Deep Space Mountain Marathon Festival 2018 newsletter

Deep Space Mountain Marathon Festival 2018 enewsletter
Race day – Sunday 4 November
Namadgi National Park, ACT


1. Venue: Orroral Space Tracking Station picnic area, Namadgi National Park

The start/finish is at the Orroral Space Tracking Station at the end of the Orroral Road in Namadgi National Park.

2. Weather forecast and gear requirements

See http://www.bom.gov.au/act/forecasts/canberra.shtml and http://www.weatherzone.com.au/act/act/canberra
Sunday 10 December. Min 9, max 29, Slight (20%) chance of light rain. Light winds. Sun protection recommended. UV Index predicted to reach 15 [Extreme]

Make sure you have running shoes for the race which have very good grip as the running surface is steep in places. 

Fun run cups take 50 years to decompose in landfill. So we are doing what many other trail runs have done elsewhere in Australia and overseas and cutting out use of these. So if you are doing the half marathon or marathon, please wear a hydration vest, or Camelback, or carry a 500ml water mug, and top up at the drink stations which will have water and sports drink containers with taps. If you are doing the 8km or 5km run or walk, then carrying a mug should be fine if you will need a drink along the way.

3. Chest numbers and race check in

On race morning you will need to report in on arriving and collect your chest number. Your race number is listed in the start list at the end of this bulletin.

Please arrive in plenty of time for this (at least 40 minutes before your start time) and to visit the loo (please use the portaloo in the carpark). There is a compulsory pre-start briefing 10 minutes before each event covering safety and other issues. Please be at the start line 10 minutes before your start for this briefing. 

4. Detailed event information

Please download and read the detailed event information, including a map of the course and race time limits and cut off times, at
http://www.coolrunning.com.au/calendar/public_html/2018/2018e005.pdf

Start times are:

7am                42.2 km marathon, 1290m of ascent

8am                21.1 km half marathon run & power walk, 645m of ascent

9am                8 km run and walk; 5 km run and walk

 

Course descriptions.:
Start/finish at Orroral Deep Space sign in the Orroral Tracking Station carpark. 
Half marathon course: From Orroral Tracking Station to Honeysuckle Tracking Station campground and return on well maintained 4WD road. See map in the event information.
Marathon: 2 laps of Half Marathon course. 
8 km course: an out and back undulating course which avoids the half marathon course steep hill. The course turns around at the 4km mark. It is then 4 km to the finish. 
5 km course: out and back on the half marathon course. The 2.5 km turnaround point is 80 metres past the Orroral River bridge.

5. Car pooling, getting there and parking when you arrive

Be careful driving: there are lots of kangaroos on the roads early morning and late afternoon/evening. Allow at least 65 minutes driving from the centre of Canberra.

From Central Canberra, travel to Tharwa. After crossing the historic bridge over the Murrumbidgee River at Tharwa, stay to the left and drive south, on the Boboyan Road passing the Namadgi National Park Visitors Centre. Continue on this road until you get to the Orroral Road turnoff sign. Turn right on to this road and follow it to the end of the bitumen. CAUTION: On entering Namadgi National Park please drive at 40 kph only as there are many kangaroos and most have no road sense. 

PARKING: When arriving, do NOT park in the small public carpark. Follow the FUN RUN PARKING signs to the left then right to park in a large concrete base area. Registration will be at the large picnic area shelter.

6. CAMPING:

Avoid driving early morning. Camp overnight at the Orroral campground, a 10 minute drive from the race venue. Pay at the Namadgi Visitors Centre on the way out on Saturday afternoon, or book online. 

Features: A covered shelter with seating, fireplace and gas BBQ.; Composting toilets. No showers; Shared wood BBQs (bring your own firewood); Sealed road access. In camping, please bring your own supply of water and food, plus a rubbish bag to take all garbage home with you.

7. DRINK STATIONS & TOILETS ON THE COURSE: There are drink stations at the start/finish; after 2.5kms, after 7kms and at the 10.55km turnaround point near the Honeysuckle Tracking Station camp ground.

There will be water, sports drink and lollies at each drink station, plus muesli bars and bananas for marathon runners at the half marathon turnaround. Marathon runners can also have their own halfway refreshments.

Please note that the run/walk is wholly within Namadgi National Park; do not drop cups or gel wrappers or any other rubbish along the course, leave them only at drink stations.

There is a portaloo close to the start/finish area and another toilet only 150 metres from the half marathon turnaround point at Honeysuckle. Please use these and not the bush in the national park. If you do go into the bush, Namadgi rangers have asked that you only do so at least 100m from a water course, that you did a 15 cm hole and cover it up afterwards.

TOILETS ON THE WAY TO THE RACE: In past years there was a long queue for the toilets pre-start and some people missed the pre-start briefing. Please consider stopping on the way to the race at the toilet block in Tharwa on your left immediately after crossing the bridge over the Murrumbidgee River, or at the Orroral camp ground toilet block.  

8. TIME LIMITS

Time limits are necessary for personal safety and for consideration to drink station attendants who volunteer many hours to help on the day.

The following time limits shall apply and persons not achieving the time limits will be disqualified.

Marathon: must reach the halfway point in 2 hrs 45 mins to continue, then the finish in 5 hrs 30 mins to not be disaqualified. Any marathon runner who withdraws at the 21.1k point (at the start/finish) will be included in the half marathon results but will not be eligible for half marathon place getter awards.

Half marathon run and power walk: 4 hours 20 mins.

8 km run and walk: 2 and half hours.

9. AWARDS
The awards are as follows:

Large engraved medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd males and females in the marathon, half marathon, 8k and 5k runs.
For all other finishers: Deep Space 2018 finisher medals

 10. SNAKES:

One reason for the time limit is the danger of dehydration and heat stress. Another is that Namadgi National Park has both dangerous brown snakes and red bellied black snakes and they come out onto the tracks from mid to late morning onwards on warm days. Please be aware of this potential danger.

Please read the section on first aid for snake bite in the following: http://www.anaes.med.usyd.edu.au/venom/snakebite.html In summary, if bitten, stop still, firmly bandage the affected area (use your running singlet) and get the next runner on the course to seek urgent assistance for you.

11. MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE: There is none at Orroral.

12. DO NOT RUN IF INJURED OR SICK

In the Bush Capital Bush Marathon and Ultra in July 2010 several runners who were carrying significant injuries ran anyway. Some even carried pain killers and took them on the run. This is highly dangerous. In the Deep Space marathon it is even more dangerous if sections of the course end up being closed to vehicles and the only way you can be rescued from the course is using the Canberra hospital rescue helicopter (which will be very expensive for you).
So if you are carrying an injury, or suffering from an illness, do NOT run.

13. EXTRA HELPERS NEEDED
I am short of helpers at the start/finish: 1 car parking marshal, and manual backup recording. If you have spouses/other supporters who can help out while they are waiting for you to finish, please let me know. I would appreciate it if one or two of the 8km/5km runners could arrive early (6.15am) and be an extra parking guide for people arriving between 6.15am and 8.45am. Please email me at hackettrunner@hotmail.com if you can help out. 

14. PHOTOS FROM PREVIOUS DEEP SPACE EVENTS

Please see

https://hardingjohn.smugmug.com/Sports/Mountain-running/10-Dec-17-Deep-Space-start-finish/

https://hardingjohn.smugmug.com/Sports/Mountain-running/10-Dec-17-Deep-Space-J-Kennedy-photos

https://hardingjohn.smugmug.com/Sports/Mountain-running/10-Dec-17-Deep-Space-L-Doyle-photos/

https://hardingjohn.smugmug.com/Sports/Mountain-running/11-Dec-2016-Deep-Space/

https://hardingjohn.smugmug.com/Sports/Mountain-running/11-Dec-16-Deep-Space-Di-Arthur/

https://hardingjohn.smugmug.com/Sports/Mountain-running/8-Nov-15-Deep-Space-Marathon/

https://hardingjohn.smugmug.com/Sports/Mountain-running/8Nov15-Deep-Space-marathon-D/

https://hardingjohn.smugmug.com/Sports/Mountain-running/Deep-Space-Marathon-ACT-2-Nov/

http://hardingjohn.smugmug.com/Sports/Mountain-running/2013-Deep-Space-Marathon/

http://hardingjohn.smugmug.com/Sports/Mountain-running/Deep-Space-Marathon-2012/ 

http://hardingjohn.smugmug.com/Sports/Mountain-running/2011-Deep-Space-Marathon/

http://hardingjohn.smugmug.com/Sports/Mountain-running/Deep-Space-Marathon-7Nov2010/

15. GOPRO VIDEO

GoPro video by Peter Komidar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_RyoPsEon4 

16. RACE RECORDS

Marathon: John Winsbury 3.09.34; Angela Bateup (44km) 3.50.34.
Half marathon: Matt Crane 1.26.33; Lizzie Ingham 1.48.17.
10 km: Matthew Zeitlhofer 42.53; Melissa Clarke 48.55.
8 km: Matthew Zeitlhofer 34.57; Jen Bright 39.11
5 km: Greg Hosking 21.55; Leanne Laajoki 21.20.

17. CALENDAR
see www.mountainrunning.cooolrunning.com.au

18.TOUR DE RIDGES, Sunday 16 DECEMBER: 10.6k; 15.3k; 21.2 k

Download the event information and enter online at https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=32068

Helpers are needed for this: register online to help at http://www.mountainrunning.coolrunning.com.au/index.php?module=Home&action=volunteer
Helpers receive wine or chocolate.

All entries strictly close at 6pm next Wednesday. NO entries after that and no entries on the day. Please enter NOW if you are planning to participate. https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=27986

19. NO DOGS!! It is a national park!

20. QUERIES

Please read the event information and this newsletter. Your question should be answered! Do not email or message any queries after Friday as there is no mobile or internet contact in the Orroral Valley.

 

John Harding
Event organiser
Australian Mountain Running Association

Entry list

Chosen Event

Race Number

FirstName

LastName

Age

Gender

Marathon

2

Travis

Ey

21

Male

Marathon

3

Brendan

Codrington

37

Male

Marathon

5

Matt

Griggs

39

Male

Marathon

7

Damien

Stewart

39

Male

Marathon

8

Brad

Malone

42

Male

Marathon

10

Damian

Smith

47

Male

Marathon

12

Peter

Watson

50

Male

Marathon

13

Martin

Pogson

57

Male

Half Marathon

14

Matt

Doyle

22

Male

Half Marathon

15

Matthew

Berrington

23

Male

Half Marathon

17

Jack

Brand

24

Male

Half Marathon

18

Fergus

Symon

25

Male

Half Marathon

19

Rowan

Campbell

26

Male

Half Marathon

22

Glen

Sturesteps

29

Male

Half Marathon

23

Callum

Moggach

29

Male

Half Marathon

24

Tim

Smeeth

32

Male

Half Marathon

26

Giancarlo

Del Miglio

34

Male

Half Marathon

28

Liam

Ryan

36

Male

Half Marathon

29

Cameron

Curry

36

Male

Half Marathon

30

Shane

Kelly

38

Male

Half Marathon

32

Tom

Wilson

38

Male

Half Marathon

33

Stephen

Watt

39

Male

Half Marathon

34

Mark

Gregson

39

Male

Half Marathon

35

Peter

Wilson

40

Male

Half Marathon

36

Shaun

Mccabe

40

Male

Half Marathon

38

Jason

Wong

42

Male

Half Marathon

39

Geoff

Mether

43

Male

Half Marathon

40

Denis

French

43

Male

Half Marathon

41

Ben

Crabb

44

Male

Half Marathon

42

Jason

Lewis

44

Male

Half Marathon

43

Sandeep

CHANDRA

45

Male

Half Marathon

44

Giles

Lamb

45

Male

Half Marathon

45

Ken

Mansell

46

Male

Half Marathon

46

Aston

Duncan

46

Male

Half Marathon

47

David

Sitsky

46

Male

Half Marathon

48

Jamie

Storrie

48

Male

Half Marathon

49

Paul

Tilse

48

Male

Half Marathon

50

Craig

Stocks

52

Male

Half Marathon

51

Vince

Kelly

52

Male

Half Marathon

52

David

Mcbride

54

Male

Half Marathon

54

Russell

Crane

55

Male

Half Marathon

55

Clive

Brotchie

56

Male

Half Marathon

56

Rodney

Smith

57

Male

Half Marathon

60

David

Mcculloch

59

Male

Half Marathon

61

Treor

Jacobs

66

Male

Half Marathon

62

Peter

Badowski

68

Male

Half Marathon

63

Hugh

Moore

70

Male

Half Marathon

64

Gina

Zheng

22

Female

Half Marathon

65

Cassie

Cohen

23

Female

Half Marathon

66

Siobhan

Tobin

24

Female

Half Marathon

68

Miriam

Strmecki

25

Female

Half Marathon

70

Bethany

Oshaughnessy

25

Female

Half Marathon

71

Rachel

Stone

26

Female

Half Marathon

72

Isabella

Basaglia

26

Female

Half Marathon

73

Joyce

Yeoh

28

Female

Half Marathon

74

Camilla

Brent

29

Female

Half Marathon

75

Louise

Abbott

29

Female

Half Marathon

76

Cassandra

Peisley

32

Female

Half Marathon

77

Janet

Street

33

Female

Half Marathon

78

Eleanor

Gray

34

Female

Half Marathon

79

Mary

Russell

36

Female

Half Marathon

80

Mellita

Bingley

36

Female

Half Marathon

81

Shareen

Underwood

37

Female

Half Marathon

82

Jane

Quodling

38

Female

Half Marathon

84

Danielle

Donegan

38

Female

Half Marathon

85

Shannon

Schuster

38

Female

Half Marathon

86

Steph

Le Fevre

38

Female

Half Marathon

87

Rebecca

Hunter

39

Female

Half Marathon

88

Melissa

Crowther

42

Female

Half Marathon

90

Michele

Lamb

44

Female

Half Marathon

91

Ann-Maree

Catanzariti

44

Female

Half Marathon

92

Leah

Bowman

45

Female

Half Marathon

93

Jackie

Luethi

46

Female

Half Marathon

95

Beth

Bowen

47

Female

Half Marathon

96

Jenny

Nethersole

47

Female

Half Marathon

97

Diana

Dubelaar

49

Female

Half Marathon

98

Annie

Schofield

49

Female

Half Marathon

99

Michelle

Morgan

49

Female

Half Marathon

100

Paula

Gaudry

51

Female

Half Marathon

101

Kerron

Clare

51

Female

Half Marathon

102

Kim

Greaves

52

Female

Half Marathon

103

Mona Irene

Larsen

55

Female

Half Marathon

104

Sue

Bowden

62

Female

Bush walk - Half Marathon

106

Ben

Alexander

33

Male

Bush walk - 8km

107

Shannan

Carey

25

Female

Bush walk - 8km

108

Emma

Biggs

27

Female

8km run

109

Isaac

Muscat

14

Male

8km run

110

Jeremy

Forbes

22

Male

8km run

111

Matthew

Zeitlhofer

24

Male

8km run

112

Jackson

Page

29

Male

8km run

113

Will

Brady

30

Male

8km run

114

Terry

Baxendale

31

Male

8km run

116

Adam

Tibballs

37

Male

8km run

117

Richard

Handley

39

Male

8km run

118

Luke

Buckmaster

49

Male

8km run

119

Matthew

Thomas

51

Male

8km run

120

David

Radzanowski

53

Male

8km run

122

John

Spooner

53

Male

8km run

123

Craig

Dixon

56

Male

8km run

125

Cath

Pilley

23

Female

8km run

126

Emily

Buchanan

23

Female

8km run

127

Rebecca

Higgins

29

Female

8km run

128

Natasha

Beck

30

Female

8km run

129

Broole

Morey

36

Female

8km run

130

Katie

Shields

37

Female

8km run

131

Christine

May

38

Female

8km run

132

Samantha

Rampant

39

Female

8km run

133

Belinda

Harding

39

Female

8km run

134

Jaime

Shields

42

Female

8km run

135

Anna

Welfare

54

Female

8km run

136

Tanya

Kiermaier

58

Female

5km run

137

Caleb

Quispes

10

Male

5km run

138

Xavier

Quispes

13

Male

5km run

139

Thomas

Basche

26

Male

5km run

141

Isaac

Jackson

28

Male

5km run

142

Terry

Strong

49

Male

5km run

143

Jose

Quispes Garay

50

Male

5km run

144

Jim

White

69

Male

5km run

145

Hannah

Quispes

12

Female

5km run

146

Zhaolian

Zhou

25

Female

5km run

147

Diana

Ramirez

32

Female

5km run

148

Adele

Moncur

40

Female

5km run

149

Margot

Tredoux

49

Female

5km run

150

Stephanie

Quispes Garay

51

Female

Bush walk - 5km

151

Linda

Watson

53

Female

 

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