Camp Mountain Race Report and Results

2017 Camp Mountain Race

See the results HERE

Thanks to all you competitors and volunteers who made the first Camp Mountain Challenge organised by TRAQ a great morning. The Photo Album can be viewed via the TRAQ Facebook page.

Congratulations to all of the runners! The weather was perfect; nice, crisp and the wind subsided overnight, which made for pleasant race conditions.

It’s a little shorter and sharper than our usual TRAQ races, but there was the option to do the ‘longer, easy’ 13.3km race, which quite a number of people opted for.

We also incorporated kids’ races and it was great to see you brave speedy kids out there.

As the challenge incorporated the Queensland Mountain Running Championships, there were young and older age category state medals to be won. Whether you received a medal or not, all could be proud of the achievements in one of the tougher athletics events.

Queensland State Mountain Running Champions are: David Barton (35:27) and Åshild Krige (39:15): Congratulations!

Different organisations joined forces to make this event happen. Thanks to Queensland Athletics for your support from the office, the officials and volunteers (Don, the Fletcher family, Dick, Rick, Irene, Nick and Benita).

Thanks to WICEN (Robert and Crew) for your ongoing event support by providing radio communications, thanks to The Walton Bridge Girl Guides (Faye and crew) for helping with the catering,

Thanks to our TRAQ volunteers: Joris, Pete, Julie, Leland, Mark, Greg, Kate, Oscar and Lani, Greg, Carolyn and the junior race marshals. Awesome job; great to work with you!

Last but not least, thanks Tim, Laura and Maddy from The Trail Co. for your ongoing support of our races!

Hubertien Wichers

Camp Mountain Challenge / Qld Mountain Running Championships Organiser and TRAQ Vice President


2017 SEQ & other events calendar xls file 2017-Run-Calendar


Feb 19, 2017 Mt Glorious Mountain Trails race info 
March 19, 2017 – TRAQ AGM at Trail Co – 70 Macgregor Terrace, Bardon – time to be advised
Apr 02, 2017  Pinnacles Classic – race info
May 28, 2017 Brisbane Trail Marathon  Gold Creek Enoggera Reservoir
July 09, 2017 Walkabout Creek Enoggera Reservoir 
Aug  13, 2017  Lake Manchester Trails – race info (2014 info)
Oct 15, 2017 Washpool / Gibraltar Trails – race info (2014 info) entry

Links to Queensland trail events websites. Please check the race websites for correct dates or cancellations.

The Run Innwebsite Glasshouse Trail Running Series, Hares & Hounds and Mt Mee Classic
Run Queensland – website Rainbow Beach, Glasshouse Mnt runs and Blackall 100.
Those Guys Events – website SEQ Trail Running Series – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast trail runs and Coastal High 50.
Gold Coast Ultraswebsite Gold Coast Trail Runs – Nerang  State Forest,  Numinbuh 2 Pollys
Dynamic Running – FNQwebsite 3 Marathons in 3 Days,  Kuranda to Port Douglas Ultra Trail Marathon, Black Mountain Half Trail Marathon.
Aust and Qld Mnt Running Championship – Brisbane – Camp Mnt/Bellbird Grove – details
Lamington Classic website
Kokoda Challengewebsite Brisbane, Toowoomba, Melbourne & Perth.
Oxfam Trailwalkerwebsite Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne & Perth.
Aura – Ultra running events website

Looking for other races, check out the Australian Running Calendar. Looking for upcoming marathons? Find the race atmymarathonclub and ausrunning.

Trail parkruns

Bunyaville parkrun – a free 5km timed run every Saturday from 7am at James Drysdale Reserve, Bunyaville – website
Nambour pakrun website
Sirromet parkrun – Redlands website

Walkabout Creek Race Report & Results

Walkabout Creek 2017 Race Results – Here

See the photos for Walkabout Creek 2017. Use walkabout as the password for the photos.

Thank you for joining our scenic run last Sunday. You showed your enthusiasm by putting your best foot forward, and joining with the maximum number of runners for the event. Your smiles showed you enjoyed running it as much as we enjoyed organising it.

The weather was with us: not too cold and not getting hot either. Earlier rain made the track less dusty.

Some of you touched trails for the first time, some of you were true veterans. We did not break the course record, but some of you made a serious attempt.

Elizabeth with her Girl Guides deserve special mention for the hard work they put in organising the delicious food.

Thank you Daniel, Kate, Paul B, Paul V, Hube, Julie, Cheryl, Wes, Judith, Rachid and Steve for making the day successful.

If you cannot wait for next year’s Walkabout Creek’s event, join us next month for a  run around Lake Manchester with 6 and 10 Km loops for comparable distances, and a 22 Km if you want to test yourself some more. You could also join us a week later at our new Camp Mountain Challenge, which is just up the road from Walkabout Creek. The event distances range from 1 – 13.3km to incorporate shorter races for children ages 8 and up and longer distances for older children and adults.

Hope you had a well-deserved rest and see you next time around !


Joris & Warwick

Camp Mtn Trails Challenge – Inc. the Qld Mtn Running Championships – Sun 20th Aug

Camp Mountain Trails Challenge – Sunday 20 Aug 2017 – Incorporating the Queensland Mountain Running Championships and ‘Xtreme Country Challenge’

Bellbird Grove, via Mt Nebo Road (10min drive from The Gap)

Welcome to the Camp Mountain Trails Challenge on the TRAQ calendar.  It’s an established race, but new on the TRAQ calendar. Furthermore, it’s a collaboration between TRAQ and Queensland Athletics to incorporate the Queensland Mountain Running Championships (8.3km).

There are children’s races as well, so bring along the family! Bellbird Grove is a very popular picnic area and morning tea is provided by the local Girl Guides. If not all of your family participate in the event, then for a few dollars you can buy morning tea / fruit.

Prizes are provided by Queensland athletics (medals for the championship distances (1 – 8.3km), The Trail Co. and TRAQ of course.

We have made some changes to the original program and combined the start of the 8.3 and 13.3km races together.

It is a great outing over the top of Camp Mountain and down again.  Enjoy the national park with the bird song, bush and great city views along the way.

Camp Mountain has been used for many years to host the Queensland Mountain Running Championships and the Australian Mountain Running Championships on 4 occasions, as recently as 2011 and 2015.

Course Description

The start and finish lines for all races are at Bellbird Grove about 200m up the main fire break. Bellbird Grove is part of d’Aguilar Nation Park and is a very popular picnic and recreation area. It is about 10 minutes drive from The Gap.

The 8.3km course (minimum age 16 years old) leads up the mountain for 1.5km after which it turns right at the fork in the road. At 3km there is a steep ascent to the top of Camp Mountain on the Samford side. Once at the top (4km) you take the forestry track that runs parallel to the picnic ground and the road. You will continue to run about 150m alongside the road before descending back down to the finish line. The total elevation is about 350 – 400m.

The 13.3km (minimum age 18 years old) does another 5km loop (from the turnoff at the fork in the road). Please note that the 13.3km distance is a non championship event, but for runners only. You need to be able to run all of the flat and downhill sections. If you would like to walk you have to opt for the 8.3km event.

The 4km course (14 and 15 years old) will go straight ahead at the fork in the road for another 500m and then turns around back to the finish line. The total elevation is about 130m.

 The 1km loop at Bellbird Grove hosts the 1, 2 and 3km races (8 – 13 year olds).

The different distances are for different age groups that aligns with Queensland Athletics medals.

Course Map

The course map below incorporates the four courses: the 13.3km course (minimum age 18 years old); the 8.3km course (minimum age 16 years old), the 4km course (recommended for 14 and 15 year olds), and the 1km loop, which is run once, twice or three times, for the 8 – 13 year olds.



In the registration process your eligible categories will automatically pop up for you. Please note that you need to be a TRAQ or Qld Athletics member to take advantage of the discount.

Please enter here.

If you are not a TRAQ member, please join TRAQ.

No registrations are taken on the day, but registrations only close at 2pm the previous day.



Pick up your bibs at least 30 minutes ahead of your start time at the registration desk.

8:00 am: start of 8.3km (min age 16) and 13.3km races (min age 18).

8:05 am: start of 4km race for 14 and 15 year olds.

9:00 am: start of 1km race for 8 and 9 years old.

9:05 am: start of 2km race for 10 and 11 years old.

9:15 am: start of the 3km race for 12 and 13 years old.

Presentations will be made at 9:30am

Rules, Medals and Prizes

  • TRAQ awards prizes to the overall place getters of the 8.3km and the winners of the 1km, 2km, 3km, 4km and 13.3km races.
  • Queensland Athletics championship medals will be awarded to the 8.3km categories, but not to teams. Please remember that the 13.3km race is not a championship event, which means no QA medals.
  • The junior Xtreme Country Challenge medals will be awarded to the other junior categories age groups.
  • Age groups for juniors are as indicated in the program. Age groups for the 8.3km race are for men and women: 16 – 19 y/o; open; 35 – 44 y/o; 45 – 54 y/o; 55 – 64 y/o and 65+
  • Age groups are determined by the competitor’s age as at 31 December 2017 (i.e. year born), except for Masters.
  • Masters’ ages are taken to be as on the day of the competition
  • As U20, Masters and Opens are competing together in the same race, all 8.3km competitors are eligible for state medals in the Open age group in addition to their own age group (U20/Masters).


  • Don’t leave any litter behind, take all litter with you.
  • As it is a national park you are not allowed to bring in domestic animals.


Make sure that you are sufficiently hydrated and have enough energy to run this Mountain Challenge. However, water is at the top of the mountain and there is water and sports drink at the finish line.

First Aid

There is a First Aid Officer in attendance, and there are self help first aid kits available at various points on the courses and at the start / finish line – see the course map.

 Refreshments and Catering

  • TRAQ always includes fruit and morning tea or other refreshments in their entry fees. This year the catering is provided by The Gap Girl Guides. If you have not entered and would like some fruit and morning tea, you can purchase this for a few dollars. Furthermore, you can support the Guides by buying their biscuits.
  • Of course there is a mobile coffee facility to purchase your hot beverage from.
  • And usually there is a fundraiser going on as well, so please bring along some spare change.

 Transport and Direction

  • It’s about a 10 minute drive from The Gap. After about 7 minutes take the right hand turnoff to Bellbird Grove. From there it is about 2 – 3 minutes to the Bellbird Grove picnic area.
  • Please try to carpool, to save the environment, make room for other people who visit the area and to minimise the traffic on the busy (Sunday morning) Mount Nebo Road.
  • If you want to carpool, please indicate this when you register for the event – there is an option to do so. TRAQ will share your details with like-minded others in your area.
  • If you take the 385 bus to the last stop (The Gap Park N Ride) and you would like to get a lift, please indicate at your registration that you would like to car pool.


If you cannot run, but would like to be involved and be part of this great event, please contact Hubertien – details below. Jobs include, registration, parking, marshalling (particularly for the 8 – 13 year olds on the 1 km loop), checkpoints, water station, catering, timing, stand by 4WD.


  • Hubertien Wichers – Camp Mountain Trails Challenge Race Organiser – Trail Running Association of Queensland (TRAQ).
  • 0404 922 577 –

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