BIG V TRAIL SERIES 2016 / 2017 UPDATE
The Big V Trail Series is organized by TrailLove Global (Bellarine Sunset Run) for the Victorian Running Network and supported by Athletics Victoria. With running events once a month from October through January this series has been introduced to provide runners of all levels and abilities accessible trails with destinations suitable for a fun family day out. There are 4 themed events all held within 45 minute drive from the Melbourne CBD offering distances of 3 km / 6-7 km / 12-14 km and creatively scheduled to maximize family participation.
|Sunday 30th October
||Click Go The Shears
||Running through the Grey Box Forest and Werribee Gorge surrounds of the Eynesbury township built pre 1870’s with homesteads, shearing sheds, staff quarters and stables.
||Eynesbury Homestead Eynesbury
|Sunday 13th November
||Temple of Boom
||A light trail event running through the Wurundjeri tribe territory of Westerfolds Park situated beside the Yarra River.
||Westerfolds Manor Fitzsimons Lane Templestowe,
|Saturday 10th December
||Field of Dreams Sunset Run
||This race slightly steps up from events 1 & 2 but once again so does the enjoyment with the introduction of some more single trail, bigger hills and some fast down hills.
||Lysterfield Lake Track Lysterfield
|Saturday 28th January
||Cultures at Cruden Farm Sunset Run
||Again running at sunset this time around the trails and property of the late Dame Elisabeth Murdoch known as Cruden Farm.
||Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s Cruden Farm Cranbourne
The series will also play host to the Athletics Victoria State Trail Running Championships for juniors and open age groups at Lysterfield Lake.
The final event at Cruden Farm will conclude the with a NITRO TRAILS event, with a 1 mile (1600m) NITRO TRAILS dash for cash in full view for everyone to witness. A $TBC purse for the winner of the men’s and women’s race will attract some of our country’s finest middle distance athletes to watch and compete against.
ROUND 1 – EYNESBURY
On what turned out to be a sunny but windy Sunday morning a small number of Glenhuntly regulars and their families turned up to Eynesbury at 10.00am.
Pre-race briefing for 12km event
After the usual pre-race registration and collection of timing chips, the 12km event kicked off at 10.00am. The course provided for a fast start with flat conditions and a tail wind as the runners exited the historic homestead and surrounds and worked their way out into the open plains of Werribee and down to the gorge for 3km.
Start of the 12km Event
Conditions proved a little more challenging on the return back to the homestead with runners working into a strong breeze after working up their way out of the gorge up a gradual incline.
The course then meandered through the box forest and with a dry surface consisting of gravel and dirt paths underfoot it enabled everyone to settle into a rhythm without fear of falling. At approximately 9km, after completing a loop on the outer edges of what was previously a sheep station, the runners were then on the return loop back to the finish line.
Lyndon Loader in the 12km Event
It was on the return leg that the 12km runners (those who were not fast enough!) crossed paths with the 6km group runners who started as a separate group 30 minutes later who were following a different course.
Much encouragement, high fiving and motivation was given and created some excitement and a positive stage of the race and the impetus to finish of the race.
Kimberley Allen in the 6km event
A tight finish through the outbuildings of the homestead, preceded by a scenic run along the edge of the golf course (and even into and onto the 7th green and fairway for those not paying attention and losing their way!)… provided a welcome finish to what was ultimately an enjoyable but surprisingly tough course.
Finish Line for all events
The 12 km runners could then relax within the Homestead gardens and shade and enjoy and encourage the 6km runners to finish.
3km Event Start
At 12.00pm the 3km event was started and with some encouragement, those who had completed the 12 and 6km events joined the 3km runners. This followed the 6km course with an earlier turn around.
3km Cool down/family run
Evans Family at end of 3km event
In terms of results the highlights for Glenhuntly were Bridget Wetherall and John Evans taking out first place in their respective 12km 40+ age group events.
Glenhuntly Final Results
In summary the event was well organized with races starting on time and the timing with Tomato Timing went off without a hitch. The only considerations for future events is for runners to bring some safety pins! and also bring or purchase your own cup for the water station as the event doesn’t supply them out of consideration for the environment.
There was a wide cross spectrum of athletes participating which enabled those of all abilities and standards to have a competitive run. The location and terrain was a nice change from the usual AV events and it had a relaxed feel compared to the more full-on AV XC winter events.
The surrounds of the homestead made for a relaxing post event lunch in either the café or a picnic lunch in the gardens.
For those wanting a decent run over a longer distance rather than respectively pounding the pavements and tracks on a Saturday then you are encouraged to join the remaining events.