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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
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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...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

5.49 a 26min PB in my 5th 6inch despite illness

5 people!!! went under existing course records. Bernadettes 4.15 outstanding! Gerry won in 3.25. Nathan Doig took out inaugural King of the Mountain, AND finished in 4.06. 79 finishers. a lot of highlights. I did a 26min PB with a 5hour 49min effort.

Hit 17k at Del Park Rd in 1.53 which is 28min quicker than last years 17k split and 13 minutes quicker than my previous fastest first 17k at 6 inch (in 2008 when my ankle blew up in the last 15km.)...Worked hard through Whittakers, and then had another couple of surges with Scrooge Steve about 12k to 15k, before backing off a bit after reaching my target split of a sub 2 hour effort in the first 17km. Awesome encouragement from people like Aaron (he was everywhere!), Rob, and Claire, lots more officials/helpers out there on course this year...

After Del Park Rd, I walked a bit on the climb up to Scarp Rd, and then tried to settle into ma solid, but not as attacking rhythm as in the first 17km, right on cue, Catherine Ross (who went on to do 4.54) caught me about here, and we chatted for awhile, told her she was 3rd woman, and she told me about her experiences doing the Maroondah Dam run, if I remember correctly. Tried to stay with her for awhile, but was finding the pace a bit too hard, so decided to let her get on with it, and get back to some solitude, which in some ways is better, although a bit of both is good.
About 23kmish I asked some helpers how far to aid station, and they said about 7km, although in my tired state I may have misheard them.

Got to 24km (first aid station) in 2.21, then struggled with legs going very heavy/lactical after all the hard attacking surging I did in the first 17k, plus taking on hydration pack with 3.5 litres of drinks in it...Got to Oakley Dam in 3.12 (compared to 3.37 and 3.28 the last 2 years), and at this stage although I could feel I was struggling, had made it through two big hills, and still felt 5.30-6.00 was possible.

Did not handle Oakley dam hills very well as per usual, but managed to hang in there while getting passed by a lot of people with a toilet stop, a lot! of walking up steep hills/difficult terrain with my 3kg pack, and some occasional jogs when i could find the energy to slowly edge through a tortourous 5km in 62minutes, to reach second aid station in 4hr 14minutes still well ahead of the 4.32 and 4.49 of the last 2 years. I knew the last 11km didnt have a lot of uphill, and with some encouraging and wise words from one of the helpers (Claire) in my mind, and a Hammer Gel (from the smorgasboard of about 6 different flavours and scores available...) ensuring I was getting some stronger concentrated Carbs into my system, I gave myself a a good chance of a PB and a very small outside chance of going sub 6 hours.
Steep downhill was very hard to get through but got some good rhythm going on the flat sections, and although Sarah passed me on a hill, I knew I was still going well. When I got to Marrinup just a handful of minutes over the 5 hour mark with about 5km to go I knew that all I had to do was keep about 8-9 min K's ticking over with some solid jogging, and a sub 6 was mine. As I started to get closer and made it to 45km in 5.42 I revised my target to 5.50, and managed to just sneak under the 5.50 by 3 seconds.

Battled a runny nose the whole way (Have had that for 3 days), and my training while good enough could have been a lot better especially on short stuff, but the 8km tempo runs in recent weeks and the 5k race helped me to attack in the first 17km...
A 5 hour long run in hindsight would have been helpful, although I think my long runs were some the best 4 week blocs of long runs I have put together.

A sub 6 hour 6 inch is a 6 foot qualifer, so very pleasing to get that.
Heaps!!!!!!!!!!! of highlights see link at top of this post.
Photos coming soon. There is lots of facebook already....

Ran 8km in 43min 20secs. HR 159 at end. @ 5min 25 per Km average pace.
4km splits 21.54 / 21.26 (a negative split so sort of a cross between a tempo and an easy run).
1km splits; 5.22/5.50’s x 2 / 4.52/ 4.47/5.35’s x 2 /5.28.
Felt pretty unwell in the last 24 hours (runny nose/sneezing), and RHR very nhigh today at 48, after 40-43 earlier in the week, so this run was an attempt to try and sweat out some of the yucky stuff, and/or just get me feeling better in general. As such started out jogging very slowly, and then trying to build into some rhythm on the easy downhill in the first 1km. Pretty slow at 5.22 compared to the 4.28 and 4.33 first 1k splits on my first 2 attempts at this hilly street circuit last month. Started to feel better about 3k into it, which coincided nicely with the flat section, and resulted in a 4.52 and a 4.47 (but not really at the same level as the 4.10-4.46 stuff I did the last 2 times)…Not feeling well, and no desire to attack hard today for various reasons, so coasted through the rest of it at about 5.30 per KM, and the lack of attack on the last uphill Km shows with the very low finishing heart rate of 159. felt better for a few hours after that, before feeling sick again in the afternoon. Need to shake this out of my system with Gods help if I am to race 6 inch well, in fact today, I have doubts about even starting the race, but at this stage I am still going to go for it, and the fact I can run under 5.30 per K at such low intensity oin a hilly course is a good sign…
So what do I take out of this. A good solid easy run, that should help me get to the start line in good condition if I am not too sick…we shall see…If nothing else a good conditioning maintenance run…

Thats 54km for this week, (including the 46km trails race so equivalent to about a 60km-65km week of road running?) or a better measure; 393 minutes of running.

When I can shake this sickness (God willing) I have something to build my 6 foot prep off, and start my track racing this summer in earnest I hope. Extremely happy with the big 6 inch PB in trying circumstances, Car insurance hassles still ongoing almost 2 months later, demanding but much better new job. Kathryn my wife did a good job of looking after the kids while I was running 6 inch. So a lot of positives to work with...


Blogger Epi said...

Awesome effort TB.

A big part of me wished I was out there - but I erred on the side of caution protecting my knee.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family

Are you thinking about coming to the Mona camp again next year?

Sun Dec 19, 09:21:00 pm AWST  
Blogger Sling Runner said...

26mins PB is an awesome effort !!

Congrats on the big PB. This result must be the highlight of 2010 for you. What a fantastic way to end the year :)


Mon Dec 20, 10:55:00 am AWST  
Blogger Ewen said...

Fantastic Jonathon! Great way to finish the year - a big PB and qualifying for 6'. Looks like the times are similar to those run at 6', so maybe in March you can get in amongst the mid-field with a 5:30 or so? Anyway, well done again and enjoy the recovery.

Mon Dec 20, 06:31:00 pm AWST  
Blogger trailblazer777 said...

Thanks for the wonderful comments all!
Epi we missed you out there, and you are halfway (3 finishes from) to a red spike.
Low impact of gravel I think is better for knees than hilly roads and concrete, however some tough terrain and steep hills, so protecting the knee this year probably a wise move. merry Christmas and Happy New year to you and your family! Keen to catch up again sometime, maybe at the Mona camp or at the track. I'm not as keen as I was for Mona camp earlier this year,as its a case of "been there done that", plus having a lot of hassle getting car insurance payout at the moment. One of the worst things about the silly season is the struggle to pay the bills especially when you change jobs. However a few days at Nanga with the master marathoner would still be awesome again, so depending on what happens would be keen to get there again, although its a lot of time away from my young family, but its a special opportunity for sure...so not sure just now...

Wed Dec 22, 04:59:00 am AWST  
Blogger trailblazer777 said...

Sling and Ewen; thanks !~yes that has to be maybe the racing highlight of the year for me, although there have been a few others this year, but I think thats my biggest and maybe only racing PB for the year by a long way...
Sling I was talking to a guy on the weekend who is doing 12 hour race in singapore...
Ewen; Im yet to get my bearings as to what a 5.30 is like at 6 foot, but Tracker J did 5.20's yesterday and has a similiar 6 foot time, so yeah maybe mid 5's I should target, as long as I get there under 7 I wont be disappointed, but good to try for better than that...need to get straight back into training for 6 foot, and most of all make up for my limited number of hills sessons and track sessions if I want a low to mid 5 at 6 foot...lots for me to learn though...
awesome way to finish the year at 6 inch, really ecstatic about this one, although will hopefully go much quicker next year...

Wed Dec 22, 05:08:00 am AWST  

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