Another successful BRS On Tour!!!
Funnily enough, as our runners participated in the Great Whitsunday Walk - 28km off road...it was also the same weekend On Tour all started 4 years ago!!
Yes 4 years ago we had our first On Tour event taking 15 runners to the Cook Islands Running festival! 5 days of running bliss (with cocktails and snorkeling thrown in!).
Since then, we have taken 25 runners to the Sydney Running Festival in 2012, 8 Runners to Phuket in 2013 and now 32 Runners to Airlie Beach!! To add to the excitement....this was the first time that Matt and I organised it all ourselves as usually we go through a travel company and from all accounts it went extremely smoothly - PHEW!!!
Race Day Wrap
Race day started relatively late with our runners heading to registration at 6:30am, then it was a looooong 2 hour anxious wait of registering, jumping on the bus, and a race briefing (which included being informed that the SES rescue helicopter was on call ready to go and Oh the snakes have started to surface after winter!)!! Then 8:30am it was kick-off for 150 hard core runners!!
If I can use some of our runners' comments to sum up the event:
that was the hardest thing I have ever done
that was hell
Ouch, that really hurt!
Why was the last 6km down hill the hardest
Give me a marathon any day!
In the BRS year of challenge, it certainly fit the bill and our athletes rose to the occasion.
Sure there were stacks (and Wendy even had the pleasure of a SES escort after hers!), sure there were moments of hitting the wall, sure there were moments of what the hell am I doing, and even a few dummy spits!! BUT they conquered it!
Matt Coops was our first runner to finish in in just over 2.5hours coming first in his age group and 6th overall!
Nick and Keeters also snuck in under the 3 hour mark which is great
Liss was first BRS female across the line, also winning her age category
Ben, Sean, Matt L, Matt W, and Will smashed across the finish line close to each other all finishing within 3.5 hours.
After a big few months of long races, Andrew did well sneaking in just under 4 hours!
Irene and Jody did well finishing only a few minutes apart at 4.02 and 4.04!
The lovely trio, Lisa, Michelle and Libby crossed the line together in under 5 hours, with an amazing sense of relief and achievement!
Janet finished with a ripper of a cheer squad in 5.5 hours, wow, that is a massive achievement
A fantastic achievement by all our runners and a really well run race by Mackay Road Runners!
The week progressed from there to plenty of relaxing, catching up, cocktails, yummy food, swimming, stand up paddle boarding, cycling, shopping, and running! A fabulous week with fabulous people!!
Can't wait to announce the next BRS On Tour, likely to be January school holidays 2016! We will announce it real soon to give you time to save and prepare!
This Saturday we celebrate 5 years of inspiring and coaching Brisbane's Running Community.
Thanks to everybody who has contributed over the last 5 years!!
We have 40 runners and family joining us for a Beachy Cocktail party at the Southbank Surf Club with yummy punch, delicious food, awards and some On Tour debriefs
See you there!
This Saturday we will head to the Regatta for our Saturday run
When: Saturday 4 October
Where: Meet at the Regatta Hotel Carpark on Sylvan Road
What: a long run, heaps of options for loops around the uni and along Corro drive, or out and back if that takes your fancy!
See you there!
Renae & Matt