AGL was proud to be the major sponsor of the Peaks and Trails Festival of Running for the third year running in 2017. Held in and around Dunkeld, this picturesque event caters to trail enthusiasts of all abilities, with access to beautiful Southern Grampians trails and a number of private trails normally inaccessible to the public.
Sponsored through the Oaklands Hill Wind Farm Community Support Fund, the Festival attracted over 300 competitors, up around 50% on last year. The AGL Ultra Marathon – which covers 50 gruelling kilometres – had 60 entrants.
Australian Ultra Marathon Team member, Kellie Emmerson, dominated the Ladies Open categories, taking out both the Mount Abrupt Challenge (a 6 km run up the mountain) and the Ultra Marathon – on consecutive days … and in record times!
For the first time, a team of AGL runners participated in the event. Rawle Kendall (Accountant, New Energy), Natalie Blair (FP&A Manager, Sales and Marketing) and Hoang Nguyen (Asset Performance Analyst, Wind and Solar) did the business proud. The team was joined by Natalie’s running club mate, Amelia Griffo, after James Bower had to withdraw at the last minute with a broken foot.
The team put in an outstanding effort:
- Rawle completed the 26km event in 3:12, finishing 27th overall and 11th in his age group
- Natalie completed the 11km event in 1:13, finishing 21st overall and 4th in her age group
- Hoang completed the 26km event in 2:52, finishing 15th overall and 8th in his age group
- Amelia completed the 26km event in 3:06, finishing 22nd overall and 3rd in her age group