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The Moonshadow trail run on Saturday night (October 24, 2015) at Ellis Brook reserve in Martin, Western Australia was the eighth race held by the Perth Trail Series this year.
It was the club’s only night running event and had a quirky hippie theme, where runners were given glow sticks and the finishing medal was a quarter moon neck charm.
For 12-kilometres, pristine conditions saw a slight breeze cool all 150 participants, but the trails were nothing to be laughed at.
The first 4.5-kilometres was all uphill until a slippery slope down full of pea gravel that saw some backend runners facing their fears of falling.
Experienced trail runner Rudi Smith set the course record in the 12-kilometre event with a 53:17 finish time.
He was seven minutes faster than Grant Langford, who placed second overall and first in his age group with a time of 1:00:04.
Third went to David Reid (1:00:52) while Andrew Poli grabbed fourth in a quick 1:01:36.
Rachel Brooks, new to trail running, finished three milliseconds behind Katherine Stockwell (1:03:06).
Liz Ingram took third for the women’s in 1:16:53.
Former Perth trail series race director Bernadette Benson surprised participants by donning a queen of hearts costume at the nine-kilometre mark, where runners ran through tunnels of trees aptly named the ‘rabbit hole’.
The Perth Trail Series is expected to have three night runs in the new year, with three dates to be confirmed closer to the date.
For more information visit perthtrailseries.com.