Lake Manchester Trails 2012 – Results

2012 results – LakeManchester2012 final results

Lake Manchester is now firmly back on the Brisbane map, with the lake full and the carpark busy most weekends this year. Our run can only take part of the credit though, with Oxfam Trailwalker trainers, mountain bikers and horses all seen more frequently. In August we seem to have found the perfect time to race here too, with cool weather and sunshine making for ideal running.

Kizu Takashi, winner of the 22km, photo by Dreamsport

First off at 8am was the long course, twenty two testing kilometers up beside the lake and around the remote hill at the far end, complete with four river crossings. Heading the field out and back was Takeshi Kizu from Japan/Brisbane, improving 5 minutes on his 5th place last year to win in 1:51:29, just edging out Steve Whiteman (1:51:40) and Cameron Munro (1:53:35). First women home was Kirra Balmanno in 2:06:16, holding a clear lead back to Jo Stephens (2.11:43) and Deborah Hutchinson (2:14:47).

Kirra Balmanno, first woman in the 22km, photo by Dreamsport

On the short course both men’s and women’s winners shone, with Caine Warburton setting a new course record of 24:02 and Gabby Wehr aged just 11 winning for the second year in a row in 29:14, four minutes faster than her winning time last year. Mark Passier (24:46) and Andrew Messina (26:18) placed second and third among the men, and Emelie Gardebjer (32:01) and Imogen Gillions (32:16) were the second and third women over the 6.5km course.

Link to full Results:

Gabby Wehr, first woman home in the 7k for the second year in a row, photo by Dreamsport

For those who’d like a professional photograph or two, Tim has set up online photo galleries so you can view all photos from the day at the link below:

Email Tim at with your race number for one free picture of you, or order from the options below:
1. A Lake Manchester prize pack – contains 5 scenic shots and up to 5 pics of yourself for $25 (digital files);
2. Every photo of yourself for $50 (digital files);
3. Printed A4 commemorative photo certificates are overlaid on an image of yourself and cost $27.50 including postage
Remember to include your race number in your email to to access any of these offers.

A big thanks to our sponsors, The Run Inn shop (452 Enoggera Road Alderley, and Ron Hill Down Under gear (, and of course all the volunteers on and before the day; Annette Cubitt, Andrew Rowlands, Ben Storer, Meliza Malherbe, Bjornar Siem, Dan Nunan, Sharon & Tony Weir, Glenn Gard, Leigh Elliott, Marita Eisler, Christine Pearson and Andrew Barron, plus Ian Javes for gear setup.

For those of you who were taken with the Dirty Girl Gaiters, here is there link for online orders:

Finally, re-live the 22km start here on Youtube:

Thanks for joining us and hope to see you at the Lake again. It’s a great place for a training run come picnic J

Greg Waite and Andrew Rowlands, organisers

photo by Dreamsport

4 thoughts on “Lake Manchester Trails 2012 – Results”

  1. Three in a row for me and got the (lady) glass to prove it. Three years of stacking it too. Does anyone know who got the video of me taking a tumble near the end?

    Great event again but run not getting easier. Good blow out as I prepare for the Great Whitsunday Run.


  2. Thanks very much for organising such a great run. (The hills weren’t so great!) For a novice, it was lovely to have friendly organisers, water along the way, and a hot dog and hot chocolate waiting at the finish line. It was a beautiful location and fantastic value for $10.

  3. Thanks to all those who gave their time to put on this great event, really well organised and a lovely laid back atmosphere! How lucky are we to have such great trails right on our door step! As for those hills sweetly “nick named” the Seven Dwarfs…..more like the Manchester Mongrels!! 🙂

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