Event: Run To The Dog
Date: Sunday the 10th April 2016
Location: Flockhart Reserve Park, Abbotsford.
Organised by: Big Hill Events
Run to the Dog is a 5km and 10km trail run on the beautiful Yarra Trails, starting at the south end of the Yarra Boulevard and taking in all the beauty of the Yarra River before ending with a beer fresh from the Moon Dog Brewery. The course is on almost 100% singletrack and is a stunning run, taking in a snippet of the Yarra Trails so you can find out exactly where to run in this area.
After being cancelled and then being brought back to life, I had been looking forward to this combination of trail run, midday start & beer.
We headed into Abbotsford early, parking at Corben Oval (Yarra Bend) and wandering across to Coffee Supreme to sign up for Melburn Roobaix 2016. As the start for Run to the Dog is literally 400 meters away from Coffee Supreme we arrived early to pick up our numbers and took the opportunity to chill in the bean bags at the Event Village.
This is another run where I had been unwell on the lead up, with the previous Thursday and Friday spent in bed. At about the 6km mark the breathing failed and I fell back to technique and descents for speed. Although this event was in a familiar area, using similar tracks to the Studley parkrun and the Salomon Trail Series – Race 1, there was enough variation for it to feel fresh; having thrown in a little cliff jump into the first 1km and the descent to 6km there was even a few elements to bring a smile to those who love the technical single trail.
Time: 50:39 (8th in Masters Men) … and beer!
Assuming this is to be an annual event – do eet!