The North Face 100 is one of the big events on the Australian mountain running calendar. Each year thousands of athletes descend upon the Blue Mountains to pit themselves against the grueling 50 and 100km courses. With strict cutoff times at each checkpoint, completing the course within the allotted time is no mean feat and for the pro athletes, the top 10 will all usually finish in under a staggering 10 hours.
Conditions this year were probably about as good as you can get with blue skies and a light breeze. Great if you can finish quickly but for those travelling through the dark, a very cold night awaits with the temperatures dropping to just 3 degrees.
Brendan Davies took this years title in 9 hours and 16 minutes with Beth Cardelli taking the womens title in 11 hours and 1 minute. With only 703 of 1500 entrants going to distance, it proves its not a race for the faint hearted. Almost makes me want to try next year. Almost….
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