The Cape to Cabot is a relatively new race from local running club Athletics North East, but it’s one that has already built a strong reputation locally and nationally as a bucket list event. It’s one of the few races that are not in a loop layout where you can see the finish from the starting line. This actually isn’t necessarily a good thing as seeing the finish WAY up at the top of Signal Hill in the distance is really rather intimidating. Besides the constant climbing or ascending throughout the course, last year also saw hurricane like weather to the point that the weather channel covered the event nationally. Strangely enough, the harshness of the race seems to be a draw for runners as this is an event which consistently sells out year after year. The weather for this year’s event was a strong contrast to last year’s, with nearly perfect conditions at 4 degrees and 8km/h winds. The cool temperature generally helps keep the times lower.
The field wasn’t quite as deep as some other years on the women’s side. Heavyweights like Kate Bazeley or Caroline McIlroy did not participate. Respect to Krissy Dooling for a strong performance regardless.
Ed Durnford has been having a very strong season,finishing first overall and capturing the masters men’s course record was the icing on the cake. Even with great conditions, Will Fitzgerald 2008’s seems untouchable. It may be a record that stands the test of time.
Full results can be found here. Second place male Mark Hayward’s race report can be found here.