Classic winter trail running at Westerfolds for Race 1

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Australia’s most popular series of off-road runs – The Trail Running Series presented by The North Face kicked off today with Race 1 at Westerfolds Park by the Yarra River in Melbourne.

It was definitely wet and muddy but it was so great to see the ‘Bitumen is Boring’ slogan truly kick into action with everyone embracing the conditions and enjoying a bit of mud along the way!

Race 1 at Westerfolds

Over 1,000 runners from across Victoria and interstate were treated to the flowing trails of Westerfolds’ grassy woodlands across short (5km), medium (11km) and long (15km) race courses.

Well done to everyone who showed up and raced at Westerfolds Park for Race 1 of the Trail Running Series and congratulations to all place-getters.

Race 1 at Westerfolds

There were so many great moments captured on the day - thanks to the Supersport Images crew.

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.

Race 1 at Westerfolds


Event results are available HERE.

Long Course male
1. Ashley BENNETT 58:20 
2. Stephen MCSHANE 59:35 
3. Julian ARNOLD 1:00:49 20-39

Long Course Female
1. Laura YORK 1:08:10 
2. Madison TAYLOR 1:11:04 
3. Emma NEAL 1:12:40

Medium Course Male
1. Stephen RAE 38:14 
2. Dan TREVENA 39:23 
3. Dominic BOLGER 40:55

Medium Course Female
1. Gabi WILSON 45:03 
2. Sasha TAPLIN 45:59 
3. Emma BELLENGER 47:34

Short Course Male
1. Craig WOOLES 19:10 
2. Luke GARDNER 19:32 
3. Justin TEMPLAR 19:34

Short Course Female
1. Taryn FURLETTI 19:54 
2. Tara BELL 20:45 
3. Janet DANIELS 22:12

HIIT Factory Home Straight 
Liam ROBERTSON 16.447 
Renee DRYSDALE 17.403

Race 1 at Westerfolds

 A MASSIVE thank you to all our volunteers who got up super early to help on Sunday - 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 Meltdown Toasties and Mailstar coffee. You can see these sponsors again at Race 2.

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 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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Media Information

Media passes are available to accredited journalists and photographers and entitle you to be positioned in a cordoned-off area immediately behind the finish line.

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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