Camp Mtn Trails Challenge – Inc. the Qld Mtn Running Championships – Sun 20th Aug

Camp Mountain Trails Challenge – Sunday 20 Aug 2017 – Incorporating the Queensland Mountain Running Championships and ‘Xtreme Country Challenge’

Bellbird Grove, via Mt Nebo Road (10min drive from The Gap)

Welcome to the Camp Mountain Trails Challenge on the TRAQ calendar.  It’s an established race, but new on the TRAQ calendar. Furthermore, it’s a collaboration between TRAQ and Queensland Athletics to incorporate the Queensland Mountain Running Championships (8.3km).

There are children’s races as well, so bring along the family! Bellbird Grove is a very popular picnic area and morning tea is provided by the local Girl Guides. If not all of your family participate in the event, then for a few dollars you can buy morning tea / fruit.

Prizes are provided by Queensland athletics (medals for the championship distances (1 – 8.3km), The Trail Co. and TRAQ of course.

We have made some changes to the original program and combined the start of the 8.3 and 13.3km races together.

It is a great outing over the top of Camp Mountain and down again.  Enjoy the national park with the bird song, bush and great city views along the way.

Camp Mountain has been used for many years to host the Queensland Mountain Running Championships and the Australian Mountain Running Championships on 4 occasions, as recently as 2011 and 2015.

Course Description

The start and finish lines for all races are at Bellbird Grove about 200m up the main fire break. Bellbird Grove is part of d’Aguilar Nation Park and is a very popular picnic and recreation area. It is about 10 minutes drive from The Gap.

The 8.3km course (minimum age 16 years old) leads up the mountain for 1.5km after which it turns right at the fork in the road. At 3km there is a steep ascent to the top of Camp Mountain on the Samford side. Once at the top (4km) you take the forestry track that runs parallel to the picnic ground and the road. You will continue to run about 150m alongside the road before descending back down to the finish line. The total elevation is about 350 – 400m.

The 13.3km (minimum age 18 years old) does another 5km loop (from the turnoff at the fork in the road). Please note that the 13.3km distance is a non championship event, but for runners only. You need to be able to run all of the flat and downhill sections. If you would like to walk you have to opt for the 8.3km event.

The 4km course (14 and 15 years old) will go straight ahead at the fork in the road for another 500m and then turns around back to the finish line. The total elevation is about 130m.

 The 1km loop at Bellbird Grove hosts the 1, 2 and 3km races (8 – 13 year olds).

The different distances are for different age groups that aligns with Queensland Athletics medals.

Course Map

The course map below incorporates the four courses: the 13.3km course (minimum age 18 years old); the 8.3km course (minimum age 16 years old), the 4km course (recommended for 14 and 15 year olds), and the 1km loop, which is run once, twice or three times, for the 8 – 13 year olds.

 

Registration

In the registration process your eligible categories will automatically pop up for you. Please note that you need to be a TRAQ or Qld Athletics member to take advantage of the discount.

Please enter here.

If you are not a TRAQ member, please join TRAQ.

No registrations are taken on the day, but registrations only close at 2pm the previous day.

Program

 

Pick up your bibs at least 30 minutes ahead of your start time at the registration desk.

8:00 am: start of 8.3km (min age 16) and 13.3km races (min age 18).

8:05 am: start of 4km race for 14 and 15 year olds.

9:00 am: start of 1km race for 8 and 9 years old.

9:05 am: start of 2km race for 10 and 11 years old.

9:15 am: start of the 3km race for 12 and 13 years old.

Presentations will be made at 9:30am


Rules, Medals and Prizes
 

  • TRAQ awards prizes to the overall place getters of the 8.3km and the winners of the 1km, 2km, 3km, 4km and 13.3km races.
  • Queensland Athletics championship medals will be awarded to the 8.3km categories, but not to teams. Please remember that the 13.3km race is not a championship event, which means no QA medals.
  • The junior Xtreme Country Challenge medals will be awarded to the other junior categories age groups.
  • Age groups for juniors are as indicated in the program. Age groups for the 8.3km race are for men and women: 16 – 19 y/o; open; 35 – 44 y/o; 45 – 54 y/o; 55 – 64 y/o and 65+
  • Age groups are determined by the competitor’s age as at 31 December 2017 (i.e. year born), except for Masters.
  • Masters’ ages are taken to be as on the day of the competition
  • As U20, Masters and Opens are competing together in the same race, all 8.3km competitors are eligible for state medals in the Open age group in addition to their own age group (U20/Masters).

Notes

  • Don’t leave any litter behind, take all litter with you.
  • As it is a national park you are not allowed to bring in domestic animals.

 Water

Make sure that you are sufficiently hydrated and have enough energy to run this Mountain Challenge. However, water is at the top of the mountain and there is water and sports drink at the finish line.

First Aid

There is a First Aid Officer in attendance, and there are self help first aid kits available at various points on the courses and at the start / finish line – see the course map.

 Refreshments and Catering

  • TRAQ always includes fruit and morning tea or other refreshments in their entry fees. This year the catering is provided by The Gap Girl Guides. If you have not entered and would like some fruit and morning tea, you can purchase this for a few dollars. Furthermore, you can support the Guides by buying their biscuits.
  • Of course there is a mobile coffee facility to purchase your hot beverage from.
  • And usually there is a fundraiser going on as well, so please bring along some spare change.

 Transport and Direction

  • It’s about a 10 minute drive from The Gap. After about 7 minutes take the right hand turnoff to Bellbird Grove. From there it is about 2 – 3 minutes to the Bellbird Grove picnic area.
  • Please try to carpool, to save the environment, make room for other people who visit the area and to minimise the traffic on the busy (Sunday morning) Mount Nebo Road.
  • If you want to carpool, please indicate this when you register for the event – there is an option to do so. TRAQ will share your details with like-minded others in your area.
  • If you take the 385 bus to the last stop (The Gap Park N Ride) and you would like to get a lift, please indicate at your registration that you would like to car pool.

Volunteering

If you cannot run, but would like to be involved and be part of this great event, please contact Hubertien – details below. Jobs include, registration, parking, marshalling (particularly for the 8 – 13 year olds on the 1 km loop), checkpoints, water station, catering, timing, stand by 4WD.

Contact

  • Hubertien Wichers – Camp Mountain Trails Challenge Race Organiser – Trail Running Association of Queensland (TRAQ).
  • 0404 922 577 – hubertien.wichers@gmail.com

General enquiries for TRAQ: info@traq.org.au

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.

 

BRISBANE TRAIL MARATHON SUN 28 MAY 2017 – GOLD CREEK RESERVOIR

Brisbane Trail Marathon – Sunday 28 May, 2017

Become a member here (via Qld Athletics).

This event has been held. Entries are closed.

2017 results – here

2016 results and race report – here.

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Marathon course strava map – here
Half Marathon course strava map – here

TRAQ Brisbane Trail Marathon – Event Information

TRAQ presents the Brisbane Trail Marathon, incorporating a full 42.2km Marathon and a 24.7km Half Marathon to be run in the iconic, spectacular terrain of the South D’Aguilar National Park

This iconic trail running event will start and finish at Gold Creek Reservoir, Brookfield. An entry point to Brisbane’s momentous trail network.

Both the Marathon and Half Marathons course will traverse open fire-trails, narrow and single trials passing through a diversity of environments, eucalypt woodlands and lush subtropical rainforest. A full range of trail surfaces will provide all levels of trail runners and even road runners a challenge and the experience that is trail running.

Registration and Cost:

Participants must be over 18 years of age on the day.

Enter here. Entries close Saturday 27th May at 10:00 am – (GMT+10) Brisbane

Entry fees:
Marathon 42.2 km TRAQ member – $75
Marathon 42.2 km non-member – $90
Half Marathon 24.8 km event TRAQ member – $50
Half Marathon 24.8 km event non-member – $65

Refunds are available up to two weeks before the event (-$20 admin cost).

There is a total field limit of 200 participants for the event.

TRAQ Membership: TRAQ has an affiliation with Queensland Athletics (QA). 2017 Annual Membership fees are $17.50 per individual. The registration year runs from1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017. Enter here

Race Day

Event Times:  Race Briefing 05:45

Start Times:   Marathon 06:00,         Half Marathon 06:15.

Be there at least 30mins before your start to pick up your race bib.

Course Details:

Marathon:      The Trail Marathon heads west away from the reservoir for a short distance before turning back to track around the circumference of the reservoir, an interesting, varied and challenging single trail through thick bush, coming out at the historic cascading spillway, run pass your supports adjacent to the dam wall and then its full steam ahead up Gold Creek Road to South Boundary Road. Onto Centre Rd as you ascend to Mt Nebo to enjoy the narrow gruelling section of “Hell Hole Break”.

Once back on South Boundary Rd the vertical elevation of the D’Aguilar National Park begins, just over halfway you pass over the highest point of your run. Turning back south on Augies Rd. Enjoying the ascents and descents of trails, continue to Creek Rd., Gold Creek Boundary Track you will complete the course with a run across the top of the dam wall before running through the finish line.

Overall the Trail Marathon has a total elevation gain of approx 2300 mts.

A 7 hour cut off has been declared for the Trail Marathon event.

Half Marathon:         The Half Marathon heads away from Gold Creek Reservoir straight up Gold Creek Road to South Boundary Road. Onto Centre Rd as you ascend to Mt Nebo to enjoy the narrow gruelling section of “Hell Hole Break”.

You will also encounter the ascents and descents along the South Western sections of D’Aguilar National Park as you come back to via South Boundary Rd and the Gold Creek Boundary Track.  Descending the track the last challenge presents with the course turning to take the Gold Creek Reservoir Track an interesting, varied and challenging single trail through thick bush, coming out at the historic cascading spillway. With a final dash to cross the finish line.

The Half Marathon has a total elevation gain of approx 1000 mts.

A 5 hr 30 min cut off has been declared for the Half Marathon event.

 See the map and course profile:

Marathon course strava map – here
Half Marathon course strava map – here

Please note elevation on Strava maps is incorrect. Elevation taken from competitors last year was: 

Marathon approximately 2300 mts and the half approximately 1000 mts.

 Checkpoints / Marshals:

Marshals will be deployed at various sections of the course to assist with direction and guidance.

Checkpoints: For the marathon checkpoint 1 – 5 are located at
• 12km Top of Centre Rd / Mt Nebo Rd,
• 21km South Boundary Rd / Gold Creek Boundary Track intersection
• 27km South Boundary Rd / Augies Rd intersection,
• 33km – Creek Rd and Gold Creek Boundary Track intersection, and
• 38 km – near the stone house on Gold Creek Boundary Track.
The half marathon will pass through checkpoints 1, 2 (4) and 5 at 5, 14 and 21km.
Checkpoints will have water, electrolyte / sports drink, lollies, some fruit, self help first aid kits, and some cola from the 21km/14km mark. Race bib numbers will be checked off at the checkpoints. There will be no drop bags or support crews permitted at checkpoints.
Water for the marathon will be provided at the 7km mark, when the course comes through the start / finish area before heading out to South Boundary Rd.
A paramedic is stationed at checkpoint 2 at the 21km mark (14km for the half marathon), which is about 150m from checkpoint 4 at the 33km mark. The 21km point will also have a port-a-loo.
Please note that checkpoint people are allowed to stop you / get you checked out by the paramedic or even retire you from the race, if they think you are not in a good condition to continue.
You may also be retired at the 27km mark if won’t make the cut off of 7 hours (the cut off time for this point still needs to be determined and will be provided in information that will be sent out to you).

Car Parking:

There is limited parking along Gold Creek Road and at Gold Creek Reservoir. TRAQ recommends you park near the showgrounds on Brookfield Rd, Brookfield and car pool to Gold Creek Reservoir. Please be alert for fellow competitors and offer a lift if you have room. We are seeking additional parking along Gold Creek Rd, if successful, location details will be provided.

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Hydration and Nutrition:

Mandatory: You must carry 1.5lts for the half marathon and 2.0lts for the full marathon. In addition to water ensure you have your own sports nutrition drink or gels to ensure your nutritional need are met along the way.
Checkpoints provide water, electrolyte / sports drink, lollies, some fruit, self help first aid kits, and some cola from the 21km/14km mark..
Make sure you do not litter, you can leave rubbish at the checkpoints.

 

Post Event Catering:

The entry fee includes a BBQ, fruit, cola, water and sports drink to help you replenish and recover afterwards.
Coffee will be available for purchase at the start/finish line.

 

General Points:

 

There is no further compulsory gear for this event, however it is advised you have with you a compression bandage / wound dressing and mobile phone in case of emergency. There will be no pacers.
Make sure you are familiar with the course – see the maps.
All finishers will receive a medal.
Toilets are located at the start / finish area and at 21 /14km checkpoint, which is close to the 33km mark.
I hope you will have great fun running in this event, and I’m looking forward see you all at the finish line!
Paul Vennells, Race Director, Brisbane Trail Marathon.
Please email me for further race enquiries: paul.vennells@ambulance.qld.gov.au