2018 Australian Mountain Running Championships newsletter
Thank you for entering either the Championship or non-Championship events. The following is important information you need to know.
1. Please download the event information including course maps at http://www.coolrunning.com.au/calendar/public_html/2018/2018e002.pdf
2. The race day program is now as follows:
7am Race check in and registration opens at Tolosa Park, Tolosa St, Glenorchy. Please arrive early to park, check in and collect your race bib, warm up, visit the loo, put a bag with warm gear in a vehicle going to the summit, and get to the race briefing on time.
10 KM RACES, finish on summit of Mt Wellington (time limit 2 hours 15 mins)
7.35am: Deadline to collect race bib and pins at registration
7.40am: Deadline to put warm clothes in vehicle going to the summit
7.45am: Compulsory race briefing for both Men’s and Women’s 10 km races at registration building followed by walk/jog 250m to the start line
8am race start: Australian Men’s 10 km Championship and non-Championship 10 km for men
8.05am race start: Australian Women’s 10 km Championship and non-Championship 10 km for women
5.6 KM RACE, finish near summit of Goat Hill (time limit 50 mins)
Note: Because of the small field, all 5.6 km runners will start together. Non-championship participants must not pace or provide other assistance to Junior Championship competitors other than to render assistance in the case of injury.
7.45am: Deadline to collect race bib and pins at registration
7.50am: Deadline to put warm clothes in vehicle going to the summit
8.10am: Compulsory race briefing for all 5.6km participants at registration building followed by walk/jog 250m to the start line
8.20am race start: Australian Junior Men’s and Australian Junior Women’s 5.6 km and Non-Championship 5.6 km
ENTRY LIST WITH BIB NUMBERS
|10km Championship||2||Alan||Craigie||34||Male||ACT||Weston Creek|
|10km Championship||3||Etienne||Blumstein-Jones||28||Male||ACT||Williamstown Athletic Club 306216|
|10km Championship||4||Benjamin||Duffus||25||Male||QLD||Trail Running Association of Queensland|
|10km Championship||7||Chris||Price||35||Male||TAS||Tasmanian Masters Athletics|
|10km Championship||10||Bradley||White||38||Male||NT||Alice Springs Running and Walking Club #7|
|10km Championship||12||David||Bailey||27||Male||TAS||Sandy Bay Harriers|
|10km Championship||13||Brian||Lyons||33||Male||TAS||Old St Virgils Athletics Club|
|10km Championship||15||Paul||Tucker||35||Male||QLD||Cap Coast Runners Inc (ANQ Reg. No. 6986)|
|10km Championship||16||Leo||Peterson||27||Male||NSW||UTS norths 475|
|10km Championship||18||Daniel||Nunan||34||Male||TAS||Ashgrove Rangers (QLD)|
|10km Championship||20||Shannon||Allen||28||Male||TAS||Northern Suburbs athletics|
|10km Championship||21||Stephen||Blair||46||Male||VIC||Yarra Ranges Athletics 1610|
|10km Championship||22||Paul||Stein||50||Male||NSW||Kembla Joggers – 1350 (ANSW)|
|10km Championship||23||Andrew||Hagger||25||Male||TAS||Sandy Bay Harriers|
|10km Championship||24||Callum||Fagg||27||Male||ACT||Sandy bay harriers|
|10km Championship||26||Charles||Brooks||25||Male||NSW||Mingara 2764|
|10km Championship||50||Emma||Kraft||35||Female||NT||NT Athletics|
|10km Championship||52||Simone||Brick||23||Female||VIC||South Melbourne Athletic Club 1328|
|10km Championship||53||Meriem||Daoui||19||Female||TAS||Northern suburbs athletics club|
|10km Championship||54||Inessa||Corney||20||Female||TAS||UTAS athletics club, 27|
|10km Championship||55||Judith||May||47||Female||VIC||Yarra Ranges Athletics 2046|
|10km non-Championship||100||Euan||Rose||37||Male||TAS||Sandy Bay Harriers 779526|
|10km non-Championship||101||Tom||Bryan||34||Male||TAS||Eastern Suburbs 520|
|10km non-Championship||111||Kasper||Hausted Svendsen||28||Male||ACT|
|10km non-Championship||116||Craig||Canham||54||Male||TAS||UTAS Athletics Club|
|10km non-Championship||62||Maree||Mcculley||47||Female||TAS||Eastern Suburbs Athletics Club|
|5.6km Championship||200||Eligh||Morris||18||Male||NSW||Kembla joggers|
|5.6km Championship||201||Will||Atkinson||19||Male||NSW||Asics West Track and Field – 2967|
|5.6km Championship||202||Alex||Race-Stelling||17||Male||VIC||Wodonga Athletic Club, AV #2364|
|5.6km Championship||203||Indeah||Morris||15||Female||NSW||Kembla joggers|
|5.6km non-Championship||205||Digby||Race||52||Male||VIC||Wodonga Athletic Club, AV #538|
3. Weather forecast
The forecast for Hobart for Sunday is “Cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of rain (3 to 10mm), most likely in the afternoon and evening. Light winds.” The Manager of Wellington Park advises that the forecast for the summit of Mt Wellington for Sunday morning is 3 to 6 degrees, showers, with 30 to 40 kph winds from the north west. He has given approval for the 10km race to go ahead to finish on the summit but says that there is a high risk of hyperthermia in these conditions and it is essential that participants have warm dry gear to change into as soon as they finish if it is raining and windy. He said that the course has rain and wind protection to a large extent until the last 400m on the Zig Zag track. It was planned to finish the 10km races at the end of the Zig Zag track if fine. Instead, because of the likelihood of showers, at the end of the track on the summit runners will turn right on to the road and run 100m to finish outside the stone shelter (see Australian Mountain Running Facebook page photos of the 10km course and the stone shelter) where the time keeper and recorder will be located out of the rain to enable them to record on dry paper.
Similar conditions are also likely to be experienced at the finish of the 5.6km race on Goat Hill.
It is suggested that slower competitors run with a lightweight wind proof, water proof jacket and gloves to provide protection against hyperthermia.
4. Course surfaces and recommended shoes
Trail running shoes with good grip are strongly recommended. The 5.6 km course is wholly on wide fire trail but has some steep sections with a loose surface (good grip and care are needed on the descent on the return jog or walk back to Tolosa Park).
The 10 km course is like a European mountain running championship course with a mix of surfaces including good fire trail, rocky walking trail, compacted dirt walking trail, and slippery mud.
5. Drink stations
There will be a drink station at the finish of the 5.6km race. For the 10km race there will be a drink station on a table inside the Chalet building immediately after crossing The Pinnacle Road, and a drink station at the finish.
6. No rubbish to be left on the course
Please do not discard cups, gel wrappers or any other rubbish anywhere on the courses, only in the pop up rubbish bins at the drink stations.
7. Race rules
Much of the 10km course is single track and runners in both the men’s and women’s races will at times want to pass runners in front of them. It is expected in particular that the leading runners in the women’s race will catch and want to pass the slower runners in the men’s race. If you want to pass the runner in front of you, call out ‘passing’ and the runner in front should move to the side and let you through.
Please watch out for mountain bike riders during the first 2 kms.
You may encounter hikers on the course. Please be polite and ask them nicely if you can get past them. Above all, do not bump them or verbally abuse them.
At the Pinnacle Road crossing, runners have no right of way over vehicles. You must stop and wait to cross if the race marshals tell you to do so. At the summit, if it is raining and the last 100m is on the road, please look out for oncoming traffic and take care.
There are stony, rocky and muddy parts of each course. Please concentrate and take care.
9. Getting back down the mountain
All runners, unless injured, in the 5.6km race are expected to make their way back to Tolosa Park after finishing. Please take care on the steep downhill section as it can be slippery. Also take care going through the Tolosa Park mountain bike area as there is a mountain bike event scheduled at around 10.30am.
For the 10km race, 23 of you have advised that you have transport back down the mountain. You will be emailed to ask if you can transport any other finishers requiring a lift back to Tolosa Park, and how many you can take with you. We believe that we should have enough vehicles to get everyone back down using vehicles of race officials at the summit, spectators and race finishers with their own transport. However, we will have backup of a taxi minibus.
10. Presentation of awards
Bearing in mind travel constraints, the presentation of awards for each event will take place when everyone from the event is back down the mountain but may be brought forward for place getters if needing to leave to catch a plane or meet some other travel requirement. Draft presentation timetable: 10.50am Australian Junior Championships and non-Championship 5.6 km; 11.30am Australian Senior Men’s and Women’s Championships and non-Championship 10km.
11. State teams and national selection
Athletics Australia has provided team medals for the senior men’s and women’s championships: you must be a currently registered member of a state athletics association club to be eligible (decided on the 1st three registered runners from each state). You must also be a currently registered member of a state athletics association club and an Australian citizen to be eligible to be considered for Australian selection. Athletes provisionally selected in the Australian team for the World Championships in Andorra in September will be emailed a team application to complete and ask to confirm whether they accept selection. A maximum of 4 senior men, 4 senior women, 3 junior men and 3 junior women may be selected. Only runners assessed as being internationally competitive will be selected; finishing in the top 4 or top 3 on Sunday does not guarantee selection.
12. Thank you
UTAS Athletics Club is providing nearly all of the race officials. They are very experienced in providing support to the Point to Pinnacle and other distance running events in Hobart.
Wellington Park, Hobart City Council and Glenorchy City Council have provided approvals for access and assistance for the event.
Neil Hawthorne and Graham Field for the race maps.
Steve Appleby who has done a mountain of work in organising the event and sign posting the courses.
Tracy Canham, volunteer coordinator from UTAS Athletics.
St John Ambulance for first aid.
Enjoy your run.
Australian Mountain Running Association