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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
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; >
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!



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Saturday, June 02, 2018

Triumphant UTA100km finisher 24hrs33



UTA100 4000m+Vert 24hrs33min15 (Recharged watch at CP4 and twice while running)

My first 100km finish. First time racing above 60km, and over 10 hours. Was able to attack Furbers 951 steps at the end quite well, but got a bit slack towards the end and missed my PR by 14 seconds... https://www.strava.com/segments/4267134 (99m averaging 18% but steeper than kokoda for some of it...some parts its dead flat running under cliff overhangs)(16.43 plays 16.29) However the 16.29 was done pretty fresh in 2016 the day after my Six Foot DNF at 30km, so I am confident I am strong enough to PR it when fresher...
In some ways felt I could have gone much faster, but with the resources I had, and the extreme obstacles both terrainwise and vertical ascentwise, vertical descentwise, and more than 10,000 steps going up or down (probably took over 100,000 steps during the race (the 8hrs on Sunday showed up as 47000+ on the step counter)), time spent at CP4 recharging watch for 50minutes, fueling at Cp3, CP4, Cp5..., some photos and videos, lots of adjustments and stops to get gear along the way, I lost a few hours in time...
That said I had an outstanding crew in 6-time Ironman Triathlon finisher Lee and his wife Bec. They have both run a few half marathons as well, and Bec has done UTA22. Lee is a firefighter and high level cyclist, so their experience with fueling, and charging watches was crucial to my success. Without their help I don't think I would have dealt with the challenges of fueling, watch charging and my doubts over whether I could go the distance, plus the nocturnal factor, and not having a definite racing buddy to pair up with in my wave 7.
There was a few people from Perth I could have tried to team up with...Problem with racing in pairs though is that one of you ends up sacrificing hours of racing time to help the other person along ( I would have been the slower one in most cases, and I start faster than most people for the first few hours so I'm a difficult person to pair with)... Also another a friend loaned me a powerbank and I had my powerpod as well but those two options were slow charging ones. The powerbank was light though so I used that while I was running, plus the cord for my powerpod is almost broken...My headlamp broke the week before the race so i had to get a new one at gear check which i managed to get done in Perth 1 day before I flew out. Blessed in so many ways to be a successful finisher in this race under the 28hr cutoff... I am sure that I could go a few hours quicker with better gear, especially a watch that costs $500 or more...
I don't think my conditioning is as good as last year but my legs have a few years of mountains ascents thanks to UTA CP4 DNF last year, UTA50 in 2016, Mt Toolbrunup in August last year, lots of Mt Trio and a DOUBLE bLUFF kNOLL with a 3rd bluff knoll the next day in April 2017, Six Foot 45 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 11x6inch, Bluff kNOLL HALF last year, and averaging around 7000-8000m vert for 4 months this year and last year (including the 10000m months in April, and one 4000m+ week in April...) Bloated Goat race x2, and Lark Hill 50km, plus the 9hr session in the Gorge a few weeks ago all had may well prepared for this significant extreme challenge, and when I hit the 1.58 on just popping out to the weir a few weeks back I knew I could start strong as well...
They brought back the Ironpot mountain challenge obstacle this year with the better weather, and that was an extreme trail runners delight... did a video at the top, but the real extreme stuff was on the descent and ascent, very much like the toughest trails in the gorge...so training on those and the goat course certainly came in handy for Ironpot... Also the grip of the Saucony Peregrines very helpful on descent of that and in getting through landslides and also the 800m descent into Jamieson valley at 3am...
Nellies Glen 400m ascent seemed much easier this year, so maybe that is a result of the 18x extended Kokoda type sessions or the Gorge 9hr session where I clocked up almost 2000m vert... My race goals going in were sub 20 hrs (turned out to be very unrealistic with my knees and low end gear, inexperience with 10hr+ races...), get to CP4 in under 10hrs (officially 9hrs 53min so I achieved that), and try and catch wave 6 in the first 5km (impossible because they changed the wave start times from 10min apart to 18min apart due to putting 50km waves in between 100km waves this year), but I did catch the 50km wave, and eventually caught the wave 6 (100km) people later... (after CP1 I think)...but then it was mostly stragglers, so that didn't last long, so I couldn't ride wave 6 towards wave 5...(who started even further apart as well...)...Threw in a few 5min K splits with the heavy pack early on which was hard work but got me in good position and I came past Juliette in Landslides (wave 6?) ...she must have passed me after CP4? cos she finished about an hour ahead of me...
Got through Tarros Ladders quick this year... Darryl caught me just as we came into CP2 at Dunphys camp, but I exited quickly...I used my own supplies and the only aid station stuff I used was a hammer gel from CP2, a few gels and bars at CP4, and hot drink at CP5... I used my drop bags at CP3, CP4 and CP5, and carried about 5litres of drinks in my pack... I'm used to that, and fussy with aid stations (Had reusable cup which I wasted $10 on at expo (forgot to grab my Perth Trail Series one in the rush to pack Wednesday night), but didn't use it) so that worked better for me... Also had shirt and shorts I planned to race in hidden under my first aid stuff in my pack throughout the race which if I had found that would have given me more space in the pack, so a few errors due to being rushed, but nothing major that impacted my race much there...
I think overall it was of those races where all the major things went well, really blessed in that way as this is an expedition type race, where a lot of the mandatory and non-mandatory items are crucially important to success...
Ironpot mountain Darryl got past me (see video), and Kathleen and Jack were running ahead or behind me there as well, plus Mark and Cheryl came past... All these people I have trained or raced with in Perth...so nice to see familiar faces have a bit of a chat... Then at CP3 I saw a Wild Goose hat, and then realised it was Bri (back for her 2nd 100km, and she PBed in 22hrs?)...
At CP4 I put my thermal pants on (so cold! without them once nocturnal zone came...) and put my fleece jumper on pinned number to that, ended up running with one glove as I like the grip of a hand without a glove... After CP5 I scrunched my jumper so I could warm up my hand (without a glove ) inside the jumper... Had my slazenger $15 watch over the top of the jumper, and put the garmin 235 ($244 on afterpay from Rebel sale) over the glove which allowed me to connect the charging strap to the powerbank and tuck the powerbank into my fleece jumper sleeve while I was running...Ok but going down giant stairway was a bit concerned I might drop the powerbank (400m drop at night alongside the 3 sisters)... Coming into Giant Stairway I saw a massive possum in the tree above... At about 63km some bloke behind me asked me why all these runners were going in the opposite direction and we couldn't work it out until Wayne showed up and told us he had done 95km... heaps of surreal experiences including sound of massive waterfalls while going up and down about 8000 steps up and down the sandstone cliffs at night... asked one woman if she was from Japan and she says "Chin...Beijing"... the Chinese? blokes power napping with Ayups still turned on while on steep clifflike trails at 4am... surreal as... At the finishline bloke asked me about Jacobs Ladder on the racwe microphone in front of the crowd (small one by 8.28am!!! hahaha) so obviously he has been to Perth...? Jonathan, Kathleen, Jack and my crew at the finish, towel, medal, post race gear check for jacket and snake bandage... Euphoria plus... battled microsleeps like in my courier driving days for the last 5 hrs especially used a few pepsis but avoided excessive caffeine... Thanks God!!!!!!!!!!! YEEEEEEHAH!!!!
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