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the North Face 100 – Blue Mountains 2012

Posted on 21 May 2012 | 0 comments

Jude wants to run the NF100 and decides it’s more fun to train together so she signs up Jon for it too. We spent months going on training runs (some all day long) exploring the forests around Brisbane. And finally, the day is there.

We both have great runs and make it to the finish line. We’ll let the pictures show the run.

lots of runners at the race briefing

lots of runners at the race briefing

race kit ready for the morning

race kit ready for the morning

Jude, Jon, Debbie and Olga ready to go

Jude, Jon, Debbie and Olga ready to go

Olga, Jon and Jude

Olga, Jon and Jude

the start line

the start line

Jon and Jude - first few km are on tarmac

Jon and Jude – first few km are on tarmac

view of the Blue Mountains - we will be running 100km here

view of the Blue Mountains – we will be running 100km here

huge bottleneck at the start of the trails

huge bottleneck at the start of the trails

if you look closely you can see the people snaking up on the other side of the valley

if you look closely you can see the people snaking up on the other side of the valley

Jude, Jon and Olga at sunrise

Jude, Jon and Olga at sunrise

lots of steps and ups and downs on the trails

lots of steps and ups and downs on the trails

stunning views

stunning views

Jude in the forest

Jude in the forest

Jude and Jon on a nice downhill

Jude and Jon on a nice downhill

a nice flat section

a nice flat section

first TA - sorting out the shoes

first TA – sorting out the shoes

sun is definitely out now

sun is definitely out now

Jude walking a section

Jude walking a section

Jude back running again

Jude back running again

uphill again

uphill again

great to know we have nearly done a marathon

great to know we have nearly done a marathon

didgeridoo player on the section where you have to go there and back

didgeridoo player on the section where you have to go there and back

Jude on the there and back section

Jude on the there and back section

the views are amazing

the views are amazing

steep section

steep section

leaving the next TA

leaving the next TA

sun is setting now

sun is setting now

Jon reaches the half-way point

Jon reaches the half-way point

Jon finishes!!

Jon finishes!!

high-viz vest is compulsory at night

high-viz vest is compulsory at night

stepping stones tricky after already being on your feet for more than 80km or so

stepping stones tricky after already being on your feet for more than 80km or so

Jude still going

Jude still going

the walking poles are a great help

the walking poles are a great help

Jude finally finishes after 20 hours!

Jude finally finishes after 20 hours!

very happy

very happy

finisher's shot!

finisher’s shot!

the whole crew - Jon, Debbie, Jude, Mike, Todd, Olga, Joel, Jules, Greta and Rachel

the whole crew – Jon, Debbie, Jude, Mike, Todd, Olga, Joel, Jules, Greta and Rachel

the next day we go sight-seeing what we ran past in the dark during the run

the next day we go sight-seeing what we ran past in the dark during the run

Jon and Jude at the 3 sisters

Jon and Jude at the 3 sisters

amazing views

amazing views

Here are the maps with the route and the elevation profile. 5 checkpoints in total, making it 6 running section.

leg 1 - Fairmont Resort, Leura to Narrow Neck (CP 1)

leg 1 – 18km from Fairmont Resort, Leura to Narrow Neck (CP 1) – total 18km

leg 2 - Narrow Neck to Dunphys Camp (CP 2)

leg 2 – 20km from Narrow Neck to Dunphys Camp (CP 2) – total 38km

leg 3 - Dunphys Camp to Six Foot Track (CP 3)

leg 3 – 14km from Dunphys Camp to Six Foot Track (CP 3) – total 54km

leg 4 - Six Foot Track to Katoomba Aquatic Centre (CP 4)

leg 4 – 11km from Six Foot Track to Katoomba Aquatic Centre (CP 4) – total 65km

leg 5 - Katoomba Aquatic Centre to Queen Victoria Hospital (CP 5)

leg 5 – 24km from Katoomba Aquatic Centre to Queen Victoria Hospital (CP 5) – total 89km

leg 6 - Queen Victoria Hospital to Fairmont Resort (Finish)

leg 6 – 11km from Queen Victoria Hospital to Fairmont Resort (finish) – total 100km

the north face 100 profile of 2012

the north face 100 profile of 2012

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