Trails… in the dark…. Yvonne and Jason took on the challenge of Wild Horse at Night last weekend and for anyone considering it, heres a bit of an insight.
Saturday 18th June at 6pm a whole bunch of crazy people lined up to run the Wild Horse @ night events put on by Run Qld. There were three race distances run, 10k, 16k and 25k. I believe only two Striders ran, Jason Manktelow in the 10k event & myself in the 25k.
The conditions were much tougher than I’d anticipated. The terrain was continually changing. There were long sections of soft sand, patches of slippery mud, lots of large deep puddles, sections of very uneven rocky track and generally lots of rough uneven surface. 100% concentration on where you placed your feet was essential. Remember this is also in the dark, no moon, no light other than the lamp on your head which seemed blindingly bright in my living room!
The 25k event started first, followed 10 min later by the 16k runners & another 10 mins later the 10k runners. I started near the front group and managed to stay near the lead for the whole race. Although for most of the race it seemed I was out in the dark in the forest by myself. No sign of anyone in front or behind me. The only clue I’m going the right way the reflectors hanging from tree branches every 200m or so. It’s not a race for the faint-hearted or those scared of the dark…like me. It was a huge incentive for me to push hard & get back to the finish as quickly as possible. Needless to say I was very happy when I started to catch up with the last of the 16k runners in the last few kilometers of the race and then approach the finish.
Jason ran an incredible race finishing in 43:19 and placing 2nd overall & 1st in his category.
I was very happy with my 12th place overall and 5th female in 2:14:39.
On Sunday 10 April, I ran in the 19k event as part of the Mt Meet Classic. I have moved out to Daybook late last year so thought I had better run my ‘local’ race. It was a tough race, with a lot more walking that I had anticipated. The first 10k was enjoyable, even though it was up and down. But the final 9k felt like a continuous climb to the finish, with the sun blaring down on us.
One of my running buddies ran the 44k – her first marathon, first ultra-marathon and first trail race all in one. It was great to see her out on the course and then cheer her across the finish line.
Now time to consult the race calendar and work out whats next…….
After looking at the possibility for a few years Striders is making the jump to join up with Queensland Athletics. This brings a range of benefits for club members: Read more…
The problem with how many runners approach long distance training is illustrated in the article title question: “how fast”? The answer will surprise many a Striders runner. Read more…
In response to requests for an alternative plan to our Gold Coast Marathon Training Plan an intermediate plan has been developed. The key changes are: Read more…
The 2016 GCM Training Plan is ready for download. The plan builds up to the key focal point for many Striders. The SE QLD running calendar is rapidly changing and some key races have shifted to much later. This has provided a few complications for 2016 as we can no longer rely on the usual schedule of races to build up from 10km, to Half and then to marathon. Read more…
1. Distance category awards criteria
– Awards to the quickest male and female 10km, 21km and 42km race anywhere.
2. Club Champs criteria
– The format is as follows:
1. There are 14 races to choose from
2. 5 of the 14 will count towards your club champs points tally
3. 10 points for a distance category win with points reducing by 2 for each subsequent placing (e.g. first male and female in the same event earn the same points)
1. You need to be a financial member of South Pine Striders at the time of the event for the points to count.
2. The 14 races is not to encourage you to do all 14 but rather provide options and time for recovery. Choose wisely.
3. No complaints will be entertained.
4. You need to run in your own registered number.
5. You should run in Striders club kit to run faster.
6. Your safety and health and that of other competitors is of primary importance.
See the Club Calendar for Club Champ races