Mosaic to Mountain – Dunkeld

Dunkeld is a small but picturesque town at the Southern end of the Grampians.

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It’s a central proximity from these locations:
Melbourne – 3 hours drive
Ballarat – 1.5 hours
Warrnambool – 1.15 hours
Hamilton – 25 minutes
Mt Gambier (SA) – 2 hours

The Mosaic to Mountain fun run was apart of the Discover Dunkeld Festival. The run itself was the major fundraiser for the local kindergarten.

This was a growing event of approximately 250 people in the fun run alone.

Over at Memorial park you would find “Market in the Park”, where you could find a collection of the regions finest produces and artisans.
That’s where I found this beautiful basket.
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There was also “Music in the Park”, where you could listen to regional talent, and there were also fun activities for the kids too.  All in all an excellent family day out.

Ok, so lets get back to the run.
This was the 2nd Mosaic to Mountain Fun Run.  For what ever reason I assumed it had been going for a lot longer.  I didn’t realise it was still a ‘newish’ run.

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Me before the event, raring to go, just look at Mount Sturgeon isn’t it just amazing.

The event itself had a 10km run, and then a 5km run/walk.  I being a runner of course would enter the longer event – 10km.

The race started just after 9am. We wove through part of the gardens, then up towards the cemetery, through the racecourse, along Old Ararat Road (where the headwind hit us hard), then through the Dunkeld Arboretum towards the finish line.

My heart rate monitor kept falling down.  Let me tell you that was a major pain in my bum.  So ignore my heart rate, 225 is clearly not correct.  It took until km 3 for me to get it to sit properly. Note to self, fix it before your next run.

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This was the 5km finish time.  I ran the 10(.31)km in 49:23.  10km in 48:02
I placed 6th in the females and 21st overall.  So I’m very happy with that.
While waiting for the presentations Carol from Finding Carol, spotted me wearing my RunMum t-shirt, so came over for a chat.  It was lovely to meet a blogging friend. She did a great job at her run too, well done Carol.

Overall the event itself was well organised, the course well marked, The volunteers extremely happy and helpful on course.  Mother Nature turned the sun on, and a north westerly head wind at around km 6 which was not much fun, but the view of Mount Sturgeon was well worth it and I would definitely come back to compete in this event for 2014.

 

Footnotes

1 – The Dunkeld Kindergarten have this fantastic Bush Kindergarten program.  You can read more about it here.