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