A group of 5 Striders entered the Active Stride 6km Trail Run which was part of the In 2 Adventure Dirtfest, featuring MTB racing, of road triathlon and trail running in the beautiful and rugged Slickers property deep in Kurwongbah, one of Brisbane hidden jewels. Julie Turner, Wendy Clark and Jo-anne Filmalter contested the women’s race whilst young buck Greg Hall renewed his ongoing battle with sly old fox Stan Fetting in the men’s race.
The field wasn’t too big but the sight of legendary runner Don Wallace [4th in this weekend’s Six Foot Track] and top marathon female champion Helen Stanton made us all nervous. The field started slowly and the race leaders took the first km easy until the first climb at the back of the dam. The field spread out after that with only a few runners changing placeat the pointy end of the race. ‘Greg Dog’ sat right behind the Old Fox breathing down his neck until just before the 4km mark when he drew level and passed. This didn’t last too long as the blazing late afternoon sun took its toll on the young upstart and the old fox pulled away. Not too far back Julie Turner was putting in a determined effort and ran a fast race. Stan got an unexpected bonus when the runner in front of him in 4th place planted his right foot in a mud crossing and left without his trainer whcih he then had to dig out. Stan ran over the line in 4th behind Helen Stanton. Greg followed in 6th position. Julie took out second female and 8th overall. Wendy crossed in 13th and Jo-anne in 24th. Check out the full results below [click to enlarge].
The whole In 2 Adventure set up was excellent and I look forward to this race being held again next year. Active Stride sponsored the generous prizes for place getters. They are a specialist running shop in Southbank and well worth a browse. Robson Bond is avery experienced runner and coach which makes a big difference when you are shopping around for great running gear. They have an excellent range of Salamon trail shoes which are a joy to behold and not commonly available. You can buy online from them at www.activestride.com.au