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1996 - Glasshouse Trail Run - Race Director's Reportby Ian Javes
Runners from as far away as America and New Zealand gathered at the Glasshouse Mountains over the weekend [27-28th September 1996] to compete in the Glasshouse Mountains Trail Run. A 100-mile (160k) event was offered for the first time in Australia, however none of the field of five runners finished the distance over this gruelling terrain, at least in part due to the high temperatures experienced on Saturday. Their progress was carefully monitored by a medical team from the Queensland university headed by Dr June Canavan.
Bill Thompson, local custard apple farmer who finished third in the 106k event only decided three (3) weeks ago to compete. Bill says he didn't train, just keeps fit through climbing custard apple trees, mountains and bushwalking but if he goes in the event next year he will train. Bill found the best approach for him was to walk on the flat sections and up the hills, and run down the hills. The worst part of the run for Bill was the descent from Mt Beerburrum because of the extremely steep gradient and the fact he had to keep putting on the brakes which affected his legs and ankles.
Daryl Watts won the event in a time of 14 hours 27 minutes and 8 seconds (the first time he has ever tackled a distance longer than the standard marathon of 42 kilometres) and he was followed by Kerrie Hall. second placegetter and the first woman home. John Petersen, 80 year-old taxi driver from Brisbane, pulled out after completing a full first loop of the course (58k) by which time night had fallen and his pacer had had enough.
The 58k event was won by experienced Brisbane runner Don Wallace in a solid time of 4 hours 55 minutes and 35 seconds. Don won last year's Brisbane Marathon and the previous year he finished twelfth in the Comrades Run, a South African road race of 88k which attracts 10.000 rsnrers every year.
Nicole Carroll left the men behind, powering in brilliantly, red hair flying, to win the 35k event outright in a time of 2 hours 46 minutes and 59 seconds, while Gwyn Williams won the 25k event in his time of 1 hour 54 minutes and 18 seconds. The 10k event was won by fourteen-year old Clint Bignall of the Ashgrove Rangers in a time of 55 minutes and 42 seconds.
The first female and male finishers in each category were awarded the Glasshouse Plaques as well as gold Queensland Marathon and Road Runners Club medals. Second and third placegetters received silver and bronze medals.
Ian Javes, race coordinator for the ultras, was especially thanked by the runners for ensuring they laad all the backup support they needed by day and night, provided by members of the Queensland Marathon and Road Runners Club with the assistance of the Glasshouse Mountains Advancement Network. It is hoped that in the future a permanent trail run will be established in this beautiful part of the world.
Lucky Pam Innes of Beerwah has the winning ticket for an authentic colonial Australian outdoor setting complete with large table and twin benches featuring coach wheels made and donated by Steve Ralph, clever Teamsters Hall of Fame craftsman. The second prize winner in the raffle was another local person, Chris Barlow, of the Glasshouse Mountains who won a generous hamper donated by Golden Circle.
Ian Javes (R.D.)
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