Back in 2013 after a bit of internet research, keen for more running experiences, I came across the Bruny Island Ultra. Back then I thought there was no way that I could ever run that far. I hadn’t done a half marathon so 64kms? It didn’t seem possible.
This is the wonderful graphic that CJ did for our team. She is not only creative and talented but just the most lovely lady x Her blog is wonderful CeeJayKayFit.
2015 saw Pauly line up and four Quackers, Louise, Grant, Janette and Unsporty, run with him in a relay. We loved it! Every step. Not so Pauly who cooked himself during the first 42kms and found the last 22km tougher than tough.
Bring on this year, 2016. Team Huey and Louie (Pauly and Louise) lined up at the start to run the whole way as solo runners (that means not in a team, that means running the whole entire long way).
What a difference a year of running makes. This time Huey and Louie paced themselves well. They fueled and hydrated perfectly. It didn’t make it any less tough but they ran smarter than Huey ran last year. They made it and had fun along the way. Time was 7:35:23 for both of them, a bit slower than Pauly’s time last year but finishing so much stronger and happier. Pauly was 27th out of 46 male solo runners and Louie was 14th lady out of 21 female solo runners. This was not about times, it was about the experience; the experience that all the Quackers had was AWESOME!
The Quackers Support Crew, Grant, Janette and Unsporty, crewed smarter this year as well. We learnt so much from our first attempt at supporting an ultra marathoner. We had their hydration and nutrition planned and laid out. We had less mucking around and more economy in the way we supported. We also had our cheering planned. We had a music play list and many times during those stops (every 2kms) we had other supporters want to be near us because we were where the party was at. We cheered every single runner regardless of the death stares some gave us. We learnt from last year that for many runners, they are taking in those cheers and encouraging words but not able to show it on the run. But at the end? We were hugged and thanked by many.
A Support Crew selfie at the very first stop. We stopped every 2kms along the way in the designated areas. We love our Quackers caps that Louie surprised us with.
Janette with everything laid out for the runners.
Looking wonderful! Is that Louie singing???
This is Bernadette, her husband Grant was running solo, I think she had enough Jelly Beans for the entire field of entrants!
On the Isthmus…
As the runners went off to keep chipping away at those 64kms the supporters were busy making plans for the next stop and what we would feed them. We were busy the whole way, I’m glad we had three of us because we all supported each other as well as the runners. I don’t think we stopped laughing or smiling the whole time.
A marathon done and a half marathon to go!
There’s the Unsporty Woman having a little run too – 6kms, her longest run since hurting her knee🙂 When possible, the supporters drove slowly alongside the runners blasting out some motivational tunes.
This is the famous bridge where Pauly did his Troll impression last year – fortunately this year there was no troll-like behaviour (as in going under bridges or being grumpy).
Fueling on coffee milk like the real running dairy farmer that Pauly is.
Everyone loved our music and Louie even found the energy to dance and sing quite a few times. Let’s just say that Louie is a much better runner than she is singer….🙂 Grant had a motivating and uplifting playlist that got everyone grooving, even tired runners.
The byline of this blog says in part …Encouraging everyone to get active and have a go. I hoped that 2016 was going to be my year to try and run those 64kms. It wasn’t. But what I did was support two of my favouritest running people in the whole world achieve a massive goal and that warms my heart and makes me happy. AND I got to share the support with two wonderful running friends, Janette and Grant. Being a supporter on Saturday meant that all three of us lived and breathed this statement helping out two people who are special to us. What could be better than that?
We had the best weekend. A weekend that shows why we work hard and train hard: so that we can get out there and have some fun leaving our day to day concerns at home just for a little while.
If ever you think you can’t do this running thing, please remember this…. It was only a few years ago that a certain runner said to Pauly and I that she would like to join us on a 5km fun run but she wasn’t feeling confident about being in a fun run with lots of people. She wanted to come with us for a bit of friendship and moral support. She aced that 5km fun run! Next she eyed off the Cadbury Half Marathon but she wasn’t sure she could run that far. She did. In fact she dragged me along. Soon we were training regularly together and as I glance over my shoulder I see multiple half marathons and five marathons. The lesson here is don’t ever doubt yourself. Believing that you can run gets you half way there, then comes the gradual increase in distance and the dogged commitment to training. If the small voice in your head says that it’s too much and you can’t, please remember my friend Louie who started with a 5km fun run and on Saturday she became an Ultra Marathoner. Believe in yourself Dear Reader, believe.
And now for some finishing photos…
Look for a tiny orange dot and a tiny white dot (between the red roofed buildings and the green roofed building), Huey and Louie making their way to the lighthouse and the finish…64kms almost done.
…almost at that *beep* lighthouse!
FINISHED! Two Quacker Ultra Marathoners!
This is Louie when she thought that they had run out of medals🙂
A kiss for his wife❤ – looking just a little pooped!
Back at Alonnah for the presentations and time for a Bruny Island Cider for the girls and a pumpkin soup for Grant.
More surprises – Louie had a medal made for us that said Best Support Crew Ever❤
…and next year it will hopefully be the turn for two more from Team Quackers to cross the line and become Ultra Marathoners…. I’m believing.
Celebrations back at the beach house. Love the view from the deck. Notice the cap and goggles? You’ll never guess what some of the Quackers are doing next weekend! It involves swimming, cycling, running and bubbles.