South coast trails a test for runners

Albany Advertiser
Winner Rudi Smith finished the course in 3 hours 48.57 seconds.
Camera IconWinner Rudi Smith finished the course in 3 hours 48.57 seconds. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Albany’s trails and coastline were showcased as 250 runners took part in Perth Trail Series races last weekend.

The south coast series began with an 48km ultra-distance race, starting at Mutton Bird Beach and finishing at Middleton Beach, that attracted 50 runners.

A night race on Saturday took runners with head torches through The Field of Light: Avenue of Honour on Mt Clarence before Sunday’s kids events.

Competitor Shane Johnstone.
Camera IconCompetitor Shane Johnstone. Credit: Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

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Perth Trail Series director Melina Mellino said runners were tested through the Bibbulmun Track, Mt Melville and Mt Clarence and were treated to great scenery.

“We had a lot of participants from outside of Albany take part, some competed in multiple events,” she said.

“They showcased the unique trails that Albany has and the stunning coastline.”

James Roberts.
Camera IconJames Roberts. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

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