Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Great Pyramid Race

Above, my son Casey riding the bull with "Walsh's Pyramid" in the back ground. Yeeeeha!

Yesterday the 16th was my 44th Birthday and the date of the Great Pyramid Race, maybe you've heard of it? It has been held in Gordonvale near Cairns, my sister's home town, every year for about the last 50. It's a 12km race up "Walsh's Pyramid" a small mountain about 922m, pretty close to vertical, to the top. The total distance for the race is 12kms and it gets about 100 runners a year doing it.

I wanted to to it but seeing as I have never done any trail races and it was only 2 weeks after my full marathon I decided to just do the 5km Road Race part of this running festival. Anyway, I'm seriously thinking of trainning for and running the Pyramid Race next year.

As for the 5k race there were only about 30 people entered and I won $100 bucks coming in first in the male open division. Very happy about that as I have never won any race before. My time wasn't that fast, well not considering the PBs of some of our blogging friends,Punter Matty with 17:26, Steve Lacey with 17:53, Robert Song with 17:13 and Ewen with 17:33, still not too bad coming off a marathon and with no preparation, the course wasn't a straight road course it went down and up a reasonably high grass hill, twice, and over a small creek with about 2k on dirt tracks. So My 19:10 wasn't too bad.

After the race we had a BBQ and watched the fireworks there drinking beer and wine until early the next day. You guys really have a good lifestyle here. I think I'd move back but only if I didn't have to work ;)


  1. Yeeeeha alright! Huge congrats on your win. Running that time just 2 weeks after the mara ... not bad for an old guy ;)

    Sounds like you had the perfect birthday.

    PS We do have jobs here you know.

  2. Ride 'em Casey!

    Thanks for talking up my 17:33, but that was when I was a much younger pup than you ;)

    Great way to celebrate your bidet - winning a race. Brilliant! Don't forget to declare that $100 on your tax return.

  3. Gosh Scott! I would be over the moon if I could run 19:10 at any time let alone so soon after a such an awesome marathon. Well done.

  4. Only Aussies could call 922m a mountain (and people who have to run up it!)......

    Nice run! I can't believe you can walk 2 weeks after a 3:05, let alone do a sub-20 5k!

    If you intend to delcare the $100 on tax, don't forget to deduct the beer drunk in celebrating the win - after all, it's an expense relating to the income!

  5. Woohoo! Congrats on the bling, well cash.

    BTW the only time I will run 19min for 5k is in my next lifetime. Maybe. ;-)