Googong Dam Off Road Half Marathon
Others such as Flashduck, Ali, Strewth, CJ have adequately described the run and the course on their blogsites http://akiruns.blogspot.com/, http://flashduck.blogspot.com/, http://froggie61.blogspot.com/, http://baussmann2.blogspot.com/.
There were certainly plenty of ups and downs, and a fairly "in your face" wind on the way out, and helping a bit on the way back.
That's the slowest half marathon, I've "run", pardon the "run" word because some of the hilly bits were walked.
I have run the Cotter so many times without walking, but the Googong hills were more of a challenge, because they were spaced reasonably close.
After the first 2/3km, I was thinking maybe to come out again in a couple of months time to do a training run. But after the umpteenth hill, that thought was dispensed to the too hard basket.
Getting back was also a bit of a trial due to developing sore feet, on the outside right of the bottom of my right foot, so I retied the shoelaces which helped somewhat, but it was still a struggle to get to the finish.
Having started in the earlier group, it was great to see almost everyone in the 1:00pm start group pass, and continue on their way, and to see the changes in position from when they went out, to when they were coming back.
The drink station volunteers did a great job, and looked after us all, drink stations were at the 5km, and at the turn around.
The quads are now recovering so this weekend events at Weston Park should be easier, The "Pennington and Longstaff" annual ACT Cross Country Club runs on Saturday.
Until Next Time