Deep Space Mountain Marathon
Run 1. Distance: 10.15 km
Time: 70' 26"
Rate: 6' 57" per km
Run 2. Distance: 12.4 km
Time: 82' 33"
Rate: 6' 39" per km
Weather: 1st run, cloudy, misty on top of mtn, temp 15 degrees, humidity 80%, wind calm, 2nd run, temp 18-21 degrees, sunny,wind calm, humidity 50%
Week: 22.55 km
December: 44.4 km
Year: 4062.65 km
The first Deep Space Mountain Marathon was held starting at the old Honeysuckle Tracking Station in the mountains south of Canberra. The long marathon distance run was over 43 km with 1800 metres of climbing making it more difficult than the Six Foot Track run. Therefore, I decided not to run but help out with a drink station and general watching the others go by.
Recent rain meant the track up Mt Tennent was very muddy and slippery and not suitable for my limited 4WD skills. So I dragged a small trolley with 20 litres of powerade, cups, lollies, etc up 2 kms from a gate inside the track off Apollo Road to a drink station at the corner of the Bushfold Flats track and the summit trail. Emma turned up to look after the drinks and I ran to the top of Mt Tennent and back, a distance of exact 8 km. A further 2 and a bit kms back to the car completed the first of 2 runs. Very misty on the top, no view at all.
Packed up the car and headed over to the start line at Honeysuckle Tracking station where the mthn runners would go back through, the 18 km and 25 km runners would start and finish. The weather was perfect here, sunny, mild , about 20 degrees, no wind. Lots of happy campers had stayed the night, lucky that the rain had gone.
I ran out on the trail towards the Orroral Valley for bit over 6 km, then found a very steep downhill leading to the valley. Decided there was no need to go on, so watched a few of the runners returning from Orroral. Beautiful standing among the trees at an altitude over 1100 metres, even nicer in winter when the snow is on the ground. I ran through here a few years ago in July when training for Glasshouse Mountains. Just great.
Really good day out in the mountains, almost a boil over in the long run with Angela almost beating Trevor, just 38 seconds in it at the finish after she lead for most of the run.