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RED ROCK to COFFS HARBOUR 45km TRAIL RACEby Kevin Cassidy, 26th March 2000
Race ReportIt was great to finally be a part of this event after knowing about it for several years. This race is held in one of Australia's more scenic places and the course is made up mainly of beaches and several headland crossings as well as eight creek crossings, two of which are rather deep and require a few swimming skills.
As is always the case, when I turn up to an event, I always seem to put a curse on it and this time the "Kevin Cassidy Curse" was in the form of a very strong headwind that would remain for the entirety of the race but this was compensated by the fact that we got to run along side the raging surf that was rolling in from the Pacific, it sure was spectacular.
To put it simply, this event is a tough days work and by the time you finish you sure don't want to see another grain of sand but I would certainly recommend it to anyone who is interested in a good trail event.
The one "highlight" I will always remember is when Vicki Tanner and myself strayed off course and ended up standing at the end of a very high cliff watching the waves crash in over the rocks, back tracking required a long climb over several rocks before fighting the waves onto a secluded and well hidden beach which was inhabited by naked men !!!!!!!!!, relating this story later to the locals had them all laughing, "So you found our Gay beach" they said.
The social gathering at the finish at the Coffs Harbour Sailing Club was great and the presentations by race organiser Steel Beveridge had a very unique and Australian feel when, instead of presenting the usual medals and/or certificates to all finishers, he presented each competitor with a "Thong" [that's Flip Flop to any non Australians] with the words "Red Rock to Coffs Harbour 2000" printed on the sole. I am now trying to work out how I can mount a thong in the trophy cabinet !!!!!
I was the only entrant from Melbourne with the remainder of the field made up of locals and two bus loads of runners from Brisbane, Coolangatta and Tweed Heads.
Steel Beveridge and several helpers put on an excellent and enjoyable event in a very lovely area