Today had the a great morning volunteering at Yurrebilla, it was the 10th anniversary of the 56km Ultra Marathon, starting at Belair train station and weaving it's way along the Heysen Trail, finishing at Athelstone. Due to recent storm damage the course was changed this week, but today was almost perfect conditions for running, a light drizzle early this morning, but mostly mid to high teens, no wind, and just a little bit of sunshine. Inspired by renown adelaide endurance runner Karen Bentley, who had volunteered with Rebecca Rushton, from Blister Prevention in the Big Red Run, we volunteered our time to be on course Podiatrists, assisting with on course blister management to ensure no runners were not able to finish due to blister pain. We started the morning at Cleland Wildlife park, then Morialta Cottage, then on to the finish line.
We were able to help a number of runners with blister dressings, and the odd grazed knee, which got me to use more of my mothering skills than my Podiatry skills, but still so rewarding.
What was incredibly impressive was how well prepared so many runners were in regard to blister prevention. So many runners had dry socks and dry shoes ready for them at checkpoints. Some runners stopped to get us to help them with reapplying existing dressings, or to help them apply dressings that they had packed for there own use. We learnt a lot about event volunteering, and look forward to being involved again. Was great to be out there, celebrating with the trail running community of Adelaide, so many warm, friendly, generous smiles, thanking us for our time. Congratulations to all the runners who participated in Yurrebilla, you are amazing.