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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)
June/July;
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
May; Ultra TRAIL AUSTRALIA;
2016 50km 9 hours 50min
April;TWO DECADES of Bridges racing; 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 2016 52min 20
March;6 Foot Track 45km;
2011; 6.53 2013; 6.54 2014; 6.47
2015; 6.14!!! 2016 DNF


Most races since October 2009; >
16/07/2017 Jolly Jumbuck 21km 2hr 54min (94th of 129)
02/07/2017 King of the Mountain 16km 1hr 41min
20/05/2017 Ultra-Trail AUSTRALIA 100km DNF (at 58km and 10hours 38min)
26/03/2017 Bloated Goat 30km 5hr 18min
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 30km 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
... ...
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...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

23km DNF Disaster due to ankle ruins 'bourne 2008

Ran and walked 23km in about 2hrs 23min.
Splits;
5km 23.50
10km 48.58
20km 1.46
21.1km 1.56.15.

more splits;
1k-4.57 (severely twist ankle)
3k-13.40 (4.21's on average)
4k-18.48? (5.08)
5k 23.50 (5.08)

7k 33.40 (4.55's)
8k 38.48? (5.08)
9k 43.41 (4.53)
10k 48.58 (5.16)

severe ankle pain flare up
walking, 30sec toilet break
12k 63.45 (7.23's)

15k 79.40? (5.58's)
16k 1.25.19? (5.39)
18k 1.37.20 (5.59's)
19k 1.41.41? (4.21)
20k 1.46.52 (5.11)

ankle pain back again...
21.1k 1.56.15 (9min 23secs for 1.1km)
23.5km about 2.23 (about 10-12min per km walking slower and slower)

Rolled/sprained an ankle (assuming no broken bones or torn ligaments at this stage, but may have to get a scan to confirm that) very severely in the first few 100m crossing a median strip hot on the tail of the 3.15 pacers...

I stepped from bitumen up over high curb at pace in a crowd and left foot (my ddodgy leg with the bad knee and the one giving me thigh problems recently) planted onto loose gravelly type pebbles/sand and slid/skidded, and I felt severe pain as I rolled the ankle laterally (left) and medially (right), in my attempts to stay upright and keep running fast.

I have twisted an ankle many times before, and been able to run out the pain so that was my immediate thought, although my other immediate thought was that was "severe pain" I need to stop now!!! and walk this out, and at the same time I heard someone behind me yell "you ok Trailblazer?", I knew that if I stopped I would lose the 3.15 guys straightaway and my race plan of getting a fast clear run early and seeing if I could hold onto the 3.15 or 3.30 groups, would be out the window for the day in the space of about 1-2 minutes... Given what I have been through to get there and how important this race was to me this year (certainly after missing the PB at Perth by 8 seconds), I figured I would ignore the severe pain and try and run it out so I gritted my teeth didn't answer the yell from behind, and resolved to stay with the 3.15 pacers like Steve as per plan A...This worked ok for a few km and the pain gradually subsided, and I started to feel like maybe I had gotten away with it. However I soon decided the pace was not going to be sustainable, and let the 3.15 people go...
I saw two PCRG (pat carroll running group?) guys go past around this time...
Splitted 5km in 23.50 and was feeling good...Eventually the first of the 3.30 pacers in Luis came past, tried to stay with him and did for a bit but again it felt just a touch too fast. The thigh was not causing any problems and the ankle seemed to have settled. Looking good, when the other 3.30 pacer came up going at about 4.50 per km pace, which seemed about right so I latched onto the back of his group and figured thats where I want to try and stay for as long as possible, and hopefully run ahead of in the last 10km. That seemed to be working ok, enjoying the race, and we started to see the beach looming up ahead. I was feeling good, and starting to think yes this is my day and a 3.24-3.54 is possible...Struggled a little between 9km and 10km, digesting my first powerbar Gel, but still managed to split 10km in 48min 58, which although a little slower than I had hoped, was still well and truly in the PB target zone! at about 4min 54 per km pace... Then suddenly with little warning at all I had a stab of pain in the ankle again about 11km mark...it was so severe I immediately switched to a walk, and started to reassess things...walked for a few hundred meteres took a quick 30 second toilet break, and then decided that if I wanted the PB today I needed to get going now before the 4hr pacers caught me.

So started off jogging and then gradually increased the pace. My ankle was still a little sore, but seemed to have settled a bit. Soon I saw a pace flag catching me, and I thought oh here is that darn 4hr group and decided to try and run off them, but they soon caught me and I realised it was the 3.45 group. So I'm thinking ok stay with these guys and the 3.55 PB is still a chance, lost them at a drinks station, but tried to keep bloke in a superman suit in sight, figured I should be able to get ahead of him eventually...Then I saw Digger Bruce around about there with his 3.45 flag, and I knew this was it, if I lost contact with him, I could probably kiss the PB goodbye for today. Saw lots of cool runners throughout.

Saw two cool runners ahead and worked up to them ahead of the superman dude, and saw "Maryclaire" (edit; looks like she did 3.44) written on the back of one those two singlets. They were hitting a good pace and I figured that was one I probably should try and go with...
Did a 1km split of about 4.21, then backed off a bit as I figured this was a bit fast, and wanted to settle back to around 4.50-5.10 area...Splitted 20km in 1.46, and I figured around 3.49-3.54 was still there for the taking, if I could maintain this allo the way to the finish...a bit of a big ask but very possible I thought...
Then about 20.5km severe pain hit my ankle again, this time I was reduced to walking again, and I strolled through the halfway mark of 21.1km in 1hr 56min 15 after a 1k split of about 9-11minutes!!!, so should have hit the halfway mark in about 1.49-1.53, still on at least 3.38-3.46 pace and even allowing for a slower second half on track to give the 3.55 a serious shake...However due to the fact that I was in too much pain to run, I figured I had about 1-2km to get going again before it was all over for the day...about 10-11minutes later as i finally reached the 22km mark, I knew the PB chance was gone, and then I started having mad notions of walking to the finish, even if it took me 6 hours or whatever...however by about 22.5km every step even walking very slow, was painful, and I knew I needed to find medical assistance ASAP...a few cool runners gave me encouragement about this time which was very nice of them, but inside I was numb/crying big time, as I knew my PB dreams for this year were shattered. Saw "slowdave" and I think the legendary Shirley go past...(later saw her and a bloke running with her at the medical room)...

Finally about 23.5km and 10.25am I see a medical team, and stop there, and Megan and Caitlin the medical people there put cold bandages on the "duck egg" bruise on the lateral side of my left ankle, to try and reduce the swelling a bit, and bandage it tightly to provide some compression which also stops the swelling a bit. I think my shoe must have stopped it from swelling for a long time...I wait a few minutes for the sag wagon to pick me and a few other injured runners up and we get in the van as they battle heavy traffic, and try all sorts of detours to try and get back to the MCG...
One of the guys in our sag wagon is throwing up powerade at about 5 minute intervals and is clearly the most urgent case in our van. We see a lady unconscious on the side of St Kilda Rd being attended to by paramedics, and I see the guy in the superman suit running along St Kilda Rd and I feel a bit jealous that I am not out there too. Then start to wonder how my wife and 1 year old have gone in the 5.5km walk...

The dude in our van throwing up starts throwing up blood, and as soon as we finally get to the MCG he is straight onto the stretcher while the rest of us are left to try and find the medical room in the bowels of the MCG...I decide to go and hand over my chip, and get my clothes bag so hobble around until I get that, then hobble around heaps more until I eventually find the medical room. They are all on stretchers in there except for a fe wof us sitting on chairs...eventually I get sick of waiting to be seen, and I already have 3 messages on my phone from my wife asking where I am, so I aggressively hobble in and demand to know where the icepacks are, and get one of those off the medical staff, and finally start icing my ankle at about 1230pm...2 hours after I was picked up by sag wagon! I wait another 20 minutes or so, and a few staff ask me how I am, but they always get called away for people on stretchers, so I figure I cant leave my wife at our apartment stuck with 1 year old and luggage any longer as we have to check out...so I hobble out of there with my icepack and bag, had a nice chat with coolrunner RunningM, and then see a big Maori bloke called Nate (looks like he could play for the AllBlacks) with a Perth City to Surf shirt on, get talking to him a bit, and then he says do I want a lift to my apartment, so I gladly accept this Godsend, and head back to meet my tired wife and son, and we order a taxi to take us to out next hotel, where I hobble some more and spend the evening icing the ankle with frozen peas...All plans of visiting the Transport out of the question...

Before the race I had a quick chat with Hills group legend Jane who surprisingly turned up for Melbourne marathon, and she gives me the name of a good sports massage bloke in Perth, who might be the answer to my thigh problems..., also saw Tigerboy again out there, and located the 3.15 pace group.

Monday night back in Perth the ankle is starting to finally feel slightly better, hopefully its just severe bruising and will clear up in time for me to go back to work on Friday, if not I might have to get an X-ray or MRI, or another bone scan...

Feel a bit like Tourniquet lyrics;"I was already down, and you kicked me... but I'll get up, just watch me get up" (broken chromosomes I think was the song from Psycho Surgery album), but then again I have been here before, and if its just bruising I could be running again in a few days time...although the huge financial investment will seem like a bit of a waste, there is always positives if one looks for them;
1- at least both Kathryn, Jacob AND I all got to experience 'Bourne Marathon 2008...
2-I had a red-hot go (didn't "die wondering", "put it all out there on the line") and if it were not for the ankle, I may have nailed it in 2008, but it was not my day. Hope to get another go at it.
3-I did a leisurely lap of The TAN...
4-I learned to be careful crossing median strips at high speed in a crowd in the future.
5-I got to see the race from another perspective i.e. the medical van/room, and sag wagon perspective, and some of the incredible difficult work there that volunteers do.
6- I was able to view surreal memorable magical!!! mcg setting that I would have run into before the race, just as they were firing up the hot air balloon. That memory alone will stick in my mind forever, and whets my appetite to hopefully come back again for another go aother year, God willing.
7- some of the people I was able to catch up with/meet briefly, and in some cases meeet for the first time; eg tigerboy,RunningM,Jane E., Nate, the dozens of coolrunners I saw out there...
8- just the fact that I was able to get valuable racing experience/course familiarisation (on tope of last years 4.10) in the first 20km on this course, and execute my raceplan pretty much as planned for the first 20km, and get more than halfway there to what looked like a 3.41-4.01...
9-the melbourne marathon shirts Kathryn and I bought...
10-useful knowledge gained about a much better accomodation option, and getting around melbourne better...which could be very handy if I go back again.
11-a reminder that God rules (as well as cares), and I can't take anything for granted.
12-very special times, for Kathryn,Jacob and I together! on an excellent! mental change/break/holiday from the usual mundane boringness at home.

UPDATE; 14th October Tuesday night;
-more than 48 hours later, and ankle is still swelled up and still pretty sore on both Lateral AND Medial sides (more so on lateral side as youd expect).
-However in the last 24 hours the swelling has gone significantly and I am now walking almost normally instead of shuffle,shuffle put all weight on right leg. Its still very tender if I put it in the wrong position or bump it, but it has improved significantly today.
-My main priority right now is my ability to do my meter reading again by Thursday or Friday, everything else is a lower priority to that at the moment.

6 Comments:

Blogger Epi said...

Commiserations TB,

Hope the ankle settles quickly!

Good luck in the recovery, expect to see you picking up the training for Six Inch soon.

Tue. Oct. 14, 07:40:00 am AWST  
Blogger Tesso said...

Man, I don't believe it :( Any DNF is tough, but that is just tragic. So sorry to hear.

I was wondering how you went. I was cheering at the 41k mark and thought maybe I missed you.

Hope that ankle doesn't give you too much grief.

Take care.


PS I'm guessing the 2 PCRG guys you saw are my good buddies Mat & Scott. They both came in at 3:39 but if not for the terrible condtions certainly would have been closer to 3:20.

Tue. Oct. 14, 05:40:00 pm AWST  
Blogger trailblazer777 said...

Thanks Epi and Tesso.

I was thinking when the PCRG guys went by, "I bet Tesso knows them"
, upset it just wasn't viable to catch up with people at the finish, or at Transport as planned...was certainly my plan to do that.

Sometimes you have tragic moments, but you just have to learn from them and push on, reminds me of when I was doing little aths and I broke through for my first state medal (a silver) in the 1500m walk as an u/13 in 1987, then the following year I got disqualified in both state championship races, both times in a medal position, then came back to blitz the 1989 u/15 and take the gold by a big margin over a guy who is now an AFL field umpire, and do my first nationals race in Brisbane. I'm hoping 2009 might be like that.
Ive got a sniff now that I should be able to go much better, and that sub 4's are well and truly still in my grasp. Just have to work through the major financial upheavals in the next few months, try and sort the ankle and thigh, and maybe have a bit of a run in 6 inch in December...we shall see...

Tue. Oct. 14, 06:08:00 pm AWST  
Blogger Celeste said...

Sorry to hear about the race. :( I can't even begin to imagine how devestated you must be. But you seem to be handling the disappointment very well.

Wed. Oct. 15, 09:17:00 am AWST  
Blogger Clown said...

Really sorry to hear about you not being able to finish, I hope the ankle is ok and recovers really quickly. All the best

Cheers

Wed. Oct. 15, 12:44:00 pm AWST  
Blogger Ewen said...

I'm sorry it turned pear-shaped Jonathon. Looks like you were at least capable of a PB, if not something in the 3:30-45 range. At least you can plan with confidence for the next one.

Yes, it's so hard to catch up with people after. We were at the Transport, but only for 45 minutes or so.

Wed. Oct. 15, 06:18:00 pm AWST  

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