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BRISBANE TRAIL MARATHON SUN 28 MAY 2017 – GOLD CREEK RESERVOIR

Brisbane Trail Marathon – Sunday 28 May, 2017

Become a member here (via Qld Athletics).

This event has been held. Entries are closed.

2017 results – here

2016 results and race report – here.

Brisbane Trail Marathon Sun 28 May 2017– Gold Creek Reservoir. Also includes Half Marathon.map btm

 

 

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Marathon course strava map – here
Half Marathon course strava map – here

TRAQ Brisbane Trail Marathon – Event Information

TRAQ presents the Brisbane Trail Marathon, incorporating a full 42.2km Marathon and a 24.7km Half Marathon to be run in the iconic, spectacular terrain of the South D’Aguilar National Park

This iconic trail running event will start and finish at Gold Creek Reservoir, Brookfield. An entry point to Brisbane’s momentous trail network.

Both the Marathon and Half Marathons course will traverse open fire-trails, narrow and single trials passing through a diversity of environments, eucalypt woodlands and lush subtropical rainforest. A full range of trail surfaces will provide all levels of trail runners and even road runners a challenge and the experience that is trail running.

Registration and Cost:

Participants must be over 18 years of age on the day.

Enter here. Entries close Saturday 27th May at 10:00 am – (GMT+10) Brisbane

Entry fees:
Marathon 42.2 km TRAQ member – $75
Marathon 42.2 km non-member – $90
Half Marathon 24.8 km event TRAQ member – $50
Half Marathon 24.8 km event non-member – $65

Refunds are available up to two weeks before the event (-$20 admin cost).

There is a total field limit of 200 participants for the event.

TRAQ Membership: TRAQ has an affiliation with Queensland Athletics (QA). 2017 Annual Membership fees are $17.50 per individual. The registration year runs from1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017. Enter here

Race Day

Event Times:  Race Briefing 05:45

Start Times:   Marathon 06:00,         Half Marathon 06:15.

Be there at least 30mins before your start to pick up your race bib.

Course Details:

Marathon:      The Trail Marathon heads west away from the reservoir for a short distance before turning back to track around the circumference of the reservoir, an interesting, varied and challenging single trail through thick bush, coming out at the historic cascading spillway, run pass your supports adjacent to the dam wall and then its full steam ahead up Gold Creek Road to South Boundary Road. Onto Centre Rd as you ascend to Mt Nebo to enjoy the narrow gruelling section of “Hell Hole Break”.

Once back on South Boundary Rd the vertical elevation of the D’Aguilar National Park begins, just over halfway you pass over the highest point of your run. Turning back south on Augies Rd. Enjoying the ascents and descents of trails, continue to Creek Rd., Gold Creek Boundary Track you will complete the course with a run across the top of the dam wall before running through the finish line.

Overall the Trail Marathon has a total elevation gain of approx 2300 mts.

A 7 hour cut off has been declared for the Trail Marathon event.

Half Marathon:         The Half Marathon heads away from Gold Creek Reservoir straight up Gold Creek Road to South Boundary Road. Onto Centre Rd as you ascend to Mt Nebo to enjoy the narrow gruelling section of “Hell Hole Break”.

You will also encounter the ascents and descents along the South Western sections of D’Aguilar National Park as you come back to via South Boundary Rd and the Gold Creek Boundary Track.  Descending the track the last challenge presents with the course turning to take the Gold Creek Reservoir Track an interesting, varied and challenging single trail through thick bush, coming out at the historic cascading spillway. With a final dash to cross the finish line.

The Half Marathon has a total elevation gain of approx 1000 mts.

A 5 hr 30 min cut off has been declared for the Half Marathon event.

 See the map and course profile:

Marathon course strava map – here
Half Marathon course strava map – here

Please note elevation on Strava maps is incorrect. Elevation taken from competitors last year was: 

Marathon approximately 2300 mts and the half approximately 1000 mts.

 Checkpoints / Marshals:

Marshals will be deployed at various sections of the course to assist with direction and guidance.

Checkpoints: For the marathon checkpoint 1 – 5 are located at
• 12km Top of Centre Rd / Mt Nebo Rd,
• 21km South Boundary Rd / Gold Creek Boundary Track intersection
• 27km South Boundary Rd / Augies Rd intersection,
• 33km – Creek Rd and Gold Creek Boundary Track intersection, and
• 38 km – near the stone house on Gold Creek Boundary Track.
The half marathon will pass through checkpoints 1, 2 (4) and 5 at 5, 14 and 21km.
Checkpoints will have water, electrolyte / sports drink, lollies, some fruit, self help first aid kits, and some cola from the 21km/14km mark. Race bib numbers will be checked off at the checkpoints. There will be no drop bags or support crews permitted at checkpoints.
Water for the marathon will be provided at the 7km mark, when the course comes through the start / finish area before heading out to South Boundary Rd.
A paramedic is stationed at checkpoint 2 at the 21km mark (14km for the half marathon), which is about 150m from checkpoint 4 at the 33km mark. The 21km point will also have a port-a-loo.
Please note that checkpoint people are allowed to stop you / get you checked out by the paramedic or even retire you from the race, if they think you are not in a good condition to continue.
You may also be retired at the 27km mark if won’t make the cut off of 7 hours (the cut off time for this point still needs to be determined and will be provided in information that will be sent out to you).

Car Parking:

There is limited parking along Gold Creek Road and at Gold Creek Reservoir. TRAQ recommends you park near the showgrounds on Brookfield Rd, Brookfield and car pool to Gold Creek Reservoir. Please be alert for fellow competitors and offer a lift if you have room. We are seeking additional parking along Gold Creek Rd, if successful, location details will be provided.

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Hydration and Nutrition:

Mandatory: You must carry 1.5lts for the half marathon and 2.0lts for the full marathon. In addition to water ensure you have your own sports nutrition drink or gels to ensure your nutritional need are met along the way.
Checkpoints provide water, electrolyte / sports drink, lollies, some fruit, self help first aid kits, and some cola from the 21km/14km mark..
Make sure you do not litter, you can leave rubbish at the checkpoints.

 

Post Event Catering:

The entry fee includes a BBQ, fruit, cola, water and sports drink to help you replenish and recover afterwards.
Coffee will be available for purchase at the start/finish line.

 

General Points:

 

There is no further compulsory gear for this event, however it is advised you have with you a compression bandage / wound dressing and mobile phone in case of emergency. There will be no pacers.
Make sure you are familiar with the course – see the maps.
All finishers will receive a medal.
Toilets are located at the start / finish area and at 21 /14km checkpoint, which is close to the 33km mark.
I hope you will have great fun running in this event, and I’m looking forward see you all at the finish line!
Paul Vennells, Race Director, Brisbane Trail Marathon.
Please email me for further race enquiries: paul.vennells@ambulance.qld.gov.au

Pinnacles Classic – Confirmed for Sunday 30 April 2017

Pinnacles Classic – Confirmed for Sunday 30 April 2017

Due to Cyclone Debbie we had to postpone the Pinnacles Classic from the 2nd of April to Sunday the 30th of April.

If you have already registered for this event, please check your emails for a message from Hubertien, with further details.

We have extended the entry closing date till 29 April – Entries Closed

Become a member here (via Qld Athletics) to join TRAQ and to receive a discount on the entry fee.

2016 Results here

The Pinnacles Classic is the race where the hills feel like mountains!

This classic race over the many hills at Brookfield around the Gold Creek Reservoir will have a little difference this year. Instead of starting at the gate, we’ll start behind the dam wall. There is more space there, with less risk of running into each other and interference with other users, and, as we experienced at the Brisbane Trail Marathon, it’s great to see the runners coming in over the dam wall.

This year we’ll run the course in anti clockwise direction, so we’ll take off running back towards the gate and then up the hill towards South Boundary Road. There is one checkpoint half way at the rain gauge, so it is necessary that you carry as much as you need to make it to that point. Remember that even in late April it can be still quite hot. Take some fuel for on the way as well, but there will be some fruit and goodies at the checkpoint.

Date and Time: Planned rescheduled date: Sunday 30th April, fast wave starts at 7am, slow wave starts at 6:40am.  Race briefings are 10 mins before the starts. Be there at least 30 mins before your start to pick up your bib and nominate your start time.

Car-pooling required: Options are available during the registration process.

Course: The course is 18km long over serious hills in Brisbane Forest Park (d’Aguillar National Park), at the end of Gold Creek Road Brookfield, starting from Gold Creek Reservoir.  It is a race for seriously fit runners. See the map and course profile further below.

Catering: The entry fee includes a BBQ afterwards, but there will be also fruit, water and (sports) drink to replenish what you have left out there on the trails. Thanks to The Gap State High School students who are raising funds for the Kokoda Youth Foundation to organise the catering for this event! Coffees are available too, but they are for you to purchase separately.

Registration and cost: For participants 18 years and older: entries close at 10 am Saturday 29th April with 150 entrants allowed. Entry cost $35 for TRAQ members and $42.50 for non-members. Entries Closed

TRAQ Membership details here. TRAQ has affiliated with Queensland Athletics (QA). 2016 Annual Membership fees are $17.50 per individual. The registration year runs from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017.

Register now, but nominate your wave on the day when you pick up your race bib from the registration table at least 30min before your start.  Race briefing takes place 10 min before the start of each wave.  Main wave (2) starts at 7am, very slow wave (1) starts at 6:40am.

Please note that the winners and placings are taken from wave 2!

Fuel and Nutrition: you need to carry at least 750mls of fluids. There is one checkpoint halfway along the course with water, electrolytes and lollies.

I hope you will have great fun running this great course, and I am looking forward sharing a laugh and something to eat/drink with you at the finish line!

Hubertien Wichers , Pinnacles Classic Race Organiser

Please email me for further race enquiries hubertien.wichers@gmail.com

Video here

Course Map

Pinnacles Map

Course Profile

Pinnacles Elevations

Strava Event

Results from 2016

Results from 2015

Results from 2014

Results from 2013

Results from 2012

Results from 2011

Results from 2010

Pics and report from 2009 

2014 Race Video

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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