Washpool World Heritage Trails – Sun 15 Oct 2017 – Race Results and Report

Washpool World Heritage Trails – Sun 15 Oct 2017

2017 Results here and photos on our Facebook page.

Washpool World Heritage Trails Race Report
It was a case of ‘veni, vidi, vici, ‘ for Sydney runner, Blake Turner as he charged from the start to craft a commanding victory and new course record with a time of 3.58.11 for the 52 kilometres of World Heritage Trail linking Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks on Sunday. He lowered the record held by David Waugh by 14 minutes. Runner-up Mike Carroll and third-placed finisher, Oskar Booth were closer together with times of 4.19.47 and 4.20.38 which would have won the event on numerous previous occasions.
Equally impressive in her runaway victory was the winner of the women’s 52kms, Hannah McRae from Armidale. Like her male counterpart she demolished the course record with a time of 4.40.18 which took 27 minutes from the time posted in 2014 by International Ultra- runner Jodie Oborn. In fact Queensland Ultra running legend, Deb Nicholl , in second and third-placed Clare Palmer both finished under the old record with times of 5.03.04 and 5.03.10.
The 25 kms event held wholly in the Gibraltar Range Park was won by Daniel Gooch from Saumarez Ponds in 2.08.09 chased to the finish by the first and second ladies, Katy Duffield from Noosaville (2.11.16) and Coffs Harbour’s Jan Rooney (2.14.11). Both ladies were well clear of third-placed, Imogen Dean from Armidale.
Second man was Duncan Meikle (2.19.47) with 53 year old Craig Stainton third (2.22.39).
Seventeen year old Katie Porra flew the flag for Grafton with a convincing outright victory beating both males and females in the 9kms in an impressive 46.52. Sam Herd was the first ‘bloke’ in 48.09 35 seconds ahead of Michael Wenban with Sam Willis following in the second female, fifteen year old Chiara Wenban (50.05) to claim third spot for the men. Third female was Erin Wilkinson in 56.41.
It was wet and cool but the scenery was spectacular with flowering meadows and bushland. Giant tree ferns and grass trees guided you on the outbound journey whilst dense rainforest greeted your return trip. The abundant leaf litter and timber bridges posed a challenge to footing in some places. The streams had small cascading falls where you couldn’t help but slow down to admire them.
While the size of the fields were somewhat affected by the wet weather the quality was most definitely not. The organisers from TRAQ (Trail Running Association of Queensland) were pleased with the many positive comments received from the runners. In particular the 50kms runners were most appreciative of the support provided on the course by the volunteers, Jeff, Lynette and Bruin and the sweepers, Hubertien and Ken.

Entries Closed

Entries close 13th October at 2pm.

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 photos of the course and surrounds 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 to encourage local and regional participants.

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 on 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 2017 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 Waratah 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).