2018 saw record entries and new records for the Mount Glorious Mountain Trails Run, held on Sunday 18 February. The race sold out just before closing time on Saturday, with 200 entries. 187 runners made it to the start line, many for the first time and others coming home with PB’s. Once more the weather was on our side and in all, the day was a tremendous success.
Mt Glorious is one of the most beautiful runs on the TRAQ calendar. combining a very tough climb at the start, with the magnificent views from Northbrook Mountain, some lovely downhill stretches as you head down to the creek, a long slow climb up from the creek crossing and finishing off with the thrill of a quick run through the forest on the single track with a few steps to keep you awake and some vines to dodge before you pop out into the clearing that is the finish. All the while you are accompanied by an amazing range of bird calls. Does it get any better?
Sorry that we didn’t warn you that the creek had water in it. There aren’t too many surprises in life any more. We hope that you enjoyed this one.
Congratulations to all runners who took part in the tough 22km trail event and thank you for making it such a great day. It was very exciting to have new women’s and men’s records set and it was a real blast to see so many people having fun running up and down hills.
Congratulations to Kim Knox who took out first place in the women’s event, knocking three minutes off the record, in a time of 2:08:32. Lee Piantadosi was second, in 2:16:14 and Hubertien Wichers came in third, in 2:17:52.
Congratulations to Jonathan Peters, who took out first place in the men’s event, also knocking three minutes off the record, in a time of 1:44:04. Yun Phua was not too far behind in 1:45:08 and Mike Carroll came in third, in 1:52:43.
Well done to all of you for putting on such a great race.
As usual, the atmosphere at the finish area really summed up the day. Tired bodies relaxing in the shade on the grass, cheering on fellow runners, as they rested and refuelled after a really tough run. There is no doubt that everyone had earned their lunch and the camaraderie at such events really makes the day.
Thank you to the fantastic volunteers who pulled the day together – Joris, Hube, Mike & Pete – in the lead up and on the day; Paul G and Steve K– volunteers extraordinaire – everything on the day (including covering for anything that I missed); Adam, Kylie & Greg – at the start and at the finish; Caroline – handing out bibs on the bus; Andrew & Don at the finish area;
Sam & Doug on checkpoint 2, doubling as photographers; Judy & Meryll – super sweepers and of course the important catering crew of Jodie, Fiona, Peta, Elmarie, Morgan & Donna. Thanks team.
Thank you to Robert and the WICEN team, who had a fun time looking after the comms side of the day. Thank you also to Tim & Laura, from Trail Co, who came along to support the event and donated prize vouchers to the first three women and men to cross the line. We really value their support.
Finally, thank you to the runners. It is great to see so many of you out there tackling the terrain. Hope to see you again in 2019.
Thank you for another great day in the forest!
Julie Ellett Race Director