A long walk in the park
THERE were some tired bodies by the end of the day but most agreed it was all worth while.
The World Heritage Trail race was held on April 17-18 around trails in Washpool and Gibraltar Range National Parks with good numbers completing the gruelling trek.
First home in the feature race – which covered the whole 54km World Heritage Walk - was David Waugh of Armidale in 4 hours 33 minutes.
Second place went to 56-year-old Greg Love, a past winner of Six Foot Track which is Australia’s biggest trail run.
First woman home was Tamsin Barnes in 7 hours 4 minutes.
But don’t worry if you didn’t get a chance to take part.
Also on offer were 25km and 9km courses more suited to the average runner.
First man home was Iain McKee on the 25km course in 2 hours 6 minutes and Armidale’s Emma Garraway was first woman in 2 house 24 minutes.
An excited Elizabeth May of Tamworth won the 9km course outright in 59 minutes.
These runs were also part of the Great Australian Camp Out – not that this was any easier.
This is a promotion to encourage Australians to camp out in the great outdoors.
A large number of runners enjoyed the excellent facilities, trails and rivers at Mulligan’s Hut campground in Gibraltar Range National Park east of Glen Innes and vowed to return.