Race Report for Mount Solitary Ultra

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.

Mount Solitary Ultra

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.

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Damian Smith 3rd Place at the KOM 2012

Damien Smith is one of my great running mates. We have run together in races on many occasions, he usually takes off extremely fast . Our running together is usually very brief maybe for only 1-2kms. Damien is a gun out of the blocks. He is in amazing form at the moment .
In The North Face 100km he ran a PB with a stellar time of 11:13:50. Avoiding being “Chicked” by Beth Cardelli, (yes guys we all know you will avoid being “Chicked” ). He is back racing and he has taken some time to chat to me.


Shona: Hi Damien, well done again in TNF100km I’m still blown away with your time and a PB of 66 minutes. You avoided being “Chicked” by Beth, well done. She was on fire that day, beating Beth is an achievement in itself. So how was the 35th Shoalhaven King of the Mountain yesterday?

Damian: If Beth and I have raced ten times she’d have me at 7 – 3, she usually gets me on the uphill. She caught me at the top of Nellies while I was leaning against a tree, stretching out a cramp. I took off after her, only to cramp, catch my toe and crash into the bush. I wondered if she was aware. Respect to her for not slowing ! We came into CP4 together. Soon after, the terrain fell to my favour and I was able to break away.

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