Training had included some trail running at Brimbank Park and the You Yangs plus the girls long runs which are part of their marathon training. We tried to do a night run to test out the head lamps but got freaked out on our own and came home and had wine instead.
Several meetings and much messaging later we had our accommodation sorted, equipment prepared and itinerary locked in.
The 4 legs of the relay are distinctly different and on the recommendation of another runner we allocated to what we thought were our strengths.
|a head lamp was mandatory for the 530am start|
|a beautiful sunrise after an awful week of cold weather|
|a bit nervous & excited for what was to come|
|triumphant & happy that the first leg was done|
|time to catch a breath and pass on the gps tracker|
|we shared some gear & then I was off onto leg 2|
|a quick photo and off I go|
Leg 2 was a 28km section from Torquay back to Anglesea winding through the coast trail and hinterland. For me it was tough. It was hilly and long. I tripped and fell but got back up to keep running. I walked some, ran some and got through to the end in 4:04.
|at the midpoint checkpoint, 14 more km to go|
|beautiful trail conditions|
|the shoe wash to prevent 'die back'|
|the grass trees were thick in places, whipping our arms and legs|
|hat on backwards means a tough run|
|the girls were waiting to cheer me to my finish|
|coffee while waiting|
Sunny as it looks in these photos it was still cool when you weren't moving, casting off a jacket at the last moment.
|next runner preparing to go|
|excitement & nerves rippled through the day|
|Linda heads off for leg 3|
Linda's leg 3 was nearly 30km long and she is an experienced runner who is willing to tackle anything and embraced this challenge. We met Linda through parkrun and she has fitted into our group very naturally. This leg included scrambling under a bridge and through the hinterland again up to Mogg's Creek. We waited at her mid point at Distillery Creek to cheer her on and then we drove up to the last checkpoint to do the last changeover.
It was a long day for Melissa who was up at 5am to see off the first runners and then waiting all day until 4:15 pm to run that last leg.
When the final runner crosses the line the medals were handed over. The first team finished the 100k in 7:15 hours, the first solo 100k runner in 8:43 hours. Our team was mid field
The last runner came through in 20 hours and 22 did not finish. There were some injuries that prevented people from finishing and we saw one girl with what looked like a broken collar bone carried out to an ambulance. 400 conquered the challenge and I was amazed at the mental and physical strength needed to get through such an event.
|hard to get a good photos late at night but the 4 of us shared an amazing day|
|sandy, muddy, wet|
Our team came together so well and each of us performed really well. We supported and encouraged each other. We learned a lot about running a big event in a relay. It was an amazing experience, exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. There were many highlights and I'm lucky to have shared it with an amazing group of women and with the larger supportive community of Melton City Runners.
|MCR waited for the last person to cross the line & revelled in each others success|