The 2014 Dusk to Dawn Race Report written by Race Director Geoff Williams is presented below.
The night of the race was largely fine and the event was well attended with a record number of competitors.
The race results are on the Timing Plus website and can be viewed there.
The photos from Dreamsport Photography are also available on their website.
Dusk to Dawn 2014
Great interest had built in all the events showing a growing number of competitors unseen before. A decision was made to start the Half Marathon & Marathon earlier than the programmed time. It appeared to work well starting in the cool of the afternoon. Another new addition was a 10k run for junior ages, appearing successful too.
The gates were open for entries earlier due to the new start times and many took advantage of it. I had no sooner arrived when many followed seeking their favourite spot. It did not take long to change from a quite sleepy historical village to a carnival like atmosphere with many shaped tents positioned around the track. Great representation was shown from Bayside Road Runners, Ipswich Grammar School & Moreton Bay Road Runners, along with individuals being supported with family & friends. The music which captured some was pumped through the speakers all night helping to add that extra little while removing the quite unpleasantness during the early hours.
A couple of little misty showers pasted over sufficient enough to just wash away the sweat. Very little humidity nor wind, overall the weather was kind.
This would have to have been our biggest year yet with 165 competitors on the track at once, being made up with this number of competitors in each event 52 -12hr, 56 – 6hr, 10 – 50k, 2 – 100k, 12 – Marathon, 24 – Half Marathon, 9 – 10k. It was a spectacle to see all these competitors out competing totally incident free. Well in saying that one fellow had a stumble near the timing mats, while myself in a team took a tumble on the back loop clipping one of my own markers. Many thanks to St John’s Ambulance for being in attendance & patching us both up. I was impressed with the courteous sportsmanship on the track ranging from the slower competitors to the faster. Some spots sometimes became congested but as quickly as they formed they dispersed. Many competitors shone again, as did new ones. Challenges from the relay teams were hard fought showing some possibility of new young ultra runners in the coming. Others who did their own thing out of the way fought with their inner self to achieve something they had never done before, well done. Some came with injuries which restricted them during the night so they reduced to the shorter event. Although a hard decision but a wise one for this is only the start of the competitive year. I won’t pick out any one or two outstanding performance because I firmly believe all who participated were outstanding in their own way. A full list of results will follow.
Thanks has to go to all the hard working volunteers within the Caboolture Historical Village Society for the beauty & tidiness of surroundings, many first timers are impressed. It is a privilege to hold this great event in these grounds. Further thanks to my small band of dedicated helpers for being trackside the full time. Timing Plus for another huge effort keeping times for all competitors. Tim and the team from Dreamsport photography for again their presence & beautiful clear shots. Endura products keeping competitors hydrated. Coca cola & PowerAde products, Caboolture Screen Printers for the fantastic caps & St Johns Ambulance for their attendance & skills.
I hope everyone enjoyed this year and you return in 2015 for our 20th year.
Thank you for entries & support.