The Pinnacles Classic is only a few sleeps away and I am really looking forward to it, and I hope you do too! I ran over the course today and it was beautiful out there in the early morning sun. I met two horses, the same ones that feature on our Facebook page right now, courtesy of Nicole and Jarrod!
There is some rain forecasted for the Saturday, so please make sure you, and possibly your supporters, are prepared (shoes with extra grip, dry clothes for afterwards, etc). Some parts of the course may be a bit more slippery than usual.
Please read the blurb below carefully, as it contains important information. If there are any further updates aside from this one, you will receive an email, but please, also keep an eye out on the website and Facebook: www.traq.org.au
Transport, Carpooling from Brookfield and Parking
• There is limited space at the start / finish area, so please make sure you don’t pass Brookfield roundabout with at least 3 people in your car.
• This means that you either take hitchhikers or you hitchhike from the area near the Brookfield roundabout, near the Brookfield shops.
• Same thing for the way back, hitch a lift back to the roundabout / shops, or if you are driving, make sure that you don’t travel by yourself!
• Make sure you have a towel to sit on in the car! If it rains, we’ll make sure that there is a gazebo under which you can put your stuff.
• Near the start / finish line there are two parking areas:
o The small car park at the start / finish line.
o A small paddock about 500 m from the start / finish line (and off the road on the left hand side near that paddock). A friend if mine very kindly opened this paddock, so make sure you leave the least impact without rubbish.
• Allow about 10 min drive from the roundabout / shops to the end of Gold Creek Road: see map below
• At the Brookfield roundabout / shops there are toilets opposite the shops at the bus stop.
• We have already sent out emails to get people from the same direction to get lifts with each other (if you have indicated to carpool).
Registration and Start Times
• Registration is at the start/finish area. You can register and pick up your bib from 5:55am
• Please register 30mins before your race. You can choose which wave you would like to start in on the day, but keep in mind that you cannot receive a placing from the slow wave that starts at 6:40am.
• The 6:40am start is for the people normally finish in the back of the field and who would like to take their time. As mentioned, no placings or winners will be declared from this early start.
• Other runners start at 7am. Placings will be taken from this start.
Coffee and Toilets
• There are toilets at the bus stop at the Brookfield shops, so consider stopping there on the way
• There is a toilet block at the start / finish line and a portable toilet. The toilet block is about 200m from the start / finish area, arrows will point you in the right direction.
• There is coffee available for purchase at the registration / start area, so get your coffee fix at the start line!
• The 18km hilly course: run clock wise this year, so you keep the reservoir on your right hand side at all times. Have a look at the course map on the website.
• The course will be well marked, but please keep your eyes open for signs.
• Follow instructions from officials.
• There are some slippery bits on the south side of the course; take care on them.
• The mid-race checkpoint will be manned by Alen and Alastair. Allen has radio communication with the start / finish line, so report to him anything that might be relevant to the race organisation or to other runners, particularly regarding safety; and if anyone needs first aid or medical attention report that to him.
• At the checkpoint there will be a self help first aid kit, water, sports/electrolyte drinks, fruit and lollies.
• Call out your bib number at the checkpoint if you are running through, and make your bib number visible.
Contacts During and outside Race Times
• Hubertien Wichers’ phone number in your phone: 0404 922 577
• If emergency services are needed, dial 000 or 112, then contact Hubertien (outside race times).
Nutrition, Hydration and First Aid, Waste, Compulsory Water and Recommended Kit
• You MUST carry water during the race.
• A first aid kit will be at the start / finish area and a First aid officer, unless he /she is called out onto the course. The checkpoint also has a self-help first aid kit.
• Checkpoint information you find under ‘The Course’ above.
• If you have favourite things to eat and drink for a hilly 18km race, carry them with you.
• However, don’t leave any waste behind, carry any waste of wrappers etc with you or leave it behind at the checkpoint.
• Recommended kit includes a mobile phone, map of the course (see website) and compression bandage.
• Please read the following snakebite information: http://stjohn.org.au/assets/uploads/fact%20sheets/english/FS_snakebite.pdf