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.