Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 Davidson reserve to the Finish

Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 toward the Finish.

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.

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Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney 2012 Start to CP2

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.

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City2Surf 2012

I did not expect much from my performance for the City2Surf 2012. I’ve been injured for about a month with numerous ankle sprains. The last sprain was just over a week ago. My preparation for the event was definitely disrupted. I did what I could do. Cross trained and just watched my diet to keep the weight off. I heated and massaged and rehabbed my ankle daily. I’ve gone through about 4 rolls of strapping tape in 2 weeks. Running a personal best at the City2Surf 2012 was going to be a struggle. It is the only road race I compete in every year so I just wanted to enjoy the day, have fun, catch up with mates and hurt like hell. It was going to hurt.
I did not bother with City2Surf 2012 splits. My Garmin
will keep me posted on how I was doing. I instead wrote two of my favourite quotes on my hand. “Let Her Run” and “Heart of a Champion”. Both quotes are from my favourite kids movie about the famous race horse “Secretariat”. I knew that if I was going to manage a PB, I was going to have to run my little heart out.
I told all my mates to meet me up the front right hand side. I giggled to myself when they all appeared at the front , by my side one by one. How good is that. Amongst 80,000 people I could still organsie to find my friends. It was going to be a good day.

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Kokoda Challenge 2012 race report by Ewan Horsburgh

Ewan Horsburgh just ran the Kokoda Challenge and is a tough contender. He has won the Coast 2 Kosi and Coburg 24hr. He has just made it onto the Australian 24 Hour Team and it about to fly to Poland to represent his country in September. He is a dad a web designer and a husband. Ewan Horsbrugh has just notched up a team win at the Kokoda Trail in July.  Ewan is such a nice guy, and he has taken some time out of his busy routine to chat to me about Kokoda and his training techniques, nutrition and his up coming events.



Shona: The Kokoda Challenge sounds as tough. Just the word Kokoda represents sacrifice, pain, mate ship, courage and endurance. How tough was this event? Did it live up to it’s name?

Ewan Horsburgh: The Kokoda Challenge is a very tough and hilly event which covers 96km (Which is the actual distance of the Kokoda track) and crosses 12 creeks. There had been a lot of rain in the weeks leading up to the race so the creeks were full and the descents were very slippery with all the mud and clay.

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Race Report for Mount Solitary Ultra

The wind rattling the windows in Katoomba on the Saturday night of the Mount Solitary Ultra it sounded ominous for full mandatory kit for Sunday morning. I had only tried running with a pack on the weekend before for the Bush Capital ultramarathon and this additional weight was going to be a completely new experience. Needless to say I was quite nervous before the Mount Solitary Ultra because that run on the previous Sunday was my longest run ever and Mt Solitary
Mt Solitary was an unknown.

Mount Solitary Ultra

I knew I’d have to start conservatively and walk early up the hills. Running down the first few kms of the Mount Solitary Ultra was great fun and I started to relax and enjoy the morning. I slowed a bit on the single track being cautious because I couldn’t see where I was putting my feet and I’m not great at technical running.

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Outback Marathon 2012 With Jayne Andrews

Jayne Andrews ran the Outback Marathon 2012 she is one of my most committed PT clients for about a year now. After running a Team Event Coastrek 50km Palm Beach to Balmoral Beach in March 2012, she decided that she wanted to do the Outback Marathon at Uluru. It was mainly on a trail and sand so I really encouraged her to enter the event. We then worked out a training program. Jayne fought her way through injuries and illnesses. Yet she remained committed athlete. She always turned up to training no matter what. Jayne always completed her long runs. Only 4 days before the Outback Marathon she arrived at training at 5:45am after having gastro the day before and clearly sick as a dog with a fever and suffering from the Flu. I sent her home early from her PT session as she could barely manage a sit up. I was not sure if she was going to make the full distance of the Outback Marathon 42.2 Kms only 4 days later. Jayne showed her true sprit and surprised me. She ran a PB on a tough course with over 8 sand dunes to cross. Even with the Flu and all the sand dunes she managed a PB by 7 minutes. Well done Jayne. Jayne is an inspiration and I am so proud of her. Here is her race report.

Damn all those sand dunes

Outback Marathon 2012 Race Report

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