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New FKT from a couple of Blue Mountains local trail running legends

by Sue Blenman on August 16, 2020  in Fastest Known TimeFKTRunning CommunityTrail runningUltra Running

Blue Mountains’ legends Corey Phillpott and Lou Clifton set a new Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the 83km route from Glenbrook to Mount Victoria in just 11 hours and 13 minutes!

A tough, uphill route with from Glenbrook to Mount Victoria

Starting at the Ranger’s Hut at Glenbrook, Corey and Lou travelled 25km up the Oaks Fire Trail to Woodford then kept on the southern side of the Great Western Highway using Bedford Creek Trail and Andersons Trail to Queen Victoria Hospital at Wentworth Falls.

Then, they followed the current UTA 22 course down into Kedumba Valley and through Leura Forrest to Katoomba before following the track adjacent to the train line from Katoomba to Mount Victoria. 

Corey and Lou Crazy FKT Adventure

Key stats 

  • Date: 17 July 2020
  • Distance: 83kms
  • Vertical gain: 2,400m
  • Elapsed time: 11:11:04 (avg pace = 8:15/km)
  • Moving time: 6:52:31 (avg pace = 5:03/km)
  • Blister count: zero

 

See the exact route here. 

FKT Corey Phillpot

 Corey Phillpott crossing one of many creeks on his way from Glenbrook to Mt Victoria in the Blue Mountains.  

The right gear for a great day out

Lou and Corey knew if they wanted to set a new FKT they’d the very best in trail

shoes, specialised running clothing and socks, and tailor-made nutrition to fuel their bodies. 

Here’s what they recommend: 

Trail shoes: New Balance Hierro trail running shoes

Socks: BMRC Steigen socks for zero blisters

Tees: BMRC Tee

Shorts: 2XU 

Pack: Salomon 12 Litre hydration pack

Nutrition: Tailwind

To follow Corey and Lou’s adventures on Instagram. Corey is @cozfit_ and Lou is @loumclifton

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