Congratulations to all finishers! Final results here: click here
My favourite post race email: “Thank you for a fantastic run on the weekend. It was by far the most beautiful run I’ve ever done.” Thank you Nic! – even if storm damage precluded the usual river crossings and the remote ridgeline above Cedar Flats. The mountain certainly threw everything at us this year; rain on the start line, road closures and widespread treefalls the week before – and the coffee van failed to make it up the wet Mt Glorious road, perhaps a greater tragedy for some city slickers…
Though the replacement course was 2km longer, it was 15 minutes faster at the front and 20 minutes faster in the mid-pack due to reduced climb. Youth led the way to the finish line with Ben Duffus aged 20 winning in 1:42:30, well clear of Adam Hughes (25) in 1:46:31 and Dave Coombs just behind in 1:47:22. But experience won out in the women’s trophy with last year’s winner Hube Wichers first again in 2:14:53, just holding out Harriet Smith aged 19 in 2:15:01 with Kelly Caoyonan third in 2:19:20.
In line with the tough course – ~700m of climb even on the shortened course; normally 1,200m – this event has mountain traditions. A piper calls up then sends off the start waves; the trophies were presented by mountain running legends Hube Wichers (World Mountain Running champs rep) and Graham Barralet (long time holder of the Pomona King of the Mountain record).
If you’d like a picture from the course, Helga our photographer has loaded all the “runners” images (5 galleries) as well as prizegiving and general shots to her website: click here Anyone wanting to purchase the Certificate offer with all images of you, $39.95, just select one image and add to shopping cart and pay, then email Helga the image numbers you want and she’ll organise from there. Any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0416 221 004.
A big thanks to all you volunteers on and before the day, plus Ian Javes for gear setup.
For those of you who were taken with the spot prizes – Dirty Girl Gaiters – here is their link for online orders: click here
Or the US Trailrunner magazines (latest issue has eight good interviews with past greats on the trail scene): click here
Any Garmin estimates would be appreciated to tighten up our average for the course length and elevation – so far I have 23.4 and 23.9. Thanks for joining us and I hope to see you at Mt Glorious again next year for the full course. Parks have also been working to re-open Lawnton Rd, so that gives a great 24k training loop from Maiala via England Creek. The off-trail route across the Northbrook peaks is another local highlight, for those confident off-trails (take the map! – available from the parks office on Mt Nebo road)
Greg Waite, organiser email@example.com