Great job everybody! I agree with Chris, even though we trained in Ringwood a couple of times, I under estimated how hard this course was! The last 2 miles were more a mix of climbing and bouldering than running!!!!
I also wanted to thank you guys for your support through the training for my first ultra. You are all responsible for my success! So thank you! Or, CHEERS I should say!
It has been a fun adventure - Next one in November!
Rob - what happened? Expected faster from you my friend. You even let the the ging beat you. Did the beard weigh you down?
I had a good race, felt good, no real excuses. I underestimated the last 10 miles in my pacing. Was doing well up to then, on pace for almost a 7-7:15 but not enough long runs and my fitness level just couldn't push any harder on that part of the course. The good thing is I learned a bit about better nutrition, and better pacing. I think I paced it pretty well but until you have a lot of these races under your belt, I feel it's a crapshoot.
P.S. I DID have Seb through mile 22ish....then lost him. ;)
Star of course was Julian. Won the damn thing and only been running ~3years.
Definitely Tom! Also, Jessi for setting a new female course record. Both very impressive performances.
About Rob, once you get through his trash talk and big clams, he actually performed really well. As you all know this is a very very tough course, and I have no doubt that pre-boulder Rob would not even have come close to a eight hour (or perhaps even a nine hour finish).
"This is Watchung, not Siberia. Nothing bad will happen"...except bear attacks apparently!