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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

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

Walkabout Creek 2016 Results

Walkabout Creek 2016 Results

Dear all

Please find the Walkabout Creek Trails Race 2016 results here.

Awesome action shots from the Walkabout Creek Trail Race on the weekend can be viewed and purchased here: GeoSnapShot. Thanks Matthew and Scott for the awesome shots

Thank you all for making the Walkabout Creek Trails Race a great event today. We saw a few very experienced runners and also new runners who tried their first trail running event today. Well done all!

It is such a beautiful time of year to run around the reservoir and the conditions today were perfect: sunny and not too cold.

Last year’s times were fast, but Jonathan Peters bettered the men’s time by 2 minutes running a blistering 36 minutes and 21 seconds. In good fashion Jonathan took the photographers and timers by surprise, coming in so fast. Clint Sloan had a fabulous run finishing in 39:38 and young Shaun Earp finished third in 41:41.

The ladies had a good race as well, with Melanie Orchard running home in 50:07, Keryn Pauley-Miller was not far behind in second place (50:46) and Skye Howe (51:15) came in third. Great work all around, congratulations!

Thanks to all the volunteers who took responsibility for the catering, bib prep and registration, the timing, sweeping, being a standby and doing checkpoint duties. Thanks Phil, Julie, Kate, Greg, Greg, Peter, Anton, Connor, Adam, Marcus, Vivienne, Bryony, Zak, his mum, Cherie, Carmel, Tracy, Paul, Judith, Rachid, Scott and Matthew. Also a big thank you to Grant for your support behind the scenes and Rolo for the banner photo.

Next trail run is Lake Manchester on Sunday the 21st of August. Entries will open coming week!

Yours in running, Hubertien
Walkabout Creek Trails Race Organiser and President of the Trail Running Assn of Qld (TRAQ)

Brisbane Trail Marathon 2016 Results & Race Report

Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved in the inaugural Brisbane Trail Marathon. The results are posted below. Please email info@traq.org.au if any discrepancies.

Brisbane Trail Marathon 2016 Results – Results BTM 2016  updated 31.05.2016

Photos from the BTM taken by GeoSnapShot for purchase – here.

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The day began early for most at 04:30am (some would call it stupid o’clock) when officials arrived at Gold Creek Reservoir to set up and the excitement of the first trail marathon in Brisbane was certainly in the cool air. Competitors and supporters soon began to turn up for registration as well as the checkpoint crews who found their way through the dark to set up. We were fortunate to have the sun rise by race time and therefore headlamps weren’t needed but many were still wearing beanies and gloves.

At 06:10am the marathon runners set off to complete a lap of the reservoir, via a challenging single trail, with Titov Slavik setting a flying pace as he passed through the start / finish area in hot pursuit of the half marathoners on the open trails of South Boundary and Centre Roads. The half marathoners had started their race on these open trails, having to negotiate the single trail at the conclusion of the race.

Once up on the Mt Nebo Break and heading for the notorious Hell Hole Break the surroundings changed to that of subtropical rainforests, where the welcome down hills would only be followed by a challenging uphill climbs.

At checkpoint 2 the courses of the two events parted with the marathon runners starting the ascent to the highest part of the course, and the half marathoners continuing along the undulating trail of Gold Creek Break. At the 20km mark the half marathon (well, half-ish marathon at just under 25km) turned onto the single trail of Gold Creek. As it is a quite technical section it was great to see so many runners doing well on this part of the course, with undulating terrain with more ups and downs than a merry-go-round.

The first male in the half marathon was Enda Cotter with a time of 2:16:26, and the first female in the half marathon was Sarah Ludowic with a time of 2:44:55.

Meanwhile, the marathon runners were on the decent down Augies Road and on the cruel climb up Creek Road before seeing the cheerful Brisbane Trial Runners checkpoint crew from checkpoint 2 again at checkpoint 4. No doubt that the last few hills were challenging the competitors and letting their legs know that this was no leisurely Sunday training run, with a few toes screaming out during the last few steep descents.

Andy Churchman was the first marathon runner home in a time of 04:00:28 and Jessica Schluter was the first female across the line at 04:58:10. Excellent results and the times to beat during next year’s BTM.

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The success of this event could not have happened without the planning and experience of the TRAQ committee, and in particular Hubertien who’s experience and her vast knowledge of structuring a trail running event was without question a key factor in the success of this event.

I would like to thank the WICEN team for providing on-course communications between checkpoints and race control, so that we knew at all times in which section runners were.

I would also like give my appreciation and thanks to everyone who made it all happen on the day, thanks also goes to Tim and Laura from The Trail Co for their support and prizes, the Babling Babes for the BBQ, Hammer Sports Nutrition for supplying “HEED” sports drink.

To all the volunteers and supporters who contributed to the smooth running of this event, a very big thank you..

The trail runners themselves have made this event a great success and many have indicated that the Brisbane Trail Marathon will be a ‘must do’ event on their event calendar for next year, so TRAQ will ensure it will be back next year on Sunday 28th May 2017.

See you out there on the trails!

Paul Vennells

Race Director

Brisbane Trail Marathon

TRAQ