Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Macedon 50km 2015 (TrailsPlus)

Event Date31st May 2015
LocationMt Macedon, Victoria, Australia
Relative DifficultyEasy Moderate Hard Extreme
StyleSupported, trail ultra-marathon
TerrainSoft dirt/muddy forest single trail, gravel/clay fire track.
Aid StationsApprox. every 5km. Well stocked (Gels, cake, drinks, sweets).
My Position5th of 47
My Time5h44m
Winning Time5h17m
Drop Out Rate25%
Weather on the dayCool/cold. 5-10C, misty, heavy rain towards the end.
Course (Strava)Macedon 50km 2015
Event WebsiteTrailsPlus - Macedon
Enjoyment Rating1 2 3 4 5
Lessons LearntPacing myself is a good strategy for running a quick time.
This was a really well organised event. Registration on the day on quick and easy, the trails were clearly marked, and there were plenty of aid stations.

Aid stations were about 5km apart. All were very well stocked with the usual things you'd expect; a variety of drinks, sweets, fruit, cake, gels, etc. Great if you like running with minimal kit.

You can easily get around this course without needing to carry any food, and arguably without needing to carry any water.

The weather was cold and windy, which I was told is pretty common for Mt Macedon at this time of year. It was 3 degrees, a little windy and misty when I got to the start line at 6:30am.

It warmed up slightly during the morning, but I don't think it reached more than 10 degrees. I ran the whole race in shorts and a thermal running top.

The rain kept away for the first five hours of the run, and then it came down quite heavy during the last 30 minutes.

The course contains a lot of nice single track, connected by dirt fire roads. It's fairly undulating, with a couple of big climbs. Some really fun trails!

I enjoyed running this race - all in all, a great event!

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