It can get quite cold in the Blue Mountains West of Sydney. Especially in the tail-end of an Australian winter, when the weather reminds you it’s not spring just yet, thank you – here’s a sub-zero reminder of that.
No such problem down in the Lower Blue Mountains, in the beautifully-named Blue Labyrinth area of the Glenbrook National Park, where an enthusiastic trail running club strut their stuff and stage some of the most in-demand trail runs in NSW. Although a cold start, the day soon turned into a beautifully sunny and windless experience.
Running Wild is now in Season 7 of their races – eight of them, including short- and long-course events with various distance options to include everybody, and an increasingly popular lap race to celebrate Australia Day.
Although strictly a running club, their races are open to everybody who pays the entry fee, and in recent times the events have been so popular that the ‘Sold Out’ sign has gone up ahead of time. With numbers capped under the conditions laid down by the NPWS, unless you get in early you will be disappointed, as there are no on the day entries available.
Glenbrook Marathon is always their season opener. With a full marathon, a 34km and a 25km option on offer, the race doubles as a qualifier for its big brother trail marathon The 6 Foot Track, so competition is keen and good runners are everywhere.
But there are also everyday runners, novices and experienced alike, and a cross section of trail runners, road runners and charity groups that are always delighted to be running in such pristine bush conditions, enjoying the fabulous views and scenic highlights of this beautiful part of the world. Highlights such as the archeologically important Red Hands Cave – created by First Australians thousands of years ago – and pioneer huts and structures from early colonial days.
Every year the race records fall, and this year was no exception with half of the records over all race distances being obliterated. And the noticeable thing about trail runners is what a modest bunch they are, with all winners and placegetters equally delighted with their experience, as with their wins.
Season 7 is off to a great start for Running Wild and its dedicated group of committee people – who knows what other records they will break along the way this year.
Read more about Glenbrook Marathon here.
Full results here.