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Mass Start in Abominable Fog

Thick fog and temperatures just above freezing greeted officials and competitors on Sunday morning at Narrabundah Hill, for the ACT Teams Race.

100 runners took part in a Le Mans style mass start. Nothing like running 100m up hill to collect your first map. Mothers were given a 5 second bonus start in the sprint to the maps.
This Le Mans innovation was made possible by a late decision of the course planner.
The fog was still down when the 50 teams were finally accounted for around 1230.

Five junior competitiors completed the 2.5km Easy course which was not part of the Teams event.
Results are Felix von Oertzen(25.23), Hayden Dent (35.01), Xavier Canadell and Dad (43.44), Connor Dent (47.25) and Alicia Robertson (71.03).
Layla Dent completed the 2.2km Very Easy course.

Once again this format of a mass start teams race proved very popular.
Abominable O-men would like to thank all those who participated. It made getting out in the cold almost enjoyable. We may bring you a similar event, or something completely new in 2020.

More photos from the event area available in galleries 1, 2, and 3 on the OACT Facebook page.

Words by Ann Scown, photos by Tom de Jongh.