Deep Space Mountain Marathon Festival 2019 enewsletter

Deep Space Mountain Marathon Festival 2019 enewsletter
Race day – Sunday 3 November

 

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1. Venue and course: 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.
Please download the course map and other event information at http://www.coolrunning.com.au/calendar/public_html/2019/2019e007.pdf

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 3 November:15 to 24 degrees.
6am Slight chance (42%)  of a shower 15 degrees
9am Slight chance (44%) of a shower 19 degrees
12 noon Slight chance (48%) of a shower 22 degrees
3pm Heavy rain

Therefore come prepared for wet weather with a lightweight rain jacket to run in/carry with you in your hydration pack and change of clothes and shoes on finishing.

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

Compulsory gear:  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. It is highly recommended that you carry a snake bite bandage. If you are doing the 8km or 5km, then carrying a mug should be fine if you will need a drink along the way.

 

3. Race bibs and race check in

On race morning you will need to report in on arriving and bring your compulsory gear for a gear check to collect your race bib. 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 (you must use the portaloo in the carpark as using the picnic area toilets will overload them). 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. The briefing may be conducted in the picnic shelter if it is raining. 

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/walk, 645m of ascent

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

 

Course descriptions.:
Start/finish at Orroral Deep Space sign in the Orroral Tracking Station overflow carpark on the left. 
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 just 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 turn right to park in a large concrete base area. Registration will be adjacent to this area.

6. Accommodation in southern Tuggeranong

Kana Arena, a runner in the 8 km, has an Airbnb self contained studio with king bed at Greenway in southern Tuggeranong for $80. Contact Kana on 0402196411.
Also:

  • Country Comfort Inn, 46 Rowland Rees Cres, Greenway www.countrycomforthotels.com
  • Abode Tuggeranong, 150 Anketell Street, Greenway www.abodehotels.com.au/hotels/abode-tuggeranong/

7. 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( $10), 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.

8. 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 (Jubes) at each drink station. Marathon runners can also set up 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.  

9. 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 disqualified. 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/walk: 4 hours 20 mins.

8 km run/walk: 2 and half hours.

10. AWARDS
The awards are as follows, and will be presented as each finisher crosses the finish line:
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 finisher mugs.

 11. 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.

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

13. 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.

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: Aston Duncan 33.04; Natasha Beck 39.10
5 km: Greg Hosking 21.55; Leanne Laajoki 21.20.

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

17.TOUR DE RIDGES, Sunday 15 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=36384

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.

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

Event

RaceNumber

FirstName

LastName

Age

Gender

Marathon

201

Benjamin

Wilson

33

Male

Marathon

202

Brendan

Codrington

38

Male

Marathon

203

Peter

Wilson

41

Male

Marathon

204

Darren

McClellan

47

Male

Marathon

205

Ingo

Ernst

48

Male

Marathon

206

Adrian

Cengia

50

Male

Marathon

207

Tim

Shillington

51

Male

Marathon

208

Stephen

Graham

55

Male

Marathon

209

Pam

Muston

59

Female

Half Marathon

210

Trent

Blinco

25

Male

Half Marathon

211

Thomas

White

28

Male

Half Marathon

212

Sam

Kearon

29

Male

Half Marathon

213

Oscar

Torres

30

Male

Half Marathon

214

Payton

Heffernan

31

Male

Half Marathon

215

Chris

Allison

33

Male

Half Marathon

216

Steve

Adams

35

Male

Half Marathon

217

Rowan

Lewis

35

Male

Half Marathon

218

Kale

Dyer

37

Male

Half Marathon

219

Luke

Kay

37

Male

Half Marathon

220

Jackson

Gothe-Snape

37

Male

Half Marathon

221

Lee

Brennan

39

Male

Half Marathon

222

James

Buchanan

40

Male

Half Marathon

223

Brent

Rebecca

40

Male

Half Marathon

224

Stephen

Watt

40

Male

Half Marathon

225

Shaun

Mccabe

41

Male

Half Marathon

226

Brendan

Davies

42

Male

Half Marathon

227

Markus

Mannheim

43

Male

Half Marathon

228

Craig

Dawson

45

Male

Half Marathon

229

Duncan

Byrne

45

Male

Half Marathon

230

Ken

Mansell

46

Male

Half Marathon

231

Alec

Tattersall

47

Male

Half Marathon

232

Robin

Fieldhouse

49

Male

Half Marathon

233

Luke

Buckmaster

50

Male

Half Marathon

234

Steve

Perry

50

Male

Half Marathon

235

Glenn

Paterson

52

Male

Half Marathon

236

Matthew

Thomas

52

Male

Half Marathon

237

Peter

Tutty

54

Male

Half Marathon

238

Philip

Milne

54

Male

Half Marathon

239

George

O'Kane

55

Male

Half Marathon

240

Paul

Newall

59

Male

Half Marathon

241

Narasimha

Bandi

65

Male

Half Marathon

242

Trevor

Jacobs

67

Male

Half Marathon

243

Peter

Clarke

69

Male

Half Marathon

244

Michael

Wilson

71

Male

Half Marathon

245

Rachel

Burns

28

Female

Half Marathon

246

Monika

Holmwood

30

Female

Half Marathon

247

Patricia

McKibbin

31

Female

Half Marathon

248

Anne

Thomas

31

Female

Half Marathon

249

Roxanna

Lane

35

Female

Half Marathon

250

Mem

Bossard

35

Female

Half Marathon

251

Fiona

Morgan

35

Female

Half Marathon

252

Jacqueline

Hrast

37

Female

Half Marathon

253

Lee

Steel

39

Female

Half Marathon

254

Tegan

Fenson

40

Female

Half Marathon

255

Marlo

Perry

40

Female

Half Marathon

256

Carika

Nagel

42

Female

Half Marathon

257

Kaye

Solari

45

Female

Half Marathon

258

Marnie

Shaw

45

Female

Half Marathon

259

Beck

Brown

46

Female

Half Marathon

260

Annie

Schofield

50

Female

Half Marathon

261

Kerron

Clare

52

Female

Half Marathon

262

Jasmina

Svoboda

53

Female

Half Marathon

263

Joanne

Seisun

55

Female

Half Marathon

264

Gabrielle

Brown

56

Female

Half Marathon

265

Sue

Bowden

63

Female

8km run

300

Max

Robertson

23

Male

8km run

301

Matthew

O'Brien

24

Male

8km run

302

Adam

Flint

37

Male

8km run

303

Matt

Ford

37

Male

8km run

304

Adam

Tibballs

38

Male

8km run

305

Luke

Payten

41

Male

8km run

306

Jason

McHattan

51

Male

8km run

307

Paul

Johnson

53

Male

8km run

308

Mark

Witham

53

Male

8km run

309

Tony

Krone

59

Male

8km run

310

Michael

Dunning

81

Male

8km run

311

Kaitlin

Primrose

22

Female

8km run

312

Bernadette

Toohey

24

Female

8km run

313

Annelies

Grogan

28

Female

8km run

314

Sam

Hayden

33

Female

8km run

315

Louise

Roberts

36

Female

8km run

316

Rebecca

Gee

37

Female

8km run

317

Rebecca

Minty

38

Female

8km run

318

Kristy

Primrose

39

Female

8km run

319

Jacqui

Adams

40

Female

8km run

320

Amanda

Mccue

47

Female

8km run

321

Vickie

Mackay

49

Female

8km run

322

Jan

Kruger

49

Female

8km run

323

Kana

Adera

49

Female

8km run

324

Hilary

Caldwell

53

Female

8km run

325

Amanda

Garland

54

Female

8km run

326

Mira

Dumancic

57

Female

8km run

327

Libby

Salmon

58

Female

8km run

328

Tanya

Kiermaier

59

Female

8km run

329

Jennifer

Mckibbin

60

Female

8km run

330

Judith

Bibo

62

Female

5km run

331

Caleb

Quispes

11

Male

5km run

332

Xavier

Quispes

14

Male

5km run

333

Jose

Quispes Garay

51

Male

5km run

334

Simon

Tilley

55

Male

5km run

335

Jim

White

70

Male

5km run

336

Heidi

Young

6

Female

5km run

337

Rebecca

Tilley

12

Female

5km run

338

Hannah

Quispes

13

Female

5km run

339

Natasha

Tilley

15

Female

5km run

340

Julia

Graczyk

51

Female

5km run

341

Stephanie

Quispes Garay

52

Female

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