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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, June 17, 2012

9th Perth Marathon a 4hr 06min effort

Firstly thanks everyone for all the encouragement today. Its fantastic. Also awesome to catch up with heaps of wonderful people...Its a special day. Heaps of drink stations and some good spectator support, plus the music again in applecross. Big fail though today...I was hoping to run at around 4.40 pace, and at very least hold 5.00 pace all the way... Couldn't do it today.  Perth Marathon 2012 full results
Perth Marathon 2012 on youtube    has me in it at 13/14 seconds and 46 seconds.
Thanks to Dennis Tan again for another brilliant photo. This one is about 40km into it, just going through the motions a bit by now getting to the finishing line.

1km 4.03
2km 8.58 (4.55)
6km 28.30 (4.53's)
7km 33.19 (4.49)
8km 38.38 (5.19)
9km 43.40 (5.02)
10km 48.39 (4.59)

13km 1.05.
14km 1.10.46
16km 1.22.
17km 1.27
18km 1.32
19km 1.38
20km 1.43
(5.15-5.30's 13km onwards)
21.1km 1.49.47
22km 1.54.57

25km 2.14.16 (6.26's)
28km 2.30.48 (5.26's)
29km 2.36.37 (5.49)
30km 2.42.29 (5.52)
33km 3.00.30 (6.00's)
40km 3.52.
42.2km 4.06.52

Thanks to Dash Photography for this photo at the start a few seconds after we started as I hi the front, and then gapped the entire field by at least 20-50metres in the next 500m or so...Was fun...

Well I had some fun today with my 9th Perth adventure. As Deek once said if you want to experience life run a marathon...or something like that. As has often been the case I got too close to the front of the crowd at the start line, and in my quest to get out of the crowd, as the adrenaline fired up with the excitement of racing with such a bunch of legends again (and in the knowledge that you never know when the body might breakdown on you), I realised when Clown spoke to me that I probably wouldn't be able to resist the urge to get off to a brisk start again. So I made sure I hit the lead early and put the foot on the accelerator and didn't let up for a minute or two. Noone went with me this year so it was a serene moment out the front early on, and the gap must have been at least 20metres maybe more... Dropped down a few gears to cruise into 1k in 4.03, but the next K was 4.55, and from there on it was a bit heavy weatherish today. Just didn't have the spark I have had in some other races.

Tried to settle into a good pace, and unfortunately my hopes of holding some 4.30's early on today was not really happening, and 4.45-4.50's was feeling like the right pace....Drank a litre of juice last night which was probably yet another bad move in my many many "how not to prepare for or run in a marathon" saga... I think this is why I had to visit the toilets on the course a few times becasue I was very overhydrated....So that cost me a few minutes in time and probably made me less attacking made rhythm hard to find. Got to 6km in 28.30 (right on 4.45 pace), and 7km in 33.19 which were both ok times, but nothing incredible.

This photo from Dash Photography about 6km into it Causeway Bridge holding onto about 4.45's per K (maybe a bit quicker in this photo as I think I plodded a bit from Windan (2kmish) to end of Claisebrook Cove (3.5kmish)
) at this stage...

A little disappointed with my 10k split of 48.39 as I had hoped to be a couple of minutes quicker. Narrows to Raffles is my favourite stretch, and went ok down this got to 16k in about 82min which was still ok although my race plan was to be there a fair bit quicker than that...

Had my gels bottle with me this year which just like in 2004 and 2005 worked like a dream...
Really happy with my drinks and gels setup this year the best Ive had in a marathon race for awhile I think and today was my 16th road marathon finished. (4 Melbournes, 2 C2S's, and 1 Rottnest)...

Half marathon was 1.49, which again although not what I had aimed for, was still keeping me on 5.15 pace so I figured I still had a small chance of holding onto a 3.50-4.00 marathon if I could keep the rest of it in the 5.30-6min or quicker K pace zone. I knew due to poor training and the fact I am a big positive splitter in all my marathons so far that would be a big ask...Already felt disappointed that 3.30-3.40 or better was going to be out of reach, but I guess thats all I deserve with poor training...Tried to ignore the concrete and try and keep the momentum ticking over. Was able to do that for a fair way, and get through a few bad patches without losing too many minutes. Got to 25k in 2.14, and while I was about 7-10minutes off the pace I held at Melbourne last year, was still in the PB ballpark just. Had some 4.50-5.30 K's but then struggled getting to the Strand, and lost rhythm due to getting small debris out of shoes...Was able to keep finding a little bit of intensity (although I think I ran the Bunbury Half much stronger at times than today) and made it to 30km near Raffles in 2hrs 42min 29secs. I knew I was still a fair bit off the pace,as Melbourne last year I got to 30km in 2hrs 30, in 2004? I got there in 2hrs 28min?, and pre-race I was hoping to try and get to 30km in 2hrs 20...I knew it was going to be hard to hold onto 6min per K or better throughout the last 12.2km at this stage of the race. Was able to do it for 3km and when I got to 33km in 3hrs00min 30 secs and I only had about 3km to go to get to Narrows, the boost from the gel at Raffles had helped, and I was starting to think maybe something about the 3.54 mark and a small PB might be just possible. Then I started to seize up/cramp up...The next 1km was a shuffle, then about 34km-35km my hip got sore, and running of any kind had suddenly become very painful...my experience told me I just had to find a way to get through the soreness, and get going again...and I struggled on but I could see the PB slipping away as my K times slipped out to 7-9minutes, and for awhile I had so little intensity available. GTTP's sub 4hour juggernaut came past just before the Narrows bridge...I really wanted to try and go with him but had nothing to dip into...Got drinks, and after some soul searching walk/shuffle stuff finally started to get going again after about 37km, although the temptation to just go back to a walk was strong, and I did that a fewtimes...I knew the PB was out of reach and that even a sub 4 hour run was going to be probably just a few minutes too hard. A few people I know caught me in the next few K's and with a few chats, started to find some momentum again. From 35km onwards my motivation had dipped bigtime and I was still struggling to see any reason to finish hard at 39km.
Thanks to Dennis Tan again for this photo I'm struggling to get going again here at about 37km just after the Narrows Bridge drinks stop. Bloke in blue top is not in the race, I don't think he has a race number but good on him for getting out for a run along the river.

Just tried to keep the last few K"s around the 6-7minute mark, and found a little motivation to enjoy a bit quicker pace through the finishing chute...Disappointed that I wasn't good enough today to try and go with the 3.30-3.50 people, that the PB escaped yet again, and it would have been nice to have been under 4 hours...but at least its 5minutes quicker than my 4.12 in last years Perth Marathon, is my 4th fastest Perth Marathon in 9 finishes and in 16 marathons finished is my 6th fastest (Melbourne 2011-4.02 Melbourne 2010-4.05)so wile the PB and sub 4 action eluded me again! its one of my better ones... Hopefully I can build on this despite it being a bit anticlimatic today, somethimes I think maybe my body needs to retire from marathoning, but usually there is always reasons to stick with it a bit longer...Hoping to be back for number 10 in a row next year so I can join that special list. Some fantastic PB's (Nate) course PB's( BK), and so on. I saw Roberto leading Gerry when they were heading back around the Strand area...Fantastic to see Seris come over from the East and share her 93rd marathon with us here in the west today too...

Holding up 9 fingers to symbolise the 9 consecutive years I have finished the Perth Marathon. Thanks to God for that!

Well done all! Thanks for being out there making this day so wonderful, everyone who raced, spectated, marshalled etc. I think I saw the bloke who has done all 34 Perth Marathons out there today again...(he has a cool saying on the back of his shirt it says "good over short distances...dubious over long ones").....Be interesting to see if the record for largest number of Perth Marathon finishers was broken today...         


Blogger Ewen said...

Although it wasn't what you wanted, still a solid time and fun race by the sound of it. Like how you broke out to an early lead! Get on TV? I know a lady who ran - Keren 4:01 - she would have picked you up in the last 5k.

Anyway, have a good recovery. Me thinks you need a concerted training effort to celebrate your 10th by running a PB!

Mon Jun 18, 05:44:00 pm AWST  

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