I trust you enjoyed your visit to Washpool and Gibraltar Range national parks. It was a great year for the Warratahs, but the dryness they respond to meant smaller wildflowers were rarer along the trails. It was ideal weather for running, cool and no humidity, so times were fast and five new records set; only Ben Duffus’s 1:56:17 for the 25km is still standing. Click here for results
First in the 9km was Stuart Tait in 44:35, closely followed by Terry Garrett (44:41) and Steven Payne (46:59). First woman home was Gabby Wehr aged twelve, a regular winner at TRAQ events, in 49:27. Second and third were Jenny Walker (55:53) and Kimberley Biddle (56:14).
Hube Wichers, an Australian representative to the world mountain running champs, was both first overall and first woman home in the 25km in 2:10:00. Second and third overall were Zyne Nicholas (2:15:20) and Narelle Coutts (2:16:15), also second woman). Second and third males were George Webster (2:20:23) and Jeremy Sheldrick (2:21:05) and third woman home was Delina Rahmate (2:26:00).
In the full 50km circuit of both national parks, past winners David Waugh and Mandy-Lee Noble returned to set new records of 4:23:53 and 5:21:02. Second and third men were Simon Byrne and Phillip Pearson in 4:39:47 and 4:41:07; second and third women were Sorrell Millis (5:32:52) and Mallani Maloney (5:43:24).
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A botanical tip for those of you who noticed the strong turpentine-like smell in the last section of the tree fern loop. This was native mint or xxx odorata, which omits a pungent small when brushed or rained on. Another very distinctive section along the 9km tree fern loop is the grove of large gums; these are . Thanks for 25k runner Bob Wells for this information, Bob used to manage forestry at Washpool before the area became a national park.
Many thanks to our great team of helpers, and especially for checkpoint crewing by Col and family and our sweeper Louise who put in a long day to support you. And the race would not be possible without the good work of the rangers throughout the year; not only do these two park have great natural beauty, they have great trails and well maintained facilities.
Looking to 2014, a huge thanks to Steel Beveridge for taking on next year’s organisation while I do some global roaming.
If you have any good photos I can add to this report, or a GPS track which makes clear the distances and climbs between checkpoints on the 50k course, email them to email@example.com
All the best for your summer running, Greg