Run­ners take on new chal­lenge

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JENVEY

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.

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