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).

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.

LAKE MANCHESTER TRAILS – SUN  21  AUG 2016 – 6KM, 10KM & 22KM

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 www.organisedgrime.com.au.  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.

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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: andrew_rowlands@hotmail.com

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