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Manly Dam 10k Trail Race, NSW, Australia

10/02/2013

Although he had set the alarm for 5:30 am on February 10, Jacob did not have an auspicious start to his race day as he only woke up when his lift arrived outside, and so he set off with no breakfast, feeling decidedly sleepy, but reports on the race as follows......

"I thought the 7:30am kick-off seemed rather intense, but the 27 degree heat seemed to justify it. The course was a very undulating route through eucalyptus (gum tree) forest in the midst of Sydney's suburbia. There was a lot of single trail to content with, and so runners were started in waves at 2 minute intervals. Being new to the course, I started in wave 6, which led to a lot of overtaking and "thank you"s for running round people.

Running in brilliant sunshine surrounded by the thick smell of eucalyptus was a joy, and the heat was sensational - my DRC vest was the only layer required. With all the overtaking that was necessary, the run was rather 'fartlek' in style until about halfway, when people spread out and I could maintain a comfortable more consistent pace. Hearing the roar (well, distant cheering) as people finished, I accelerated hard over the dam wall for a strong finish. Unfortunately, I had been deceived, as there was still a 1km loop over a huge steep, rocky climb, but this really made you earn the fruit and pancakes at the finish.

Having finished in a time of 51:47 (41st overall), I was very happy with my first race back testing out a dodgy ankle.......and the finishing line commentator's announcement that "next time you can start in wave 1" was rather pleasing, though the trip to the beach afterwards was even better!"

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