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Race preview: Pinnacles Classic (Sunday 2nd April)…Try it this year!

Many years ago the legendary Peter Holles from the Brookfield Runners initiated this off-road race along the tough course around the Gold Creek Reservoir. The course is 18km long and leads you over 18 serious hills.

Starting life as a small scale friendly race, with a sausage and a beer at the end to refuel the legs, this run has grown into a popular hit-out to test the fitness of locals and the not so locals.

Welcome to the Pinnacles Classic 2017, where the hills feel like mountains!

This classic race over the many hills at Brookfield around the Gold Creek Reservoir will have a little difference this year. Instead of starting at the gate, we’ll start behind the dam wall. There is more space there, with less risk of running into each other and interfering with other users, and as we experienced at the Brisbane Trail Marathon it’s great to see the runners coming in over the dam wall.

This year we’ll run the course in anti clockwise direction, so we’ll take off running back towards the gate and then up the hill towards South Boundary Road. There is one checkpoint half way at the rain gauge, so it is necessary that you carry as much as you need to make it to that point. Remember that in early April it can be still quite hot. Take some fuel for on the way as well, but there will be some fruit and goodies at the checkpoint.

Date and Time: Sunday 2nd April, fast wave starts at 7am, slow wave starts at 6:40am. Race briefings are 10 mins before the starts. Be there at least 30 mins before your start to pick up your bib and nominate your start time.

Car-pooling required: Options are available during the registration process.

Course: The course is 18km long over serious hills in Brisbane Forest Park (d’Aguillar National Park), at the end of Gold Creek Road Brookfield, starting from Gold Creek Reservoir. It is a race for seriously fit runners.

Catering: The entry fee includes a BBQ afterwards, but there will be also fruit, water and (sports) drink to replenish what you have left out there on the trails. Thanks to the Ashgrove Rangers who organise the catering for this event! Coffees are available too, but they are for you to purchase separately.

For more information and entry details, please visit Trail Running Association of Queensland (TRAQ).

 

Hubertien Wichers, Pinnacles Classic Race Organiser (hubertien.wichers@gmail.com)