What an exciting race!! The start line was pumping with 198 competitors rearing to go. An electric atmosphere to cap off the final starting wave of the 2019 Brisbane Trail Ultra. This course can be split into three sectors. The Gap State High School to JC Slaughter Falls, 14.1km; The Red Bull Climb 1.76km, and the final 15.3km section to the finish line.
The women’s race was led from start to finish by Beth Cardelli, followed very closely behind by Lou Clifton. Lou was only a minute behind at the start of the Red Bull Climb but this is where Beth pulled away. At the end of the 1.76km section, Beth had pulled ahead by a couple of minutes in which she not only maintained, but continued to extend until crossing the finish line. An impressive run by these 2 ladies, better known for their ultra distance running abilities! Mish Handsford put in a massive effort to maintain 3rd place over the race to hold off Penny Matkin-Hussey & Esther Cahill.
1st Beth Cardelli 02:42:59 Open (26-39)
2nd Lou Clifton 02:48:24 Veteran (40-49)
3rd Mish Hansford 03:16:41 Open (26-39)
Mish unfortunately wasn’t able to attend the presentations. We’ll have to chase up a photo of her soon!
In the men’s race, Luke Garrett led the way and reached check point 7 in just over an hour. Impressive!! however, slacking off was not an option as he was followed closely behind by a hungry group of runners Josh Dinale, Johnny Kingma, Adam Nash, Aaron Knight and Kevin Sherry. It was obvious at the finish of the Red Bull Climb that this was a challenge but the pack stayed close with the top 6 men finishing the climb within minutes of each other. The race became a sprint to the finish line. The urban sector proved to be no challenge for Luke Garrett as he flew in 10 minutes in front of Josh Dinale. Aaron Knight put in a mammoth effort in the last sector to pip Johnny Kingma and Kevin Sherry for 3rd place.
1st Luke Garrett 02:28:10 Open (26-39)
2nd Josh Dinale 02:38:03 Open (26-39)
3rd Aaron Knight 02:39:41 Veteran (40-49)
Look out! age category winner results to follow.