There's a strange phenomena occurring in Dunkeld in the dark hours of every morning. If you've seen them, rest assured they aren't min-min lights. They are in fact the head torches of trail running enthusiasts who run in the dark through the bush, sometimes in the rain, all for the simple joy it brings.
And they've never been happier.
This year, Dunkeld will host a run weekend like no other, where these passions for trail running are thoroughly indulged. In addition to the 26km and 22km trail courses previewed last year in the M2M, a 50km Ultra Marathon has been introduced, as well as a short course technical ascent of Mount Abrupt. These trails offer challenges alongside breathtaking views at almost every turn.
For those familiar with the southern Grampians, it means the 22km runners will summit Mt Picaninny (422m), the 26km runners will bag both Picaninny and Mt Sturgeon (548m) while Ultra Marathon runners will take on Mt Abrupt (827m) as well as Picanniny and Sturgeon. Because of the nature of the event, and the popularity of the location, numbers will be capped to 450 over the two days, so there's extra incentive to get in early.
Also a new addition to this year's schedule is the relaxed Royal Mail Gourmet Trail. This could be an enjoyable 'warm up' for the serious Sunday courses, or a lovely indulgence for avid supporters. There really is something for everyone, with a 6.4km and 11km as well as a free Kids' Dash planned as well.
For a comprehensive outline of the events and what they offer download the event information pack from the Peaks and Trails page.