Winner Jessie Rushbrooke and runner-up Bec Hopkins after the 50-kilometre ultra Grampians Peaks and Trails event.

NATIMUK’S Jessie Rushbrooke and Bec Hopkins finished first and second respectively in the Grampians Peaks and Trails 50-kilometre trail run on Sunday, August 7.

The two women were evenly paced for much of the raceand it took a sprint finish to decidethe winner.

Rushbrooke’s time was6.16.14.

Prior to the race neither woman had competed in any event longer than a 21-kilometre half-marathon.

Finishing in third was experienced trail runner Clare Weatherly in a time of 6.26.35.

The event started and finished in Dunkeld and involved climbing the three nearby peaks of Mt Sturgeon, Piccaninnyand Mt Abrupt.

Stephen Rennick won the men’s divisionin a time of 4.48.01 ahead ofrunner-up Kieran Ryan in 5.17.52.

Joint third place went to Nathan Liersch and Clay Tyrrell, who crossed the line in 5.28.47.

The Peaks and Trails weekend included shorter eventsas well as the Mt Abrupt Technical Challenge, Kids Dash and Royal Gourmet Trail.

The weekend was a great success with runners praising the course, which led through undulating farmland and bushland as well as climbing some of the Grampians most dramatic peaks.

For many Wimmera-based runners it was a perfect lead-in event for theWonderland Run, which starts and finishes in Halls Gapthis weekend.

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