Salomon trail run #3 started and ended at Silvan Reservoir, winding its way through beautiful forests on trails ranging from technical single track to wide fire trails and dirt roads. The course headed north to Mt Evelyn and south to the RJ Hamer Arboretum.
This year, there were three course options: 7.3km, 14.3km & 21km. The 21km course was challenging, scenic and full of hills, as you can see from the elevation profile below. The “killer” hill rose 80m in the space of 400m, which slowed everyone down! There were 1500 competitors across the three runs, but it only felt crowded once, in the first section of single track. By the time we had cleared the two largest climbs, the field was very widely spread and there were a number of times where I could only see a couple of other runners around me.
There is only one run left in the series: Anglesea, with a choice of 7.4, 14.8 or 100km.