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Runners in the 2015 King of the Mountain Trail Run make their way up the hill.

Runners set to claim throne

THE WA Marathon Club (WAMC) is running the annual King of the Mountain Trail Run on Sunday May 20, starting from Helena Valley Primary School to Fred Jacoby Park, Mundaring.

The King of the Mountain is an unique and challenging run, and would have to be one of the best events on the WAMC Program. 

A fleet of buses shuttle the runners from Fred Jacoby Park, Mundaring down to the start of the race at Helena Valley Primary School.

Runners then race their way up the hill – 16.1km – following the Helena River to finish at Fred Jacoby Park, where a cosy fire and a generous breakfast  will await. 

The first male and female runners are crowned as the King and Queen of the Mountain.

The race was first held in 1983 and was a handicap event with the first man, Peter Ritson , finishing in  time of 54:06 and the first woman, Rae Martin, in 1:14:57. 

From 2010 the event handicap was removed, with Katy Gibb claiming the female record for the event in 1:05:28, while Thomas Bruins claimed the men’s record last year in a time of 55:27.

WAMC are expecting well over 300 participants in this year’s event, and while there will be no road closures they do ask vehicles to take precaution along Helena Valley Rd and Mundaring Weir Rd between 8am and 10am.

For more information, or to register for the run, call 9472 4833 or  head to www.wamc.org.au

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story in 2013 and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. On the weekend you can usually find him at Bells Rapids, taking a very reluctant dog for a walk on the Goat trail.

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