LAKE MANCHESTER TRAILS – SUN 21 AUG 2016 – 6KM, 10KM & 22KM
The 2016 Lake Manchester race is on Sunday August 21 – 6, 10 & 22km.
2015 Entries will close midnight Monday 10 August online entries only, no late or on-the-day entries.
2015/14 race photos by Dreamsport Photography
Entrants please note:
– 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 entrance
– entry for TRAQ members is $20 for 6km $30 for 10km and $40 for 22km, Non-members $25/6k , $35/10km and $45/22k, & $15/6k under 18/school student including… for entry links please scroll down.
– 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 entry by credit card – Join here to join TRAQ first to get a discount – Enter here for the race. Entries close Monday 10 August 2015 at midnight Pre-entry only due to field limit of 350 Please arrive early to allow time to check in and collect your race number.
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.
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: email@example.com