I emerged from the Port-a-loo’s feeling better but a bit shaky. My support crew gave a a 2 minute count down to get my gear together including my head torch and with in 2 minutes we took off as a group and I started to struggle. Brendan Davies joined the support crew at Davidson Reserve help out and to encourage us and I think this really spurred Andy on. Andy suddenly remembered how fast he could run. The guys were now on a roll and I was having problems keeping up with them. Far out man Andy is so fast and Jono can match it with him. I was happy that Paul was starting to feel tired.I was going to have to work my butt of to stay with them.
We ran up a set of stairs and I was dizzy. I’d had not eaten for about 45 minutes or more with my guts feeling a bit fragile.
“I’m dizzy guys”. I informed them.
“Eat something!” They all said as a group.
Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 Start to CP2 Berowra 28.5km
With a cheer we were off and running in the Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012. I could not help myself I had to be at the front. I like to get rid of nervous energy. I’m like a horse at the gates, I just love to race. I ran out quick but well under my anaerobic threshold and I just was happy to stretch my legs along the road and have a clean run to up the first fire trail.
In 2012 there were some really strong teams competing in Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012. Our main rival for the mixed category was to be the Gu Nathan team featuring the Wellington Marathon 2012 Winner Sarah Burgess. Sarah Burgess is in great form and she had a star studded team around her featuring all sub 3 hour marathon runners. I have personally never competed in a road marathon but I know you have to be an amazing runner to achieve a sub-3 hour marathon. The Orange Whips were also looking strong on paper too. Oasis Property had some talented trail runners also, they initially asked me to be on their team but I later turned them down wanting to have the chance to run and train with my good friend Beth Cardelli in the No Roads Expeditions Team.
Queensland may have beaten us New South Welshmen in the origin but the boys from the Blue Mountains in NSW in the No Roads Expeditions have won the only sport that counts in my eyes, Ultra Trail Racing.
For the second time in a row the No Roads Expeditions Team have won the toughest 100km with over 5000m of vertical elevation in a time on 11 hours 43 minutes 50 seconds. The No Roads Expeditions Team members Andrew Lee, Brendan Davies, Clarke Clarke McClymont and Ewan Horsburgh, have taken out the top place yet again. You can hold your heads high and you have made us so proud. (Sorry Queensland we have to beat you in something.)
In 2nd position was the Swift Running Team with a time of 13:37:15, followed by the Rocksolid Raiders 15:36:25.
In the women’s’ competition the Adventure Angels won the female category in a time of 19:28:31. In second place came the Charlie’s’ Fallen Angels their time was 21:59:03 and taking out the final spot on the podium was the Trination Angels making it under 24 hours with a time of 23:20:22.
The mixed category the Pollyanna’s was first 14:05:46, followed by the Off-road Ostriches 16:01:37 and nabbing the final spot on the podium was the Storm Cycles/Multi-Sport Magazine team with a time of 16:55:01.
A huge congratulations goes out from Trail Running Australia to everyone who entered the event and raised money for the Kokoda Challenge. It is a great cause and deserves our support. If you would like to donate to the Kokoda Challenge please visit their website