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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).

Lake Manchester Trails – Sun 17 Sep 2017 – Results

LAKE MANCHESTER TRAILS – SUN  17  SEP 2017 – 6KM, 10KM & 22KM

2017 Race Results Here

Race Report to follow.

Welcome to the 2017 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: Saturday, 16 September 2017 at 2:00 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

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.

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.

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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: A paramedic will be on site during the event. 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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Membership 2017/18

Hello all,

2017/18 Membership open now. Link Here

TRAQ’s new membership year starts on the first of October 2017, so you are able to sign up now and get the membership discount entry fee for all of our events up to October next year.

The Committee decided to keep the same low membership fee that we asked for during the first nine months of this year. Once again we joined up with Qld Athletics and QRun to ensure that we are part of the bigger running family and because this affiliation allows us to maintain very low membership fees, as we are covered by their insurance.

The basic TRAQ membership fee is $17.50, the TRAQ membership fee is $7.50 if you already are a 2017/2018 member of Qld Athletics and TRAQ Volunteer (no running!) membership is free. If you are considering participating in more events of Qld Athletics (Track and Field and Cross Country) you can now become a TRAQ Dual Member for $62.50 . This is a nice offer by Qld Athletics to us because of our special ‘State Body’ Status, which basically gives the Traditional Qld Athletics Membership at 1/2 price. These are the most popular memberships, contact me if you would like to become a TRAQ member with a different Qld Athletics membership.

We’d love to have your company again for all of our events!

Kind regards
Hubertien

TRAIL CLUB DIRECTORY

Want to get into trail running but don’t know where to start? Below is a comprehensive list of clubs who would be glad to have you join them. Some groups are free while others offer more structured runs and coaching. With the booming SEQ trail running scene, now is the time to get those shoes dirty!

Brisbane

Brisbane Trail Runners do night runs & week-end trail runs all over Brisbane.  Main runs at Mt Coot-tha. Facebook
Bunyaville Trail Runners  Social run every Wed night from 5.30pm.  Speed/hill work Tues 5:30pm. Website – here Facebook –here.
Bunya Belles – an all ladies run group who enjoy the trails in Bunyaville Conservation Park – facebook page here
South Pine Striders –   is a runner’s & walkers club based in Eatons Hill and the wider Pine Rivers area. They run the trails at Bullockys Rest.
Wild Runners – offer trail run coaching and training on Brisbane’s trails and on-line. Facebook and website.
Brookfield Runners –  The Brookfield Runners have been running, walking and cycling through the foothills of Mt Coot-tha for more than 30 years. Their facebook page here.
Trailblazers Run Coaching – Bunyaville website Need some specific run coaching? check TRC out.
The Run Inn has group runs in Bunyaville State Forest. Contact for details.
Caboolture Road Runners hold trail runs on week-ends. Websitehere  They run over many Glasshouse Trail Runs courses. 
Brisbane River City Runners run in Toohey Forest every Saturday from 6am. Once a month they have a great post-run breakfast. Call them before you show up, in case they’re away at a special event.
Sherwood Forest Run happens 7am sharp every Saturday from Jolimont St. You might even meet someone famous at this one.
Springfield Runners Group – Running around the Karawatha Forest  Sprindfield area –  facebook
Mountain Goat Trail Runners – run Mt Coot-tha every Wed night – facebook

Gold Coast

Gold Coast Trail Runners – Free weekly Tuesday morning  & regular Sunday trail runs.
Trail Chix – Gold Coast website

Sunshine Coast 

Noosa Ultra & Trail Runnersfacebook page here
Hervey Bay Trail Runnersfacebook

Toowoomba

Toowoomba Trail Runnersfacebook page here

North Queensland

Full list of running clubs can be found here.

Dynamic Running –  group training for runners in the Cairns area. We are based in Edge Hill, and we also offer clinics at selected venues around the region.  Website

Cairns Road Runners – Road Running and Racing; Track Running; Trail Running; Fun Runs; Social Events. And training too – website

Ladies only training

Bunya Belles – Brisbane at Bunyaville – facebook here
Trail Chix – Gold Coast website