Sydney Trailwalkers ago. In the lead up to entries opening again for this year's event I was adamant that I would not be doing it again, but that was before Shane Simpson (a running mate from the Blue Mountains) asked me to join his team. Shane had already lined up Ewan Horsbugh and Paul Robertson. When asked I said "yes" straight away as I new it would be a fun day running with those guys.These three guys are my friends, training buddies, competitors, and now my team mates. It was probably overdue that we all came together to compete in a team event like Trailwalker. As it turned out Sean Greenhill and Melanie Parry of Mountain Sports had kindly offered to sponsor the team of Blue Mountains runners, with an invite extended to myself being a transient resident, on the condition that we get the course record.
This year's Trailwalker course was supposed to revisit Crosslands Reserve, but the bridge to the check point broke. Depending who you talk too (Grant and Marcus), it was my fault. So the course reverted back to using Berowra Community Centre as the 2nd checkpoint.
|'The Bridge'. I swear it was broken before I got to the middle.|
|Team t-shirt. Can you pick the team members?|
|A quick nap before we started.|
|Coming into Berowra checkpoint.|
As we were nearing the Bobbin Head checkpoint (CP3, 42.5km) the GUNN Runners, now consisting of 3 runners, had caught up with us. So they should as they are a bunch of very talented trail runners. In our team Shane was starting to struggle with cramps, Ewan had a spew and I hit my thigh on a tree. Paul might have done something too, but no one noticed as we were dealing with our own issues at the time. We ran in and out off the checkpoint with GUNN Runners. We pretty much ran together up until checkpoint 6 having a chat and cracking jokes at each other. It was good to run in such a big group during a race.
|Coming into Bobbin Head checkpoint.|
|Heading out of St Ives checkpoint. Note that Ewan was in front, intentionally.|
|GUNN Runners explaining to Sean and Marcus how they sucked us in.|
|Practicing walking in a straight line. Silhouettes for next year's t-shirts?|
|Every runner had a crew member at checkpoints (Macfarlane Reserve).|
|Marcus showing us the way to our gear at Roseville Bridge checkpoint.|
|Last checkpoint, Ararat Reserve.|
|At the finish line, just before the fatigue set in.|
We all ended up crossing the line in 13:24. Not quite the course record we were aiming for , but for me that was a 1 minute PB. All up not a bad day running with friends.
A big thank you needs to go out to our 'cast of thousands' support crew:
Marcus Warner + 2x Dish Lickers
Mr and Mrs Horsburgh
and of course Brian Cardelli
|Crewing can be exhausting, no matter how fit you are.|
|Sydney Trailwalker 2013|