This weekend I took part in a race called the Eagle and Child organised as part of the Perth Trail Series. It was a 22km trail run (+/- 600m elevation change) held in John Forrest National Park in Western Australia. This is the first trail run I have taken part in this year and I absolutely loved it. I entered the race with only minimal training and with a cold, so was happy to finish with a time of 2hrs 31minutes.
The race started at the front of the Tavern and followed the Eagle View hiking trail for most of the run, plus a slight couple of km extra loop. The course contained some fairly technical sections, which were even more challenging due to the wet weather, and had a great mix of single trail and fire-road's. Due to the course heading almost straight away into single trail it caused a few hold ups for those further back in the pack near the start of the race. However, everyone seemed to self-seed rather well which meant that it didn't really matter to those who were held up (they seemed to quite enjoy the easy start).
As usual the race was really well run and had a fantastic atmosphere, I really can't pick any major faults with these Perth Trail Series runs. They are well organised, provided excellent supplies at the aid stations, fantastic spot prizes at the end, and overall have a friendly, inviting atmosphere. If you are looking for something a little more interesting and challenging than road running you should check out their runs.
For more information about these trail runs head to Perth Trail Series (www.perthtrailseries.com).
They are also about to start weekly runs, so get in touch if you are interested.
The fantastic photo's below are from Paparazzi on the run & some other race volunteers.
Dr Adam Rowney -