Runners take on new challenge
THE first Wandi Cross running event was successfully staged on Saturday with more than 250 runners hitting the hills around Wandiligong.
Almost 25mm of rain on Friday and some drizzle on Saturday morning made for muddy conditions but competitors still turned out to tackle 27km, 14km and 5km distances.
There was also a 2km event for kids which saw about 50 youngsters take to the nearby trails around Alpine Park.
“We were really happy with the turnout,” organiser Matt Cooper said.
“Runners were mainly from Victoria and NSW but there were a couple that came from a bit further afield.
“There wasn’t anyone who didn’t come back with mud all over them which was pretty much inevitable.”
Cooper said Wandi Cross was a unique event compared to other trail running races due to the number climbs and how steep the climbs are.
The 27km event included 2250m of elevation gain over four different climbs while 14km runners faced two climbs (1150 m +/-) and 5km competitors just one (550 m +/-).
Ashley Bennett was the overall winner in the 27km race with a time of 3:46:53 while Anna Kentwell was the fastest female finishing in 4:07:14.7.
The event raised $2500 for Wandiligong Primary School. READY TO GO: Participants line up for the Wandi Cross.