20th December 2020

6 Inch Trail Marathon

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The 6 inch Trail Marathon is a 46km point to point trail run along the Munda Biddi Trail, 70km south of Perth in Western Australia.
The 46km running event covers a small section of the 1000km long The Munda Biddi Trail (which means path through the forest in the Noongar Aboriginal language) and fast becoming a world class cycle trail. With this in mind the wide trails have been shaped nicely for runners to get into a rhythm and enjoy the unspoilt bushlands and shade of towering eucalyptus trees.
The race has welcomed runners of all abilities from across Australia including some of the country’s best international distance runners. The well groomed trails make for easy running providing an awesome running experience for every adventure seeker…
Something for everyone!

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    Six Inch Trail Marathon is inspired by the famous Six Foot Track Marathon in the Blue Mountains near Sydney.Returning from New Zealand in January 2005 I bemoaned the lack of trail races in Western Australia. I wanted to move to the land of the long white cloud but family and circumstances warranted at least another year in WA. One evening I headed out to run a gravel road signposted “Goldmine Hill”. What followed was a soaking wet 15K with the highlight being running into the Munda Biddi Mountain Bike trail. The Munda Biddi was built to keep cyclists off the 964K Bibbulmun walking track. The first 335K section from Mundaring in the Perth hills to Collie was completed in 2004. I had seen some road crossing signs during the construction and was keen to one day experience the track either by bike or foot. Finding the track so close to my house in Mandurah had me pondering a race in the near future. On my return from New Zealand I had been discussing a possible trail race on a local runner’s message board. I bought the map and found that this town to town section was about 44K. Six Foot which I had dreamed of running for years sprang to mind. “We could have our own version”. I had ridden between the 2 towns, North Dandalup and Dwellingup, and the road was super hilly. I was a little disappointed by the lack of hills when I ran the trail but some less masochistic runners didn’t agree with me. The result is a 46K trail race starting at the foot of Goldmine Hill 1K from North Dandalup and finishing in Dwellingup. This run is designed to be tough but most marathoners can expect to finish within an hour or 2 of their best marathon time. Dave Kennedy

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