Cam’s Feather­top run

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

Cameron Wood had one goal lead­ing into his next trail race, to com­plete the moun­tain­ous 40km course in around 5 hours.

The chal­lenge was made even more dif­fi­cult by the fact that he had to carry about 5kg of ‘manda­tory beers in his pack.

The Ra­zor­back Run started at Har­ri­etville in pitch dark­ness, with the trail lead­ing a steep as­cent up Vic­to­ria’s sec­ond high­est peak, Mt Feather­top.

The first hour was run with only head­lamps to light the way, so Cameron was sur­prised to find when he reached Feather­top there were only 3 run­ners ahead of him.

The views across the top of the Ra­zor­back ridge across to Mount Hotham were amaz­ing, but also dis­tract­ing as Cameron tripped and hit his knee on rocks.

Upon reach­ing the top at the check­point near Mt Hotham and with the last 15km sec­tion re­main­ing, he dis­cov­ered he was in the lead and there was only about 30 sec­onds sep­a­rat­ing him and the next run­ner.

“I knew I had to gain as much time as I could on the steep down­hill sec­tion so I went as hard as I could,” Cam said.

“It was quite dan­ger­ous and I had an­other cou­ple of falls, but luck­ily I just took off a bit of skin and avoided any real in­juries.”

Com­plet­ing the course in first place in 4hrs 25mins and 4 min­utes ahead of 2nd, Cameron was quite emo­tional with re­lief.

Cam said it was a very tough run which had a bit of ev­ery­thing, spec­tac­u­lar views, knee- deep river cross­ings, dark­ness, sun­shine and maybe a snake or two.

Cam said he is look­ing for­ward to his next fun run with the SunRun­ners group in Bright on April 29 and en­cour­ages any run­ner in the com­mu­nity to come along and be part of the wel­com­ing team.

“We are look­ing for­ward to a great day out, with a fun run and a stop in at the Bright Brew­ery, so join us.”

Cam Wood dur­ing his 40km Mt Feather­top trail race re­cently. (photo credit Ian Fel­lowes).

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