The wind rattling the windows in Katoomba on the Saturday night of the Mount Solitary Ultra it sounded ominous for full mandatory kit for Sunday morning. I had only tried running with a pack on the weekend before for the Bush Capital ultramarathon and this additional weight was going to be a completely new experience. Needless to say I was quite nervous before the Mount Solitary Ultra because that run on the previous Sunday was my longest run ever and Mt Solitary
Mt Solitary was an unknown.
I knew I’d have to start conservatively and walk early up the hills. Running down the first few kms of the Mount Solitary Ultra was great fun and I started to relax and enjoy the morning. I slowed a bit on the single track being cautious because I couldn’t see where I was putting my feet and I’m not great at technical running.
Shoalhaven King of the Mountain winner Sarah Richardson is back on the trails after more than 10 years absence. She represented Australia in Cycling at the World Championships in 1993. Sarah then went on to become the Australian Long Course Triathlon Champion. She has won Iron Man Japan 2005 and she has just won the 2012 Shoalhaven King of the Mountain. Sarah Richardson is a legend in so many ways and is kind enough to take some time to chat to me about her intriguing sporting journey.
Congratulations Sarah, on your win on the Shoalhaven King of the Mountain, you did so well! I’m amazed at the gap you beat the other females. Well Done!
The Shoalhaven King of the Mountain is such an epic event with 35 years of Tradition. It must be so much fun to run.
Sarah:Yes, it’s a great race, the runners and organizers and volunteers are all really friendly and it’s a beautiful part of the world.
Shona: It looks like you beat your time from 2011 by 8 minutes! Awesome! Was your time of 2:29:30 a PB?