Blueys win Sydney Trail Run Series outing

Blue Mountains-based runners were the first-placed male and female runners in the latest round of the Sydney Trailrunning Series held on the Emerald City’s northern edge, proving there’s definite advantage in being a resident amongst steep terrain where you can’t go for a run without serious ups and downs.
Springwood’s Jim Perrett was the quickest male over the 12km course at Bobbin Head in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, while Woodford’s Jo Brischetto led the women home.

Brischetto, 32, is a personal trainer and mother of three who won last year’s 50km Kanangra Classic while Perrett, 24, is studying to be a physical education teacher at the University of Western Sydney and works for the AFL.

‘It seems like the Blue Mountains is a good training spot for these things,’ observed Sean Greenhill of Mountain Sports, the Wentworth Falls-based business that organises the series.

Warrimoo runner Andy Lee was the male winner of the three-race summer season at Manly Dam while the female winner Shona Stephenson lives in Camperdown but does much of her training in the Blue Mountains.

The autumn season kicked off at Bobbin Head on Sunday, with Lee the second male home after backing up from the previous weekend’s Six Foot Track Marathon, while Stephenson was competing in New Zealand at the famous Tarawera Ultramarathon.

Perrett said the Bobbin Head track, which will also host series races on April 21 and May 12, was tougher than the Manly Dam course.

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