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#1 Podsport

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Posted 09 August 2005 - 01:55 AM

Hi everyone,

Has any one had a chance to checkout this new Trail 100km and 100mile schedualled for November?

Has any one walked this and can let me know what the track is like ?

Any one else interested?

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Posted 09 August 2005 - 03:05 AM

i have run much of the route (10 years ago) and it is vaguely reminiscent of sydney trailwalker ie hard yakka. currently if i am not fit enough to do justice to a trip to qld for glasshouse 100miles I will do the gt north 100 miles or 100km (if still not fit enough for 100miles). whatever, its worthy of support as bona-fide trail ultras are few and far apart in nsw.

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Posted 09 August 2005 - 04:16 PM

I'm planning on running the full course of the 100 miler over the course of the October long weekend.

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Posted 21 August 2005 - 08:58 PM

G'day folks,

The Entry Form for The Great North Walk 100s to be held on 12/13 November 2005 is now available from the GNW100s web-site at

The Great North Walk 100s Home Page

along with very detailed information about the two races (100 km and 100 mile).

If anybody has any questions, send me an e-mail or call me on 0428 880784.

Regards,

Dave.

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Posted 21 August 2005 - 10:42 PM

Looks good Dave. If it wasn't the week before Colac I would have ventured up for a look from Canberra, but I will certianyl help you spread the word about the race.

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Posted 01 September 2005 - 10:58 PM

Sent in my entry for the 100 mile late last week. Who else is in?

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 12:26 PM

I believe my entry for the 100 miler was sent a few days prior to yours.

Talk about jumping in at the deep end.

Part of me can't wait, and part of me is crapping itself.  

All going well, it'll be Brindabella, Great North, Bogong-Hotham (which is not on the AURA calendar for Jan 06....will it take place?), then Six Foot.

That should unhinge my mental faculties  sufficiently, so that I become weird enough to enter Glasshouse by this time next year.

I look forward to crossing over....I can hear the voices calling my name....."Bloooo Doooooggg"...

They sound friendly enough....   B)

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 12:47 PM

And there's Prom 100km on 22 October..

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 01:01 AM

the entry is sitting here waiting for me to return still alive from the Glasshouse.  A good run at the GH will possibly lead me further into the darkness.

There is also a Fat Ass run from Mittagong to Katoomba in October.

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 01:45 AM

Awaiting Glasshouse result assuming my brain can over come my body

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 02:13 AM

I can't focus beyond next weekend (GH100). Are you required to have a crew?

And VR, the Prom 100 is off due to track closures until 2006.

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 01:21 PM

Blue Dog wrote

  

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I believe my entry for the 100 miler was sent a few days prior to yours.

Go Dog!!

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 02:35 PM

Assuming we can get this crew thing sorted after we enter (ie yes i need people), got to get Glasshouse out the way then my entry will come in (buggered if i can think about more than one big one at a time - though i'm not sure how that adds up for C2K, would preferably not put in my entry till this one is then finished   :unsure:  )

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 02:35 PM

do you reckon the Great North 100 will be tougher than the Glasshouse 100?

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 02:51 PM

According to the website the actual distance is actually 107 miles, or about 172km, so I'd expect times to be slower.... it also has considerably more elevation change than Glasshouse, and more self sufficiency is expected. Yep, it'll be a tough one.

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 02:53 PM

By the way, as I said earlier, I intend to run the course over the October long weekend. Given there will be no special course markings for the race (just the normal GNW markers) I want to be familiar with the course beforehand.

Anyone else want to come along?

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 03:35 PM

hmm now looking at the web site it is obvious this is going to be a tough run.  Especially at night without any reflective course markers.  I think some course familiarisation is a must!

I would like to have a run over the course in October but I am sure I promised the obsession would ease after the GH.  Then again does it ever ease  :)

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 03:58 PM

Looking at the website last night too, this is gonna be one tough 100 miler. Bit of a fatass approach with as much as 30km between checkpoints.
As with others I just wanna get GH out of the system, can't see past that. That said, I am keen.

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Posted 02 September 2005 - 11:43 PM

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  but I am sure I promised the obsession would ease after the GH.  Then again does it ever ease  

I was told last night that after GH100 I'd better show her some attention! I thought reading old race reports in her company was showing attention. And like this is the last run I'm ever going to do!

Back to the GNW100, do we have to have crew?

And this thread is distracting me from.......GH100.

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 04:52 AM

from the race manual "We strongly recommend that each Runner have a Support Crew."

Crew is only recommended so I imagine you can run it without.  Plus there are drop bags for each checkpoint.  Considering there is almost 30km between checkpoints it would not be hard to share crew with another runner of similar pace.

The 2 things that trouble me are:
no extra course markings and
carrying enough water for 30km of technical trail on a hot day in November.

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 05:00 AM

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I thought reading old race reports in her company was showing attention.

how is that not quality time!

Plus talking about running is attention!  Talking about the GH is not just conversation about running either there is also travel, car hire etc.

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Posted 03 September 2005 - 05:16 AM

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carrying enough water for 30km of technical trail on a hot day in November.

Plus all the required gear.....

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 10:27 PM

so how's everyone's training going for this one   :)

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 10:33 PM

Totally shite. I fell over again in the bush and have ripped a ligment off my ankle ... no running for a few weeks.

(Sorry to disappoint Tim, no pronouncements from me re: Gh100 2006 - I have my spies ...)

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 10:45 PM

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Originally posted by tim:
so how's everyone's training going for this one  

Had a training run for it on the weekend....

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 10:55 PM

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have ripped a ligment off my ankle  

bugger!

  

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Sorry to disappoint Tim, no pronouncements from me re: Gh100 2006 - I have my spies

my god you have ears everywhere!

hey you have to seriously think about it.  Rumour has it that there is going to be an Aussie assault on the Western States in 2007 and I hear the GH is a qualifier.

and G nothing like a 28 hour training run.

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 10:58 PM

A 3 litre camelbak may be enough to make it 30km on a hot day. (I was getting through 2 litres each 90min last Saturday) Some food, a first aid kit.  Would that do it??  

Hang on, why am I posting this? I must be out of my tiny mind!

Edit: On ya Tim, Hijacked.. WS100 2007 would be great. When is it?

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 11:05 PM

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Originally posted by Virtual Runner:
On ya Tim, Hijacked.. WS100 2007 would be great. When is it?

Last weekend of June. Quite a few of the boys at GH100 on the weekend sounded interested in a 2007 Team Australia assault....

Blue Dog, we're talking to you too.

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 11:24 PM

I'm out before I'm in. (Opposite of the Godfather 2)

I'm on a work trip that weekend, 12/13 Nov.

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 01:25 AM

Yeah,

So keen that I have booked flights. So scared that I should thought more about it.
Can not bring crew, so it will be a solo affair!!

I too are worried about the dark, particularly with no extra markings. 36 hour cut off initially sounded generous, until I checked out the maps and profile...... I might need all of those hours!!!
  :P

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 02:07 AM

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so how's everyone's training going for this one  

Sounds to me like a man on a mission, bringing this one back up the page Tim   ;)  

Don't know yet, still processing GH, I will look into it in more deatil in the coming weeks.

Now WS2007, how many sleeps is that Whippet?

  :D

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 04:07 AM

I'd love to have a go but I've burned up all my credits. I will watch on enviously and be willing you all on but only in spirit.

And to avoid any more distractions on this thread I've done the deed  here.   :D

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 04:19 PM

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Blue Dog, we're talking to you too.
  

Mr G, how many times do I have to tell you not to talk to Blue Dog  :D

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 05:14 PM

I let this one go off my radar for a while but having looked at the web site and seeing how well organised it is -  and also the nastiness of the course and navigational issues I think it will be a really really tough challenge (more than 6000m of ascent and descent- that's Bogong to Hotham and back in terms of elevation change!).

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do you reckon the Great North 100 will be tougher than the Glasshouse 100?

All races are different- but I would say almost certainly YES. The finish times will give you an idea. I reckon a sub 24h on a course of this nature would be exceptional. It will almost certainly be quite warm during the day, the trail is much more technical, navigation could be tricky in parts, there are very long legs (up to 30K) without support, there are huge amounts of climb and descent (of B2H Boomerang proportions), the course is 11K longer than 100 miles- what more can I say?

As I don't have any excuses for airfare costs etc and I have recovered my family brownie points from earlier in the year I am now giving this event some serious thought  B)  

For me, one of the big issues will be finding a crew. If i can get a supportive crew I'm in.


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Posted 14 September 2005 - 05:19 PM

If you'd asked whether i was contemplating this one when i was doing Glasshouse (or immediately after) you wou would definitely have got an expletive laden no. After being able to run relatively easily to work and back the last 3 days (100 miles did seem to fix the cold up   :P  ), i'm still a bit in contemplation mode, anyway a rest this week (works in well with some works arranged drinks Friday   :D  ), and a few more races and i may reverse my decision not to do Ultra's i can't knock over in daylight hours, time will tell,

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 05:07 PM

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Originally posted by Mister G:
[QUOTE] Blue Dog, we're talking to you too.

I'm hearing ya' G-Man.

My keen expression of interest is posted on the WS100 thread.

How keen? The 'red crayon' is out.  B)

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 05:19 PM

I was thinking about this this morning and I reckon it is going to be tough to run through the 100km finish line knowing that you can call it a day and simply be included in the 100km finishers.

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 05:26 PM

Tim, re-read your new signature.  ;)

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 05:30 PM

All I was saying is it was going to be tough!

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Posted 15 September 2005 - 06:02 PM

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Originally posted by tim:
I was thinking about this this morning and I reckon it is going to be tough to run through the 100km finish line knowing that you can call it a day and simply be included in the 100km finishers.

Then you have blown 25 bucks.

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 01:04 AM

Hm. Thats why I'm not likely to have crew. If someone with a warm car and good food is waiting just for me at 100km, I would most definately STOP! But, without my loved one there, I will have to run on. Whats another 70km between friends?

Well I know it sounds good in practice!!

Still think this course may be way out of my league for a first up 100 miler. If Kelvin is scared, I am #%$@ scared!!!!

Deano

(Also wonder if I really need a pacer for the last 60km????)

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Posted 21 September 2005 - 11:40 PM

I very roughly traced the Trailwalker profile (in red) onto the GNW100 profile.

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 12:41 PM

Looks like the sort of course we should use for our WS100 qualifier.

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 03:45 PM

In terms of total vertical, GNW 100 is quite comparable with WS.

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 04:27 PM

I like the look of Old Dominion. Perhaps we can do that one instead?  :D

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 04:50 PM

Great chart. Once I figured out it was in feet (not metres) I felt a bit better..

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 04:59 PM

Where's the Angeles Crest 100 held?

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 05:09 PM

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Originally posted by Spud:
Where's the Angeles Crest 100 held?

The San Gabriel mountains north of Los Angeles. Starts in the ski town of Wrightwood and finishes in the LA satellite town of Pasadena. If GH100 moves forward by one week in 2006, I'm seriously considering a shot at AC a few weeks later.

Details here.

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 11:28 PM

if anyone who is doing the 100miler is going to train over the course i strongly suggest you do 3 or 4 runs from giracol to pertonga one of my fave runs.I would be having nightmares about doing that run at night,and i have run the sucker 20 times and some,in fact i still have to really focus because its so easy to go of course and i have on many occasions.The terrigal trotters have a annual run over the course and gets 30plus of all speeds and genders [not a race]i think the sunday daylight savings starts[check there website or GNR organizer Dave Birne;2.16 marathoner,he will know the details] As for me ,i will be thinking of you while i,m racing my 1500 that day.

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 11:47 PM

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Originally posted by Mister G:
  

quote:


Originally posted by Spud:
Where's the Angeles Crest 100 held?

The San Gabriel mountains north of Los Angeles. Starts in the ski town of Wrightwood and finishes in the LA satellite town of Pasadena. If GH100 moves forward by one week in 2006, I'm seriously considering a shot at AC a few weeks later.

Details here.

Sorry to highjack this thread, but what about the mountain lions and black bears in the San Gabriel mountains ?   :)  Are they just an added incentive to make you run faster ?   :D