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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.

 

Registration

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.

Program

 

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).

Notes

  • 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.

 Water

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.

Volunteering

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.

Contact

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

General enquiries for TRAQ: info@traq.org.au

Lake Manchester Trails – Sun 17 Sep 2017 – 6k, 10k & 22k

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

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)

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– 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: 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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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 !

Cheers,

Joris & Warwick

Membership 2016/17

Hello all,

2016/17 Membership open now. Link Here

TRAQ’s new membership year starts on the first of October 2016, 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 2016/2017 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