Cam’s Feathertop run
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).