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Six Foot Track Ultra Trail Run Completes Its 19th Successful Run

Sloan and Tiller win easily

Hot weather denies any records on the day

Report and Photos by Kevin Molloy - Cool Running - USA

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A record field of over 640 ultra runners entered the 19th running of the tough and grueling 48km (28 mile) Six Foot Track Trail Run. 576 started and 559 completed the course. That's a very high finishing percentage for such a tough course. The race starts in Katoomba and finishes in Jenolan Caves, approximately 200kms west of Sydney, Australia. It is arguably the toughest trail run in australia and also one of the best organized thanks largely to the Sydney Striders and the NSW Bush Fire Brigade. The proceeds from the event go towards the "bushies". Everyone ones their role in saving thousands of houses and hundreds of lives during the recent bush fires that enveloped the area.

The race started at 8am in Katoomba at the head of the local but famous Six Foot Track. With 700 people anxious to get off to a great start, it is necessary to run the event in two waves separated 15 minutes apart. The seeding of the two groups is on an honor system but most of the slower runners seed themselves in the second group.

The race is on trails the whole way and only crosses a public road in one well-manned location.

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Tim Sloan look great as he finishes
From the map you will see a long downhill for the first third of the course. This tends to cause the runners to go out very fast and pay for it during the middle third which is virtually all uphill. Yesterday's male winner, Tim Sloan, had strong competition from John Makenzie for the third third of the course but once the track turned uphill, tim's experience allowed him to break away and was never challenged again. His finish time was 3:28:17 and a tie for the third fastest time ever set. The fastest time is 3:25:08 which was set in 2000 by Paul Arthur. John came in in second place in 3:40:59, two seconds ahead of Adan Jordon in 3:41:01. At the finish line the temperature had climbed to about 27 degrees C. This was perfect for the hundreds of cheering spectators but a little too hot for the runners.

Dawn Tiller about to finish
Dawn Tiller, had a little more competition on her hands when she won in 4:29:05, but considering this is the first competition for Dawn since giving birth to her third child, it was a mighty effort. Dawn happens to hold the record for the first, second, fourth and tenth fastest times over a period of seven years. Her time yesterday is the ninth fastest time. Dawn did not even have a chance for a post-race stretch yesterday because as soon as she finished, she had her three children wrapped around her demanding attention. It just so happens that her husband, Kevin, is the race director and somehow he managed to put this all together and have his kid's "helping out". You should have seen them helping with the scoring computer! In second place we again had a race between Xandra Dun and Liz Short. Xandra prevailed by just a few seconds in the end. Her time was a great 4:36:51 with Liz in 4:36:57. Liz also won the 50-59 age group. Well done Liz.
Top Ten Results:

Tim Sloan 3:28:17
John Makenzie 3:40:59
Adan Jordon 3:41:01
Gary McGregor 3:43:18
Andrew Hill 3:43:41
Rob Preston 3:43:51
Stevan Cunningham 3:57:51
Marcus Giles 3:58:20
Damien Tancred 3:59:56
Jonathan Warwick 4:00:08

Dawn Tiller 4:29:05
Xandra Dunn 4:36:51
Liz Short 4:36:57
Jenny Henville 4:38:16
Bianca Van Woeski 4:43:07
Sue Thompson 4:47:44
Michelle Beattie 4:54:21
Sonia White 5:06:01
Louise Staunton 5:10:00
Paula McGee 5:13:30

Tim Sloan is congratulated by Kevin Tiller (RD)

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