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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Go see Kokoda blog

I have started a seperate Blog for my Kokoda trip.  Hook over there for updates.

Monday, July 30, 2012

New job.  I started a new permanent job at CSC Australia.  I left Boeing Australia after nearly 8 years, and so far things are good.  Seems like a good project, and a good team and I like my role.  It will be interesting to see what happening in Jun/Jul 2013 when this project wraps up.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hard work on the Rangey

Buying, stripping and getting rid of the wrecked Rangey has been a fair mission. I worked on it by myself for the vast majority, with some heckling from the kids and a few helpful visits from Toghes. I learned a lot. I skinned many knuckles. I sweated and bled. It was fun, but time consuming for a time-poor man. Rangey's are not simple vehicles.

This is what happens if you try to use a trolley jack as wheels for a car. Bang!:

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Range Rover EAS valve block rebuild

I have a 2000 Range Rover HSE. Today I ripped out the Electronic Air Suspension valve block and replaced about 45 orings in it. As per the instructions on this page (thanks again Paul). Here is a short summary of the proceedings. The RRs air suspension is good again!

Interestingly, many of the orings were still good, although most of them had a square cross section instead of round, but 10 years will do that. The very small Non Return Valve orings were in the worst shape, one of the photos below illustrates that well.

Unfortunately, the pics are in the reverse order - although you think that I would spend the time to fix it, you're wrong.



Thursday, October 28, 2010

RR pics

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Solar panel system installed!

Here are some before and after shots. Exciting and electrifying time :-|

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Termite mounds in NT

Very small animals building very large things...

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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Gold Coast Marathon 2009

Race report
Sportypal data

Monday, February 23, 2009

Knee Operation washup

I saw the surgeon for the post-op consultation. He said all went well, and showed me some cool photos. I am allowed to run and ride again now, monitoring pain, so I will ride this week and walk/jog next week to take it slow. The good news is that I should be right to race at BRW and almost certainly right to race 50km at Glasshouse in May. Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Knee op

The knee operation went well yesterday. I am able to walk without crutches or braces and the pain isnt too bad (so far). I am hopeful that I wont be off training for too long, as I still have firm plans to do all three Glasshouse trails ultramarathons this year (

In all the arthroscopy was incident free and successful from the POV of the surgeon. Hopefully the knee has many good years left in it.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Running on broken bits

Ran home last night the 15km with Deon on the busted cartilege. No problems, although I felt fat and slow, and walked the bigger hills. The problems it causes seem random and hard to reproduce.

I am keen to run before the op to strengthen the legs and increase fitness before the (hopefully) short layoff post-op.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Surgery is on!

Feb 17th, 2009. I am under the knife in Mater Private Redlands. Going to have part of the meniscus removed. Walking out same day without brace or crutches says the surgeon . Sounds like a cinch...

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Broken Knee-us Maximus

Late last year my knee started giving me trouble in an acute, what the hell just happened', kind of way.

After visits to Physio's, MRI machines and Sport Physicians I have a "Horizontal oblique tear in the posterior horn of my left medial meniscus" - or more commonly known as damaged cartilege.

I know what your all thinking - "You cant run ultra marathons and not expect that". Well sod-off. I can and do expect that. I really believe that this injury has been caused by non-running, but I am buggered if I can remember the incident. I had only 3 days off ofter the Toowoomba marathon (19-Oct-2008) and on my first run back (23-Oct) during a lunchtime run, it pulled up really sore. Sore in a way I have never been sore before. So I believe that it either happened during the mara, or on that first run back, or sometime in between. I dont think the 100km run in the month before was involved.

Anyway I am seeing the Knee Surgeon tomorrow, and I will report back. Fingers crossed, but it looks very likely that I will have an arthroscopy in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Hamilton Island

We have booked our holiday.  5 nights on Hamilton Island.  Long driving trip is super Klugy to get their.  Jan 18th 2009!.  Cant wait.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Toowoomba Marathon 2008

See Race Reports for more info.
I havent published the race report yet, but it should be in the next few days.
Glen 4:16. (Half Marathon 2:09 with Bomber).
Bober 5:11.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Next challenge

The 100km trail run is done, and I need something to chew on so I am planning an unsupported run from home (Brisbane) to the Gold Coast.  Its 73km by car, but I will have to go further to avoid the highways.  Ill run the course the girly cyclists do.  Its getting on summer though, so carrying supplies could be tricky.

This is planned for Sat 1st November.

Google maps is excellent for this, (check here), it plotted me a great course, avoiding the higways.  Looks perfect, 75km, and it even has a really cool trail section through the daisy hill forest.  Could be hilly in there though...

Sunday, August 31, 2008

100km glasshouse trail run

This is happening Sep 13th 2008. This is a special race for me, so I will blog in into its own blog site for posterity. See HERE.

Monday, August 11, 2008

September, 2008.  Glasshouse Mountains - Beerburrum Qld.  Ultra Marathon.  100 km.

Pre Race


I was anxious, scared, worried and excited by this race.  More than any other.  For the four days before, it consume almost all of my waking moments.

BTW: This will be a short race report, with more pics and videos and less words.  (Yay - from readers?)


The 50km course starts at Beerburrum state school (checkpoint 2 (CP2)), and it then goes to cover 100km along the possible hardest route.

Checkpoints: 2 (Beerburrum state school), 2a (Mt Beerburrum summit), 3,4,5,6,8,8,8,7,7,6,5,2

Map of the checkpoints available below.



The goal was simply to make the distance.  100km is much further than I have ever run before.

Race Plan (summarised below)

Sep 2008    100km    Glendry Plan                               

clock time  from to   dist    diff cum     pace        leg time    CP stop     cum leg time    comments

06:00:00    2    2a   1.90    H    1.90    00:08:30    00:16:09    00:00:10    00:16:19    climb beerburrum

06:16:09    2a   3    7.20    L    9.10    00:06:00    00:43:12    00:00:10    00:59:41    mostly flat & wide

06:16:19    3    4    6.10    L    15.20   00:06:20    00:38:38    00:01:30    01:39:49    bush & rolling hills

06:56:27    4    5    6.5     H    21.70   00:07:00    00:45:30    00:01:00    02:26:19    goat track

07:42:57    5    6    5.60    M    27.30   00:08:00    00:44:48    00:01:00    03:12:07    tricky ridge tracks

08:28:45    6    8    10.70   H    38.00   00:08:10    01:27:23    00:01:30    04:41:00    Powerlines

09:57:38    8    8    10.80   M    48.80   00:08:45    01:34:30    00:03:00    06:18:30    via 8a

11:35:08    8    8    8.00    H    56.80   00:08:30    01:08:00    00:03:00    07:29:30    via 8b (large loop)

12:46:08    8    7    8.00    L    64.80   00:08:00    01:04:00    00:02:00    08:35:30    sandy tracks

13:52:08    7    7    4.40    L    69.20   00:07:30    00:33:00    00:01:30    09:10:00    unknown

14:26:38    7    6    8.20    M    77.40   00:07:45    01:03:33    00:03:00    10:16:33    rolling hills

15:33:11    6    5    10.60   H    88.00   00:08:30    01:30:06    00:03:00    11:49:39    via Beerwah

17:06:17    5    2    12.00   L    100.00  00:07:30    01:30:00    00:03:00    13:22:39    past 4a and 1a

18:39:17              100                              13:22:39   

The Race

CP 2 (Beerburrum State School) - CP 3 (Old Gympie Rd (dirt) cnr Eaton Rd) - including Beerburrum Mnt climb - 11km

We all started off at 6am, and set off for the Beerburrum climb.  I remembered from last year that it was hard, but my god, it is very hard on the legs.  Particularly my calves.  They were getting roasted.  I stopped a couple of times for a few seconds.  Everyone was walking, it was 1k into a 100km race!

WE took a different course to normal, and so at one point I called everyone back, because I thought we were going the wrong way.  After a Kangaroo court, I was found guilty of slowing us all down and we proceeded the way we were going.  I was dubious though.  I was wrong.  We trotted out to three and I met Kelly and Dan from UK and a chap whose name I forgot with whom I have a mutual friend in Gary Kerswell from Qld Police.

No pics from CP3, because my crew friend deserted me and didnt show up...  :)

CP 3 (Old Gympie Rd (dirt) cnr Eaton Rd) - CP 4 (in the boonies) - 6.1 km

I met a chap from the UK called Dan (Daniel Bleakman).  We would run together for about 30km.  We chatted and took it easy along this section, but we were talking marathons etc and it was enjoyable.  It was still early, so it was nice and cool.  I still had on the full tights.

On this section, Tugger, the leader in the 100 mile race passed us.  They started 30 mins before us, but also did a 10km loop that we didnt do.  That means he had made up all that time and caught us well before CP4, the second checkpoint.  He was flying.  But still nice enough to slow down and chat to us for a minute, before powering on and climbing a hill on the run that we were resigned to walk up else blow our legs 20km into the race.  Hat's off to you Tugger.

At CP4 I relieved to see the Black Kluger and Norm, DEon and Troy.  They ook some good photos and footage.  The CREW had arrived!  

My sandwich was missing, or I forgot to pack it.  Either way there was lots of goodies there, and I took a few bits of lots of stuff.

CP4 (in the boonies) - CP5 (Connection Rd, near the lookout, Beerburrum) - 6.5km

A couple more 100 milers passed us in this section, Blue Dog and someone else I didnt know.  Dan and I kept chatting and taking it easy.  It was an easy section at first, but then we did the first section of the goat track.  Things heated up quickly and we started to walk some serious hills.  It was a very hard section, and it was very early on.  I wasn't expecting to struggle until I got to the power lines section, but struggle I did.

Pic1 is us coming into CP5 from the lookout area.  Pic 2 is Dan and I getting fed, watered and reset.  Pic 3 is me getting ready to leave for CP6 with a great view of Mt Beerwah in the background.

CP5 - CP6 (off Woodford Beerburrum Rd) - 5.6km

Another very hard section of the Goat Track.  We were well depressed when we got to CP6.  We had a long way to go, and it was getting hot.  My legs were getting chewed and it was the first time (of many) where even I started to wonder if I would finish this race.  I hate to admit it.  I should have some footage, which I will post to youtube and link to here.

At this CP I shed the long tights and replaced with knee length.  I still needed the chaffing protection, but not the warmth.

CP6 - CP8 (McConnell Rd, near Raaen Rd) - 10.7km

Deon joined us at the top of the Powerlines section and I enjoyed the company.  Its a long deep valley with some hideous terrain, and hills everywhere.

We slowly pulled away from Dan, the powerlines section was taking its toll on him it seemed.  I felt bad for keeping on going, but I need to move at my own pace, and there was every liklihood that I would falter later while he improved and caught up.   From the top, the powerlines section looks like this:

CP8 - CP8 (via 8a) - CP8 (via b8) - CP818.8km

If the powerlines section wasnt bad enough, the two loops at CP8 are somehow worse.  The climb out of the loops back up to the checkpoint is so tough.  Especially after a trail marathon.  I hadnt even hit half way in this race, it was very hot, I was very sore and I was getting really worried about a DNF.  

In this section the 100k and 100 mile get weighed and are not allowed to continue if you have lost too much weight.  Despite drinking and eating continuously, I had lost 1kg.  That was troubling, because hydration is a 15hr event is a very bad omen.  Even 1% dehydration can decrease performance by as much as 5%.

I had a fall on the 8a loop, and scratched up my arm and arse.  It was no big deal, but at the time, I didnt need any more difficulties.  I was running the 8a loop alone, and I was still not even at half way.  I knew the hardest half was the first one, but I did NOT feeling like running another 52km.

It was awesome to see the crew here, Deon and Troy had left for home, and Dazzler, Matt and Duggy had arrived, with Duggy's daughter Michayla.  I dont know what the crew thought of my mental state, but I was feeling down, and suffering in the heat.

On the second loop at 8, I caught up with Alun at the checkpoint.  He was doing the 100mile race, and so we did 8b toghether and had a good rest, walking much of the way.  I was glad to have finished the two loops, and I only had to get to CP7, a sandy flat 8km away before heading in the right direction for home.

CP 8 - CP 7 - CP7 (God knows - near Woodford) - 12.2 km

I had a bad fall in this section, running fast and clipping a tree root.  I bashed down hard, and my hammy cramped because my lower leg bent up to my bum.   I caught up with another 100 miler, Tamsin, who is a champ and we had a quick chat before she left me in the dust.  I ran quite a few good sections here, and made CP7 is good time.  The crew were waiting there.

CP 7 - CP 6  - 8.2km

I felt good early in this section, and was running near Rachel Waugh (100m) and Steven ? (100k).  The pepsi donated to me by Adrian Pearce at CP7 was going down well.  Although I couldnt run for more than 1km without walking to recover.  The legs were chewed.  I was dying to get to CP6, because I knew Toghes would be there with Fiona and Joshua.  After that, it was one checkpoint left, but two long sections: 8km from 7-6.  10km from 6-5 and then 12km from 5 to the finish.  When I ran into the checkpoint, Josh came running to me and we ran in together.  It was so nice to see the new crew.  Fiona was in fine form and being a great supporter.  Everything everyone says is heard and absorbed, but sometimes I dont have the wherewithal to respond in kind.

It was getting dark, and I knew that even though I didnt want to, I would have to put another layer on top.

Youtube link  to the video at CP6

CP6 - CP5 - 10km

There is a long undulating section after CP6, and it got dark fast.  I hate the headlamp and the torches, and it was a long section, being 10km.  Normally a 10km run for me at the moment I could knock over in 43 minutes and enjoy it, but this was going to be the longest 10km ever.  Dark, cold, sore and tired.  The last 5km of this section is the third hardest on the course, and I call it the dungeon.  Norm ran with me holding a third torch, which really helped.  It was a hard, tricky dark section.  Steve caught up to us again here, and shared the light.  We walked/ran most of the way home from there until his ankle gave out and he struggled in the last couple of kms.

CP5 - CP2 - 12km - the finish

Toghes ran along with, helping with torch light.  It was great to have some different company again.  I tried not to whine too much, but I just wanted it to be over.  I knew the section from CP5 to the school very well and I was very upset when the course marking took us a different, longer, harder way.  At the point where I thought I had four flat kilometers to go, the course marking took us in the opposite direction, around Mt Beerburrum the long way.  It was much hillier and the terrain was bad, especially at night.

To make things worse, my GPS watch battery died 3 kms from the finish and I didnt get all my stats recorded.

I finished with GREAT relief, had soem soup, and a cold foot bath and a good old sit down.


This race was an amazing life experience.  I have never pushed myself so hard for so long.  It started at 6am and finished a 9:35pm.  No more than a 5 min break at checkpoints.

Many of the CREW have reported in and said that they enjoyed the day, I dont quite believe them, but I reckon I am lucky to have as many as 12 friends who would drive so far and hang around for so long just to let me be snarky with them.  The first 80km was a full hour harder than the 80 I did in May, and then the last 20km was just hell on earth, and took 3.5 hrs, instead of 2.5.  I really struggled in the last 20, and so I was pleased to have Norm and Toghes with me to share the experience.  A special mention to Norm, who was there for 14 hrs, skipping lunch, and got everything, including crew changeovers without me having to worry.  He would do anything for me, and is a great guy.

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