Results and Photos Lake Manchester

Results are  here & photos are available from Dreamsport Photography – here.

Thanks everyone for making the Lake Manchester Trails a wonderful event. The weather was wonderful, the company and coffee excellent and our vivacious Race Director Andrew was, as always in a good mood.

The track was a bit slippery and the front runners in the 22km encountered some cattle that fortunately took off into the bush, so all was well.

The new addition of the 10km to the logging hut was a success; so successful that some of the 6km runners accidently continued on to do the 10km.  The * in the results sheet for the 6km indicates that we suspect the runner did the 10km instead.

Eamonn and Emily stirred up the dust in the 6km,  Archie and Katrina flashed past the logging hut in the 10km and Jonathan and Hubertien flew over the big hills at the back of the course in the 22km to all end up in first place.  But of course a great Well Done to all who completed their runs.

I hope you enjoyed your achievements! Here are the results and the photos.  Next race is on 18 October: the Washpool Heritage Trails in Gibraltar and Washpool National Parks in the north of NSW between Grafton and Glenn Innes.  Very lovely weekend out, and the opportunity to camp near the start line.  Hope to see you there!

Last but not least, thank you to Andrew Rolands and Julie Ellett (volunteer Coordinator) and all the volunteers!  If you would like to help out please email

Hubertien Wichers

President, TRAQ

Walkabout Creek – Race Information

Welcome to this great run around the Enoggera Reservoir. It is not the hardest on the TRAQ calendar, but you can make it a pretty hard hit-out and it is certainly a beautiful run, so close to the city.

If you are a competitor, please read the information below as part of the race briefing as we want people to have a safe and great experience.  This information has also been sent out to you, but it is posted here as some emails may not be seen.


Event date: Saturday 18 July 2015 8:00 am

Event distance: 9.3km

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, this 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 were you want to be, with only a 300m walk to the start line.

Registrations: From 7am near the start line. Please pick up your bib at least 15min before you start and provide you emergency phone number.

Wave Start Times, Placings and Results: Wave 1 starts at 8am and is the fast wave; wave 2 is the slow wave starting at 8:05am.  The compulsory race briefing takes place five minutes before you start.

Please note that the first 3 men and women over the finish line get the placings; there are no adjustments for times run by people in the slow wave. So if you would like to be in contention for a placing you make sure you start in the first wave. Please note that you have to notify the registration desk if you want to change waves, otherwise your time will be displayed incorrectly when we publish the results.

Checkpoint: is about ½ way where your bib number will be recorded and a self-help first aid kit is available.  There are no sports drinks and there is no water provided along this course.

Hydration and Fuel: As there is no water and or sports drink provided along the course, please take enough water and supplies to last you the distance, and make sure you take any litter with you.  It is also important that you are properly hydrated and fuelled-up at the start of the race.

First Aid: Our Qualified First Aid person Judith will be at start and finish lines, unless called away on the course. There will be a self-help first aid kit at the ½ way check point, and the sweeper will carry one as well. Please be sun-safe.

Sweeper: We have a sweeper with a self help first aid kit.

Course: Because of the nature of the course, it can be a bit wet and slippery in some spots, so please keep this in mind. It should be too cold for snakes, but always look out for them. In the latter part of the course there are three sets of steps, so please take care! Please look at the maps on the Walkabout Creek event page.

Finish: 9.3km after the start at the ‘Beach’ at the Walk about Creek visitor’s centre, Head Quarters of d’Aguilar National Park, The Gap. Spectators can drive 700m up the road from the start line to the Visitors Centre car park. From there it is about 200m walk to the beach. The construction works that extend the recreation areas somewhat limits the space, so we have to be a bit more mindful of other users of the area (usually canoe-ers).

Finishers’ bags: A van is provided at the start line to carry your finishing gear to Walkabout Creek.  Make sure you pack a towel to sit on for the shuttle bus and don’t pack valuables in this bag,  we don’t take responsibility for your belongings.

Presentations: We’ll conduct the presentations at about 9:30am. Place-getters will get something nice and there are a few giveaways.

Catering: Morning tea, water and sports drink are provided to participants and volunteers (GF available).  Coffee may be purchased from the Green Frog Café (Walk about Creek Visitor’s Centre).

Coffee: there is a coffee van at the start line and at the finish line you can purchase coffee from the Green Frog Café.

Getting back to the Start Line: I have organised a Maxi Taxi to provide a shuttle service between 9:15am and 10:45am. This helps you get a safe passage back to the start line car park. Mt Nebo/Waterworks Rd, can be a dangerous road.

Contact on the day: Race Director: Hubertien Wichers: 0404 922 577

Walkabout Creek Visitors Centre: This is a great place, particularly for young visitors. There is plenty of information about the National Park, but what makes it really special is the mini zoo. So, if you have young people with you, make sure you pay a visit to the zoo. There is a small entry fee, but it is worth while to see the snakes, lizards, platypus, sugar gliders and other nocturnal animals, rain forest birds, the wombat and the wallabies.

Elevations:  The total elevation gain and loss is around 150m.  There are some nice hills particularly at the start, 1km, 3km, 4.5km and 6km.

See you on Saturday!

Walk about Creek Run- Saturday 18 July 8am – Enter Now!

Come and join us for a run around the Enoggera Reservoir at The Gap on the 18th of July.

It is one of my favourite places to run, it is not too hard, but still nice and hilly.  There are some beautiful views over the dam.  It is just a great spot to be!

The run starts at the Dam Wall near The Gap Park ‘n Ride (far end of The Gap) and finishes at the Beach of the Visitors’ Centre of the Head Quarters of d’Aguilar National Park, which is called ‘Walkabout Creek’, hence the name for the run.

We’ll have some morning tea and presentations at the beach, and it is also a nice opportunity to visit the centre, it has a wild life centre which has a platypus, wombat, snakes, lizards, turtles, many rainforest birds and wallabies.

Entry fees: TRAQ members $25, non-TRAQ-members $30

Click here for more information visit on our event page.

I hope you can make it! Please enter here

Hubertien Wichers, Race Director:  0404 922 577

Australian & Qld Mountain Running Champs – 31 May 2015

Australian and Queensland Mountain Running Championships – Sunday 31 May 2015

Camp Mountain (The Gap) will once again be the venue for the Australian and Queensland Mountain Running Championships.

Distances are: Junior Women (16 – 19y/o): 4.8km; Junior Men (16 – 19y/o) and Open Women: 8.3km; Open Men: 13km. These distances may not seem very long to some, but the races will be fast, furious and really test what you are made of!

Winners and place getters of the Australian Championships receive Athletics Australia Medals and these championships are the primary selection races for the Australian Mountain Running Team that will compete in September in Wales (GB) in the World Mountain Running Championships.

Age group placings will be awarded by the Australian Mountain Running Association (AMRA) and Queensland Champions and place getters will be awarded by Queensland Athletics.

You don’t have to be a member of an athletics club to compete, but to be eligible to represent Australia via the Australian Mountain Running Team you need to be an Aussie and a registered athlete.

Start of the track

This year the Championships also incorporate an open (non championship) race of 8.3km and children’s (Xtreme) races of 1, 2, and 3km.

The Australian and Queensland Mountain Running Champs are hosted by the Ashgrove Rangers Athletic Club on behalf of AMRA, with the support of Queensland Athletics.

You will find more information about the championships, entries and the courses here

View Camp Mt