Surf’s up for new trail marathon(ers)

A newly launched trail marathon will shine the spotlight on Victoria’s stunning Surf Coast Walk, with runners being enticed off road by a course that takes in impressive coastal scenery, including a short run along world-famous Bells Beach. The inaugural Surf Coast Trail Marathon will take place on Saturday, 28 June, 2014, with marathon runners starting at Torquay, an hour south west of Melbourne, and finishing 42.2km further west on the beaches of Fairhaven, located on the world-renowned Great Ocean…

Flinders on Foot: expedition run

Renowned for running some of the longest marked trails on earth, ultra runner Richard Bowles  has announced his next project: to run South Australia’s 1200km-long Heysen Trail. Starting on Sunday 4th May 2014, Richard will run an average of 85km each day (two marathons) along South Australia’s ancient backbone, tracking south down the rugged Flinders Range all the way to the coast, following the famed Heysen trail route. The Melbourne based adventurer has already run the length of several long-distance…

Trail shoe review: Nike Zoom Wildhorse

THE WILD ONE: Let’s caveat this review: I’m an Air Jordan tragic. I grew up in an era where if you didn’t have a pair of Air Jordan’s on, you simply didn’t exist, as though the basketballer’s signed-off footwear had a magic power to uncloak you from teenage invisibility. So while I never spoke it, I admit to an inner yearning that one day, Nike, the big boomer of running shoes on road (and basketball court), would one day get…

Trail report: Convicts & Wenches, Tas.

Conditions were ideal for the 45 runners who toed the start line of the ‘Convicts and Wenches Marathon’ on 23rd March. It was a cool and calm 10 degrees as the field set off at the 8am on the out and back course. Now in its fifth year, this 50km ‘fun run’ winds its way through Narawntapu National Park, on the north coast of Tasmania, a 50 minute drive from Launceston. It is a true trail ultra-marathon, run completely on…

Drakensburg traverse: trail record smashed

Early yesterday evening, in rather spectacular fashion adventure runners Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel set a new record of 41 hours 49 mins for the Drakensberg Grand Traverse. The two, having had a few close calls with injury and dehydration on the way, managed to be 62km ahead of the previous record at the same elapsed time. At 00h00 on Monday, 24 March 2014, trailblazers Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel embarked on the ultimate Drakensberg adventure – the Drakensberg Grand…

Tomorrow’s run is now: editorial

Dear 39-year-old self, You’re eighty years old now and in hindsight I can tell you one thing: trail running saved your life. At the moment, as you near your fortieth birthday, you just think it’s something you stumbled upon and through; something that weaves symbiotically between your personal life and working life. It all started when you had to write a profile. Remember? Hah. Running with Dean Karnazes to get an interview. He said it wouldn’t hurt you to run…

Eyes on Translantau as HK trail season concludes

Before Hong Kong finally wraps up its trail running season with the Translantau 100km and 50km race this weekend, the MSIG50 three race series finished off two weeks ago with a bang. In a first for a race of its distance, the 50km race attracted a bevy of international runners: Aussie’s own Brendan Davies, UK’s Stu Air, USA’s Cassie Scallon and Rudy Gilman and Italy’s Alessandra Carlini, just to name a few. While Hong Kong has been host to a…

Records tumble at Brooks Trail Run Festival

It was a matter of a student overtaking master and a road runner showing up her trail cousins on home turf at the Brooks Trail Run Festival, which took place atop Mount Baw Baw in Victoria over the March long weekend. The three day festival invited off road runners to battle it out for King and Queen of the Mountain titles across multiple events ranging from a marathon to 13km and 1.4km ‘technical running’ competitions. In the women’s category, Australian…

High country to high street ultra success

Two ultra runners have successfully completed a unique challenge to run all the way from the summit of Mount Baw Baw, in Victoria’s east, to the bustle of Bourke Street, in Melbourne’s CBD. Theirs was a 205km effort that took three days to complete, undertaken with a point to prove: that you can run all the way from mountain to mall using only trails and tracks the entire way. Ultra runner Richard Bowles and adventure racer Jarad Kohlar set off…

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