Pichi Richi versus Gold Coast Marathon
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Posted 17 February 2006 - 07:07 PM
Posted 17 February 2006 - 10:51 PM
Combined with the title from the inaugural rib-eating competition after GC mara last year, could you compare these two for us please?
Then again, if it's near Quorn, it's pretty flat around there so could be good with a smaller field.
Posted 18 February 2006 - 02:30 AM
I have never run Gold Coast (and very unlikely ever to do so), but I have done Pichi Richi twice and it's a great race - both for atmosphere and the course. If you're only after a quick time to put on your profile page, give Pichi Richi a miss; but if you want scenery, a sense of achievement and adventure, head for Port Augusta. If this is really the last year (where did that come from???) I might have to head back for one more tilt.
Or there's still Perth...WAMC puts in a superlative effort, so it's well worth considering.
Big weekend any way you look at it.
Posted 18 February 2006 - 11:55 PM
Pichi Richi is definitely 10 to 15 minutes slower as is basically uphill from 15 to 40 K's (did 2:56 at Gold Coast then a week later backed up with 3:06 and probably ran better).
Certainly hard to compare 20 to 30 starters to 2000 odd, but the fact is it's a great place to run, especially if you can get to the half marathon point in time to race against the people in that as well, gives you a real push, also the simple fact i love point to point races.
Certainly a real small town friendly community feeling about it all.
Have to admit i have an unenviable choice this year of either doing my 10th Gold Coast (basically my second home marathon) or my 4th and apparently last Pichi Richi (was mentioned by the race organiser in his speech last year as well as Julia's article in Runners World) as well as an attempt at a hat trick of wins.
I think really the choice of which you do is really up to your own personal goals. Also there is the fact that the Gold Coast is much easier to get to (15 hour odd drive from Melbourne to Port Augusta though i could say the GC is a 21 hour drive :D ).
As for Perth that will need to wait for another year as have run at least a marathon in every other state and territory but have never even been to WA.
Posted 18 February 2006 - 01:02 PM
Posted 30 March 2006 - 02:37 AM