The GPS trace is on Garmin and Runkeeper.
My results are on Tiktok.
The photos are on Picasa.
And the report is below :-)
Friday 18 May 2012 - 4pm - Fairmont resortRegistration opens and hundreds of runners queue to get a free T-shirt and cap, matches, a firelighter, a set of maps, a bib and time chip, and finally to get the (impressive amount of) compulsory gear checked. Next step is to leave drop bags in the 3 trucks going to the 3 last checkpoints. Then we can re-pack the mandatory gear in the race bag and head for the pasta party, before catching an early sleep.
Saturday 19 May - 5.37amWake up, get dressed in multiple layers of clothing for what is expected to be a freezing start (mornings recently have been as cold a 0.8*C, today should be about 4*C...), and head to the briefing. The hotel is not serving any breakfast that early, but the stomach is not so intent on letting much food in either. 6.15, we are first welcome by the aboriginal owners of the land, then the "wildlife manager" shows us an example of wildlife signs he's been putting all over the course (spot them all! and also, find the wombat!), and we also get some words from North Face representative, and organisers Alina and Tom, before heading to the start line. Surprisingly warm out there. First wave sets off at 6.54, 2nd wave a few minutes later, then we wait for our start.
Saturday 19 May - 7.02 am - Start line3, 2, 1... Goooo!!!
It starts in the streets of Leura, everyone is over-excited and running way too fast for the distance ahead. But was probably a good idea seeing as at 1.6km we get all stuck in a huge traffic jam when we leave the streets for a brilliant single track that I would like to run at some point... :-/ Problem is, it then goes up stairs, and the continuous flow of "runners" can't go any faster than the slowest runner going up the stairs kilometers ahead... So we climb the Golden Stairs very slowly (even I can survive such a pace...) and reach the ridge at the top way late. CP1 is just 1 or 2 km further on the ridge at 18km.