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6 from 6 for Cupitt at The North Face 100

posted May 20, 2013, 3:53 AM by Patrick V   [ updated May 20, 2013, 3:56 AM ]
Congratulations are in order for champion athlete Bart Cupitt who completed his sixth running of The North Face 100k event.  Bart has now completed in the event every year since it's inception - a super fantastic achievement. 

Bart commented that it was probably the best weather conditions of all six races, cool in the day and mild at night. In previous years, runners have experienced gusting winds, rain, chill factor conditions, and even snow.

The event is conducted in the Blue Mountains, with the start and finish at Leura. Many of the famous trails are used as the competitors head west beyond Katoomba, along Narrow Neck Ridge, and later circulating back on the 6ft Track, up the infamous Nellies Glen and then south east to Wentworth Falls before heading for home. During daylight it is a scenic run. At night it can be a hard slog.

Bart’s time of 19:13 was a great time, but not his fastest. This was 4 minutes slower than last year, but what was significant was that on entering checkpoint 4 at the 65km mark on Saturday night, Bart was 50 minutes behind his 2012 time at the same point. He obviously brought it home hard. A mighty effort!

In real time, this translates to Bart starting at 7:00am Saturday and finishing at 2:13am Sunday. The race has a finish cut-off of 28 hours. Those that finish under 20 hours are awarded a belt buckle to commemorate a great achievement. Bart added another to his collection and now has six. He is only one of a handful to have completed all the events.

The event kicked off in 2008 with 130 finishers. Last weekend 703 completed the journey.


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