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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
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)
Perth City to Surf Marathon finisher 2009,2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
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 2018 4hrs 15min
May; Ultra TRAIL AUSTRALIA;
2016 50km 9 hours 50min
2017 100km DNF CP4 57km
2018 100km 24hrs 33min 15
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 June 2018; 31 road marathons finished (Perth x12, Melbourne x9,Perth City to Surf x6 Gold Coast x2 Rottnest x2
Have also finished 19 trail ultra races; 6 inch 47km ultra finished 11 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 once.
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; >
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
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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...

Saturday, January 03, 2009

3hr 48min to kick off long runs for 2009

Sunday 4th January 2009 A.D. 1800;
Ran WAMC 5km race in 24min 15 at Burswood. Heart rate 189 at end. 4min 51 per km. Very hot conditions, BOM says about 30-31 degrees celsius.
Official results are HERE...

Felt a bit stiff from yesterdays long run but warmed up a bit, and got a great start, got to top of turn at Windan Bridge in 7min 06, feeling fairly good, where BB promptly passed me, and then she built up a 50m-250m lead, which stayed pretty much the same to the finish. No 1k markers at all which was very annoying. No problems whatsoever with ankle in this run, although its still not 100%. Could feel the heat through my shoes. Felt like a blister on left foot, but I didn't want to stop in a 5k race, so tryed to ignore that annoying pain. After the race I discovered a grass seed had somehow got into my sock, maybe from yesterdays long run, as I wore the same socks. Yuck I know, but they are my favourite thorlo socks and didnt get around to washing them.

Got back to top of Windan bridge again (burswood side) in 17min 08, so a reasonably solid finish to do the last bit (which is slightly shorter than on the way out but within a 100m or so I estimate of the other) in 7min 06 again.

Overall a great faster run, just what I needed to finish off a solid week where I ran about 45km, and cycled about 32km. So a reasonable start to training in the first week of 2009!

The time (24min 14 by my stopwatch) is pretty pathetic one, but its under 5 min per km, and even though its slower than the 23.26 I did last year in 28 degree heat that time, I am confident that if I can get the ankle totally right, and train more consistently and harder this year, and take the lifestyle to another level after the improvements in 2008, the PB's will hopefully start to flow in 2009... The heat slowed me down a bit, and I was a little leg weary from yesterdays long run, plus the grass seed probably didnt help, but I think my lack of recent trackwork is the main reason for the slow time tonight, so there is one way to sort that out, hit the track! So thats what I will try and do in the next few weeks...

So the PB's in my sights this year are; 1500m--4min 52 (1990), 3000m--11min 11 (97), 5km--19.32 (98), 10km--41.01 (98), 21.1km--1.41, (2005) Marathon 3.55.02. (2004) 6 inch 45km 6.25 (2005) ...Plus a 40 miler finish, and various other goals.
I think with the marathon anything less than 3.29-3.39 will be a disappointment for me and really I'd dlike to get closer to a 3.20 this year if possible, and with the half I really want to finally get under 1.40 for starters, and start to move towards a sub 1.30. Whether I improve on a solid year in 2008; (5000m;22.35, 10km 47.45, Half 1.45, Marathon 3.55, 6 inch 7.00) or lose the plot remains to be seen, a lot of variables but I think I am as determined as last year to try and get the creaky wheels of progress turning as I hit my 35th birthday this year.

Saturday 3rd January 2009 AD 0600 ish;

Ran (and walked a very large % of) ***about 30km*** in 3hrs 48min 26 secs. HR 132 at end.
*** I think its 29km plus the detour at Hovea Falls, and Brooking Rd makes it like running about 33km or more (big guess on my part) if I had stayed on the heritage trail all the way...

Christened the new shoes I bought yesterday at Jim Kidds with Christmas vouchers from sister in law Shannon, and my wife Kathryn.

At Darlington with Hills group. Followed some blokes I dont know (one was called Brett) down Pine Terrace and onto the gravel trails at a good pace, and before I knew it Terry,Phil and Stormy were a fair way back so I backed off a bit and ran on my own between two groups of about 6 each, the front group was just in sight, and Terry, Phil and Stormy were catching me more and more. All the way to Midland, turned in 27min 33, and headed up to the Great Eastern Hwy underpass and on to Innamincka Rd where we picked up the Railway heritage trail again in 34min 15, and Terry, Phil and Stormy caught me. Working pretty strongly to stay with them but still conversational pace at 6min per km, covered the 1km from near Innamincka Rd to Amherst Rd in right on 6min to get there in 40min. Then got a gravel stone in my shoe but decided to battle on up to Pechey Rd inspired by Stormys tales about carrying bear spray on the trails in Canada, when he went over there to run the Stormy 50 miler...

Got to Pechey Rd carpark in 49min 50 which is as quick as I have done on this course. I've done this route a few times before with Hills group (although I took the shorter 27.5km "Ian Boddy bypass" option on both 16/8/08 and 26/1/08), about 49min on 16/8/08 and 52min on 26/1/08, were my splits at Pechey Rd the last times I did this Brooking Rd course. Decided to scull one of my Gatorades then after getting large gravel stone out of my shoe. Recognised Bernadette and Rob D's cars at the carpark. Felt very spent and we had only done about 10km! Decided to bring in a walk break and let the others go. Just to spice things up I ran a slightly different trail to the main trail for a bit, but same distance really.

Then started to feel very low on energy from here on (not surprising given I finished work last night at 0100 slept 2 hours before coming on this run, and Ive had Gastro the last 2 weeks, so have not eaten very much at all in the last 2 weeks...), (and probably the 60-70% humidity contributed too see BOM) so decided to just enjoy the incredible scenic views and peacefulness of the trail, and bring in some walk breaks (ultra style). Especially since I did not want to run too hard with my plans of racing the WAMC 5km tomorrow night maybe. Problem was once I started doing that, it became very hard to get running again...Starting thinking maybe this was a dum idea coming out here today, and maybe I should go back the way I came or try shortening the route by going up Park Rd. About this time I see a Kangaroo on side of trail about 5 metres ahead, and then its Joey..Was awesome seeing Mother and baby kangaroo hopping across the trail about 5 m in front of me. Anyway ignored the negative thoughts and pushed on.

Found a Tap at the big bridge, filled my empty gatorade bottle, and tipped that over my head. Any thoughts of running at good pace pretty much gone now just thinking about surviving, getting time on feet gains, and consolidating on my 7 hrs from 2 weeks ago. Also about enjoying the beautiful creation of the forest which is so evident here, nice to be away from work, and hassles...

The section before Hovea Falls has a lot of large blue-metal type stones left over from the railway line in the past, and isn't as nice to run on, so fell into trap of walking too much again, decided to detour onto Eagle View Trail for a bit, and explore whether I could get to Hovea Falls bridge via that. Didnt like the look of Hovea falls trail track (looked too narrow and snakeyish) that appeared soon up there, so stayed on Eagle View climbing that hill some more. Surface very nice compacted white sand gravelish...Found a high point on some large rocky hillside, and spotted where I needed to go. A little further up found a small trail that led on to the rocky hillside and eventually down to the Hovea Falls bridge, so was able to confirm my theory that Eagle View Trail is a good detour route near Hovea Falls, but it probably added about 1km to my total distance...maybe...guessing a lot here might have to check map...

Then tried to get running going well again. No ankle issues at all. First long run I have done since 12th October 2008 without ankle being strapped. saw some jet airliners flying overhead to airport at various times. Saw a seat on side of trail, and sat on it cos it looked so inviting. Felt like lying down on it and going to sleep then and there, but resisted that temptation. Pushed on and it took ages for Falls Rd and Brooking Rd (which I was dreading now! heaps) to show up. Got to Brooking Rd in 2hrs 16min. Took me 33 minutes to slowly walk/jog up this neverending hill. Finally got to the top and stopwatch says 2hr 49minutes. Knocked off what was left of my second Gatorade here that I had been sipping, and promising myself I would finish all the way along Brooking Rd. Felt good to finally be done with Brooking Rd.

Turned left onto Strettle Rd and headed up to Mahogany Creek spot on the Railway Heritage Trail (off Jacoby Rd, near Thomas and Phillips rds)...Got the running going well again on the downhill of Strettle Rd. Was looking forward to finally being on the nice surface of the downward trail to Darlington. Saw sign that says its only 6.1km to Darlington. Huge motivation to try and get running properly again. Started to hit some 6min 50-8min 30 per km stuff, which is slow, but managed to pretty much eradicate walking from the last 6km. a lot of mountain bikers on the trail today. Saw the big black galah birds ("rainbirds")at one point. Ankle got a little sore with about 5km to go, but seemed to settle down again pretty quickly, so although I am still aware of it, the ankle mostly behaved itself throughout today which is very good news.

Finally got to Darlington doing the last 6km in 48minutes (which included a water stop for a few minutes at Glen Forrest), so probably averaging about 7min 50 per Km or something...The feeling of low energy seemed to disappear in the last 7-10km, although I am struggling to stay awake while typing this blog. Afterwards spent a bit of time hanging out with the blokes I ran with in the first 10km, talking about extremely important topics like "how much of a show pony Dean Karnazes is?", (reminds me of Beau Tylers Memphis Meltdown ads..big nuts, big nuts 2!!! big hokey etc...), Badwater, Western States, the Kep 100/75, dave and nathans 100k from Mundaring to Jarrahdale...see video here, Glasshouse 100mile race,and so on...Lucozade tasted like heaven on earth!... and Don and Christine dropped by to say hello which was nice.

Overall a messy walk/jog fest of a run between Pechey Rd and Brooking road "summit", but the first 10km was excellent, and the last 6-8km was half decent. But the main aim of maintaining endurnace from 6 inch 2 weeks ago is achieved, and hopefully is a promise of a good years running developing for me in 2009!

1 Comments:

Blogger Sling Runner said...

Some good runs and mileage there during the holiday period (I'm so jealous :p ). Should bode well for 2009.

Sat. Jan. 03, 11:18:00 pm AWDT  

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