Beerburrum State School, Beerburrum
Saturday-Sunday September 11th-12th from 6:00 am (100 Mile)
After the shenanigans surrounding the course changes an the travel restrictions around COVID, who knows what 2021 will bring.
We could tell you all about it, but you could see for yourself, HERE
The Glasshouse Trails Series has been running since 1990 with the first 100 mile event having been run in 1996. It's the oldest trail series in Australia and the 'Miler' was the first and remains the longest running in the country. The Glasshouse 100 has taken place on the second weekend of September almost ever since.
For some of the finest runners that this country has produced, this is where they first tested their mettle and put foot to dirt. Martin Fryer, Kelvin Marshall, David Waugh (who sort of owns the miler), Mike Le Roux (still the fastest trail miler in Australia by virtue of his 15:39 win over Waugh in 2011) and so many more.
From Graham Medill through to Walter Brumniach and, during what might say it's best years, the 'Miler' drew the best - Deb Nicholl, Marita Eisler, Lisa Spink and Brendan Mason among many. Though it wasn't just about the fastest - Bill Thompson remains the only runner (correct us if we're wrong) to have 12 finishes under his belt with Stuey Grills creeping up!
We are currently working on a matrix to fit 2020, but the matrix below is accurate for distances between CPs. CP order as listed below (start/finish is CP2):
Start - CP3, CP1a, Finish
Start - CP3, CP4, CP5, CP4a, CP1a, Finish
Start - CP2, CP2, CP3, CP4, CP5, CP6, CP5 (via The Dungeon), CP4a, CP1a, Finish
Start - CP2a (Mt Beerburrum) CP3, CP4, CP5, CP6, CP8, CP8, CP8, CP7, CP7, CP6, CP5 (via The Dungeon), CP4a, CP1a, Finish
100 Mile - first leg
Start - CP2, CP2, CP2a (Mt Beerburrum), CP3, CP4, CP5, CP6, CP8, CP8, CP8, CP7, CP7, CP6, CP5 (via The Dungeon), CP4a, CP1a, Finish
100 Mile - second leg
Start - CP2, CP2, CP2a (Mt Beerburrum), CP3, CP4, CP5, CP6, CP5 (via The Dungeon), CP4a, CP1a, Finish
There have been many references to The Dungeon over the last few years, but do you know how it got its name?
Well, it was ‘christened’ by one Glen Hendry (pictured at the top of the page, with the rest of the field).
In the year of his and a couple of mates first ultra year back in 2007, during the 50km at the GH100 (there were only four participants), in Glen’s words:
“It was only ever known as ‘that tough bit between checkpoints 6 and 5’. There is a flat section of perfectly good road just above (Connection Rd) that the organisers could use but oh no, we have to go the longer, harder way.
"In my third ultra, at around the 40km mark, with rain all week and the course like a bog, I was already suffering, so that tough section left its mark as it ate me up. And I referred to it as being in ‘The Dungeon’ in my race write up. After having been through there many times, I now look forward to it. Knowing how hard the climb out is, and knowing it’s coming up, makes it as much a psychological challenge as it is physical. Michelle [our mate] hates it because it’s shaded which can keep everything damp and the leaves are deadly slippery on some of the steeper descents.”
For Alun Davies two cents (who was in the same race that day) its name is apt: "It’s a Dungeon and you’re sentenced to how much time you’re prepared to stay in there. It’s only a few km, but it will knock you around if you push too hard early on but, if you look after yourself, you’ll love it!"
He's in the left of the same picture ... what the hell was he wearing?!
NOTE: all events start and finish at Beerburrum State School
All course maps and data can be viewed/downloaded here: GH100 Course Maps
12 km run/walk
30 km run/walk
50 km run/walk
100 Mile Pacer
Date Start Early Start
13/09/2020 7:30 AM not applicable
13/09/2020 6:00 AM 3:00 AM
13/09/2020 3:00 AM 12:00 AM
12/09/2020 7:00 AM not applicable
12/09/2020 6:00 AM not applicable
12/09/2020 ad hoc not applicable
Pacers can join their runner from CP7 or after dark, whichever is earliest.
Early starts are for those who have designated to walk only. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any further information.
The mandatory and recommended kit can be downloaded here
This document also includes guidelines relating to appropriate drop bags.
On the Day
Course marking will consist of flagging tape, arrows and signage where necessary.
It is essential, with no exceptions, has capacity to carry the minimum amount of fluids stipulated in the mandatory equipment list.
Any rubbish can be taken from you each time you visit a checkpoint. Anything that leaves the checkpoint with you must stay with you until you can dispose of it properly and not on the course. We’d like to set and maintain an example to those less conscientious.
Toilet facilities are available at the start/finish area, Matthew Flinders Park, the Glasshouse Mountains Lookout (the loo with a view) and Parrot Park adjacent to the school. Please do not remove paper from the toilets at the start/finish area.
During the Event
If you pull out or have to leave the course for any reason, please advise the checkpoint staff or those at the start finish area.
Regardless of ability, please be mindful of other runners: If you’re a faster runner wanting to pass, advise the runner in front by all means, but be patient and don’t pressurise anyone. It can be unnerving and easily lead to a trip. Conversely, if you are aware of a faster runner behind you, take the utmost of care and allow them to pass when it’s safe. Many a runner/walker’s day can be blighted by the smallest of incidents and we want everyone to leave on Saturday night being a little better for their experience. Look after each other out there.
Health and injury
This isn’t the nanny state by any means but we are out on the trail. As per the waiver agreed to on entry, should you become injured or should event staff consider that you need medical attention or examination, do not continue until authorised to do so. If it’s deemed that it’s not in your interests to continue, you will be withdrawn from the event. We’d rather make the mistake of scratching someone who could continue than letting someone who shouldn’t.
Remember where you are
We don’t like to talk about it, but we are in Queensland and many of the locals aren’t so friendly if they’re frightened or disturbed. Watch where you’re putting your feet and keep a close eye on the ground as well as ahead.
We recommend that you carry a compression bandage and understand how to apply it. Take a look here: Compression Bandage Application
The event crew are running the show
Cooperate with event crew/officials/volunteers all the times - they're there not only because they enjoy giving something back or participating in a different way, but because they have event experience. They know what they're doing and they'll be under instruction from the race directors. Under whatever circumstances, the event directors decisions are final ... and they're usually the same as the crew! :)
Finally, have Fun!
It is a compulsory requirement of all participants at AAA Racing events to have fun. Failure to have any fun will be frowned upon by the event management team!
Please contact us at email@example.com if you need any further information or if you need to make other arrangements to enter.