2018 Yarrabilba Trail Fest

Back again for my 3rd Yarrabilba Trail Fest run. Always promises to be a good event given the number of Mountain Goat Trail Runners (and trail community) attending, and hosted by Those Guys – and somewhere different to central Brisbane.

Allowing for the 50 mins to get there from the city, it was a brisk morning where it was holding back taking off the warm layers until relatively the last minute to get the warm gear off. But once it was off, it was a fairly quick to get started after the usual event briefing. Always great to see alot of new runners in these events!

The course this year has changed again – given the changing developments of Yarrabilba. It was a longer than usual on the road and sandy trail before getting to the “good stuff” (which is reflected well in the relive video below). But all was good, given that it was still 22km and there were a couple of really fun sections as part of the course.

Running with Pete, the pace was manageable for both of us. Also with lots of selfies and a good chance to catch-up during the course. Maybe we were not pushing hard enough (with all the chit chat), but I was happy that today was only 22km – given the intense week I had prior and with a long run in Singapore 2 days prior.

I was also trying a slightly new approach to my nutrition plan of the past.

Given about 4 months ago, I am following more of a keto style diet, I thought this would be a good test. I have done similar distances, but without the “race” mentality.

I didn’t do my usual carb loading, and carb intake through the run. Rather just water. I definitely think anything more than 20km will need some additional supplements and nutrition. I have a plan – but will save that until the next 50km in the start of September (Coastal High 50)

Relive Visual Map:

Strava Details:

2016 Yarrabilba Trail Fest 21k

An event that was put on by Those Guys, was the inaugural Yarrabibla Trail Fest a relatively last minute entry, and a first event back with Pete back in town.

After a 40 minute drive down to the new township of Yarrabilba, we found the start. A good little community area bordering onto the Bushland.

With the event starting at 7am, a good time to beat the heat – we were off. A gradual pace alongside the new estate and after about 1km – into the bushland.

A great event – not having any idea what the course was like or knowledge of the terrain. Pete and I took it relatively easy to start, but kept a reasonable pace. The terrain started off sandy, with a few mud spots  and then pine trees and then the first hill – looked like a small volcano with alot of volcanic type rocks and a nice scamper / walk up the hill. Then another section, then the next hill (not too big in the scheme of things), with a nice optional lookout at the top – which we had to check out. Then a lovely set of single tracks and decline back down then a final hill up to the power lines (time for another quick selfie, and then the show decent back to the finish.

Overall a great course. Felt good throughout, took me about 5km to warm up – but from there felt good until the end. Always mentally tough seeing the finish line in the distance, but it was a small undulating decline back so was easy.

A warm welcome at the end – followed by a beer and burger at the end with the MGTR.

Would definitely do it again, or even revisit the course for something different.


Feet – Brooks GTX (need a new pair but can’t source size 15s anywhere) and Injini Socks.

Clothes – Mountain Goat T-shirt & Skins and Lululemon shorts

Recording – Strava on iphone. Garmin watches have failed me

Pack – Caribee (I really need to get something better)

Nutrition – Arbonne Phytosport (2 sachets mixed in the water).