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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

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.

 

Mt Glorious Race Report and Results 2017

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2017   Mt Glorious Mountain Trails – Results and Report

2017 Mt Glorious results can be found here

The 2017 Mt Glorious event was once more a huge success, with 145 runners taking part, many for the first time and others coming home with PB’s.  We were extremely lucky with the weather, after the crazy heat that we have been experiencing and then the threat of a possible thunderstorm on the day.

Mt Glorious is one of the most beautiful runs on the TRAQ calendar. combining a very tough climb at the start, with the magnificent views from Northbrook Mountain, some lovely downhill stretches as you head down to the creek, a long slow climb up from the creek crossing and finishing off with the thrill of a quick run through the forest on the single track with a few steps to keep you awake and some vines to dodge before you pop out into the clearing that is the finish.   All the while you are accompanied by an amazing range of bird calls.

Can it get any better?

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Congratulations to all of the runners who took part in the tough 22km trail event and thank you for making it such a great day.  There were some pretty fast times for such a hot day.  Congratulations to Slavik Titov who sped home in 2:00:15, two minutes ahead of Brad Ward, in 2:02:33, and then Nigel Peacock in 2:03:38.  The women put on a good race, with Shona Stephenson coming in first in 2:17:24, followed by Emily Davies in 2:18:50 and Kelly-Anne Speight in 2:23:51.

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Most runners seemed pretty happy with their run and many were excited to have a time to beat next year.

The atmosphere after the run is something that is really special about the trail running events and it was great to see so many people staying around and relaxing after the event, in such a beautiful place.

Thank you to the fantastic volunteers who made the day happen.  Greg Waite, event founder and Race Director for many years, and Hube, TRAQ President and more recent Race Director of this event, provided invaluable support in the lead up.  Thanks to Dom for driving us around to mark the course on Saturday and to the team on Sunday, of Hube, Paul, Rolo & Karen (setup, pac kup and everything in between);Pete, Mark & Joris (registration); Phil M (parking & timekeeping); Lachlan (marshalling at the start and out on the course ensuring that runners didn’t miss the turn onto the single track), Cheryl (CP2), Greg E (setup, timing & pack up), Emily, Elmarie & Amy (catering) and of course our super sweepers, Judy & Meryll.  What a team!

Thanks to the WICEN team, who had a fun time looking after the comms side of the day.  They do a great job and I know that they are looking forward to our next event.

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Thank you also to Tim & Laura, form Trail Co, who came along to support the event and donated prize vouchers to the first three women and men to cross the line.  We really value their support.

The TRAQ AGM will take place on Saturday 18 March, at Trail Co. in Bardon.  I hope to see you there.

Thank you for a great day in the forest!

Julie Ellett       Race Director