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#1 AndyP

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 03:52 PM

In trying to find some new trails to run around Brisbane, it was surprising to find that this forum wasn’t the great source of information that I thought it would be, especially in terms of having everything in one place.

So I thought I would try to get something started that gathers together information from this forum and elsewhere.

In general, the National Parks website is a good start for trails and maps, without good descriptive detail.  There is the BCC Natural Areas page also.

I’ll list a few trail areas below, with some links to get things started.  I know there is more on this forum and information out there on other sites, but that would be a big job, so I can chip away at it or rely on the rest of CR to chime in with info too, to build a good source for us all to use.

General
Qld Govt National Parks - http://www.nprsr.qld...t.php?region=68
BCC Natural Areas - http://www.brisbane....rests/index.htm
MTB Dirt Maps - http://www.mtbdirt.com.au/qld-trails

Groups
TRAQ Events - http://www.traq.org.au/articles/events
Brisbane Trail Runners - http://brisbanetrail...anetrailrunners
Bunyaville Trail Runners - http://bunyavilletrailrunners.com/
The Run Inn - http://theruninn.com.au/
Brisbane River City Runners - http://www.rivercityrunners.net/
Wild Runners - www.wildrunners.com.au
Sunday Trails - www.facebook.com/groups/788019107904854/
Mountain Goat Runners - https://www.facebook...attrailrunners/

parkruns
Bunyaville - http://www.parkrun.com.au/bunyaville/ (CR thread)
White Rock - http://www.parkrun.com.au/whiterock/
Greenbank - http://www.parkrun.com.au/greenbank/
Sirromet - http://www.parkrun.com.au/sirromet/


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Bunyaville
http://www.nprsr.qld...ille/index.html
Bunyaville Trail Runners - http://bunyavilletrailrunners.com/ (CR thread)

Samford
http://www.nprsr.qld...ford/index.html

Chermside Hills Reserves
http://www.brisbane....erves/index.htm
Map - http://www.brisbane....s_track_map.pdf

West

Mount Coot-tha
http://www.coolrunni...wtopic=17000=
Also covers Gap Creek Reserve and Brisbane Forest Park trails.

D’Aguilar
http://www.nprsr.qld...ilar/index.html
Mt Mee – Somerset Trail Thread - http://www.coolrunni...wtopic=30508=

Gold Creek Resorvoir
http://www.seqwater.... GOLD CREEK.pdf

Moggill Conseration Park
http://www.nprsr.qld...gill/index.html (CR Post)

South

Daisy Hill/Venman Trails
http://www.coolrunni...wtopic=24791=
Includes some discussion on Tooheys Forest, Mt Cotton.

Daisy Hill - http://www.nprsr.qld...hill/index.html
Venman - http://www.nprsr.qld...land/index.html

Karawatha

Tamborine
http://www.nprsr.qld...rine/index.html

Edited by AndyP, 05 October 2017 - 03:30 PM.


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Posted 15 December 2013 - 05:28 PM

good stuff Andy.

Raven St Reserve &  Chermside Hills Reservewhilst only small, BTR can get a good 10k trail run in. Map here

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 05:49 PM

Thanks rbr.  I added your Bunyaville Trail Runners link and a link to your parkrun (which you could add to your sig too).

If it gets big enough, I might have to split into regions like North, East, West, South, Central.

I added the Brisbane Trail Runners group also.

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 06:35 PM

There is a book called Where to Mountain bike in brisbane which has lots of  maps and trails .

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 07:42 PM

What's a book?  ;)

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 09:59 PM

View PostAndyP, on 15 December 2013 - 05:49 PM, said:

Thanks rbr.  I added your Bunyaville Trail Runners link and a link to your parkrun (which you could add to your sig too).

Thanks :)

I'm only allowed one link in my signature. :)

from TRAQ event page Brisbane and surrounds groups/clubs. http://www.traq.org.au/articles/events


Brisbane Northside

The Run Inn has group runs in Bunyaville State Forest every Saturday from 7am. Also runs from Ironbark Gully off Samford rd.

Brisbane Southside Brisbane River City Runners run in Toohey Forest every Saturday from 6am. Once a month they have a great post-run breakfast. Call them before you show up, in case they’re away at a special event

Also Digger has plenty of trail runs at Mt Coot-tha & Daisy Hills areas.

Caboolture Road Runners hold trail runs on week-ends. Website here They run over many Glasshouse Trail Runs courses.

Judd Adventures – have Trail Run Tuesday’s & occasional Sunday trail runs.
Gold Coast Trail Runners.

also there is the Sunshine Coast Ultra Trial Runners

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 02:06 PM

That TRAQ page might be a bit out of date, rbr.  There are a couple of dead links and Run Inn don't mention their runs on their own website.

I'll leave Glasshouse and Gold Coast out of this thread, as it's a bit too far.  Ipswich is fine though.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 02:28 PM

There is also a great repository of maps at mtbdirt.com.au: http://www.mtbdirt.com.au/qld-trails

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 02:16 PM

I had started looking for different places to run when visiting the Sunshine Coast, so I thought I should do the same when at home in Brisbane. On Sunday, I ran on some trails that do not seem to have ever been mentioned on this forum, and that is, Moggill Conservation Park. †I checked out the map and it looked like it had more than enough to keep me busy for 2 hours plus.


I decided to do a loop around the outer most tracks (Nursery, Pullen Creek, Centre, Tower, Lantana, Rocky Mountain High, Powerline, Wirrabara Road) first. I was worried about how long I would last out there within an hour because there were some seriously tough hills in that. Slow going down and even slower going up, particularly Lantana Break and Rocky Mountain High Break. At times, there wasnít a lot of running happening and is just wasnít runnable. I was hoping for a nice view of the city at the top of Rocky Mountain High Break, but unfortunately the tree cover didnít give me much at all. Iíd keep away from these, if I revisited. Here is a photo on the way up a part of Lantana.
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For the second loop, I ran Centre, Ugly Gully, Powerline, Centre, Devils, and Nursery. This was much easier to run overall, even though there were still some hills around. The Ugly Gully trail ran along a stony, currently dry, creek bed in sections and I enjoyed Devils Break too. Hereís a photo along Devils Break, which I thought looked like a cool bit of track.
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In the end, I covered nearly all of the park, except St Peters Downfall Break and those unmapped. I did notice that there was a single track link between Powerline and Ugly Gully that would have kept me off the road for a small section, but I didnít realise that until I saw the other end of it.

The main entry point to the park is pretty much the lowest point of the area, and itís all uphill from there. The park does not have signage within it, except a map at the entry point. I kept a map on me, but still had to guess if I was going the right way at times. I did come across several walkers out there, particularly on the more easy to navigate trails, but the park is also open to mountain bikes.

Hereís my Garmin pictures:
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Posted 18 December 2013 - 09:20 AM

Hi Andy,
I go into this forest a bit, but dont go too far west,( ie near Lantana break) mainly cause I found the surface not so great. I usually start around the Mower shop on Moggill rd - or Kangaroo Gully rd - then run up to Chalcott and do the main loop from there- ,(ugly Gully/ Power lines sometime right to the top near the power lines ( which does have fantastic views on the right day), but sometimes just loop back to the trail after the car in the bushes ( Im sure you know what I mean- top  of back hill). (past the tank)
In the coming weeks I am planning to run through the forest to Pullenvale and then loop back around on the roads. Do you have any  info on how the trail is on the Tower rd- I would need to go straight ahead at the big junction ( Ugly Gully, Powerline/Tower)  Any information would be great. i know there will be a huge hill up to Grandview Rd once I get out of the forest at Pullenvale, but from there it should be nice.
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Posted 18 December 2013 - 01:33 PM

twosheds, I've just looked at the Garmin profile now to remind myself of what section Tower Break was.  I did it in the opposite direction to what you are proposing and that was a very hairy downhill section.  I had a lot of trouble applying the brakes, especially since it was loose under foot.  If you look at the elevation profile in my post, you'll see a sharp drop of about 80m just after 5k.  You would be trying to go up that.  You might be better off sticking to Powerline.

Is there much running to do in the Anstead Bushland Reserve?  Or is it all small walks?

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 02:06 PM

Hi Andy,
Had a fab run this morning. we ran from the mower shop on Mt Crosby Rd , to Chalcott Rd and then into the forest. we followed Ugly Gully Trail up  the mountain and then all the way over the back to come out at  Mill rd Pullenvale, turned right and up a  bloody big hill and then on to Grandview Rd. We then followed Grandview rd all the way down past the school turned right on to Lancing st, Past the pony club and left onto Boyle Rd, back to Mt Crosby Rd- and return to the mower shop. about an hour and a half. It was a fantastic run, will definitely do it again. Can add distance by turning off  ugly gully trail- down to Powerlines and then back up to join Ugly gully again  or also can add a lap of the environmental park opposite the mower shop on Hawkesbury rd.
Im back in love with runnning again- thanks for putting this back into my head.
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Posted 21 December 2013 - 02:13 PM

Just saw the question  at the bottom of your last post.  The park is not too big but is good for a few kilometres. If you head in the main entrance, head left on the path and I think it is the second left you join up with a  big path which you follow all the way to the top- from there I have always just tried to keep to the outer paths which eventually takes you back to the start. there are a few trails you can follow, many just seem to be out and back. Good for adding some distance to a trail run.
When I lived out that way  I used to enjoy running all the way up Kangaroo Gully rd, then Moggil Rd towards the ferry. turn right at Hawksbury rd and follow all the way down to the Bushland reserve and do a lap- then head back down Mt Crosby Rd  to the start. nt trails but a  great run with a few big hills and great scenery, especially on  a lovely cool blue morning.

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 04:05 PM

Nice one. I like sweating it out on the trails in summer, when it's too damn hot for speed work.

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 06:12 PM

Andy,

If you were megacrazy, you could keep going up Rocky Mountain High Break to the top, then run west along the ridge behind Mt Crosby and Kholo. After stopping for a fantastic view over Lake Manchester looking out to Cunninghams Gap, you can continue on to end up at the Three Ways on South Boundary Rd. Heading backdown to Hillbrook Rd, you might want to get a lift from there......

But you'd want to be megacrazy.

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 08:36 PM

Is that mostly trail?  If so, it's amazing what links up in Brisbane.

I'm not mega crazy. I think.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 06:08 PM

Trail up to the top of Rocky Mountain High; driveable 4WD tracks thereafter.

You could do it but ideally would do it with someone who dropped a car off at the other end then gave you a lift back to get your own.

I'm not up to it at the moment. In cooler months you wouldn't need to carry as much water, and the overall time would be shorter for a self supported run.

Don't know how far it would be all up.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 03:11 PM

View PostAndyP, on 15 December 2013 - 03:52 PM, said:

I took my two boys for a walk in the Raven St Reserve section of the Chermside Hills Reserves.  Most of it is sealed walkways, so I wouldn't recommend it if you are looking for trails.  

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There were two cool little single track trails there though, but one was really hard to find even though it is marked on the map.  It was worth looking for though

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There is also an educational centre at the carpark that might be good for the kids to have a look at.  We walked 3.5k in the end.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 09:53 PM

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Raven st Reserve is where we start/park. Yes the start is sealed path but as we head over the Hamilton Rd bridge we hit the trails then carry on to Chermsdie Hills Reserve. Great and popular area for the family.

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 06:30 AM

I drove past the front of the CH Reserve and it looked a fair bit hillier too.

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 05:37 PM

Hi Andy, I hope this thread isn't dead.

Would you be kind enough to add Wild Runners (www.wildrunners.com.au) to your list of trail running groups please? We want to train up as many injury free train runners as possible. We have a number of sessions, suiting people who want to start running through to those who want a good hard hill session. All our training is on the trails :)

On another note, you might like to check out this group www.facebook.com/groups/788019107904854/ . Its a group of people (me included) who want to get our and explore Brisbane's trails. We run Sunday's and try to do something different every time. Everyone is more than welcome to suggest a trail and guide for the day. The guide variety means we get to see new things. Runs are usually around an hour and a half long and we don't rush, it is Sunday after all...

Cheers, Tim

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 09:37 AM

No, it's not dead, but it didn't have much interaction.  I had a couple of other trails that I could add, but didn't get around to it.  I'll add your link to the header post.

I'm looking forward to hitting the trails again over summer, assuming I recover enough to do so.

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 02:48 PM

Thanks Andy,

The trails are definitely the place to be, especially as the concrete starts to heat up.

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 07:38 PM

Hi Tim,
What time do you run on Sundays ?

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 07:21 PM

View PostAndyP, on 15 December 2013 - 03:52 PM, said:

In trying to find some new trails to run around Brisbane, it was surprising to find that this forum wasn’t the great source of information that I thought it would be, especially in terms of having everything in one place.

So I thought I would try to get something started that gathers together information from this forum and elsewhere.

In general, the National Parks website is a good start for trails and maps, without good descriptive detail.  There is the BCC Natural Areas page also.

I’ll list a few trail areas below, with some links to get things started.  I know there is more on this forum and information out there on other sites, but that would be a big job, so I can chip away at it or rely on the rest of CR to chime in with info too, to build a good source for us all to use.

General
Qld Govt National Parks - http://www.nprsr.qld...t.php?region=68
BCC Natural Areas - http://www.brisbane....rests/index.htm
MTB Dirt Maps - http://www.mtbdirt.com.au/qld-trails

Groups
TRAQ Events - http://www.traq.org.au/articles/events
Brisbane Trail Runners - http://brisbanetrail...anetrailrunners
Bunyaville Trail Runners - http://bunyavilletrailrunners.com/
The Run Inn - http://theruninn.com.au/
Brisbane River City Runners - http://www.rivercityrunners.net/
Wild Runners - www.wildrunners.com.au
Sunday Trails - www.facebook.com/groups/788019107904854/

North

Bunyaville
http://www.nprsr.qld...ille/index.html
Bunyaville Trail Runners - http://bunyavilletrailrunners.com/ (CR thread)
parkrun Bunyaville - http://www.parkrun.com.au/bunyaville/ (CR thread)

Samford
http://www.nprsr.qld...ford/index.html

Chermside Hills Reserves
http://www.brisbane....erves/index.htm
Map - http://www.brisbane....s_track_map.pdf

West

Mount Coot-tha
http://www.coolrunni...wtopic=17000=
Also covers Gap Creek Reserve and Brisbane Forest Park trails.

D’Aguilar
http://www.nprsr.qld...ilar/index.html
Mt Mee – Somerset Trail Thread - http://www.coolrunni...wtopic=30508=

Moggill Conseration Park
http://www.nprsr.qld...gill/index.html (CR Post)

South

Daisy Hill/Venman Trails
http://www.coolrunni...wtopic=24791=
Includes some discussion on Tooheys Forest, Mt Cotton.

Daisy Hill - http://www.nprsr.qld...hill/index.html
Venman - http://www.nprsr.qld...land/index.html

Karawatha

Tamborine
http://www.nprsr.qld...rine/index.html

Thank you so much for this :) As a newbie its hard to figure out where to start

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 07:35 PM

View Postmountaingirlrun, on 26 September 2017 - 07:21 PM, said:

Thank you so much for this :) As a newbie its hard to figure out where to start
No problem. I started one for the Sunshine Coast too.  I wish there was more here.

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:03 PM

Also Mountain Goat trail runners at Mt Coot-tha https://www.facebook...26543571014483/ ,

As Andy mentioned Sunny Coast is Nutrs https://www.facebook...v-4gsHifRZQPaPo

Don't forget trail parkruns
Bunyaville http://www.parkrun.com.au/bunyaville/
White Rock http://www.parkrun.com.au/whiterock/
Greenbank http://www.parkrun.com.au/greenbank/
Sirromet http://www.parkrun.com.au/sirromet/
up the coast Nambour http://www.parkrun.com.au/nambour/

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 03:24 PM

View Postredbackrun, on 26 September 2017 - 08:03 PM, said:

Also Mountain Goat trail runners at Mt Coot-tha https://www.facebook...26543571014483/ ,

As Andy mentioned Sunny Coast is Nutrs https://www.facebook...v-4gsHifRZQPaPo

Don't forget trail parkruns
Bunyaville http://www.parkrun.com.au/bunyaville/
White Rock http://www.parkrun.com.au/whiterock/
Greenbank http://www.parkrun.com.au/greenbank/
Sirromet http://www.parkrun.com.au/sirromet/
up the coast Nambour http://www.parkrun.com.au/nambour/

Fantastic! how blessed are we in QLD to be able to have so many amazing places to explore and run

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 03:24 PM

Thanks to mountaingirlrun's bump of this thread, I went and had a look at the Gold Creek Resorvoir trail on Sunday.  Does that make it her fault that I have a sprained ankle as well?

The research that I did beforehand suggested that it wasn't very well signed, and easy to miss turns.  There was some talk of bee swarms too......

SEQ Water have a information brochure with a basic map: http://www.seqwater.... GOLD CREEK.pdf

There is also a map on the entrance to the area.  The loop is about 5.5k.  I decided to do it in a clockwise direction.

Once I left the edge of the dam, it became a cool single track with some scrabbly sections, and even some drops off to the side.  It was really enjoyable, and well signed for any turns.  There were a couple of creek crossings that might get wet after a bit of rain too.

However, once I reached the far point, and the western edge of the dam, I somehow completely missed a turn.  This was already after I had come to a previous junction with no sign, and chosen the well worn track.  The track I ended up on seemed to get thinner and thinner, and after a bit, it was impossible to run, as I had to duck under branches and weave back and forth; but there was a track there of some sort.  I figured that this probably wasn't the proper track, but as it was heading in the right general direction, keeping the dam to my right, I figured it would eventually come out in the right place.  It eventually came back out on to the correct trail, and I continued along my merry way, although I went back the other way on the trail first, before turning around.

It wasn't long after that I eventually came across some other people (walkers), and even though it was a steep uphill, I had to keep running to impress them.  Unfortunately, soon after I rolled my ankle, and hobbled the last kilometre or so back to the car.  I do recall having to climb over a big tree trunk crossing the track on a downhill section, and it may have had some barbwire on it too, which wasn't great to navigate with a stuffed ankle.

Here's my instagram pictures from the run:
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Here's the Strava segment with elevation profile:
https://www.strava.c...egments/3439087
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Edited by AndyP, 05 October 2017 - 03:36 PM.


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Posted 05 October 2017 - 03:30 PM

How's the ankle now AndyP?

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 03:38 PM

View Postredbackrun, on 05 October 2017 - 03:30 PM, said:

How's the ankle now AndyP?
Pretty good considering. Maybe it is only a Grade 1 sprain, as I was walking on it okay on Tuesday, and I have considered having a swim today, but will wait until after I see the physio tomorrow.

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 06:24 PM

View PostAndyP, on 05 October 2017 - 03:24 PM, said:

Thanks to mountaingirlrun's bump of this thread, I went and had a look at the Gold Creek Resorvoir trail on Sunday.  Does that make it her fault that I have a sprained ankle as well?

The research that I did beforehand suggested that it wasn't very well signed, and easy to miss turns.  There was some talk of bee swarms too......

SEQ Water have a information brochure with a basic map: http://www.seqwater.... GOLD CREEK.pdf

There is also a map on the entrance to the area.  The loop is about 5.5k.  I decided to do it in a clockwise direction.

Once I left the edge of the dam, it became a cool single track with some scrabbly sections, and even some drops off to the side.  It was really enjoyable, and well signed for any turns.  There were a couple of creek crossings that might get wet after a bit of rain too.

However, once I reached the far point, and the western edge of the dam, I somehow completely missed a turn.  This was already after I had come to a previous junction with no sign, and chosen the well worn track.  The track I ended up on seemed to get thinner and thinner, and after a bit, it was impossible to run, as I had to duck under branches and weave back and forth; but there was a track there of some sort.  I figured that this probably wasn't the proper track, but as it was heading in the right general direction, keeping the dam to my right, I figured it would eventually come out in the right place.  It eventually came back out on to the correct trail, and I continued along my merry way, although I went back the other way on the trail first, before turning around.

It wasn't long after that I eventually came across some other people (walkers), and even though it was a steep uphill, I had to keep running to impress them.  Unfortunately, soon after I rolled my ankle, and hobbled the last kilometre or so back to the car.  I do recall having to climb over a big tree trunk crossing the track on a downhill section, and it may have had some barbwire on it too, which wasn't great to navigate with a stuffed ankle.

Here's my instagram pictures from the run:
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Here's the Strava segment with elevation profile:
https://www.strava.c...egments/3439087
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No way are you blaming that ankle on me ;) hope its getting better real quick.  Good luck at that physio!