2019 Brisbane Trail Ultra 60km Race Wrap Up

The inaugural running of the BTU 60km was nothing short of challenging. This course features some of the most beautiful and technical single trails on the course, with transitions into every trail terrain imaginable. The wet weather made for some muddy and slippery sections of track for our runners.

Competitors from the 10am wave eagerly awaiting the signal to go
Photo Credit: Kenn Santos

The BTU 60km was run with a split start- a 10am wave and a 12pm wave. After an introduction and formal opening of the Brisbane Trail Ultra by Hon. Amanda Jones, the race was on.

Tom Brazier, Steph Auston, David Longo and Sam Burridge at the start of the BTU60km. Photo Credit: Kenn Santos

The run up to check point 1 was quick. Sam Burridge and Steph Auston were out on a mission, having covered the 15.6km and 737m of vertical gain in 75min and 78min respectively. Anthony Gordon and Tom Brazier stayed closely behind, as did Carol Robertson and Kazu Kuwata.

Tom Brazier and Steph Auston heading towards Enoggera Reservoir. Photo Credit: Amanda Fagan

The second sector from McAfee’s Lookout to Check Point 2 Gold Creek Reservoir was going to be tough. Runners travel down the infamously named Hell Hole Break before jumping onto the technical single trail sections of the course. Sam and Steph used their experience to pull ahead of their competition to make quick work of this section and reached Gold Creek in just over 2 hours. The ladies race positions were maintained with Carol behind Steph and Kazu sitting uncomfortably in third position with Jodie Oborne very closely behind. The men’s race appeared to be Sam’s, however the remaining podium positions were anyone’s game with less than 10min separating the next 6 runners. Reece Evans, Brad Walker, Anthony Gordon, Richard Young, David Longo and Andrew McDonald were all vying for a trophy.

Thank you Melinda, Julie, Jane and Nat for your smiles and encouragement! The wonderful Bunya Belles and Bunyaville Trail Runners were all kitted up in their tutus and smiles to welcome all runners in for a fuel up, at CP1 McAfee’s Lookout, before continuing along some massive climbs.
Photo Credit: Kenn Santos

Sam and Steph both extended their lead from the rest of the pack as they travelled along undulating terrain towards Check Point 7 JC Slaughter Falls and it was evident now that they were racing each other for the outright win. It is phenomenal that here, with 44km on her legs, Steph pulled out a 2nd place in the Red Bull Climb section behind BTU 30km winner Beth Cardelli! Wow!!

The last leg of the race was more of a challenge than expected. With course markings missing within the urban sector of the race, navigation skills had to take over. Sam found himself off course and having to call in for directions (thanks Sarah!) and Steph had also taken a wrong turn before both powering into the Queensland Maritime Museum finishing line for the win.

I have included the overall results for this report as it is very inspiring to see two women in outright second and third!

Overall placing:
Sam Burridge 05:58:02 Open (26-39)
Stephanie Auston 06:04:58 Open (26-39)
Carol Robertson 07:03:27 Veteran (40-49)

Overall Male:
Sam Burridge 05:58:02 Open (26-39)
David Longo 07:03:35 Open (26-39)
Reece Evans 07:11:38 Open (26-39)

David Longo (left of photo) and Sam Burridge at presentations.
Photo Credit: Kenn Santos

Overall Women’s:
Stephanie Auston 06:04:58 Open (26-39)
Carol Robertson 07:03:27 Veteran (40-49)
Kazu Kuwata 08:00:00 Veteran (40-49)

Kazu Kuwata & Carol Robertson at presentations.
Photo Credit: Kenn Santos

Age category winners to follow. Please watch this space

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