Pinnacles Classic – Confirmed for Sunday 30 April 2017

Pinnacles Classic – Confirmed for Sunday 30 April 2017

Due to Cyclone Debbie we had to postpone the Pinnacles Classic from the 2nd of April to Sunday the 30th of April.

If you have already registered for this event, please check your emails for a message from Hubertien, with further details.

We have extended the entry closing date till 29 April – Entries Closed

Become a member here (via Qld Athletics) to join TRAQ and to receive a discount on the entry fee.

2016 Results here

The Pinnacles Classic is the race where the hills feel like mountains!

This classic race over the many hills at Brookfield around the Gold Creek Reservoir will have a little difference this year. Instead of starting at the gate, we’ll start behind the dam wall. There is more space there, with less risk of running into each other and interference with other users, and, as we experienced at the Brisbane Trail Marathon, it’s great to see the runners coming in over the dam wall.

This year we’ll run the course in anti clockwise direction, so we’ll take off running back towards the gate and then up the hill towards South Boundary Road. There is one checkpoint half way at the rain gauge, so it is necessary that you carry as much as you need to make it to that point. Remember that even in late April it can be still quite hot. Take some fuel for on the way as well, but there will be some fruit and goodies at the checkpoint.

Date and Time: Planned rescheduled date: Sunday 30th April, fast wave starts at 7am, slow wave starts at 6:40am.  Race briefings are 10 mins before the starts. Be there at least 30 mins before your start to pick up your bib and nominate your start time.

Car-pooling required: Options are available during the registration process.

Course: The course is 18km long over serious hills in Brisbane Forest Park (d’Aguillar National Park), at the end of Gold Creek Road Brookfield, starting from Gold Creek Reservoir.  It is a race for seriously fit runners. See the map and course profile further below.

Catering: The entry fee includes a BBQ afterwards, but there will be also fruit, water and (sports) drink to replenish what you have left out there on the trails. Thanks to The Gap State High School students who are raising funds for the Kokoda Youth Foundation to organise the catering for this event! Coffees are available too, but they are for you to purchase separately.

Registration and cost: For participants 18 years and older: entries close at 10 am Saturday 29th April with 150 entrants allowed. Entry cost $35 for TRAQ members and $42.50 for non-members. Entries Closed

TRAQ Membership details here. TRAQ has affiliated with Queensland Athletics (QA). 2016 Annual Membership fees are $17.50 per individual. The registration year runs from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017.

Register now, but nominate your wave on the day when you pick up your race bib from the registration table at least 30min before your start.  Race briefing takes place 10 min before the start of each wave.  Main wave (2) starts at 7am, very slow wave (1) starts at 6:40am.

Please note that the winners and placings are taken from wave 2!

Fuel and Nutrition: you need to carry at least 750mls of fluids. There is one checkpoint halfway along the course with water, electrolytes and lollies.

I hope you will have great fun running this great course, and I am looking forward sharing a laugh and something to eat/drink with you at the finish line!

Hubertien Wichers , Pinnacles Classic Race Organiser

Please email me for further race enquiries hubertien.wichers@gmail.com

Video here

Course Map

Pinnacles Map

Course Profile

Pinnacles Elevations

Strava Event

Results from 2016

Results from 2015

Results from 2014

Results from 2013

Results from 2012

Results from 2011

Results from 2010

Pics and report from 2009 

2014 Race Video

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Mt Glorious Mnt Trails – Sun 19 Feb 2017 – Entries CLOSED

Mt Glorious – Race Information – Sun 19 Feb 2017

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Entries OPEN for 2017! Enter here

Entry fee: . TRAQ Member $40 non-TRAQ member $55

TRAQ Membership details here

Registration closes on: Saturday, 18 February 2017 at 10:00 AM – (GMT+10:00) Brisbane

 

What you need to know:

Course
It is a tough 22km with 1200m of climb and 650m of descent. Make sure you carry 1 litre of water.

It is a beautiful run that leads from Cedar Flats via the top of Northbrook Mountain and England Creek to the rainforest at the top of Mount Glorious, finishing at the clearing opposite the Maiala picnic area.

Description: from Cedar Flats valley climb east up the ridgeline firebreak, it is initially steep, but then runnable. Turn left at the first junction, then right at Northbrook Mountain junction and go down to England Creek (midpoint and manned check point) then there is a continuous 600m climb up to the top of Mount Glorious.

When you are about to reach the top, turn left onto the historic stone-lined western ridge single trail through the rainforest. There are a few stone stairs you will climb to reach the Western Window from which it is a flat run to the finish at the clearing opposite Maiala Park. Also, see map and profile below. Continue reading Mt Glorious Mnt Trails – Sun 19 Feb 2017 – Entries CLOSED

2016 Washpool World Heritage Trails Results & Report

2016 Washpool World Heritage Trails Results click here

Any discrepancies please email info@traq.org.au

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!

Your is trail running
Hubertien Wichers
TRAQ President and Runner

Washpool World Heritage Trails – Sun 16 Oct 2016

Washpool World Heritage Trails – Sun 16 Oct 2016

2016 Results here

Entries close 2pm on the 14th October.
Entry distance may be changed up till 2pm on the 14th October.
T-shirts will be available for purchase after the events.
Please report 30 minutes prior to start time for your event distance and pick up your bib.
50 kms start 7.00am; 25 kms – 8.00am; 9 kms – 8.30am.

The Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks have incredible variety, from world heritage listed rainforests to clear rivers flowing through flowering high country heathlands, dramatic granite outcrops and wild river gorges. The area also features an extensive network of well formed trails to make it ideal trail running and great natural campsites.

View the course here then make your plans for a weekend away in  October to fully experience these world class trails.

Whatever your favourite distance, we have a great course on some of the best trails in Australia. Entry cost has been kept low too. Here they are for respectively TRAQ/AURA members and non TRAQ/AURA members: 9km: $8/$10 – 25km: $22.50/$30 – 50km $45/$55).

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There’s a short course of 9km including streams, granite cascades on and a taste of rainforest the Gibraltar side, a 25km course with a mix of flat and hilly sections and a little of everything, and an ultra option of 50km traversing the whole World Heritage Trail loop around both Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks! On Saturday you can check out short trails near the Mulligans start/finish on foot or bike, explore Washpool’s rainforest and riverside trails, or just relax.

We encourage camping at Mulligans Flat, which has kitchen/toilet facilities and a great swimming hole. For those who don’t want to camp out at the start, you can base your weekend at the historic town of Glen Innes, which is on the quickest route from Brisbane to Washpool via Cunningham’s Gap. Or those on a long drive up or down the coast might prefer cabins or camping at Jackadgery (the friendly Mann River Caravan Park), just before the national park starts, and drive the last section up the hill to the start on race morning.

Pre-entry is required due to limited parking. Carpooling is encouraged.

Full 2016 information for runners will be emailed to all entrants
and is also posted here for reference: last years click here

Download basic course map: click here
Download detailed course map: click here

Download poster to promote the run locally: click here
View 52k course profile: click here
View 25k course profile: click here

Nearest cabins by Mann River: here
Where is Glen Innes map: here
Glen Innes accommodation information: here
Grafton map here

Saturday:
You can meet other runners at the Mulligans Hut picnic area; allow time for driving in and setting up camp. Options include running or walking great trails which aren’t part of the race eg spot the Warratah on the Needles track; mountain biking is permitted on many trails eg Little Dandahra Creek; canoeing or inner tube floating down Little Dandahra Creek back to Mulligans.

Sunday:
Ultra course: Starts 7.00 in the Gibraltar Range National Park off Gwydir Highway at Mulligans picnic area, proceeding anti-clockwise round the World Heritage Trail to finish back at the start (52km). This is a remote area and entrants should carry their preferred supplements. Water/electrolytes will be available at the three road crossings; drop bags will be taken to the first and second road crossing.
Medium course: Starts 8.00 in the Gibraltar Range National Park off Gwydir Highway at Mulligans picnic area, out-and-back to Dandahra Crags then clockwise round 9km loop to finish at the start (25km).
Short course: Starts 8.30 at the Mulligans picnic area following the 9km loop trail beside streams, across cascades, through fern understory and rainforest back to the start (9km).