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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... 2017--7hrs 3min?
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
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
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; >
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
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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 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...

Monday, March 01, 2010

45km 112 lap 6 hour race exploration in 35 degrees

Firstly I should bring to Clowns attention if he reads this, the glorious win by the almighty FREMANTLE DOCKERS! this weekend, which of course I did not see on TV, but Dockerland has provided their usual unbiased *cough cough* match report @

which saw a last gasp Ryan Murphy goal help us defeat North Melbourne at Eddies Hat stadium, and keep us alive in the NAB cup, which unfortunately the West Coast were not able to do after their 78 point thrashing by Port Adelaide. But of course as Worsfold reminded us when the Eagles were thrashed in the NAB cup in recent years (I made my west coast fanatic wife very unhappy by taking a photo of the scoreboard one year.), they dont really care about the NAB cup results...

Sunday; Ran 45km in 6 hour track race at Coker Park. 35 degrees for first 3 hours.

Due to the fact I arrived about 4 minutes before the race started, I was seriously not ready.
Ran out of time to put bodyglide on, had not taped my nipples, hadn't even organised all my drinks, and I had no lap scorers, (due partly to my Dad forgetting and then refusing to do it because he felt too tired, but I know he is busy, and frankly it was always going to be a huge mission to get a lap scorer) but Bernadette assured me they would have people who could do it, about 2 minutes before. Also made the mistake of running with hydration pack on.

Got rid of some nervous energy by running the first 2km in about 10 minutes and led for all or most of that time, as the eventual winner Mark was running at a much more sustainable pace of about 6minutes per km. I took a big break to get body glide on to stop chafing on thighs, got my nipples taped and organised my drinks and a cold pack, plus decided to not carry hydration pak. Also discussed my drinks plan with my first lap scorer Jon Pendse. So lost about 20 minutes at least here, but I figured, I wouldn't even go close to making it to 6 hours if I didn't do those things, plus it would save me a lot of pain later.

Also had a lot of toilet stops, partly due to drinking as much as I could to keep the body core temperature down as I know this is the best way to combat heat.

Ran first 3 hours in my meter reading Hard Yakka heavy long sleeve shirt and wide brimmed hat to keep out the UV radiation, and provide me with a motivational tool, since the 35 degree heat is similar to what I work in (except it gets to 42-46 sometimes)... So if I can do it at work for several hours I knew I could do it on the track too...

Ran wide into lanes 2 and 3 a lot to let the faster 3 hr runners through and to chat with other runners, this probably added a fair bit to my official distance, but very difficult to say how much.

Good battles with Hills group C-teamer Kate Somerville during the last 3 hours especially until she eventually got ahead for a 46km effort. I think the key moment, was a couple of laps where we were running together or passing each other , and I figured I must be either slightly in front or slightly behind her, but had no idea how many laps she had done. Anyway we hit the back straight and I just knew I couldnt stay with her on that lap, basically she broke me physically over the course of about 1-2km. Not sure why, maybe I needed more fluids, or maybe its just some kind of fitness advantage she has on me. I mknow she beat me by more than 1 minute in the John Gilmour 10km track last year, and she is a very experienced Hills group runner, and a sub 4 hour marathoner I think, so I knew she would be a tough one to beat where I am at now.

Anyway mentally I gave in, and since I could feel some uncomfortableness in my left shoe I decided, I cant stay with her right now much longer, If I am to get her it will have to be later on, I need to deal with this left foot. Was about 90 minutes to go I think at this stage, and with the cooler weather she was hitting better rhythm than me, after I built a significant lead on her in the heat of the first 3 hours.

So I stopped in the back straight got the grass/pebbles etc out of my shoe, (another mistake forgot to clean out my shoes after the trail long run the previous weekend) adjusted my sock, and resolved to get straight back into it. But then I felt pain in the right foot around the toes. Figured while adjusting my other shoe I must have upset the socks balance in the right shoe, so decided to stop and clean out right shoe, found some hard skin, and some other dead skin which felt like the beginning of a blister, and then Bernadette came over and convinced me to get it taped at the end of the lap. So reluctantly I agreed , and spent a few more minutes while Bernadette expertly taped my toe area. In hindsight I think Bernadette made the right call, as if I had of left it, I probably would have had terrible blisters, struggled to finish, done less distance, and have had even more hassle at work during the week. However it probably cost me about 1km. But of course the messing around at the start probably cost me about 2-5km, and a km or two running wide too much, and various other mistakes I made. Tough race, tough conditions, big learning curve for me, even with my 20 years of experience in racing which came to the fore to my advantage at times, but it is my first track ultra, so have learnt heaps from this one...

I was blessed with two outstanding runners, and extremely nice people as lap scorers.
I knew Jon from his cool running nick and figured he must be a low 3hr marathoner at least. Now I know he is a bit better than that, and is more around the 2.50 mark. as his 41.8 km in 3hrs in the final race of the night shows!!!
Fee I recognised from her unusual name and the photo on the Kep track website, as the 75km second place getter from last years Kep Track race. Any woman that can do a 75km race in 9 hours, is someone special, and so I felt really special myself, to have such wonderful people like Jon and Fee as lap scorers. I fear I may have been a bit harsh with them in my pedantic ways, with the intense mental focus that comes with most of my racing (force of habit over the last 20 years or so, racing at Nationals does that to, you so you bring your A-game to races, mentally...) and a couple of times, their ideas proved to be a better option than I initially thought.

Bernadette also helped me out a few times, in between super soakering people, taking photos, and all the other myriad of things she did thoughout the day.

Jon Pendse kept me up to date on my laps done extremely well, and Fee let me know when I asked her, plus she ran out to tell me when I hit 42.2km (5hrs 43min?), which was very nice of her.
I was mostly hitting about 3 minutes per lap with some 2 minute-2min 30 laps...
Caught up with many wonderful running legends there afterwards including Hunna, young Phil, Aaron, and others...
Memorable day for so many reasons! so glad I went...That night felt a bit sick in the stomach, and took a wrong turn driving home and ended up in Jandakot airport, so maybe the heat, lack of food was getting to me a bit by the end...Incredible day!

Some photos from Bernadette at the start of all 3 races are HERE...

Provisional Results from Nathan;
David Kennedy 118.491k
Nathan Fawkes 110.484k
Susannah Harvey-Jamieson (QLD) 103.866k
Daniel Kehoe 91.430k
Steven Hince 80.374k

Mark O'Keefe 59.784k
Robert Donkersloot 57.748k
Kate Sommerville 46.209k
Jonathon Phillips 45.003k
Brian Jackson 39.359k

Stephen Courtney 42.814k
Jon Pendse 41.988k
Jeff Gray 37.386k
Sean Cooper 34.168k
Team Adams 35.600k

It was 34-36 degrees at the Perth central weather station (probably the closest although its a tossup between Perth Airport, Bickley and Gosnells, even Jandakot too) from 1.30pm to 1830, so the 12 hr runners copped it for 5 hours in the heat, and us 6 hour runners dealt with it for the first 3 hours.

Fantastic arvo/evening...memorable...
hope I dont have nightmares after 110 .5 laps of the Coker Park track...

UPDATE; I can summon up a colour mental image of a red track with white lines on it, and runners going around it in the twilight or the afternoon heat every time I think of it, in the last 24-48 hours, but yet to have nightmares, been way too tired to dream,k and of course I have shot to pieces quads...

Massive thanks to my wife for letting me do this, to Bernadette for getting me registered in and finding me lap scorers in 2 minutes flat, plus taping my hot spots threatening to be blisters in the last 2 hours etc etc. Big thanks to my lap scorers Jon and Fee. Awesome to see so many familiar legendary faces out there... Thanks to Aaron for the 29km last weekend, without which I would not have attempted this, and to Kate for the battles for much of the 6 hours, that helped keep me motivated and racing! Pathetic prep from me, both long term and short term, but a few of my strategies worked well...Thanks to Coops for the Rev ups towards the end, and to many others for their encouragement, and of course the Creator from whom all blessings come.

some stunning performances out there from some top notch athletes. In particular Dave, Nathan and Suzannah who came all the way from Queensland for this on the 3 figure efforts in the 12 hour, and of course Stephen Courtney in the 3hr race (who won the Perth Marathon in recent years and has very major Comrades experience), and Jon Pendse who led for much of the way I think in the 3hr race... 6inch legend Mark Okeefe on winning with an excellent 59km with Knoddie close behind in 57km, it was that running wide that cost you? ;-), and Kate for going all the way despite the heat in the 6 hour as the only female finisher other than Suzannah. Mick Francis and Bernadette did an awesome job of keeping things running smoothly...

other training this week;
Saturday swam 300m freestyle in 10min 09 secs at local pool.

A non-training week really, but my 45km in the 6 hour race, has saved the day, and probably turned what could have been a backwards week into a forward momentum week...!


Blogger Clown said...

Well done buddy, awesome effort. Not sure how you guys do lap after lap but half your luck.

Good win by the Dockers, terrible effort by WCE. I see Jarrad Oakley Nichools nickname is JON, so maybe its time for you to follow your heart and change teams :).

All the best with the recovery.


Mon Mar 01, 08:13:00 pm AWST  
Blogger Ewen said...

45k! That's a great over-distance training run. Sounds like fun (NOT!) - I almost go crazy after 25 laps of the track. Onward and upward!

Tue Mar 02, 06:48:00 am AWST  
Blogger Sling Runner said...

Well done, mate.

45k = 112.5 laps....don't you get sore butt from running round & round the track?

Tue Mar 02, 05:39:00 pm AWST  
Blogger trailblazer777 said...

Thanks friends!

well spotted Sling, it certainly is 112 laps, I think my brain got a little fried out there...and no my butt is not sore at all, just my quads, my blistering toes, and maybe my ego a little at getting beaten by Kate, but she is a very nice person, like most people there, and a tough runner, so well done to her, but I will be keen to beat her next time, if that opportunity comes, but overall very happy, and an unforgettable experience! one of those special days, despite all the mistakes I made, there were times out there (first 2km, about from the 4hr mark to the 4hrs 30 min mark, from 44.4km to 44.8km doing a lap with Dave K, and other times when I felt just like my glory days, in the zone, in the groove, and racing full tilt, although also a lot of rubbish racing too...
so a memorable day, with a steep learning curve, lots to do better if I do it again, special memories if I never did it again.

Tue Mar 02, 09:19:00 pm AWST  

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