Saturday, 16 July 2011

Moorfoots at Rattlesnake Point (Ontario, Canada)

Spot the Moorfoot...
When arranging  our family holiday to Canada to visit some friends, we managed to find details of a nearby trail race, sponsored by Salomon - part of the 5 Peaks Trail race series - which fitted nicely into our schedule.

So the running gear was packed in the suitcase, and the first week of the holiday had some early morning runs squeezed in, trying to acclimatise to the mid 80s F temperatures.

Race day was hot - but the trail was bone dry and dusty (and rocky and rooty !) - an unusual course starting at the top of the Niagara escarpment, running through the shade of the trees along the edge of the canyon, before a descent down to the canyon floor, a long climb up the other side, before re descending and then climbing back up the other side again to the finish - just under 13km for the 'Enduro' course.

The heat took it toll latterly but I still managed a respectable 55mins (54:58) for 20th from 319 finishers and 5th in the MV 40-49 category. Full results here...

Eilidh raced in the shorter 'Sports' course (4.7Km), finishing in 27 mins and actually taking first place in the W10-14 category - 'go girl !!!"

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