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Jonathon's Racing Attacks and Adventure Packs!

Amazing racing and training adventures on roads and mountainous/hilly TRAILS, freewaybikehike and triathlons. Dreams of a SIX FOOT 45km finish,(DONE 2011,2013,2014,2015!),then ULTRA-TRAIL AUSTRALIA (50km DONE 2016!), memorable Melbourne Marathon and Gold Coast racing. Over a decade dreaming of a SUB 3HR MARATHON, sub 18min 5k, sub 38min 10k, sub 90min Half marathon etc...(shattered? or still realistic?)

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Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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42.2km SB; 2004; 3.55 2005; 4.02 2006; 4.18 2007; 4.10 2008; 3.55
2009; 4.11 2010; 4.05 2011; 4.02 2012;3.49 2013; 4.12 ... 2014; ; 4.08 ...2015; 4.00
2016; 4.11
More ongoing GOALS;
***PB's pursuit; 5k 21.49, 10k 41.01 21.1k 1.41, ...42.2k 3.49

MM and the G!...

In recent years I have been enjoying races like;
December; 6-INCH(46km offroad)2005;--6 hrs 25 min...
2006; 7hrs 04 min 2008; 7hrs 00min...2009; 6hrs 16min
...2010:--5hrs 49min..2011:---5hrs 30min..2013---7 hrs 24min... 2014--- 7 hrs 06min 2015--6hours 43min ...2016---6hours 41min
October; Melbourne Marathon 2007; 4hr 10 . 2008 DNF at 23km..
2009 4hrs 11. 2010 4hrs 05min...2011;4hrs 02min...photos
2012; 3hrs 49min 52secs PB!... ..2013; 4.12 2014; 4.08 2015; 4.05... 2016; 4.53
Rottnest Marathon 2004; 4hr 32min ... 2013; 4hr 16min
August; City to Surf most years since 1997 see HERE for details,photos.
PERTH C2S PB's; 4K;17min 25 (2002) 12K;52min 52 (1997)
21.1K;1.54.20 (2007) 42.2K; 4.00.20 (2015) (2010 video)
GOLD COAST; 2012 HALF; 1.44 2013 HALF; 1.47 2014 HALF 1.49
2015 4.11 ..., 2016 4.11
PERTH Marathon(42.2km)
2004; 3hrs55min
2005;--4 hrs 02 min. 2006; 4hrs 18min 2007;4hrs 33
2008; 3hrs 55 2009; 4hrs 41min 2010; 4hrs 30min
2011; 4hrs 12min 2012; 4hrs 6min 2013; 4hrs 19min 2014 4hrs 48min
2016 50km 9 hours 50min
April;Bridges 10km; 1997; 43min 43 1998; 41min 01 1999; 47min 29
2000; 46min 47 2001; (5km) 30min 01 2002; (5km) 22min 48
2003; 42min 40 2004; 48min 50 2005; 44min 40
2006; 48min 07 2007; 49min 16 2008; 50min 42 2009; 49min 54 2010; 48min 39 2011; 52min 55 2012; 47min 02 2013; 54min 45 2014; 48min 47 2015; 49min 53
March;6 Foot Track 45km;
2011; 6.53 2013; 6.54 2014; 6.47
2015; 6.14!!! 2016 DNF

Most races since October 2009; >
18/12/2016 6 inch 48km 6hrs 41min
16/10/2016 Melbourne Marathon 4hours 53min
25/09/2016 WTF 50 miler DNF at 55km
14/08/2016 Truth 50km DNF at 25km
3/07/2016 Gold Coast Marathon 4.11
14/05/2016 Ultra Trail Australia 50km 9 hours 50min
3/4/2016 My 20th consecutive Bridges fun run 10km 52.20 (hammy strain)
12/3/2016 Six Foot Track DNF at 30km 5 hours.
---------------------- 20/12/2015 6 inch 47km 6 hours 43min
15/11/15 Bloated Goat 31km Trails race (1600m Vert) 5hrs 43min
18/10/15 Melbourne Marathon 4.05
13/09/15 Fremantle 10km 47min 22
30/08/15 Perth City to Surf Marathon 4 hours 00min 20 secs.
05/07/15 GCM 4.11
24/05/15 R4R Half Marathon 1hr 46min 13secs
12/04/15 Bridges 10km 49min 53secs.
04/04/15 Perth Trail Series Truth & Consequences 50km ULTRA 8hours 49min
14/03/15 Six Foot Track 45km 6hrs 14min 11secs Smashing PB!!! (32min)
21/12/14 6 inch Trail 47km 7hrs 06min 30secs
12/10/14 Melbourne Marathon 4hrs 8min (8th fastest marathon in 25 finished)
14/09/14 Fremantle 10km 49min 26 (first K 3.47 5k split 23.02)
31/08/14 Perth City to Surf 42.2k 4hrs 34min
06/07/14 Gold Coast Half Marathon 1.49
15/06/14 Perth Marathon 4.48
01/06/14 Elleker Half Marathon 1.59.
21/04/14 40 miler DNF (28miles)
06/04/14 18th Bridges 10km 48min 47secs...since 1997
08/03/14 6 Foot Track 45km 6hrs 47min 02. (824th) A PB!!! :-)
09/02/14 Snakes and Ladders 15km 2.05
15/12/13 6 inch Trail Ultra 7.24
27/10/13 Rottnest Marathon 4.16.41
13/10/13 Melbourne Marathon 4.12.55
25/08/13 Perth City to Surf Marathon 4.13.28
11/08/13 Perth Half Marathon 1.54.05
28/07/13 Fremantle 10km 50.06 (very sick but first 1k in 3.55)
07/07/13 Gold Coast Half Marathon 1.47.29

16/06/13 Perth Marathon 4hrs 19min 55secs
My 10th consecutive Perth Marathon...Click to see -> how I became a SPARTAN...

19/05/13 Joondalup Half Marathon 1hr 58min 26secs 310th of 495.
07/04/13 Bridges 10km 54min 45seconds.
09/03/13 6 Foot Track 45km 6 hours 54 minutes 20 seconds. 740th of 804...blog post or ...photos! page.

24/02/13 Perth Trail Series Qi Gong 14km 1hr 37min 04 Placed 79th of 117 finishers.
09/02/13 Busselton Half Marathon 1hr 51min 58 secs 219th. full Busso results here
02/11/12 John Gilmour 10k track 47.17 ..see here
14/10/12 Melbourne Marathon 3hrs 49min 52secs ..(777.)
16/09/12 Fremantle 10km 47min 16
26/08/12 City to Surf Marathon 4hrs 42min 41 secs
15/07/12 Lake Joondalup 10km 47min 30.
01/07/12 Gold Coast Half Marathon 1hr 44min 49 secs. 1668th of 9035 finishers

17/06/12 Perth Marathon 4hrs 6min .. (post and photos here)
20/05/12 Joondalup Half Marathon 1hr 47min 01secs. (151st of 313 finishers)
15/05/12 Masters 5000m 21min 58secs
13/05/12 Bunbury Half Marathon 1hr 46min 45 secs. (76th of 240 finishers)
22/04/12 PTS Ellis Brook 21.8km trails race 3hrs 12min 28secs. 39th.
01/04/12 Bridges 10km 47min 02
25/03/12 17.3km (690m ascent) Swissmurdie trails race 2hrs 19min 17secs 54th of 60.
20/03/12 MastersWA 1500m in 5.56, 100m in 14.3, 400m in 76.4, 5000m in 23.33.
26/02/12 WAMC Swan Twilight 5km 24.32
26/02/12 Perth Trail Series Qi Gong 14km 1hr 44min 08 secs 70th of 102.
04/02/12 Busselton Half Marathon in 1hr 49min 31 secs.
18/12/11 6 inch 46km 5hrs 30min PB!
09/10/11 Melbourne Marathon in 4hours 02minutes 49secs...photos...

12/09/11 Fremantle 10km in 45minutes 50 secs.
7/8/11 Perth Half Marathon in 1hr 47min 46 secs.
17/7/11 Lake Joondalup 10km in 46min 33secs.
19/6/11 Perth Marathon in 4 hours 12min 54secs (351st of 547.)
12/6/11 Lake Monger 10km in 48min 09secs
22/5/11 Bunbury Half Marathon 1hr 51min 44secs 109th of 261 finishers
10/4/11 Bridges 10km 52min 55
12/3/11 6 foot 45km in 6hrs 53min 07 secs...819th...of 877...33 DNF's...4 outside 7hr cutoffRace Report and race photosPre & post race photos,initial ELATION
Note; Completing 6 foot is a major goal achieved which I have had in mind since 2005!!!!!!!

4/3/11 3000m in 12min 40 (19th of 19 finishers)Momentum building a little,sub 13 done! :-)
18/2/11 5000m in 23min 31 (20th of 20 finishers...4 DNF's)..results
5/2/2011 21.1km Busselton Half in 1hr 51min 41 secs for 124th of 218 finishers.
19/12/10 46km 6 inch trails race in 5hr 49min (63rd of 79 finishers)
10/12/10 5000m in 22.43 18th of 18!
5/11/10 John Gilmour 10,000m in 47min 36. (23rd of 31)
10/10/10 Melbourne Marathon 4hrs 5min...2895th of 5027 finishers...
12/9/10 Fremantle 10km in 46min 53...a big SB and my best time since 2005!
29/8/10; 42.2km in 4hrs 15min for 537th of 830 finishers...my 6th best of 12 M. finishes.
19/8/10; 5000m in 22min 06.0 secs (SB by 0.6 of a second, & Stan did a SB also that night)
22/7/10; 5000m in 22min 06.6 secs. (SB and 17secs off my track PB)
20/6/10 Perth Marathon in 4.30.
13/5/10; Masters 2000m 7.55 (first sub 8min run since 2005) & 5,000m 22.42
22/4/10; Masters 800m 2.46 & 5,000m 22.29!~(2nd best ever track 5,000m, track PB is 21.49,)
3/4/10; Australian Masters 35-39yrs; 4th in 1500m 5min 34secs. see here...
28/3/10; Bridges 10km in 48min 39secs. 388th of 1646
25/3/10; 300m in 47.6, 600m in 1.57.0 100m in 14.6
18/3/10; Masters 1500m in 6.03 & 10,000m in 49min 35
28/2/10; 4th place in 6 hour Track Race at Coker Park; 45.003km
6/2/10; Busselton 21.1km in 1hr 52min 50 secs
20/12/09;6 inch 46km 6hrs 16min
15/11/09; Peninsula 5km 22min 5225th of 73.
6/11/09; John Gilmour 10km 48min 39
11/10/09; Melbourne Marathon 4hrs 11 min 33 secs
4/10/09; Freo funrun 5km in 22min 53 secs
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2011; 5hrs 30min 6 inchPB!! 2012; 3hrs 49min PB(Melbourne Marathon)!!2014; 6hrs 47min PB! @ 6 foot!

The next big things racing wise maybe;

6 inch 46km
on 16th December @ 0430hrs, countdown (activated a few days before?) is;

Kathryn and I welcomed our daughter Jordan into the world June 2010 A.D.!
Kathryn and I welcomed our son Jacob into the world in late July 2007 A.D.!
Our challenge is to be good parents with the Creator Gods help!

... 2004 ...2005 ...2006 ...2007... >...2008...2009...2010 ...2011... 2012.

but for the most important thing in life;
there is only 2 ways to live!...Bible Gateway...

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Ecstatic to achieve my goal of completing the Bluff Knoll Half in 3hrs 55minutes 15secs on 12th February 2017 Anno Domini!!! see #notthebluffknollhalf segment and also improved my time up Bluff Knoll to 58minutes 56secs, see BluffKnoll carpark to summit segment and my second fastest descent of 52min09 was 2min 23secs off my best of 49min 46secs. See BluffKnollhalffirst attempt strava data

Amazing day. Thanks to Shaye was able to overcome lack of petrol money and my worn out (300,000km+of hard courier driving mostly) old 2006 car went the distance in stormy weather. Had to take the long way around due to the roads closed north of the Stirling Ranges.
The first 8km to the carpark took us 62minutes, and Shaye had to wait for me to catch up a coupleof times. See On the road to the BluffKnoll carpark segment

 Shaye was fantastic to run with and ensured I wasn't too slack on the road section,and not far behind on the mountain. Good chats along the way, and in the last few km she really pushed me to finish off strong with a series of finishing bursts. With a 3.15 marathon PB its no surprise she was the stronger runner on the road sections, and it was a huge blessing to have a runner of her ability there to drag me along on the road sections.  It was her first ascent of Bluff Knoll so an awesome effort on her first attempt.

On the 8km road to the Bluff Knoll carpark
Amazing cloud formation like a wave breaking as the cloud cascaded over the summit of Bluff Knoll ahead of us, the road got very steep just after this spot going up to the carpark

Cloud cascading over the summit ahead of us.

One of the waterfalls (in summer!! due to the very heavy rain of over 100mm 2 days earlier which was the second highest ever in Perth and flooded the Avon River,plus destroyed a bridge and a few roads near the mountains and almost caused us to give up on this trip) on the way up the mountain...

Inside the cloud on the summit.

No views on the summit due to an amazing cloudscape encompassing the summit,but the strong cold!!! winds of about 80km/h-100km/h on the summit combined with essentially being in the middle of a cloud made for a surreal incredible and memorable experience.
in the carpark the hard part done but still a challenging although mostly downhill 8km to get back to my car and wondering if we could go under 4 hours or not. The sign says 3-4 hours to go up and down Bluff Knoll and we have just done it in under 2 hours with heavy packs after an 8km warmup not easily replicated or beaten. 
 The final push to the end was not easy, but being mostly downhill was psychologically appealing although the uphill sections were attractive also due to the opportunity to rest the quadriceps a bit. Had a bit of hip niggle just after leaving the carpark but it settled down. At this stage with 3hours 9min on the watches we wondered if we had any chance of getting there in under 4 hrs 16min perhaps sub 4 hours. But with Shaye pushing the pace at the end and challenging me to try some finishing surges we went more than 4 minutes under the 4 hour mark in the end. We covered the last 7.9km in about 45min!!! After targeting a sub6min perK "A-target" and a sub 7min "B-target" (if I remember correctly), the fact we averaged about 5min 39 perK for the last 8km was amazing, even with the strong finish...See the final segment push to Chester Pass Rd.
Massive thanks to the Creator Triune for giving us the courage to persist with this challenging mission which involved a 2am 5 hour drive from Perth,and then another 5 hour drive home afterwards... Huge thanks to Shaye who was the perfect running buddy for this stormy mountain adventure mission! Magnificent challenging memorable day!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


14km...Photo thanks to Shona McDonald.
First 44km of 6inch 2016AD strava link......

  • 6:06:36
  • 8:16/km

  • Elevation

    The last 3.4km on my backup garmin 

  • 34:25
  • 10:05/km

  • Elevation
    Charging @ Goldmine Hill @ 0430  CR @ 2.43 per K leading the 6inch charge yet again!!!

    Disappointing last 11km in 2.03 (ran out of legs)

    Overall an excellent day racing the 6 inch ultra. Some minor issues,but tried to push them aside and get on with it. 2.43 per k pace and 3 seconds faster for first100m. Hills strength felt excellent today,was able to attack harder than normal from Whittakers onwards. I think its just the 82kg that is slowing me down...SPLITS; King of the mountain 13.35 Scarp Rd 25min? Exit Whittakers 38min DelPark Rd 2.07 Aid station 1 2.42 Halfway (just after North Spur Rd) 2.53 Conveyer Belt 3.24 Aid Station 2; 4.37 Marrinup aid station 5.50? Fantastic to see so many incredible efforts from many people. Amazing fun day!!! Thanks God!!!
     My TEN 6 inch finishes are 5.30 (2011) 5.49 (2010) 6.16 (2009) 6.25 (2005) 6.41 (2016)   6.43 (2015) 7.00 (2008) 7.04 (2006) 7.06 (2014) 7.24 (2013) In 2012 a DNF due to fall/toilet/forgotten drinks...

    Wednesday, November 02, 2016

    Personal worst 4.53 in my 9th Melbourne Marathon and 30th Marathon

    Nice 2km jog to the start. really relaxed pre-race,and got a few photos before the crowds arrived.

    Was planning to take it out in 4.30's-4.50's but after two 4.40's didn't feel up for it,and decided to try and conserve energy into the headwind in Albert Park lakeand cruise into 10k about 50-53minutes,but was struggling to get any good K splits...still madeit to 21.1km in 2hrs 01 minutes, but the fact I wasn't finding any sub 5min K's a sure sign the 3.49 PB wasn't going to be an achievable target...
    .........................................Had a lot of trouble with coughing fits, so I don't think I was fully recovered from the virus I got about a week earlier.  That eats into the body energy reserves,so lack the edge required to run a fast marathon... About 25km I hit the headwind again trying to get back to the Tan on the gradual uphill. Was inspiring to see Raf!! (spectating), Jane, and Shona on the course, and I managed to find some good splits for 29k and 30k, but then the switch from carbs to fats hit, and between that, the headwind, dwindling motivation and poor training buildup, plus not being fully well,I just lost the plot as usual from 30km until 35km in a big way. Also lost a lot of time waiting in a porta-loo queue about 28km?... Powered through the Tan hill easily, and found a bit of momentum in the last few km where it wasnice to see Ewen in the crowd at Flinders St station/Fed Square... Had another bad patch mentally/physically about 41km where I walked a bit, but got going again in the last 1200m to make sure the racewalker in the red and black horizontal stripes didn't beat me, and enjoyed turning up the power going into the MCG, and celebrating numero NINE. Official results etc Might get around to buying some race photos if the finances ever free up enough...

    Saw lots of spartan shirts out there, and I hope to return and earn my spartan shirt next time, and hopefully be in far better condition next time. Been a really tough year with moving house twice, and I have been sick a lot this year. However my adventures on singletracks in a discovery tour of perth hills has greatly progressed.  Between Ultra Australia 50km dream coming true, the 4.11 at Gold Coast Marathon, the WTF 50 miler DNF at 55km and now the Melbourne Marathon I have kept things primed, and out of the ruins I could emerge a much better runner next year. Not much point in racing though much more unless I drop 5kg-10kg of weight. Sick of carting around 81kg+...  Just the the unofficial secret bluff knoll half and 6 inch left to try and aim for this year, so maybe start "pre-season" early this summer, with the aim of trying to shift some of the excess weight this summer... Going to try and get to the gym more, and  be more disciplined with better food. The Yasso sessions with Robertos group were excellent this year and just sad I wasn't able to translate them into good PB races.  Also regret not being able to race in World Masters. Perth Trail Series could be worth a look again this summer, and I want to improve my Bloated Goat and Truth times. Another shot at WTF in the next few years is also a consideration. Going after the UTA100km looks a bit iffy (for a start I'm not entered yet),but I might consider trying to get a spot late if my weight goes under 76kg, and I can get training consistently above 10-14 hours a week... Better finances and a proper job would help too. This 20 hours a week stuff is not ideal.

    Its been a year of DNF's mostly due to a series of influenza type viruses... Been soooo sick this year...
    Six Foot DNF at 30km. Truth DNF at 25km, and WTF DNF at 55km (not due to sickness mostly just poor nutrition fueling,which is crucial in an ultra,probably not well trained for it either,only entered a few days before)....
    Truth 50km DNFed at 25km after 4 hours of noseblowing breaks every 20minutes.....................
    WTF 50miler was a fun experience especially in the first 14km, and the first 40km was ok...but my failure to load up on enough food mid race forced an end to that one...

    Hope to learn from mistakes,and build on the work done this year to have a much better 2017!!!! God willing...