Event: Hoka One One Trail Running Series : Race 4 : Surf Coast
Distance: 8km short / 15km medium / 23km long
Date: Sunday the 4th September 2016
Organised by: Rapid Ascent
Located just 1hr15mins from central Melbourne, Anglesea’s setting provides for a diverse trail running experience that will really set it apart from the other races in the series due to the coastal, bush and undulating landscape. All races start on the crisp white sand of the Anglesea Main Beach before runners climb away from the coast along a healthy mixture of single tracks and double tracks that sweep through the coastal bushland like the local King Parrot flying through the forest.
The final descent down the Surf Coast Walking Track provides spectacular views across the clifftops to nearby Point Roadknight and further down the coast to Aireys Inlet, Lorne and beyond that will really make you revel in the fresh air and happiness of trail running.
Whilst the three races are the longest of the series, consensus is that they are not the hardest of the series due to smaller hills (compared to Race 3) and the undulating flow they capture through the bushland
VFuel Long Course: 22.7km
Medium Course: 15.3km
Short Course: 8km
Some more pacing, not racing, and this time as well as Tracy we had Debbie in our merry band. Unlike race 3, I actual knew how far we were running and had a rough mud map of the course in my head – see miracles do occur.
There are two major stand out sections of the trail for me;
1.) A lovely section of single trail with switch backs around the 7km – 8km mark before the water point. Highly enjoyable section
2.) The stone stairs between 11km – 12km, way too much fun! What was even better is that Tracy’s technical descents have become way better and she was able to join in on the mad plummet.
Should you do it next year? Do eeet!