Sweet winter sunshine and single track at Race 2

Sunday, July 15, 2018

What a sensational day it was to be out on the trails, soaking up the sunshine and scenery of Smith's Gully in the Yarra Valley for Race 2 of The Trail Running Series presented by The North Face.

There was a chill in the air, but with the HIIT Factory warmups and famous Rob Roy Hill Climb to get things started – there wasn’t much you could complain about.

Hundreds of trail runners raced and weaved over the 7km, 13km and 18km courses, past kangaroos and green countryside. A simply beautiful backdrop for a Sunday morning run in the winter sun.

Race 2 Trail Running Series

Congratulations to all our place-getters and well done to everyone who raced today – whether you beat your time or enjoyed the ride - we hope you had a blast on the trails, and the exhilaration lasts through to the next one – Race 3 at Silvan!

There were so many great moments captured on the day - thanks to Matt Hull from The Matt Image,
the Supersport Images crew,  Vlogger Chris Furlong and Yarra Ranges Life TV.

You can check out the photo highlights in the Facebook album HERE.

And you can view and purchase your race photos from Supersport Images HERE (available soon – keep an eye on your inbox for the alert).

Check out the Yarra Ranges Life TV live video from the day HERE.

And stay tuned over on the Facebook page for Chris Furlong’s highlights video coming soon.

Race 2 Trail Running Series

Event results are available HERE.

Long Course male

  1. Nicholas DENNIS 1:10:59
  2. Erik UEDA 1:14:18
  3. Rhys WHITTAKER 1:16:22

Long Course Female

  1. Jess BATTON 1:34:56
  2. Madison TAYLOR 1:37:32
  3. Emma NEAL 1:37:33

Medium Course Male

  1. Brett ELLIS 55:20
  2. Stephen RAE 59:50
  3. Dan TREVENA 1:02:33

Medium Course Female

  1. Alison KNUCKEY 1:11:05 20-39
  2. Sasha TAPLIN 1:11:52 20-39
  3. Gabi WILSON 1:12:49

Short Course Male

  1. Luke GARDNER 34:25
  2. Craig WOOLES 36:20
  3. Justin TEMPLAR 36:37

Short Course Female

  1. Janet DANIELS 41:00
  2. Allison WOOLES 41:53
  3. Kerrie LOVELESS 43:05

HIIT Factory Hill Climb
Brett ELLIS 2:33
Amy CORNELL 3:20

Race 2 Trail Running Series

A MASSIVE thank you to all our volunteers who got up super early to help today - we couldn't have done it without you.

A HUGE thanks also to our event sponsors who help make it all happen: The North Face, The HIIT Factory, 32gi Sports Nutrition, Nathan, CLIF Bar and Sunsol muesli, as well as MG Car Club crew for all their tasty bbq food! You can see these sponsors again at Race 3, at Silvan, Sunday 5th August. 

The Trail Running Series conducted by renowned event managers Rapid Ascent features a mix of five short distance trail runs at a range of beautiful wilderness locations all within an hour’s drive of Melbourne from June to October.

The Series returns for an eighth year in 2018 with a new Saturday night race, some exciting course tweaks, new competitions and a whole lot more great wilderness running.

The races attract first timers through to elite runners who get a real thrill from trail running by racing through valleys lined with tree ferns, weaving through towering gum trees and bounding along flowing trails beside rivers, creeks, beaches and lookouts.

Each event features a short course race that varies in length between 5km and 7km, a medium course race of between 10km and 15km and a long course race that starts at 15km and extends to 23km at its longest. Competitors can enter all races or choose just the races that suit them.

The 2018 Series launches with Race 1 at Westerfolds Park, Templestowe in June, then moves to Smiths Gully in the Yarra Valley in July for Race 2.

Race 2 Trail Running Series

Race 3 takes place at Silvan in the Dandenongs in August, which also includes a 2.2km Kids Run adding even more fun to this popular event – the highlight of the series for many runners.

Race 4 at Anglesea on the Surf Coast in September follows on from the action of the Surf Coast Century 100km Ultra Marathon of the day before, forming a real festival weekend of trail running, complete with a 1.9km Kids Run.

The Series concludes in October where runners light up the flowing inner city trails beside the Yarra for the thrilling night race series finale, finishing with a massive after party at the new location of Yarra Bend on Saturday night.

Further details on The Trail Running Series can be found at the event website at with entries now open for these five popular events.

Entries:  Now open at

2018 Series outline:
• Race 1: Sunday 17 June – Westerfolds Park - 5km / 11km / 15km
• Race 2: Sunday 15 July – Smiths Gully - 7km / 13km / 18km
• Race 3: Sunday 5 August – Silvan, Dandenong Ranges – 7km / 15km / 21km
• Race 4: Sunday 16 September – Anglesea – 8km / 15km / 23km
• Race 5 - night race: Saturday 6 October – Yarra Bend – 5km / 11km / 15km


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Race 2 Trail Running Series

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To apply for a media pass on race weekend or to simply enquire about access to editorial and photos, please contact Rapid Ascent on 03 5261 5511.

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