Times were irrelevant last Sunday as athletes battled the blusty winds, the cold weather and branches over the course as they tackled King and Queen of the Mountain. Postponed from previous due to wet conditions, the course up the steep incline of Mt Kembla offered a challenge to all athletes, and especially those who challenged the tough 5km. A challenge at any time, the course is one of the best and offers steep inclines, rough terrain and a downhill run to the finish that is a challenge to any athlete. Breaking 30min in these conditions was considered a good run, and King of the Mountain, Christopher Thurbon deserved “his crown” as he handled the course like a seasoned veteran, even though this was his first attempt at such an event. Young junior athlete Imogen Anderson took on the longer distance and was well rewarded with Queen of the Mountain, after racing home down the steep decline with control and good running. Thurbon completed the course in 26.46m whilst Imogen finished off in under the 30 minute mark, recording 29.56m.
Prince of the mountain went to fast finishing Joshua Smith, with sister Charlotte making it a Smith double by being awarded the Princess of the Mountain. Conducted over 2km, this event also is a challenge, with athletes being confronted by branches across the course due to the heavy winds.
A well deserved hot chocolate at the local Mt Kembla Hotel was a just reward for the athletes who braved the conditions and raced well considering the weather conditions.