Lake Manchester Trails – Sun 21 Aug 2016 – 6k, 10k & 22k

2016 results 2016

Dreamsport Photography is the official photography partner and along with TRAQ have arranged for every participant to have a free High Resolution Digital Image.  Claim here.


Welcome to the 2016 edition of the Lake Manchester Trails Race. It is set to be another wonderful day, with young and old participating in this wonderful and hilly event. Untitled9X

Registration closes on: Friday, 19 August 2016 at 11:59 PM – (GMT+10:00) Brisbane

entry for TRAQ members is  $17.50 for 6km  $27.50 for 10km and  $37.50 for 22km, Non-members $25/6k , $35/10km and $45/22k, &  $20/6k under 18/school student

Entrants please note:

Event policy:
6km: open to school aged children and adults
10km: Participant must have the minimum age of 16 years on the day
22km: Participant must have the minimum age of 18 years on the day

start 8am for 22km, 8.30am for the 6k and 10km – allow time for registration, preparation & briefing – entrance and parking is 300m past the Lake Manchester Reserve entranceSAM_1863 (1024x808)

lm copy low res for emailWhat’s New? We’ll be having nice shirts for sale at $37.50 a piece.



– Free sausage sizzle for entrants. Also real coffee will again be onsite and included in entry,  fruit, cold drinks – returning entrants collect souvenir glass for 3 or more entries – professional photos of you out on the course and/or certificates available to order (link will be emailed with results)

We recommend you carry some water on the 22km run, although there are 5 water stops spaced over course. To avoid discarded rubbish, disposable cups will only be provided at the manned first/last/far checkpoints, so we encourage runners to carry your own refillable container and/or water – good practice for your long training runs. No dogs are allowed on the course or grounds surrounding the start finish lines so please don’t bring one as I hate to have to tell you to leave.

–  Info sheet will be added soon and will also be emailed to entrants before race

Enjoy a different day out in the country and run or walk the trails beside Lake Manchester, just west of Mount Crosby.  There are three options: a 6km run or walk beside the lake, a 10km run/jog/walk or the more challenging 22km run adding upper Cabbage Tree Creek, creek crossings and hills.  All runs are on well-marked earth forestry trails.

How to Enter: Online  HEREJoin Traq  here  first to get a discount .  Pre-entry only due to field limit of 350 Please arrive early to allow time to check in and collect your race number.

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Where: From Brisbane take the Western Freeway from Mt Cootha, turn off onto Moggill Road then Mount Crosby Road, continuing to the t-intersection with Lake Manchester Road. Turn right onto Lake Manchester Road for 10km. Drive carefully on the last 3km of unsealed road.  Drive time to allow for: 35 minutes from Mt Cootha/Western Freeway in light traffic. Allow more for later fun run/walk start. Allow time for registration, race number collection and getting ready.  IMPORTANT – if you’re running late: Don’t rush on that last 3km of dirt road, we don’t want any accidents. We can give you a start time ten minutes after the official start if you’re late. Registration: At the Registration shelter for check-in and race number collection.

Start: Near the carparking on signed flat grasslands. When: Briefings: 7.50am for 22km, 8.25am for 6km and 10km, at the park gate Start times: 8.00 for 22km, 8.30 for the 10 and 5km events Spot prizes: Drawn after last race start. Collect any time after 9.30am from Finish Presentation: 10.00 am for 6km/10km and 10.30 for 22km Place prizes: Trophies plus sets of Lake Manchester engraved glasses will be given to the first man and first woman over the 22km, 10km & 6km courses.

Course Descriptions: 6km trail walk/fun run: Head up past the dam from the reserve, along west side of lake and turn right onto grassed track around headland, rejoin main track and return on same route. 22km trail run: From the reserve, up past the dam and alongside left/west side of lake. Clockwise around the loop at far end of lake including four river crossings, then return back up the western shore of lake again to the start/finish. 10km course description will follow soon.

Course marking: The trails used are generally well-maintained and clear with relatively few intersections. The critical junctions will have marshals and drink stops. Unmanned intersections will have signs with red arrows (striped emergency tape will mark off incorrect trails). If you’re not sure at any track junction, and you don’t see any runners or signs, you have probably made a mistake! Stop, think and go back. It is always a good idea with trail runs to have a good look at the course map before the start.

Download Maps: Course map will be updated for the 10km shortly, but for the time being look at the adapted map from “Where to Mountain Bike in SE Queensland” available at  An updated map for the 10km will be added soon.

2013 Race Video & 2015/14 race photos by Dreamsport Photography

Roads to Lake Manchester: Directions

Car parking: Turn right 0.5k after passing the park gates, watching out for runners with earlier starts.

First Aid: First aid kits, advice and ice are available at finish and half way checkpoint. If you need help on the course speak to the marshals at drink stops; they also have a first aid kit. Transport back to the start can be arranged if needed.

Water/refreshments: Aid stations table with water and energy drinks are provided at roughly 5km intervals. For the longer course, we recommend carry fluids with you and plenty if the weather is hot. While there are sufficient drink stations for experienced runners who know their hydration requirements, it is easier on your body if you drink small amounts as you feel thirsty. Cups only at first/last/far checkpoints

Weather: Tree cover provides a reasonable amount of shade over much of the course but it is likely to be sunny and you may wish to bring a cap and/or sunscreen.


Brisbane Forest Park: Brisbane Forest Park contains a mix of open eucalypt woodlands, scribbly gum forests and lush subtropical rainforests. More than 800 species of plants are found in these forests, some of which are rare and threatened. The cool mountain tops and forest flats of Brisbane Forest Park provide a rich and varied habitat for wildlife. The cooler mountain climate is ideal for plant species such as ferns and mosses. Giant barred frogs (endangered) inhabit the cool mountain streams while yellow-bellied gliders are active in the open forest at night. Owls also live here and catch prey such as possums and snakes. The park provides excellent birdwatching opportunities and bell miners are often be heard throughout the forest.

Lake Manchester Dam: Lake Manchester is built on Cabbage Tree Creek not far above where it joins with the Brisbane River. Construction of the Lake Manchester Dam commenced in 1912 and was competed in 1916. It was originally called Cabbage Tree Creek Dam. It was renamed in December 1916 when the new dam was names after Mr E.J. Manchester, president of the Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board. In 1913 a water reserve was proclaimed restricting access to the Lake Manchester Catchment Area. This prevented the grazing of animals and the felling of trees. This restriction was observed, except for a time in the1930s, when limited logging took place.

Non-runners/walkers/friends/family: The best short walk is up beside the dam, where both courses go.

Contact for inquiries: Phone Race Organiser and Director: Andrew 3202 7104 / 0404 013 220, email:


Walkabout Creek 2016 Results

Walkabout Creek 2016 Results

Dear all

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

Thank you all for making the Walkabout Creek Trails Race a great event today. We saw a few very experienced runners and also new runners who tried their first trail running event today. Well done all!

It is such a beautiful time of year to run around the reservoir and the conditions today were perfect: sunny and not too cold.

Last year’s times were fast, but Jonathan Peters bettered the men’s time by 2 minutes running a blistering 36 minutes and 21 seconds. In good fashion Jonathan took the photographers and timers by surprise, coming in so fast. Clint Sloan had a fabulous run finishing in 39:38 and young Shaun Earp finished third in 41:41.

The ladies had a good race as well, with Melanie Orchard running home in 50:07, Keryn Pauley-Miller was not far behind in second place (50:46) and Skye Howe (51:15) came in third. Great work all around, congratulations!

Thanks to all the volunteers who took responsibility for the catering, bib prep and registration, the timing, sweeping, being a standby and doing checkpoint duties. Thanks Phil, Julie, Kate, Greg, Greg, Peter, Anton, Connor, Adam, Marcus, Vivienne, Bryony, Zak, his mum, Cherie, Carmel, Tracy, Paul, Judith, Rachid, Scott and Matthew. Also a big thank you to Grant for your support behind the scenes and Rolo for the banner photo.

Next trail run is Lake Manchester on Sunday the 21st of August. Entries will open coming week!

Yours in running, Hubertien
Walkabout Creek Trails Race Organiser and President of the Trail Running Assn of Qld (TRAQ)

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, to get a start in the first wave.

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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.

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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 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