Bruny Island Ultra – Waddling our way through 64kms

We went, we saw, we waddled, we ran, we finished AND along the way we laughed and had fun.

Bruny Island Ultra would have to be the most casual event we’ve been involved in to date.  There is very little information on the internet about it.  There is a facebook page where details and questions are asked and answered.  There are enough details to get runners sorted but there isn’t the usual over publishing of advice, data, suggestions, instructions… I guess if you’re going to run an ultra then you should know what you’re doing perhaps?

Despite the small amount of information available, the event runs like a well oiled machine.  There are a group of dedicated volunteers who just seem to make it all happen as if by magic.   Some volunteers seemed to pop up everywhere…they were at registration on Friday, then at the start on Saturday, then directing traffic at the finish, then at the presentation…magical volunteers working really hard!  They were like serene ducks gliding on the surface of the water but paddling 10 for the dozen underneath.

And speaking of ducks Team Quackers LOVED the event.  We truly did.  We laughed and ran and joked and cheered from the start at Dennes Point all the way down those winding, hilly, undulating 64kms to the Bruny Island Lighthouse.

There are many events in Tasmania but honestly if you were going to come to this magical place for just one event, Bruny Island Ultra or Point to Pinnacle would be the picks and then if you could only do one you’d have to toss a coin.  They are both unique and wonderful!

Photos?  Oh yes, we have plenty.  Unfortunately my phone camera has a cracked lens and let a bit of moisture in.  The weather was a top of 16°C with misty rain to drizzle to full on pouring – actually it was quite nice.  Given that it’s the first month of summer it could’ve been up in the 30s, so this weather made pleasant running conditions.

Team Quackers consisting of Janette, Louise, Grant and I ran alongside Pauly who ran the whole, long way solo.  He did it tough.  But he did it. Pauly is an ULTRA MARATHONER!  The team supported him as much as we could running with him, we stopped every 2kms at the official stops and gave him his gels and drinks.  We cheered him like mad along with every other runner we saw.  As we were driving along we wound down the windows and the two or three not running would hang out the car and cheer, clap and wave like crazy beasts.  Team Quackers had so much fun that we decided to run joint legs – all up we ran 81kms, 32 for Louise, 26 for Janette and 23 for me with Grant doing the odd run here and there between driving and dishing out supplies.

Oh yes, there are photos and some are a little funny.  Here are a few…  You may laugh with us, at us, whatever you like but please laugh because we are laughing – we enjoyed ourselves all the way…well the Team did!

The ferry - a short 15 minute trip

The ferry – a short 15 minute trip

The Quacker girls at the start

The Quacker girls at the start with our baton.

This event allows teams and solo runners to nominate the start time. This can be from 4:30am. Everyone has to be finished at 2:30pm. We started at 6am. Starts are staggered to make sure that there aren't too many vehicles on the road at once - everyone has to have a support crew.

This event allows teams and solo runners to nominate their start time. This can be from 4:30am. Everyone has to be finished at 2:30pm. We started at 6am. Starts are staggered to make sure that there aren’t too many vehicles on the road at any one point – everyone has to have a support crew.

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We discovered that not only is Grant a very patient team driver but he is also does a great Rocky impersonation.

We discovered that not only is Grant a very patient team driver but he also does a great Rocky impersonation.

The Quacker Car - Thanks CJ, we loved our logo.

The Quacker Car – Thanks CJ, we love our logo.

Apart from making us all laugh all day Grant worked really hard getting supplies ready for the runners.

Apart from making us all laugh all day Grant worked really hard getting supplies ready for the runners.

Louie ran 32kms as a training run for Cadbury Marathon, looking good here and like she's about to tap dance.

Louie ran 32kms as a training run for Cadbury Marathon, looking good here and like she’s about to tap dance, Pauly however looks ready for a snooze.  This is the half way point.

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Km 50. This photo sums it all up. Team Quackers are having fun, Pauly the solo runner is pooped...and don't mention bridges anyone and no one gets hurt....when nature calls a bridge is the best place apparently....beware of the troll!

Km 50. This photo sums it all up. Team Quackers are having fun, Pauly the solo runner is pooped…and don’t mention bridges anyone and no one will get hurt….when nature calls a bridge is the best place to dive under apparently….beware of the troll!

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Quackers don't just run, we fly!

Quackers don’t just run, we fly!

The lighthouse comes into view. Bruny Island coast line is just speccy!

The lighthouse comes into view. Bruny Island coast line is just speccy!  Keep going Pauly!  You can do it!

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The last run from the Lighthouse outhouses to the Lighthouse itself was steep.  Really steep.  Super impressed with everyone who ran solo and all the teams too.

A big huge clap and cheer for two lovely ladies we met on the day.  These ladies ran the whole 64kms in a team, 2kms on and 2kms off.  One was running, one was driving, Miss J and Miss Jo and who happened to win the trophy for the category Local Team of 2.  They encouraged us and we encouraged them.  AND you’ll never guess what???? After sharing a few photos on the Bruny Island Ultra facebook page it turns out that Miss Jo follows this blog!  Wow.  Team Quackers love cheering everyone but how cool to make a connection like this.

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Last year the Miss Js were in a larger team and this year they did this massive feat as a mighty duo.  Super impressed ladies!

We cheered all the runners and all the teams.  There was one chap who was doing it tough.  He showed very little emotion on his face during the run but we cheered him anyway.  One of his support crew laced up her shoes and ran more than half the way with him (that is just such an epic thing to do).  He appeared to have some gut issues on the day and all of us on Team Quackers where in awe that he managed to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  Up at that lighthouse I saw him with his solo medal around his neck.  I went up and said how proud we all were of him and what a great job he’d done to keep on running when I’m sure it would’ve been the easiest thing to jump into back seat of his support car.  He had the most wonderful red bushy beard.  His eyes smiled and he thanked us for all the support and told us that he can keep on running when there are people like us cheering him.  A tear, yes a tear came to my eye then and now.  We are all only human.  We need each other and nowhere is the need greater for the simple act of kindness and verbal encouragement than during an ultra marathon.  Well done you xxx  You are a star.

Never was a medal so deserved. The old boy did it tough on Saturday but he did it.

Never was a medal so deserved. The old boy did it tough on Saturday but he did it.

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Such a beautiful part of the world to run.

20151205_131902We did it and next year a few of us want to do this solo for ourselves.  Quackered in the head?  Definitely!

Happy running 🙂

20151205_194535Which Quacker was so tired that they put their pjs on as soon as they showered and then couldn’t be stuffed changing to go for a walk on the beach?

  1. Daffy (aka Grant),
  2. Daisy (aka Janette),
  3. Louie (aka Louise) or
  4. Dewey (aka The Unsporty Woman aka Annie)???
Cooling those ultra marathoner legs

Cooling those ultra marathoner legs

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18 thoughts on “Bruny Island Ultra – Waddling our way through 64kms

  1. You make it sound like it was a really fun day out! Well done to you all. The scenery looks fab. As always Anne, you are so inspiring! So ultra next year then? Have fun!!

    • It was fun for us team members. And it was really awesome cheering everyone on, we had the best day. Thanks Julie, I’m going to see how I go with all the runs, I hope to be at the start line of Bruny Island Ultra 2016 as a solo participant 🙂

  2. So happy for Paul. WELL DONE. Well done all of you. I’m so pleased you enjoyed beautiful Bruny so much. Wonderful to have met you on the day. You kept us motivated when our struggle hit. You were so positive & uplifting. Just seeing you all rallying around Paul was inspiring. Hope to run into you again.
    Xx Miss Jo, Bruny Island.

    • Thanks Miss Jo, you two really inspired us. A relay of running and supporting each other – super impressed. We loved Bruny Island, can’t believe I haven’t been before. We’re all booked for next year but this time we’re going to spend some extra nights so we can have a good old admire of how beautiful your home is.

    • Thanks Miss J, we loved cheering you both on. Such a huge thing to do, I was so impressed with your running, then you’d jump in the car and drive… Two energiser bunnies disguised as Turbo Chooks. Very well done!

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