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Brisbane Trail Marathon 2017 – Race Report, Results & Photos

The 2nd running of the Brisbane Trail Marathon and Half Marathon has been run. It was a fantastic day.

The Race Results can be found – here

Race Photos can be found here – they are available for purchase from GeoSnapShot

Race Report

The second running of the Brisbane Trail Marathon was on the 28th May, 2017 with a total field of 154 runners starting at Gold Creek Reservoir in beautiful conditions. After a slight delay for some sunlight the Marathon runners took off for their single trail lap around the reservoir before coming back through the start / finish area to follow the Half (plus) Marathoners up Gold Creek Road and into spectacular terrain of the South D’Aguilar National Park.

The TRAQ crew and a handful of volunteers began the day early to establish the race precinct, it wasn’t long before the first competitors began arriving for registration and pre-race warm up. Check points where being setup by the crews from The Mountain Goat Trail Runners, Brisbane Trail Runners and out at the top end at check point 3 we had “The Green Team – Deloitte” a team participating in Oxfam Trailwalker 2017. We are very grateful for these groups supporting us, there was only positive comments for the check point crews from the runners.

Congratulations to all the place finishers in each event, with new race records for both male and female in both marathon and half marathon races:

Marathon 1st male, Yun Phua in a time of 3:58:18, setting a new race record and Shona Stephenson, 1st female also setting a new race record time of 4:29:04.

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Half Marathon 1st male, Nigel Peacock with a time of 2:07:24, race record and Eimear O’Brien 1st female, 2:28:29, race record.

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To all that ran, congratulations for running and finishing, this is not an easy trail run, with a technical single trail and a substantial elevation gain on both courses, the feedback is that it’s a great run, challenging, and well worth the effort. Thanks to “The Trail Co” for providing vouchers for the placegetters and offering a discount to competitors.

This event could not have run so smoothly if not for the volunteers. There were a number of single volunteers, mostly from the trail running community that gave their time to assist with any request from the TRAQ crew from carpark marshalling, registration, BBQ preparation, timing, and marshals at course junctions as well as looking after check point 5, our MC / race caller and the sweeps. Your enthusiasm, smiles and moral support as the runners passed by, contributed to making this event a success.

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The post-race catering was supported by another Oxfam team “ RA for Life – Deloitte” the girls did a amazing job cooking up “egg n bacon” rolls and burgers for the competitors, volunteers and the WICEN crews around the course.

The TRAQ team was assisted by the crew from WICEN, who provided radio communications from the check points to race control, this ensured we knew the progress of each runner as they made their way around the course. Radio communications is vital in managing the safety of competitors as mobile phone coverage is not reliable given the terrain.

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Race photos can be viewed at GeoSnapShot please have a look as the photographers gave their time and are only paid on the photos purchased.

I’m confident everyone had a great time at this event from all the positive comments on social media. The TRAQ team are pleased we can provide these events for the “trail runner” in everyone.

The Brisbane Trail Marathon will be back for a third year in 2018, so lock it in now, Sunday 27th May.

Happy Trails

Paul Vennells

Race Director

Brisbane Trail Marathon – TRAQ

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Pinnacles Classic Race Report, Results & Photos 2017

Pinnacles Classic 2017 Race Report and Results

Pinnacles Classic 2017 results can be found HERE

Pinnacles Classic 2017 photos can be found HERE – the password is goldcreek

Well done all Pinnacle Classic 2017 competitors on your results. This is the race where the hills become mountains as you progress along the course. Great effort all around!

We could not have hoped for better weather after the postponement of the race from the 2nd of April. Some fast times were recorded this year. Particularly by Kim Knox who set the female race record. It’s a record that stood for 10 years, so it was about time for it to tumble! Kim ran a speedy 1:30:12, which was exactly two minutes faster than her winning time last year. Kim has established herself as a great trail runner, someone to look out for! Her two girls were equally impressed and rightly so! The second and third women ran good times as well: Eimar O’Brien ran 1:36:30 and Yvonne Baylis ran 1:45:57.

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The men’s winner: Brad Ward, ran a great time of 1:23:26 in shoes that he purchased that morning at The Trail Co stand! Brad himself is relatively new on the scene too and someone to look out for in future results. The second and third positions did sub 1:30s as well: Nigel Peacock ran 1:26:29 and Kieren O’Brien was not far behind in 1:27:14.

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The course was a little different this year, starting closer to the dam wall. I hope you liked the new starting area where there is more space for everyone and where you can see the runners coming in over the dam wall on their way to the finish line.

The total distance is about the same as in previous years, so times are comparable. Courses and times are a little different each year because of the footing slightly changing, and the weather having an impact as well.

The trails were dry this year and therefore a little slippery, but fortunately we only had one graze.

SEQ Water did a great job in recent days by clearing a fallen tree across the track that we reported on Tuesday.

I hope you enjoyed the burgers and catering afterwards.The Gap State High School students did an awesome job and raised plenty of funds and extra donations for the Kokoda Youth Foundation. So, thank you Sohpie, Drew, Ben, April, Jasmin and Lani, supported by Nicola, Deborah and Kate.  And thank you Rode Meats at Chermside West and Coles at The Gap for providing donations in supplies to support their mission.

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A huge thank-you to all our other volunteers: Julie Ellet, Andrew and Caroline Duffus, Greg Ellett, Phil Moy, Greg Coulter, Mel Canfell, Suz Chatterton, Alastair Wallace, Joris Wu, Pete Walker and our President Mike Duggan.

Also a big thank-you to Rachid with the Coffee Box, the ambulance people, WICEN guys for their radio support and last but not least, Tim and Laura Coles from The Trail Co, for their ongoing support in the form of their presence and prizes at our events.

 

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)