Puffy Billy race - question about loos...
Posted 04 April 2003 - 10:45 AM
does anyone know of a place to go on the way to Belgrave.???..I will be coming through Ferntree gully/upwey/tecoma.......are there public toilets around there?
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Posted 04 April 2003 - 08:58 PM
Posted 04 April 2003 - 10:20 PM
Or do as I did last year and find a large secluded tree.....of which there are many
Posted 07 April 2003 - 09:43 AM
which shopping centre? This Melways reference is Mountain Gate??? a toliet blockt there??
Posted 07 April 2003 - 09:56 AM
A small strip shopping centre on the Burwood Highway oppositr the Upper Ferntree Gully railway station. It is marked in the melways as a black triangle with a white T in the middle.....right next door to the fire station.
These toilets have undergone a recent renovation and are modern and clean
Posted 08 April 2003 - 08:03 AM
The web site doesn't have much information so would appreciate feed back on transportation - is it better to catch the train (it seems to arrive after the event starts) or drive(what is parking like and how long would it take to drive from Melbourne city)a map of the run (how hilly is it?)drink stops etc.
Posted 08 April 2003 - 09:13 AM
Regarding the course, I found it rather hilly - more so than I had expected - you don't run the same grade as the train. I have only run it once, but this is how I remember it (others might like to correct me)...
There is bascially zero net gain in elevation from start to finish. It is likely to be crowded at the start. With about 1 K of downhill and most people running quickly, it is hard to pass people if that is your thing. There is a relatively constant uphill after about the 1-2 K point until about ~7(?) K. It is almost entirely downhill soon after the 10 K mark.
I drove to the start last year (maybe 45-60 minutes from the city). I got to the start about 1 hour prior to the gun and had plenty of room to park.
There are 2 or 3 drink stations on the course.
Posted 08 April 2003 - 02:06 PM
In quite Sunday am traffic, it is about a 45 minute drive from the city. We arrived there 30 minutes beforehand last year and had a fair bit of trouble parking. This year we might arrive closer to an hour early and warm up and stretch on arrival.
If you chose the train option, I would go for one scheduled to arrive a good 30 minutes before start time. The Belgrave station is right next to the race start. It does get VERY crowded near start time.
Not so sure if the race is a zero net gain in elevation, but if it is, it is only because the last 1k or so is solid down hill. From the 1k mark to the 9k (?) it is nearly all up hill with the odd quick decent.
A great run. Good Luck
Posted 08 April 2003 - 09:29 PM
Posted 09 April 2003 - 09:02 AM
Last night I found the course map that was mailed out with race numbers last year. It has elevations and drink stations marked along the course. According to that and my memory...
The start has an elevation of 227.7 m. there is a decent to the lowest point on the course, which is the trestle bridge (no elevation is given, but I'd guess it is about 50-75 m below the start?). There is then a relatively constant climb (with a few descents) until about the 6.5 km mark (elevation ~ 300 m). The course is undulating from there until Emerald at about the 10 km mark (elevation 318.5 m). The course then descends to the finish (13.2 km), which has an elevation of 242 m.
There were drink stations at the 4.5, 6.5 and 10 km marks.
I remember two particularly sharp descents (one very close to the finish).
I had been told that you need to beat the train at all four crossings to beat it at the end. However, I met the train at the first and second crossings and managed to beat it home (but only by a few seconds).