A pentathlon is five events in a competition, so in a clever play on words the Warwick pentath-run is five running events held in Warwick. The total distance of the five events is a marathon – 42.2km – and it’s held over two days.
This year a bunch of friends and I hired a bus from the Animal Welfare League (because we are always looking for ways to support the AWL Queensland) and headed to Warwick for a fun 2 nights and 2 days of running, oh and there was some singing, eating, drinking and card games too. Mostly we’ll go by the saying that what happens on tour stays on tour, but the fun running part is worth sharing.
Day one begins with a half marathon, then there’s a 4.6km cross country and finally a 5km road race that, conveniently, finishes at a pub.
Day two starts early with a 10km climb up to Queen Mary Falls and then a 1.5km dash through the main street of Warwick.
I’ve been training following a program given to me after undergoing some metabolic testing and Warwick was a training weekend for me for the Gold Coast Half Marathon. So the half marathon was run at my sub-threshold zone – a low heart rate. This can be such a fun way to train, especially if you’re catching up with friends. There were a couple of people I hadn’t run with in ages and we managed to fit in over two hours of chatting. Some of the spectators along the route even commented that we shouldn’t have been having so much fun.
The cross country was run at a golf course. It was a two lap course that had one incline, and then of course one downhill. Every race was different and it’s hard to pick a favourite or one that was the least liked. The cross country did have some great lunch options at the end. Our team was part of the Gold Coast Runners club and we have a small sponsorship from Heritage Bank. Because we were too big for the jumping castle we had to make our own jumping fun. Check it out here: Warwick Pentath-run
Then we headed out to the Darling Dows pub for an out and back 5km road race. One great thing about out and back events is that from half way you’re running home. So as soon as I turned at the 2.5km mark I was heading back for beer.
Saturday night we had a delicious traditional Japanese meal at Soban House. If you’re ever at Warwick, look them up. They were so helpful in making sure everyone had lots of food to choose from. They created a special vegan meal for a few of us, and I think the non-vegans were jealous of how good our meal was.
We were pretty lucky with the weather this year. It poured on the two and a half hour trip there on Friday afternoon, but Saturday was clear and sunny.
Sunday morning started out cold, which was perfect running weather for the 10km event up to Queen Mary Falls. The first 4 or 5 km is pretty flat and then it’s a constant uphill climb to the top.
The final race gets everyone back together along the main street of Warwick. It’s 1500m, and for some it’s a sprint, and for others, like my friends and I, it’s a chance to get dressed up and enjoy the final event. This year our theme was ‘school’. I’m wearing my dress from One Girl, another charity that I support, providing education for some of the poorest girls in the world.
If you ever get a chance to do this event, take it. I’ve been wanting to do it for a few years, and this year my other events fell into place around it. It’s a lot of fun, even with running a marathon. You don’t have to run all 5 events, but why not give yourself the challenge.