My first time on the new course.
The logistics are not too bad getting to the start form the North Side.
I was up at 4;00am and out the door at 4;45am arrived in Spring Hill at 5;30am and found easy parking.
A cool morning but not freezing about 12 O C, so decided to run glove less. I forgot to put my cap on.
The start was a couple of hundred meters from my parking spot on Little Edward St. Warmed up by running up and down the street next to the start. Said hello to Jackson Elliot, great to see him back racing again after Achilles issues for a year or so. Also hello to Shawn Clayton, Peter Bracken and the Bertie Boys.The start was delayed and my hands were getting cold so stuck them down my shorts (warming cheeks😁)
I lined up next to Aiden Hobbs one row back behind Brittany and Clare.
Before the race I was expecting to run around 34 as I would be still recovering from last weeks Half Mara and I have a number of niggles (Right foot/back/hammies).
I got 'crowded out' at the gun and didn't really get into my stride for a good few hundred meters but as it was downhill still went through the first km in 3;05. In fact the downhill was so steep it was really uncomfortable running. My heart rate seemed to shoot up and I felt uncomfortable. I pretty much went backwards throughout the race struggling to push on. It was a 'write off' race as my GPS failed, my Chip failed, I failed and the course came up short.
My Garmin only measured 6km so the GPS dropped out, but timed me at 33;46. Official results failed to include me so my bib number chip failed! Bracko said he ran 31mins but the course was 200m short (?). Its really disappointing if you ran fantastically well, like him, but cant claim the time due to poor organization. Unfortunately this race has a history of inaccurate course measurements!
My chip eventually got recognized and for what it's worth,I was given 33:41 and 41st and 1st in the results.
My Bridge to Brisbane race record;
7th August 2005 Bridge to Brisbane 12km 44m10 75th & 9th
6th August 2006 Bridge to Brisbane 12km 41m36 27th & 2nd
5th August 2007 Bridge to Brisbane 12km 39m07 21st & 1st (Short)
29th August 2010 Bridge to Brisbane 10KM 34m27 21st & 1st (Long)
11th Sept 2011 Bridge to Brisbane 10KM 34m07 13th & 1st
3rd Sept 2013 Bridge to Brisbane 5KM 15;31 10th & 1st (Short)
7th Sept 2014 Bridge to Brisbane 10km 33;17 8th & 1st
27th August 2017 Bridge to Brisbane* 10km 33;41 41st & 1st (Short)
* New Course