Lake Manchester Trails – Sunday 23 September

LAKE MANCHESTER TRAILS – Sunday 23 September – 22KM, 10KM, 6KM & 1KM adventure

2018 results here and photos here

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Welcome to the 2018 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. There is a new addition to the family of runs with the 1km adventure run for children up to 9 years old – this should be fun!

Enjoy this great morning of running events at Lake Manchester, just west of Mount Crosby.  There are four options: the new  1km adventure run for kids under 10 years, the 6km run or walk beside the lake, the 10km run/jog/walk, or the more challenging 22km run. The 22km course adds upper Cabbage Tree Creek, some creek crossings and goes further up into hills. This distance is meant for the more experienced runner. All runs are on well-marked earth forestry trails.

– Entries for TRAQ members is $7.50 for 1km $17.50 for 6km  $27.50 for 10km and  $37.50 for 22km, Non-members $10 for 1km $25/6km , $35/10km and $45/22km, &  $20/6k under 18/school student

Age policy:

1km adventure run: children up to 9 years
6km: open to school aged children and adults
10km: open to 16 year on event day and older
22km: open to 18 years on event day and older

Course Descriptions – also see links to downloadable maps and Strava below: 1km will be a surprise!

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. We have a 4 hour time limit.

10km run/jog/walk: Follow the 22 Km course until a log cabin, then turn around.

Lake Manchester Trails map

Download Maps: hi-res course map here. This map is available for free in the Avenza smartphone app. Search for ‘Lake Manchester’ in the map store. The 5Km turns back after the little loop, the 10Km turns around at the ‘log cabin’, the 22Km continues to complete the loop northeast of the lake. The map is adapted from “Where to Mountain Bike in SE Queensland” available at and Walkabout Creek centre.

Strava profiles: 10Km and 22Km

Start times 7.30am for the 22km, 8.00am for the 6k and 10km and 8:10 for the 1km – Race briefings are held 5 minutes in advance of the start of the various races.

Registrations and race briefings Please allow time on the day for registration (30 minutes before the start of the run), preparation and briefing. Registrations take place at the event venue. The briefings for each event take place 5 minutes before the start of the race at the start line. Parents / carers of minors need to attend the race briefing with the minor. Parents / carers will need to supervise the participants of the 1km run.

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Catering Our trusted coffee man, Rachid, will be on site early for coffee purchases before the races start.

However, a free sausage, soft drink or coffee is on offer to entrants after they have finished their run / race and there is also fruit and water available at the finish line.

Presentations: 1km and 6km at around 9:30am and 10.30am for the 10km and 22km.

Hydration and Fuel on your run is important too. Particularly on the 22km run. There are water stops at approximately the 5km (10km turnaround point), 7km and 11km points, making it 1 water stop for the 10km runners and 5 water stops for the 22km runners (they visit the 5km and 7km stops on the way back as well).

To reduce rubbish, please bring your own reusable water container to fill up on the course and at the finish line. There are however, limited disposable cups at the 5km and the 11km manned checkpoints and the finish line.

Also, there are some food / fuel supplies at the 11km checkpoint, but this is limited. For both hydration and fuel, know what you need, take along what you need and top water up along the course.

First Aid: A paramedic will be on site during the event. First aid kits are available at the start / finish line, the half way checkpoint and the sweepers carry one too There will be a self help first aid kit at the 7km water stop. If you need help on the course speak to the marshals at drink stops. Transport back to the start can be arranged if needed.


Be sunsmart: Tree cover provides a reasonable amount of shade over much of the course but it is likely to be sunny, so be sunsmart and bring a cap and sunscreen.

How to get there: 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.

Entrance and parking is 300m past the Lake Manchester Reserve entrance.

Drive time to allow for: 35 – 40 minutes from Mt Cootha / Western Freeway in light traffic. Allow time for registration (pick up bib 30 minutes before the start of your race), race number collection and getting ready).

Supporters: If you would like to take a walk the best short walk is up beside the dam, where both courses go.

2013 Race Video & 2015/14 race photos by Dreamsport Photography

Roads to Lake Manchester: Directions

No dogs or other domestic animals are allowed on the course or grounds surrounding the start finish lines so please don’t bring them, as you will be asked to leave.

Further information will be sent out a few days before the event date with the latest updates. So, please look in your emails (including spam boxes etc) around that time. Also, below is a some background information of the surroundings.

How to Enter: Online entry here– Join Traq  here  first to get a discount. List of participants here


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Contact for inquiries:  Message us on Facebook, email us or call Race Organiser and Director: Hubertien Wichers at 0404 922 577

D’Aguilar National 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.



2 thoughts on “Lake Manchester Trails – Sunday 23 September”

  1. I’d like to concur fully with Andy’s comment. Like him, this was also my first trail run with TRAQ. I echo all his comments except the one about the hills not going to beat him next time! I’ll happily walk the necessary bits next time, but I’d like to be back. The fruit smorgasbord at the end was heavenly. The sausage and coffee made me feel totally spoilt! And I can’t believe I drank coke half way round! A lovely experience. THANKS all.

  2. Just a quick note to thank all organisers & volunteers responsible for this event. This was my first trail run & it hurt like hell but I had a great time. Will make sure I spread the word about the throughly professional (yet laid back) approach you guys have to executing events. I will be back & no hill will beat me next time- apart from that mean bugger that’s impossible to run up…
    cheers Graydude

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