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SIX FOOT 2019or '1.8M 2019' for the young folk


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#1 frankie17

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Posted 22 October 2018 - 12:24 PM

It's getting towards lottery time.  How is the luckiness training going?

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 07:31 AM

Pencils ready....commence!

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 03:13 PM

Lottery entered

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 07:29 AM

Wohoo!!! Iím in :)

Now onto the hills training...

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 07:51 AM

Not long to go now! Iíll be helping with rego at the Carrington on Friday evening. Feel free to say hi :)

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 09:43 AM

I am driving up from Sydney on Sat morning.  Hopefully I will remember to pick up my bib before boarding the bus.

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Posted 07 March 2019 - 12:45 PM

Looks like being a good day on Saturday - slightly cooler weather (though I am not sure about the humidity).

Best wishes to all who are running.  It will be interesting to see how the drink stations go with the "no single use cups" - I expect that it will be chaotic unless there are plenty of jugs at the water stops through to the Coxes.

I see when the first (1.15pm) and last (4.45pm) buses are leaving.  I assume that they are the only two options.

Enjoy the day.
David

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 04:19 AM

View PostDavid C, on 07 March 2019 - 12:45 PM, said:


I see when the first (1.15pm) and last (4.45pm) buses are leaving.  I assume that they are the only two options.

Enjoy the day.
David
The update 6 clarified this - there is also a bus at 3.30.

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 07:45 AM

Tomorrow! :)
Very excited for my first 6ft. See you all there :)

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 08:50 AM

Best wishes to all those running this iconic event tomorrow. Sadly I have only run it once as it never seems to fit well with my running schedule.

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 06:03 PM

Best wishes to all hope the weather is kind to you

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 09:32 PM

Good luck all. Hope the weather Gods are good to you and the niggle gods eff off!

Good luck all. Hope the weather Gods are good to you and the niggle gods eff off!

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 10:25 AM

Cant wait to read the race reports. Good luck to you all.

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 08:25 PM

I know you are all on the edge of your seat to read my race report, so here it is! ;)

Sorry itís quite long again...

Got to Katoomba Friday arvo to pick up my bib and was greeted by a guy who I only remembered later was Horrie, ups. Sorry Horrie!

Bib pick up was easy and then I went shopping quickly to get some food for breakfast.
I volunteered at registration as well and was handing out numbers and merchandise to the runners and also met one of the guys from Aussie Runner podcast:) love listening to the show.

Early night on Friday and alarm set for 4.30am on Saturday morning.
I was in the last wave starting at 7.45 but the info said that the last bus from the YHA will leave at 6.15am so I got there about 5.45 to catch a bus to the start and see the earlier waves off.

The buses turned out to be a bit of a nightmare as they didnít show up until after 6am which left some people worried.
Got to the start with plenty of time to get myself organised and watched the runners set off.
It was a great atmosphere at the start and there was an exciting buzz in the air.

Finally it was time to line up for my start and I started from the middle of the wave.
Off we went down the slippery and partially muddy stairs which was very slow going.
Afterwards we hit a firetrail which allowed runners to spread out and run at their own pace.
We hit the single track section after that where I was a few times stuck behind slower runners which would not have been such a big issue if I wasnít worried about the cut off times.
I made the first cut off time at the river with 10 minutes to spare and I knew that I would be ok from then on.

Through the river we went. I watched the runners who were in the river when I got there and they werenít too deep in the water so I thought it wouldnít  be too bad.
Unfortunately they must have all be quite tall as the water went right up to my bum.

After that we crossed some fields and ran on dirt roads until we hit the first climb which I hiked up.
I felt good hiking up the hill and I ran the flats and the downs.
Then we got to the big hill which was a bit more challenging but I was still in good spirit and hiked that one up without any issues too.

The last bit went through the forest which I found a bit boring but as I hiked the trail before I knew what to expect and I didnít bother me too much
The final bit was downhill who h most of it on a single trail with some rocks and gravel which I was very carefully on as I didnít want to fall. The last 200 or so meters were on pavement and I zig zagged downhill towards the finish line.
The spectators at the finish were amazing and cheered everyone loudly over the line.

All in all it was a great and challenging race with a nice finishers medal and the most amount of aid stations I have ever seen at a (trail) marathon. 17! Amazing.

All the volunteers were fantastic and very supportive.

Had a couple of beers at the finish before hopping on the bus to Katoomba and the train home.
My legs hate me today but it was definitely worth the pain.


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Posted 10 March 2019 - 08:37 PM

Great report! Well done Jindalee :-)

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 08:40 PM

^thanks BF :)

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 09:03 PM

Forgotten to add pics!

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 06:40 AM

Great work Jindalee, easier than Tarawera?

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 07:07 AM

Thanks BK. Depends on what you find easier. Itís less technical for sure but more elevation! My legs are feeling 6ft more than they did Tarawera

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 07:49 AM

Reports around the traps suggests the bus nightmares were worse than normal 6FT bus nightmares this year.

I read of late buses, no buses, bus crashes etc.

Enjoy the purple shirt Jinda ;)

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 09:10 AM

Thanks Riffraff, will def enjoy the shirt. :)

I donít know if the buses were worse or not compared to previous years as this was my first 6ft but yes, I also heard that they were worse than usual

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 11:45 AM

View Postriffraff, on 11 March 2019 - 07:49 AM, said:

Reports around the traps suggests the bus nightmares were worse than normal 6FT bus nightmares this year.

I read of late buses, no buses, bus crashes etc.

Enjoy the purple shirt Jinda ;)

I had no troubles with the buses - getting to the start from KCC was easy and getting back ... I basically walked out of the shower and straight onto a bus.  (My only objection is that I wanted to stay longer at Caves House.)

I saw the problems getting to the start, but I think that they sorted this out.

I was surprised at how well the recycled drink cups worked ... just a few delays at some stations with volunteers who weren't focused on getting us through ... but no real issues.

In all, it was a good day.

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 01:21 PM

The buses from the YHA to the start were a nightmare.
Also coming back the tourist bus messed up the bus plan from jenolan to katoomba and I think they basically threw the second and third busses together as the last buses were not supposed to leave until 4.45-5.00pm
But Iím not complaining as I got to the start with plenty of time and made the fast train at katoomba with 10 mins to spare.


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Posted 11 March 2019 - 01:42 PM

View PostJindalee, on 11 March 2019 - 01:21 PM, said:

The buses from the YHA to the start were a nightmare.
Also coming back the tourist bus messed up the bus plan from jenolan to katoomba and I think they basically threw the second and third busses together as the last buses were not supposed to leave until 4.45-5.00pm
But I'm not complaining as I got to the start with plenty of time and made the fast train at katoomba with 10 mins to spare.

Family and spectators were apparently left stranded at both Katoomba and Duckmaloi.

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 01:55 PM

Didnít know about visitors and spectators as I only went with other runners.
Thatís totally unacceptable them being stranded :(

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 04:31 PM

Well done Jindalee. I really enjoyed reading your report and seeing the photos. I am glad you pulled up well. You have added another to your resume!  Well done everyone else who ran as well. More reports please.

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 05:04 PM

^ there's a CR'r that won his age cat for the 4th consecutive year but since he hasn't posted for about 12 years I'm not expecting a report any time soon ;)

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 05:17 PM

Thanks SC. It was good fun. :)