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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! 100km DONE 2018!!!), 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 2018; 4.15 2019; 4.25
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... 2017--7hrs 3min?... 2018-7hrs
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... 2019; 4hr 41min 59secs
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..45secs into it)
Perth City to Surf Marathon finisher 2009,2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019.
GOLD COAST; 2012 HALF; 1.44 2013 HALF; 1.47 2014 HALF 1.49
2015 4.11 ..., 2016 4.11..., 2019 4.25
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 2018 4hrs 15min
2016 50km 9 hours 50min 956th
2017 100km DNF CP4 57km
2018 100km 24hrs 33min 15 913th
2019 100km DNF CP3 46km
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

As of August 2019; 34 road marathons finished (Perth x12, Melbourne x9,Perth City to Surf x7 Gold Coast x3 Rottnest x3)
Have also finished 20+ ultra races; 6 inch 47km ultra finished 12 times, six foot 45km ultra 4 times, Ultra Trail Australia ultras 2 times, Truth 50km ultra once within cutoff (and once outside cutoff), Lark Hill 50km ultra, 6hour track race.
Also completed the Bloated Goat 31km (1500m Vertical gain) 2 times which is similiar effort to a 46km ultra.
DNFs in UTA100km, WTF50miler, WAMC40miler race, Truth 50km, Six foot and 6 inch.
The first 3 DNFs were after covering more than 42km, and with Truth one was a 25km DNF and the first one I finished the full 50km but was 19minutes outside cutoff battling an ankle injury for 36km.
In road marathons 2 DNFs one at 23km in the 2008 Melbourne Marathon due to severe ankle injury in the first 1km, and PC2S @ 30km.

Most races since October 2009; >
01/09/2019 Rotto Biddi 3hrs.09.44
25/08/2019 City 2 Surf Marathon 4hrs 48min
17/08/2019 TW Parkrun 5km 24.29 (5th)
3/08/2019 Truth 50km DNF (at 25km in 4hrs 26min)
28/07/2019 RunMelbourne Halfmarathon 2hr 03min
21/07/2019 Champion Lakes R2R Halfmarathon 1hr 55min (32nd)
7/07/2019 Gold Coast Marathon 4hrs 25min
16/06/2019 Rottnest Marathon 4hrs 42min
18/05/2019 Ultra Trail Australia 100km DNF at 46km (CP3) 8hrs 58min
17/03/2019 Fat Lamb 20km 3hr 29min 49th of 70
02/03/2019 Lark Hill 25km 3hr 54 (Night race forgot headlamp)
24/02/2019 Swissmurdie 2hr 35
09/02/2019 Busselton Half marathon 2.13 (Late start actually 2.05)
20/01/2019 Chi Gong 1hr 58 134th of 158 finishers
16/12/2018 6 inch 47km 7hrs (12th finish)
21/10/2018 Rottnest Half 2hr 03 min
16/09/2018 Fremantle Half 1hr 58min
04/07/2018 Truth 25km 3hrs 11min 55 (PTS)
24/06/2018 Eagle 22km 2hrxx(59min officially, but 43min on my watch as started late)
17/06/2018 Perth Marathon 4hrs 15min
19/05/2018 Ultra-Trail Australia 100km 24hrs 33min 15secs 913th of 964 finishers
218 withdrawals
03/03/2018 Lark Hill 50km
17/12/2017 6 inch 48km 7hrs
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
... ...
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 K into the world May 2015 A.D.!

Kathryn and I welcomed our daughter J into the world June 2010 A.D.!
Kathryn and I welcomed our son J 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...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

7hrs 58secs as ankle denies PB in my second fastest 6 inch 45km

Sunday 21st December 2008 A.D.;
Ran my third 6 inch 45km in 7hrs 00min 58secs.

Official complete results are HERE

My Timechecks along the way;
--Scarp Rd cnr Whittakers Rd; 26min.
--Whittakers drinks spot 36min (38min in 06)
--17km Del Park Rd; 2hrs 6 min. (2hr 20 in 06, 2hr 17 in 05)
--22km Scarp Rd drinks spot; 2hrs 38min. (5km split 32min) (2hr 57 in 06)

--30km?? Oakley dam turnoff cnr Scarp Rd; 3 hrs 28min? (8km? split 50min)
--35km drinks spot Scarp Rd; 4 hrs 49min. (5km split? 1hr 21min!!!) (5hrs 00 in 06)
--"40km" Marrinup (before long drop toilet visit);6hrs 02min, 6hr 10min after toilet stop. ( 5.25? in 05)

Shows I was 11min ahead of what I did for the first 17km in 2005 when I finished with 6hr 25, and 19min ahead of what I did for first 22km in 2006, and still 11min ahead of 2006 time at 35km (even after all the walking from 30km-35km). Actually did the last 5km 8minutes faster than I did in 2005 , when I walked a lot at the end that year. So I reckon if ankle hadn't blown up a sub 6 hr would have been possible...

My second fastest time on this course, looked to be well on track to beat my 6hrs 25min PB from 2005, in the first 4 hours with my pack-free strategy working perfectly in in perfect weather conditions. Unfortunately my ankle got tired and the ache which started about 3 hours in become so persistent it had become pure and utter torture to try and run from about 4 hours onwards. However I was keen to avoid another DNF (like Melbourne Marathon), and walking was pain-free this time, so I walked for a bit, and then ignored the pain and tried to stumble along in some sort of run, with my right leg doing most of the work. This was very energy-sapping but with the encouragement from my Dad, and the absolutely wonderful support people like Trent!, Julie and Kate, I persisted with a tough run-walk pattern for about 3 hours.

Took two carboshotz gels a bit close together (40min), and I think this resulted in diahorrea coming on at Marrinup. Spent 8 minutes there making use of the "palatial?" (well it was for a trails run!) "long-drop" toilet facilities, which cost me a sub 7 hr effort in the end, although I probably could have pushed harder in the maze of paths in the last 5km...

My first 30km was right on track, pretty much what I wanted. Ran to the front at the start with my led torch in the 0540am darkness, and enjoyed "10 seconds of fame" leading the race (and let Dave K know about it...HAHAHAHA)...Then settled back. Worked hard up goldmine hill initially in 5th spot , but Bernadette eventually pulled away and past me, although not straight away. Towards the top of the hill Coops caught me, and soon went off. had my first of many no 1's toilet stops here. Also stopped to get gravel out of my shoes I reckon about 20 times which also cost me at least 30 minutes for the day in total. I am pretty sick of what feels like excuses, but anyhow those are the facts. After making sure a few runners behind me went the right way near Whittakers, I ran strongly through here, and hit a really strong rhythm for a long while.

About 90minutes in I was feeling a bit spaced out mentally (maybe due to finishing work at midnight, then driving to Dwellingup for 45min sleep in car from 0345-0415), and the hard running was starting to feel well hard to keep going. About this time John Nuttall caught up for a bit, and then he dropped back. About 20 minutes later,John, and later Lyndie, Rob, Roy and one other? caught me at about 110minutes. One of the WAGS?? (Wives and girlfriends)walking up the trail from Del Park Rd told me I was 8th just before John, Rob, Roy and Lyndie caught me, and then suddenly I was 12th. My plans of getting to Del Park road 17km in under 2 hours had only just failed, as I ran out of steam in the legs around this time a bit.

Dad came out to take the first of many photos (looking forward to seeing and posting them online soon!), as I hit 17km Del Park in 2hrs 6min (which I knew was a bit quicker than the 2hrs 17min in 2005). Grabbed my second gatorade for the day from Dad here, which I really needed, and probably if I had carried a second one with me, may have helped me get under 2 hrs? or not?

I think if I do it again I would do the following things different,
1.forget about the hydration pak altogether.
2. take 1 gatorade and one water bottle with gel for first 22km.
3.Take 1 gatorade and one water with gel at 22km, and maybe
4.take another gatorade, and water bottle (with optional gel) at 35km.

Felt good as I ran alongside Scarp Rd, keen to try and make it to 22km drinks stop somewhere between 2hrs 34min and 2hrs 45min. Had to stop to get gravel out of my shoe and Kristin Doust almost caught me up. Soon after Dave C and irishman Jason went past at a good rate (they had some navigational moments apperently early on)...
Got a good pace going again on the nice wide open downhill of Scarp Rd, to get to 22km in 2hrs 38min and feeling ready to smash the PB! Felt on top of the world!!! at this stage...

Beautiful scenery, running well, Dad there to see it, and nice cool weather (no rain either), plus a huge field of 20 amazing legendary runners from various parts of the world, including some good mates, what more can one ask for. Perfect place to be after a long tough week at work (46 hrs in a callcentre this week, including a 1600-midnight shift the night before an 0530 start race, which I tried to swap but couldnt find any takers)...Enjoying my 2008 6 inch experience a lot at this point.

So I saddled up with 4kg of fluids in my hydration pak, ready to attack some more and the plastic clip promptly broke on me! Duh! Probably cos I am getting too fat, needed to loosen the strap... Back up to 80kg again now after getting down to 74kg around July this year. while trying to get more gravel out of shoe and fix hydration pak, Kristin doust catches up. Had a bit of a chat. Then see Lyndie joins us after a pitstop, and the convey of support cars comes past us all. Pushing up Scarp Rd, pine plantation of left, still feeling good, and hydration pak seems to be staying in place. Going well again. Crossed another bitumen rd soon after this (north Spur Rd?), worked hard up hill after this with Lyndie. Kristin dropped back again here.

Could hear the Alcoa conveyer belt humming along nearby, as Lyndie and I ran-walked our way up the long straight hill section with the various trees. Could see and hear Mark,Suzy, and old Duffer catching us up this hill. The first of some awesome scenic views down to plains in nthe south section of the course here! Down the steep hill of the gravel Scarp Rd with old Duffer, me, Lyndie, Mark and Suzy taking turns to drive this tight group of the five of us down and then up some significant hilly action. Soon we see the Oakley Dam turn-off and as my watch hit 3hrs 28min I still felt elated, and ready to go hard. Ankle had been aching a bit in the last 20-30min but nothing major.

Worked hard down towards Oakley Dam, until we got to the hilly bit (now known as python country after the 2007 incident with Nathan and Mark)..
I really struggled up this hill and ended up walking all of it, legs just really tired, didn't have much energy to push with, and ended up having to let the other 4 runners go ahead. Was disappointed, but figured I would try to get going again when the trail flattened out. Kristin Doust caught and passed me soon after, and then my ankle started to ache big-time, and every time I tried to run it just wouldnt function properly...

So here I am, 4hrs in hoping to get to 35km in about 4hrs 20-40min, with an ankle that is refusing to do what it has been doing for the last 4 hrs!!! Frustration!!! Then Christian and Ursula, the Swiss couple catch up, chat a bit, ask me if I am ok etc... I try to run for a bit, and succed with a big limp on the left ankle. Takes a lot of enrgy to do, and the terrain is pretty dangerous also, so I settle back into more walking, knowing my chances of a PB are starting to slip away right now!!! DUH!!! Due to the ankle reaching muscle fatigue exhaustion maybe? not sure...
The aching is persistent every time I try to run, and a lot more severe now. Feeling pretty negative, and start wondering if I should DNF at 35km. My thinking is something like this;
"feels like a fatique induced thing rather than an incident induced pain like in Melbourne, so figure i can probably walk-run to finish if I persist, but knowing its going to be utter torture all the way for about 12km...very tempted at this point to DNF, andf start to think maybe I have done enough for today..."

Soon after I get to Scarp rd gravel track again and try some shuffle/stumble/limp running. Then I am surprised to see my Dad again at the bottom of the hill. Stop to chat with him, telling him maybe I should give it away for today, but he encourages me gently to consider carrying on. Between that and wanting to get my 6 inch finishers memento, and to finish a long race after Melbourne!, and stuff, I decide to try and keep going all the way... Have my second Carbo-shotz gel (bad idea! as it results in a long drop visit at Marrinup about 90min later..), and grab two gatorades to carry with me (good idea), plus jettison my hydration pak into dad's car (good idea), as we figure the extra weight to carry is making the ankle work too hard, and the weather means that the extra water is not needed...Put my mundabiddi map in a plastic bag and tie around my wrist.

So I settle into some more struggle run, and walk breaks, with a Sheryl Crow tune "Every day is a winding road" playing in my head... (have it on my facebook profile...)...before long Trent shows up on a mountainbike, talks all the way to the 35km spot, which was encouraging...Watch says 4 hrs 49min about 9 minutes slower than my target time upper limit, but I figure about 6hrs 30-7hrs might be possible if I can struggle run-walk for another 10km or so through that diabolical steep down hill after Grey rd, climb out of the deep valley and settle into the flat stuff through Marrinup all the way to Dwellingup. I tell myself its not that far and the torture will be over in about 2 hrs, and it seems silly to give in after almost 5 hours of slog, and a terrible work changeover. So I push on, and focus on finding the munda-biddi triangles + flour arrows, and not worrying about far I have to go. Drink a Gatorade at the bottom of the hill, which leaves me with one left.

Walk most of the hill out of the valley. At the top more awesome views of the velley and plain below the Darling Scarp to the south and west. Then the relatively flat "railway track" section shows up, which I like, and I try to strugglerun as much as possible, and finally the big gravel track with the massive power lines above it shows up. More stops to get gravel out of shoes. Get to Marrinup in 6hrs 2min, but with a sudden strong urge to do no 2's. Good timing in a way,as the last of 3 spots on the course with long-drop toilets is here. Spend 8 minutes here. Then walk/run again. Bangles song Walk like an Egyptian pops into my head about this point, as i try to struggle-run as much as possible figuring that its only about 5-7km to go, on nice flat gravel/dirt tracks and I should be done hopefully under 7 hrs. Eventually my Dad walks out to me with about 4k to go? He trys to keep up with me, and this spurs me to push a bit harder although I probably go a bit too long on some of the walk breaks. Eventually pull away, and make my way through the maze of trails here, every corner thinking I will see Dwellingup in the distance, but more forrest keeps appearing. Finally i see a flour arrow, and then some bitumen after hearing cars, and know I am finally at Dwellingup. I know the time is going to be pathetic, but feel a sense of satisfaction and excitement that finally I am there. Struggle run to the finish, get a bit of a cheer from some of the runners still there, and come min under 7 hrs 1min. Feels good to finish, and get that little wooden momento!
Ankle achy, but hopefully will be alright after some RICEing...

So there it is a successful 6 inch finish for me this year, my 3rd finish. I was 20th of 20 starters.
Craig Dufty,Dave kennedy and Craig Berg the top 3 all under 4 hours with Craig D. and Dave K. both going into new race record territory; 3hrs 36 and 3hrs 39!

Bernadette smashes womens record by more than an hour with her 4hr 41 min also, so easily the fastest 6 inch run ever, and double the numbers!

Massive struggle to stay awake on drive home, ended up sleeping at my parents place for 2 hrs as I was going to have an accident otherwise. (45min sleep and a 7hr run, plus hours of driving not a good combination!)...

Fairly happy with my 2008 6 inch experience...More photos soon @

and in a separate post coming soon.

Official results will be in R4YL and UltraMag, but here they are;
Six Inch Track Trail Race – 21/12/08 (WA)

1. Craig Dufty – 3:36.24*
2. David Kennedy – 3:39.28
3. Craig Berg – 3:57.46
4. Nathan Fawkes – 4:00.34
5. Bernadette Benson (1st F) – 4:41.48*
6. Sean Cooper – 4:43.57
7. Steve McGrath – 5:06.22
8. Rob Donkersloot – 5:09.50
8. Roy Hart – 5:09.50
10. John Nuttall – 5:20.30
11. Suzy Thomas (2nd F) – 5:32.10
12. Mark Bullard – 5:32.40
13. Phil Dufty – 5:41.35
14. Dave Croghan – 5:56.21
14. Jason O’Hanlan – 5:56.21
16. Lyndie Beil (3rd F) – 6:08.27
17. Ursula Marti (4th F) – 6:10.28
17. Christian Marti – 6:10.28
19. Kristin Doust (5th F) – 6:10.59
20. Jonathon Phillips – 7:00.58
* Indicates New Course Record

I'm doing a page on geocities which is HERE which will have links to all the 6 inch related info from this year and some photos eventually...


Blogger Ewen said...

Good on you for finishing Jonathon. The last few hours would have been tough! Promising that the ankle lasted well for 3 hours though.

Impressive that you paced it with Bernadette in the early going! Maybe one year you'll run sub-5? Looks like the times line up fairly well with what's run at 6'.

Mon Dec 22, 07:24:00 pm AWDT  
Blogger Sling Runner said...

Good effort TB, despite the ankle problem.

An 'ultra' length race report too ;)

Mon Dec 22, 08:36:00 pm AWDT  
Blogger Nate said...

Well done TB, 3rd finish and sounds like you ran well until 4hrs. I agree about you're hydration pak theory (not wearing one), the more support we have the less fluids we need to carry. I only drank 450mls of water in the entire race! Cool conditions coupled with the intensity made it more like a marathon for me and only drank about as much as in a road marathon. Next year I'll consider taking a hand held and swapping at a drink stop.

Rest up and have a gr8 Christmas and New Year


Wed Dec 24, 10:19:00 am AWDT  

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