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Lamington National Park
Lamington Classic 2023, 21st & 22nd October
The next Lamington Classic will be held on the weekend of 21st & 22nd October 2023. This event does have a participant limit, so make sure you get in early. Entries will open in April 2023.
Time & Location
21 Oct, 5:30 am – 22 Oct, 5:30 am
Lamington National Park, Binna Burra QLD 4211, Australia
About the Event
Normally the run starts at O'Reilly's guest house on the Saturday morning, running to the Binna Burra resort, via The Border Track, and overnighting in Binna Burra, in 2013 we introduced a 42.195km option for Saturday morning starting at Binna Burra, and this option will also be available this year. Please go to the race registration page for more details.
On the Sunday, the return trip is made, back to O'Reilly's also via The Border Track.
The distance has been measured by a 'steel wheel', and is 21.3km from the designated start points to the designated finish points for a one-way crossing. The 42.195km event, starts about 400 metres into the forest, to achieve the correct distance. Please treat any gps readings with caution because of the forest canopy cover.
Rules/Requirements for the 42.195km Saturday event:
The experience of running the 42.195km in the last 3 years has been that we will have to introduce qualifying and a complusory stop of 3 minutes at the O'Reilly's turn around. The reason for this is that we have become concerned about the well being of the runners in the last 10km, and hopefully our new requirements will address our concerns.
All 42.195km competitors must have completed 5 X 42.195km Road Marathons or at least one "Hostile" trail race 30km or longer.
Whereas those running the 21.3km must have completed 1 road 21.1km race(further race).
Compulsary 3 min stop at O'Reilly's:
This is to allow all 42.195km competitors to recharge their hydration units etc. Failure to stop for the full 3mins will result in disqualification. No discussion will be entered into, this is Rule No 1.
You must be carrying at least 1 litre of fluid in a suitable container at the start, and it must be refilled at O'Reilly's (21.3km runners need to be carrying 600ml of fluid at the start)
The 42.195km race starts at Binna Burra.
Those who are capable of a road Marathon faster than 4hrs 15mins will start at 7:00AM Sharp. (please be at Race Headquarters at 6:30AM)
Those who are not capable of a 4hrs 15mins road Marathon will start at 5:30AM, please be at Race Headquarters at 5:00AM.
The Saturday 21.3km starts at O'Reillys at 8:30AM, and once you have entered you will receive instructions as to how we carpool to the 21.3km start. It is a 140km round trip from Binna Burra to O'Reilly return in a car, and about 50% of the drive is on a winding mountain road, so we need to restrict the number of vehicles travelling up to O'Reilly's.
Class 4 track (Australian Standards)
- Distinct tracks with junctions signposted, rough track surfaces with exposed roots and rocks.
- Variable in width, muddy sections and steep grades likely to be encountered.
- May be extensively overgrown; hazards, such as fallen trees and vines, likely to be present.
- Caution needed at creek crossings and naturally occurring lookouts.
- Moderate fitness level with bushwalking experience and ankle-supporting footwear required.
- Moderate level of navigation skills recommended, involving self-reliance in first aid and coping with weather hazard situations.
The Course Records:
The Lamington Classic-Course Records:
From 1970 until 2004, the race was run from the Binna Burra Lodge to the O'Reilly's Guest House, a distance of approximately 22km each way.
This is now known as 'The Long Course'.
From 2005, for safety reasons (to cut out the the road sections), the course was shortened to 21.3km, and now starts and finishes at the track head at each end of The Border Track.
This is now known as 'The Short Course'.
The Long Course Records (Men):
Fastest Male from Green Mountains to Binna Burra: Gary Briggs 1hr 20mins 41secs (1979)
Fastest Male from Binna Burra to Green Mountains: Peter Milne 1hr 21mins 40secs (1985)
Fastest Male Combined 2-Day time (same year): Gary Briggs 2hrs 43mins 32secs (1979)-1:20:41/1:22:51
Long Course Records (Women):
Fastest Female from Green Mountains to Binna Burra: Nicole Carroll 1hr 36mins 18secs (1995)
Fastest Female from Binna Burra to Green Mountains: Nicole Carroll 1hr 34mins 33secs (1995)
Fastest Female Combined 2-Day time (same year): Nicole Carroll 3hrs 10mins 51secs (1995)-1:34:33/1:36:18
The Short Course Records (Men):
Fastest Male from Green Mountains to Binna Burra: Braden Currie 1hr 24mins 32secs (2011)
Fastest Male from Binna Burra to Green Mountains: Scott Whimpey 1hr 35mins 40secs (2010)
Fastest Male Combined 2-Day time (same year): Geoff Holloway 3hrs 12mins 54secs (2012)-1:36:14/1:36:40
2nd Fastest Male Combined 2-Day time (same year): Scott Whimpey 3hrs 12mins 58secs (2010)-1:35:40/1:37:18
Short Course Records (Women):
Fastest Female from Green Mountains to Binna Burra: Renee Simons 1hr 44mins 09secs (2007)
2nd Fastest Female from Green Mountains to Binna Burra: Deb Nicholl 1hr 44mins 21secs (2009)
Fastest Female from Binna Burra to Green Mountains: Deb Nicholl 1hr 50mins 40secs (2009)
Fastest Female Combined 2-Day time (same year): Deb Nicholl 3hrs 35mins 01secs (2009)-1:44:21/1:50:40
Mens Marathon (42.195km) Record: Zavier Bent 3hrs 44mins 38secs (2013)
Womens Marathon (42.195km) Record: Shona Stephenson 4hrs 05mins 21secs (2014)