Friday, 19 July 2013

wet and cold

Posted by speedygeoff on Friday, July 19, 2013 with 1 comment
As predicted, and with the big Bush Capital Bush Marathon festival on this weekend, it has turned wet, cold and miserable here in Canberra.

The program of events is
Saturday 20 July
9.00am *16km bush run and 16km bush walk
11.00am 5km and 10km walks
12.00pm Under 13 years 2km children’s run
12.30pm 10km run
12.35pm 5km run

Sunday 21 July
AMRA Bush Capital Bush Marathon events
7.30am 63.3km ultra run and relay (triple half marathon)
8.30am 42.2km bush marathon run, walk and relay; half marathon walk
9.30am *21.1km bush half marathon run

I have entered Sunday's Half Marathon and have the option of dropping back to the 16k (or shorter) on the Saturday. I am not certain of competing at all but I plan to come out and watch if I don't have a run. Coughing while running does not appeal. And then there is this message from John Harding:

Dear half marathon run and walk entrants

The weather forecast for Sunday is now quite dismal: windy, cold, showers, maybe even snow, with a range of 1 to 7 degrees.
It is therefore imperative that you come prepared with the right gear: gloves, beanie, waterproof wind jacket, and back up clothes to change into when you finish.
You may also wish to consider whether to reduce your race distance to , say, the 16k or 10k on Saturday, and save yourself for better weather on another day.

The conditions are a high risk for hypothermia (a drop in body temperature), which is very dangerous. The symptoms include shivering, loss of muscle coordination, stumbling pace and mild confusion, although the person may appear alert. Surface blood vessels contract further as the body focuses its remaining resources on keeping the vital organs warm. The victim becomes pale. Lips, ears, fingers and toes may become blue. Course marshals and drink station attendants have been instructed to watch out for any runner or walker who appears to be suffering from any of these symptoms and that they must insist on the runner or walker withdrawing on safety and health grounds.

All of the drink stations will have water, sports drink and lollies in a covered tray.

We are going to put up an extra tent so you can keep gear dry while you are running or walking.

Following forecast heavy rain on Friday, a small water course flowing into a dam just after the 6km mark may be overflowing across the 4WD trail. You may or may not be able to cross it without getting your shoes, socks and feet wet.

If conditions are raining and cold, the first 3 males and females in each race will be presented with their trophies very soon after crossing the finish line so they do not have to wait around cold and wet.

1 comment:

  1. I'm in for the HM - it would have to be pretty miserable conditions for me not to run...