Port to launch se­ries Golfers en­joy sun of fun runs, triathlon

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - SAM SMALLBONE

THE Spiny Cray Ul­tra is the sort of race Bear Grylls would tackle on a lazy Sun­day.

A 57km slog up Ju­lat­ten’s Mt Lewis and back again, the Septem­ber 25 event will bring in hun­dreds of peo­ple who don’t think run­ning a 42km marathon is chal­leng­ing enough.

The Spiny Cray ul­tra-marathon fea­tures a 1553m climb and de­scent along the stun­ning Mount Lewis Na­tional Park Road.

“It’s a great run,” said race or­gan­iser Shane White from the Dirty North­ern Trail Run­ning Se­ries.

“You don’t get a lot of scenic views, but the di­ver­sity of species in the rain­for­est is amaz­ing.

“We had about 70 peo­ple in the in­au­gu­ral race last year and we’re ex­pect­ing around 200 this year.”

Port Dou­glas fit­ness freak Si­mon Dobbs, who trains for long events by jog­ging to Cairns air­port in the mid­dle of the night, calls the race “pretty gru­elling”.

“I ran in the first one last year, and I fin­ished in seven hours 20 min­utes,” he said. ATH­LETES from across the re­gion put their fit­ness to the test last week­end to com­pete in a 2011 Cairns Road Run­ners event in Cairns.

Per­sonal trainer Nick Car­ling, Lucy Forbes and Jess Mi­son all raced in the first Harvey World Travel Hol­loways Beach 5km Se­ries last Satur­day.

The race was a five kilo­me­tre run north along Hi­bis­cus Lane and a three kilo­me­tre run along Co­conut Street.

Per­sonal trainer Nick Car­ling won race 1, placed third in race 2 and 3 and won first place in the se­ries.

Lucy Forbes was awarded first place in her age group (19-29 years) for race 3.

Ac­cord­ing to Car­ling, the lo­cal ath­letes are branch­ing out un­der the Cairns Road Run­ners banner and es­tab­lish­ing a Port Dou­glas Run­ners Club which is hold­ing a Sign Up Day and Fun Run this Sun­day, March 27.

Lo­cals can join the ath­letes in the Fun Run this Sun­day by meet­ing at Ju­lan Park in Port Dou­glas at 7.30am for a low cost of $5 per run­ner.

There will be four dis­tances in­clud­ing 3km, 5km, 10km and 15km runs on of­fer and you can walk, job, run, skip, take the dog on a lease and bring the kids in the pram for the day.

Kate Houla­han, Chelsey Walk, Lucy Forbes, Nick Car­ling, Lizzy Mur­rell and Jess Mi­son all com­peted in the Tri Port Chal­lenge Duathlon last Sun­day on March 20.

The group com­peted across two dif­fer­ent cour­ses which in­cluded a one kilo­me­tre run, 10km bike ride and two kilo­me­tre run or a two kilo­me­tre run, 20km ride and four kilo­me­tre run.

Nick Car­ling fin­ished first place in his age group and sec­ond place over­all, only 18 sec­onds be­hind Kel Ma­rina who com­peted at Bus­sel­ton Iron­man re­cently. Lucy Forbes fin­ished first fe­male over­all.

Kate Houla­han placed third in her age group with a fin­ish­ing time (1 hour and 43 min­utes), fol­lowed by Chelsey Walk in sec­ond place for her age group (1h and 37 mins) and Lucy Forbes won first place with a time (1h and 22mins).

“This was the tough­est course I have ever run be­cause

“The win­ner did it in 5hr 59min, but he might have known a few short-cuts.”

The or­gan­is­ers call it “an op­por­tu­nity for a nat­u­rally air-con­di­tioned can­ter through a stun­ning lo­ca­tion”.

The fact­sheet for the race waves lyri­cal over the rare wildlife of the ar­eas, such as the blue-faced par­rot finches and 2m-long blue earth­worms.

The event is named af­ter the Mt Lewis spiny cray­fish but it could just as eas­ily be called the Red-Bellied Black Snake Ul­tra.

“I think I saw three black snakes on the road last year,” Dobbs said. “They weren’t shy. All of them were still in the same spot when I was com­ing back down.”

There is also a 21km half­marathon planned.

The Spiny Cray Ul­tra is the fi­nal event on the 2011 trail run­ning se­ries which starts with the Dirty 30 Sweaty 60 race this week­end at the Smith­field Con­ser­va­tion Park, which aims to warm up com­peti­tors by throw­ing them onto a muddy track for 30 or 60 min­utes. If you feel like hav­ing a crack at the trail­run­ning se­ries, con­tact chris@ ad­ven­ture­s­portnq.info. it was full of hills and it was an ex­tremely hot day,” Mr Car­ling said.

Lizzie Mur­rell won first place in the shorter course with a fin­ish­ing time of 41 min­utes, fol­lowed by Jess Mi­son in sec­ond place in just 43 min­utes.

The next triathlon will be held this Satur­day, March 26, at the Port Dou­glas Ry­dges Pool at 9.30am.

The Su­per Sprint course in­cludes a 400m swim, 12 km bike ride and 3km run and the En­ticer course in­cludes a 200m swim, 7km bike ride and 2km run. En­try fee is $5. GOLFERS took full ad­van­tage of the break in the weather on Satur­day to com­pete in the four ball best ball med­ley competition.

The heavy con­di­tions still made it tough go­ing but most were happy just to get out onto the course.

Joe Hutchin­son and Jimmy East­wood com­bined well to win the day af­ter a count back for 45 points to Ranald Ed­wards and Wayne Bax­ter.

Bill Ever­ing­ham and An­thony Croser fin­ished third a shot back on 44 points.

Near­est the pins went to John Deu­ble on 10, David Budge on 8 and Michael Roberts on 17.

The first cham­pi­onship event for the year, the Mixed Four­somes, is sched­uled to be played this Sun­day. Reg­is­ter at the club.


Suck­ers for pun­ish­ment: Marni Lid­dell, Lou Oliver, Si­mon Dobbs and Con­nor OSul­li­van

Top ef­fort: Nick Car­ling took out the Cairns Road Run­ners se­ries last week­end

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