More than 100 photos from yesterday's race up and waiting for you to view, tag, share, download, send to the family Whatsapp group. All on the #trailseries Facebook page 📸 @marksampsonct
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#Unleashyourwildstride That's a wrap, heroes. Something for everyone here at the #CapeSummerTrailSeries Top three women on the long course here at Lebanon Forest. Grit and grace out there
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#Unleashyourwildstride Your top three men on the long course. Sjooooeeeeee we saw some speed out there today
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#Unleashyourwildstride Top three men in the short course. Boom. Shake the room (watch Facebook for plenty more images from tomorrow folks)
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#CapeSummerTrailSeries Top three women in the short course 💪 nicely done! .
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#CapeSummerTrailSeries Pete-The-Heat finished first vet on the long course and was heard chirping Winners of the long course, colleagues at @run_storeza and friends. Cracking race out there this morning
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@roryscheffer @tishysplishy #heroes
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#CapeSummerTrailSeries The A batch moving towards their start line. Long course is out on the trails now with some super fast names kicking it out there 🤙
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#Unleashyourwildstride In true Cape style the queue for late entries is looooong and full of vibe. Can we be this awesome when we queue for our 25L of water 🤔. Welcome to Race 1 of the #CapeSummerTrailSeries folks. We do have late entries available for those still keen to kick the year off on a high note! An hour until the long course heads out. The crew has started gathering for coffee, snacks and trail chat. @sean.l.robson on the mic .
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#Unleashyourwildstride Grey skies, light breeze, perfect running weather for Race 1 of the 2018 #CapeSummerTrailSeries at Lebanon Forest
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