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Glasshouse Trail Mailing List Mission Statement

Glasshouse Trail Mailing List Mission Statement

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You can also join the list by sending an email to Sean Greenhill.

The Glasshouse Trail ultramarathons, organised by Ian Javes and held in the Glasshouse Mountains area of Queensland, are Australia's nearest approach to the long trail ultras that are prevalent in other parts of the world, especially the USA.

The races are held in a mixture of natural bushland and pine plantations amid some remarkable natural monuments, the Glasshouse Mountains. Competitors race over a series of fire trails, bush tracks and logging roads that snake around the bases of a number of these monoliths.

This kind of race is, as said above, fairly rare in Australia and as a result the race is something of a "cult" event rather than attracting the larger crowds of some shorter Australian ultras, or overseas 100 Milers. In September 1999, I completed the 50 Mile event, and in April 2000, I finished the sister event, the Glasshouse 50K, also organised by Ian Javes and held in the same locale as the "big ones". Whether I would return that following October or not was never really in question, but Ian has had trouble with sections of the bureaucracy, as well as pouring a remarkable amount of energy into an event that is, on the whole, highly professional in its organisation.

In order to attract potential runners and lend a hand to those "committed" I decided to form an email discussion group (on 8th June 2000) - again, along the lines of a number of American 100 Milers. I've now established that group, GlasshouseTrail. It isn't a high volume forum, but competitors can discuss training and tactics, organise group longs runs or transport or whatever, as well as discussing other issues that arise concerning the race. After the events, competitors contribute stories and tales from their longest day. Runners intrigued by the event may also want to subscribe and make up their own minds.

I have no interest or involvement in the race, except that I will be running it (I live over a thousand kilometres away). Plenty of other runners have more experience of the race and the area than myself. The Glasshouse Trail mailing List isn't an official arm of the race, either - except that I mailed Ian Javes to notify him that I intended to establish the list, and did he have any objections. Those interested in the List can see for themselves at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/glasshousetrail

Sean Greenhill
Sydney, Australia

Sean has also written the following articles that are published on CoolRunning Australia :
  1. [Dec 2004] Coast to Kosi 236km
  2. [Jun 2004] Poor Man's Comrades 96km
  3. [Sep 2003] Glasshouse 100 mile
  4. [Jun 2003] Western States 100 Miles
  5. [Jun 2003] Auburn Journal interview with Sean before WS100
  6. [Jan 2003] Bogong to Hotham 60km
  7. [Sep 2002] Glasshouse 100 mile ( + photos)
  8. [Aug 2002] Katoomba to Mittagong 137km
  9. [Aug 2002] 12 Foot Track 93km
  10. [May 2002] Sydney Trailwalker 100km
  11. [May 2002] Thin Blue Line 88km
  12. [Mar 2002] Six Foot Track 46km
  13. [Feb 2002] Cradle Mountain Run
  14. [Sep 2001] Glasshouse 100 mile (DNF at 110km)
  15. [Aug 2001] 12 Foot Track 93km
  16. [Jun 2001] Wilson's Prom 100km ( + photos)
  17. [May 2001] Sydney Trailwalker 100km
  18. [May 2001] Lost In The Dark Run
  19. [Apr 2001] Brisbane Water Bush Bash 50km
  20. [Mar 2001] Six Foot Track 46km
  21. [Feb 2001] Cradle Mountain Run
  22. [Dec 2000] The Blue Labyrinth 50km option
  23. [Oct 2000] Glasshouse 100 mile (DNF at 100km)
  24. [Sep 2000] Royal National Park 50km
  25. [Aug 2000] Lost Worlds of Kuringai 56km
  26. [Aug 2000] Mt Wilson to Bilpin 35km
  27. [Jun 2000] Started the Glasshouse Trail Email-List
  28. [Jun 2000] Shoalhaven "King of the Mountain" 46km
  29. [Mar 2000] Six Foot Track 46km
  30. [Jan 2000] The Toughest Race in Australia - Bogong to Hotham
  31. [Sep 2000] Glasshouse 50mile/80km
  32. [Apr 2000] Glasshouse 50km
  33. [Dec 1999] The Blue Labyrinth - Original Route
  34. [Aug 1999] Cities Marathon
  35. [Aug 1999] Mt Wilson to Bilpin 35km
  36. [Jun 1999] Shoalhaven "King of the Mountain" 46km
  37. [May 1999] Sydney Morning Herald Half-Marathon
  38. [Apr 1999] Canberra Marathon and 50Km
  39. [Mar 1999] Six Foot Track 46km

Feel free to E-mail him at bigmig@tig.com.au.

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