the day.

Entry opens Monday 18th April and close midnight Friday 27th May at 11:59 pm. (GMT+10) Brisbane

Entry fees:
Marathon 42.2 km TRAQ member – $65.00
Marathon 42.2 km non-member – $80.00
Half Marathon 24.8 km event TRAQ member – $45.00
Half Marathon 24.8 km event non-member – $55.00

Next year’s event is on Sunday 28th May 2017.

Refunds are available up to two weeks before the event (-$20 admin cost).

There is a total field limit of 150 participants for the event.

TRAQ Membership: TRAQ has an affiliation with Queensland Athletics (QA). 2016 Annual Membership fees are $17.50 per individual. The registration year runs from1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016. Enter here

Race Day

Event Times:  Race Briefing 05:45

Start Times:   Marathon 06:00,         Half Marathon 06:15.

Be there at least 30mins before your start to pick up your race bib.

Course Details:

Marathon:      The Trail Marathon heads west away from the reservoir for a short distance before turning back to track around the circumference of the reservoir, an interesting, varied and challenging single trail through thick bush, coming out at the historic cascading spillway, run pass your supports adjacent to the dam wall and then its full steam ahead up Gold Creek Road to South Boundary Road. Onto Centre Rd as you ascend to Mt Nebo to enjoy the narrow gruelling section of “Hell Hole Break”.

Once back on South Boundary Rd the vertical elevation of the D’Aguilar National Park begins, just over halfway you pass over the highest point of your run. Turning back south on Augies Rd. Enjoying the ascents and descents of trails, continue to Creek Rd., Gold Creek Boundary Track you will complete the course with a run across the top of the dam wall before running through the finish line.

Overall the Trail Marathon has a total elevation gain of 1,297mts.

A 7 hour cut off has been declared for the Trail Marathon event.

Half Marathon:         The Half Marathon heads away from Gold Creek Reservoir straight up Gold Creek Road to South Boundary Road. Onto Centre Rd as you ascend to Mt Nebo to enjoy the narrow gruelling section of “Hell Hole Break”.

You will also encounter the ascents and descents along the South Western sections of D’Aguilar National Park as you come back to via South Boundary Rd and the Gold Creek Boundary Track.  Descending the track the last challenge presents with the course turning to take the Gold Creek Reservoir Track an interesting, varied and challenging single trail through thick bush, coming out at the historic cascading spillway. With a final dash to cross the finish line.

The Half Marathon has a total elevation gain of 658mts.

 See the map and course profile:

Marathon course strava map – here
Half Marathon course strava map – here

Checkpoints / Marshals:

Marshals will be deployed at various sections of the course to assist with direction and guidance.

Checkpoints: For the marathon checkpoint 1 – 5 are located at
• 12km Top of Centre Rd / Mt Nebo Rd,
• 21km South Boundary Rd / Gold Creek Boundary Track intersection
• 27km South Boundary Rd / Augies Rd intersection,
• 33km – Creek Rd and Gold Creek Boundary Track intersection, and
• 38 km – near the stone house on Gold Creek Boundary Track.
The half marathon will pass through checkpoints 1, 2 (4) and 5 at 5, 14 and 21km.
Checkpoints will have water, electrolyte / sports drink, lollies, some fruit, self help first aid kits, and some cola from the 21km/14km mark. Race bib numbers will be checked off at the checkpoints. There will be no drop bags or support crews permitted at checkpoints.
Water for the marathon will be provided at the 7km mark, when the course comes through the start / finish area before heading out to South Boundary Rd.
A paramedic is stationed at checkpoint 2 at the 21km mark (14km for the half marathon), which is about 150m from checkpoint 4 at the 33km mark. The 21km point will also have a port-a-loo.
Please note that checkpoint people are allowed to stop you / get you checked out by the paramedic or even retire you from the race, if they think you are not in a good condition to continue.
You may also be retired at the 27km mark if won’t make the cut off of 7 hours (the cut off time for this point still needs to be determined and will be provided in information that will be sent out to you).

Car Parking:

There is limited parking along Gold Creek Road and at Gold Creek Reservoir. TRAQ recommends you park near the showgrounds on Brookfield Rd, Brookfield and car pool to Gold Creek Reservoir. Please be alert for fellow competitors and offer a lift if you have room. We are seeking additional parking along Gold Creek Rd, if successful, location details will be provided.






Hydration and Nutrition:

Mandatory: You must carry 1.5lts for the half marathon and 2.0lts for the full marathon. In addition to water ensure you have your own sports nutrition drink or gels to ensure your nutritional need are met along the way.
Checkpoints water, electrolyte / sports drink, lollies, some fruit, self help first aid kits, and some cola from the 21km/14km mark..
Make sure you do not litter, you can leave your litre at the checkpoints.


Post Event Catering:

The entry fee includes a BBQ, fruit, cola, water and sports drink to help you replenish and recover afterwards.
Coffee will be available for purchase at the start/finish line.


General Points:


There is no further compulsory gear for this event, however it is advised you have with you a compression bandage / wound dressing and mobile phone in case of emergency. There will be no pacers.
Make sure you are familiar with the course – see the maps.
All finishers will receive a medal.
Toilets are located at the start / finish area and at 21 /14km checkpoint, which is close to the 33km mark.
I hope you will have great fun running in this event, and I’m looking forward see you all at the finish line!
Paul Vennells, Race Director, Brisbane Trail Marathon.
Please email me for further race enquiries: paul.vennells@ambulance.qld.gov.au

Pinnacles Classic 2016 – Results

Pinnacles Classic Results 2016 – here
Race day photos from GeoSnapShot here.

The Pinnacles 2016 race is done and dusted! Thanks so much everyone for making it a great day, with a special mention to the weather gods, who gave us a sunny day with perfect race conditions.


The competition was tough: Darryl Taylor took out the men’s race in 1:24:40 and Kim Knox did a great winning time 1:32:12 followed closely by Kate Borrell (1:32:44). Also congratulations to Corey Brough (1:27:28), Andrew Dey (1:27:37) and Melanie Newton (1:39:28) on their placings.

A special thanks to the Ashgrove Rangers for the superb catering, and The Trail Co for supporting the event. Don’t forget to bring your Pinnacles bib in today (17 April 2016) to get a 10% discount.

Have a look at the results and the photos, and see you next year!

Hubertien, Pinnacles Event Organiser