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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; >
06/08/2017 Truth 50km 8hrs 22min 59
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
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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...

Monday, June 20, 2011

8th Perth Marathon 4.12.54

Ran my 8th consecutive Perth marathon on 19th June in 4 hours 12 minutes 54 seconds. (5.59 per Km) Half splits 1.54.54/2.18.00



Its been a continuation of very difficult times for me of late, although I still feel that in some ways this years setup is a lot better than last years. my job as a driver for 50+ hours a week combined with the demands of our two toddlers, and increased living costs this year means I have little training time and money is a massive struggle each week. At the end of may my shoes, wallet, and hydration pak were stolen when i left my car unlocked.

I unretired an old pair of shoes that I last used in September 2010, but they have holes in them and so collect small stones easily, and are pretty worn out. One running friend gave me a pair of minimalistic trail shoes, which are good on grass and trails, but not enough cushioning for road running as I quickly found out, although maybe if I changed my running style I could use them on road, but with the injuries Ive been carrying for 10 years maybe not. Another running friend gave me some second hand Nike Lunar range shoes that are in very good condition, and although I have had some blister issues, they are very fast shoes and probably the best shoes I've ever had, so a dream come true to get them. I have trained once with his running group, and am trying to get more organised so I can fit in training with his group, and hopefully spark a training and racing resurgence, as I am way off where I was in october 2010, and Ive lost ground since 6 foot a bit too. Also plan to try and train with trail running group and obviously keep doing my own sessions. So going into the Perth Marathon I had low expectations, and concerns about my ability to last the distance. I also have no Pc with internet at home (unpaid bills shut that down after 6 foot), so internet access very limited. cant blog via my phone or use strands.com Have to go to library or friends. I can use facebook and check email on my phone.


I figured the 42km on trails in early April with Darlington group, the Bunbury Half marathon (big thanks to Dave for making that possible) in 1.51, a 16k run with the running group (a week before the marathon) I am now trying to make the 30min drive to, and a 48min 09 10k race at Lake monger the next day (june 12th) in the very fast!!! pair of Nike Lunaracers I have now been given, should be enough to get me to 25-30k ok. Then it would be down to guts and experience in the last 10-15km. I was confident of finishing and hopeful of getting there in about 4.30-5hours. RHR was 39 the day before my 8th Perth marathon (and 14th marathon), so that gave me a lot of confidence.





Had some fun at the start trying to run the first 500m in 90 secs, and pretty much did that putting a gap on Todd Ingraham who won in 2.28 (first time Perth has been won in under 2.30 for a few years, well done him, although he is one of the legends of WA running, second only to Ray Boyd in my opinion, and has won in Perth heaps of times), Chris O'Neill and Roberto Busi. Reckon I got to 500m in roughly about 83 seconds, so about 2.46 per Km pace (1.55 Marathon pace). Photo above is at about 550m to 600m just as I was starting to ease off into a recovery jog for about 500m at about 5.40 per km pace. Then reality kicked in and start fun over, I cruised through 1km in 4.14, and set about trying to settle into a more sustainable pace...I guess I dream of being able to start like that and hold onto my lead, not surrender it, but if that is physically possible for me it requires a massive shift in training,racing and lifestyle from me. I am keen to do that, but my family responsibilities are more important, so have to deal with them first. Racing is not in my top 2 priorities at the end of the day. That said I am still hoping to bridge the gap to the sub 3 hour crowd maybe by 2012. Although not hugely confident, that is what I want to aim for. Don't know if it will happen though, but it is on my radar, as it has been for at least a year or so now.

Settled down and tried to run about 5-5.30 per K, which I did getting to 10km in about 51minutes. Was consistently hitting 5-5.15's getting to 14km in 73min. Tried hard to stay around this pace, and be conservative with my reasoning being that a 1.53-1.57 Half would be about right and then see what happened rather than bust my gut for something in the 1.45-1.50 zone. Was running with Liz and Chris from about 5k to 15k at least. Took on a gel at 22k, and everything going well.





From about 19k to 29k there is a lot of concrete and I always have trouble with rhythm in a large part of this section. This problem repeated, but I still felt very fresh. Blister on foot developed at about 25k. I stopped at 27k to try and readjust my sock to fix this. Wasted a few minutes on this, but it seemed to eliminate the pain. Saw the famous Digger about this time and got passed by Loubou. Caught up with Digger and had a bit of a chat, before carrying on with my attempts to work my way through the field again. Couldnt get much rhythm, and fatigue starting to kick in. Mainly focused on finishing. Crowd support at Raffles awesome. Dennis (massive thanks for these awesome photos too.), and a bloke playing cranberries song zombie really loud at his house here lifted my spirits as did encouragement from people like Ali from NSRG.
Struggled a bit here as shown in photo below...





Got my coffee Gu and that tasted awesome and gave me a boost. Then got determined to attack again on one of my favourite parts from 31km to 36km Raffles to Narrows bridge. Strong crosswinds and some rain, but I was holding onto about 5.45-6.15 per K, and passing a few people including the guy in a superman costume. Hurting but feeling pretty good, but couldnt get much faster than 6min per K. Lost rhythm again around mends st but got my pepsi at 39k coode st, and kicked home a bit. Did a Leighton Hewitt C'mon and got to 40k in 4.00.24. Was aiming to be home in under 4.20, as a sub 4 chance had evaporated by now, but as I got close to finish I could see sub 4.13 was very possible. At the finish some young bloke tried to sprint past, so i through my pepsi bottle on the ground put the afterburners on and hammered the last 25m in about 3 seconds, to pip him. I dont like getting sprinted off at the end by anyone.

My Dad came to watch and encourage as he has for all 8 of my Perth Marathons. He just enjoys seeing most sports especially races... Really good that he could make it. While I was out there I kept thinking about one of my almost 4 year olds favourite sayings at the moment; "you can't hide fun"...:-)...I think its time he went in one of the kids races, after all he walked the 5km onto the MCG in 2009 as a 2 year old, and Ive seen him running at the park he is going to be fast...I think Kathryn and I's little girl will be quick too...


Overall a very pleasing run, my 4th best Perth marathon time and my 7th best marathon time, so in both cases just on the right side of the ledger, i.e one of my better ones, and all things considered a massive confidence boost mentally. So now to recover and try and build the momentum maybe another melbourne if I can get the money together, as my dreams of doing Gold Coast dont look likely this year due to 1. no good training 2. no money and 3. 2 weeks after the Perth a big ask anyway...
maybe just maybe onwards and upwards from here...just got to build the momentum trainingwise and improve lifestyle a bit for example get my weight under 70-75kg would be nice instead of the 78-81kg stuff at the moment...


Awesome to catch up with heaps of people, and very cool to hear about couple that got married at 38km mark of the marathon. commiserations to Slingrunner who had his injury flareup again. All the best to him, it must be frustrating ...hope he gets that sorted out or manages it better or whatever...but there is more to life than running, but life is heaps better if doing that or cycling or hiking or surfing or something, but most of all its with the creator triune God thats what life is all about. Running well is part of living to the max for the creator for me though at this point in my life...