Bull's Head Challenge
Distance: 27.2 km
Time: 2 hrs 2 mins 51 secs
Rate: 4' 31" per km
Weather: sunny/cloud, temp 15-23 degrees, humidity 50%, wind calm
Week: 27.2 km
Oct: 194.2 km
Year: 3859.6 km
Weather predictions proved correct with clear sunny skies at the Cotter early morning before a small bus load headed to Bull's Head to the start line. The runners in the Brindabella Classic and relay teams had started on the tough up and back course of 54 kms at 7:00 am.
The road became dirt and dusty showing the lack of rain recently and the condition of the course. After a few instructions on not getting lost, the group headed down Bendorra Dam Rd on the never ending down hill towards Warks Rd.
As usual Jimmy took off as if it was a 5 km sprint, fading again as usual when the going got tough. Early on it was a matter of pacing, preserving the legs as this was to be my longest run in 5 weeks. The turn on to the fire trail of Warks Rd also provided shade, very nice as the sun, although hidden by a lone large cloud was heating up the air.
Passing DS7 & DS6, the track opened out on the little bit of up hill towards the relay changeover at DS5. The trees burned a few years in the major bushfire of 2004, have not recovered to any extent yet. Still feeling OK, plenty of run in the legs but no speed, so it was no surprise when Speedygeoff caught me at Vanity's Crossing.
In my training runs in this area, Vanity's to the finish should be done in 30 minutes, doesn't matter what the distance previously covered. Speedygeoff pushed the hills over Ma and Pa trying to stay in front. He knew that he only had to be close because he is better than me on the down hill, with me no chance of maintaining the pace. Still close at Pierce's Creek crossing, Speedygeoff took off at the settlement to finish just over a minute in front. I had ran 32 minutes from Vanity's, that's a good sign of the recovery from Glasshouse.
The temperature was climbing, so the soak in the feeble amount of water in the river was refreshing, water still cool. Very nice.
I finished 6th, 5th male, very happy to have made it unscathed. Great day, I love this event, so I hope the Cross Country Club can continue to put it on.