The 16km distance of Race 3 was undoubtedly the hardest of the three races, which were designed to challenge the runners by increasing distance, height gain and technical trailrunning each week. With large sections of technical singletrack included it provided a test of trail skills and, for some, a first experience of running on such trails.
After heavy rain showers throughout the day the sun arrived on time to serve up another lovely summer’s evening for the last race in the 2019 series. The earlier rain had ensured the muddy sections lived up to their name, which saw many runners enjoying a slip and a slide around the course.
Steven Campbell set out his intention to win a clean sweep of the races and Overall Male Winners by opening up an early gap on the chasing runners. He kept the speed up and continued to increase the gap throughout the race to finish well ahead of Stuart Govan who put in a great shift to hold on to second place from Rudy Romain in third.
Sara Nunney headed into the final race with the pressure of trying to defend her title of Overall Female Winner from last year. Despite a spectacular slip around 10km into the race (captured perfectly by legendary TrailFest marshal “Big Davie”, above), Sara barely broke step and bounced straight back up again to power up the steep incline. She finished the race ahead of Lowri Richards in 2nd and Laura Preston in 3rd to ensure she kept her title for a second year.
There was great running all round and even the weariest of finishers were smiling as they crossed the line. And, as an added bonus, no finisher came back with clean legs and feet! Awesome!
From my perspective as Race Director, it was a huge pleasure in sharing these races with all of the runners, the marshals and the volunteers who made every race special.
Big thanks once again to Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, Pro Tay Timing, Kenny Girvan, Artemis Outdoors (First Aid), Mugdock Country Park, Tilhill Forestry and, of course, the amazing team of marshals and volunteers who looked after the runners, rang cowbells, cheered, high-fived, handed out medals, put up and took down the event village and did lots of smiling and many other jobs that went unseen.
Thank you all for making it so fantastic!
Ryan, Race Director and Co-Founder, TrailFest
Results from Pro Tay Timing
Photos from Kenny Girvan Photography