2017 Bloody Long Walk Brisbane

An event to support Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, I was invited to attend from an old childhood friend. Figuring it would be a better way to catch-up rather than over a few drinks, we would do this event together (with a few others as well) and to support a great foundation – it really was a no brainer to attend.

The bus from the city left at about 5.40am, and arrived at Sandgate at about 6.40am – realizing we were the last Wave -3 –  I was ok with that. After a bib collection and a quick wait for our group release we were starting.

The first 3km I was walking, and warming up and having a great chat to Sasha – it had only been 30? years since I had seen her, but realizing I we were going at 10min /km – it would take 6 hours to get back – I didn’t have that long.

So at the 3km I left the group and went solo for the rest of the way, enjoying the paths I often ride, passing all the friendly walkers and groups all having a good time! It was only early in the event.

I must say this was one of the best signed, and volunteered events I have attended in a while.  I am a firm believer if appreciating the volunteers during the course, as these events couldn’t happen without them and gives you a bit spring in your step!

The event also gave me a chance to think about my Nutrition for some upcoming events later this month/year, happy to report that I think I have finally think I have well aligned to my body. Managed to feel good the whole way and no cramps or dead energy spots. If you need some tips – let me know.

At the finish, there was only about 10 people, probably because I was in a gap between all the runners (who left an hour before me) and the walkers who hadn’t come in yet.

All up and great morning, and happy to support a great foundation!



2017 Yarrabilba TrailFest 21k

Back again for my second run of this course, it was a no brainer given that it’s somewhere different and a great relaxed and social event.
A chilli morning in preparation for this run, with a 50 min drive down to Yarrabilba from Brisbane. Managed to time it right and not having to wait too long before starting…
After a quick briefing, and appreciation of all the new runners with a quick casual briefing, we were at the start line and then we were off.
The course stated with about 700m of new estate roads, before getting into the start of the trails. We were warned of the creek crossing at 1.5km mark – which was very smart given the new runners. Personally I was happy to plough though it, and keep the feet cool. I think after about 5 km I finally got warmed up and found bit of a groove. At the 10km mark was the first of the hills, I managed to keep a decent pace up this hill, and disappointed that the scenic lookout point was not mentioned this year. Was a good spot for a selfie last year 😉
After descending this hill we ran the best bit of the course, the single trails for about 3km, and then back onto the fire-trails. With a couple short steep hills, then we had the rock hop down the ridge back towards the finish – via the creek crossing and the estate road.
Highlights was the single trails and chatting to the other runners in the different sections – making some of the hills so much easier.
  • Solomon slab vest with 2 water bottles
  • Asics GT2000.
  • Mountain Goat singlet and trucker cap
  • Injinji socks
  • Lululemon pants
  • Arbonne Preworkout
  •  4 Dates
  • 1.2l of water with Phytosport Hydration
  • Clif blok chews – whole bar
  • Beer
  • Post workout and a protein shake


Flyover view on relive: https://www.relive.cc/view/1096729379
Always trying to optimise my nutrition, I am happy with the hourly intake of sodium and carbs to to keep me feeling good for these 2 hours – with no cramping or lack of energy.
Thanks to the organisers – Those Guys, and looking forward to the next event with them as well – Coastal High 50 in 6? weeks… watch this space!