Sunday, March 20, 2011

THE BLACKALL BOOTLEG


Looking out from Thilba Thalba walkers camp.

I"ve decided to organise a "Fatass or "Bootleg" style run on my favourite section of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. SUNDAY 1st OF MAY 7:30am START. See map below.
http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/media/parks_and_forests/great_walks/sunshine_coast/schgw_delicia_colour.pdf 


For those not familiar with Fatass events it is an unofficial run (or ride, AR, whatever) which has no entry fee, no prizes, no mandatory gear, no insurance and no aid stations. Someone sets a course and tells a heap of people about it. It's really just a social run.  

The 30km, 900mA, 900mD figure 8 course starts and finishes at the parking area at M4, first heading west along Delicia rd for almost 3km then heads north in an anti-clockwise direction around the loop. The bottom loop of the figure 8 is run in a clockwise direction back to M4. Apart from the first few ks the course follows fireroads and some really nice single track, particularly the high section near Thilba Thalba camp site. There are a few rocky bits but for the most part the trail is fairly smooth and fast. For anyone interested in running the whole Great Walk you will need to leave a car or bike at the Baroon Pocket dam trailhead. There is also good riding in the area so pack your MTB if you would like to add a bike leg. If you would also like to tack on a paddle, Baroon Pocket dam or the coast is close by. 


If you would like to stay in Mapleton the night before try -
http://www.mapletoncabinscaravans.com.au/  or
http://www.lilyponds.com.au/ 

I ran the course yesterday in very wet, muddy and humid conditions which really upset my breathing problem but it was nice to run in the clouds out of the sun. Details are here - http://connect.garmin.com/activity/73959255
To give you an idea of time, I ran all the flat and downhill and walked all the uphill.




Gheerulla creek.






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