Night trail run shines light on depression

A new trail running event with a dark yet vibrant twist has been launched on the Surf Coast, in Victoria. The new Afterglow Twilight-Night Trail Half Marathon will take place on Saturday 29 November, beginning at Point Addis and running along the Surf Coast Walk 21.1km back into Torquay, finishing at Bomboras Kiosk, Fishermans Beach. Starting out in the twilight glow of the final days of Spring, runners will tread into the Ironbark forest and quickly into the pitch of…

Ed’s word: choices of an Angel

Growing up I was interested in a lot of things that my peers weren’t and a fairly mundane chain of decisions led me to university.  I’ll never forget going back to the town where I grew up, having a beer with a mate who’d decided to be a tradesman.  He couldn’t wrap his head around how I could “be so smart”.  That is, how I could get through the lectures, readings and assessment involved in being a tertiary student.  I…

Duncan’s Run 100: event preview

BEFORE his life was tragically cut short in an accident early last year Duncan Orr – a keen ultra-marathoner with a love for trails – had an ambitious plan to stage Gippsland’s first ever ultra, on the scenic Gippsland’s Grand Strzelecki Track. Though running expeditions with his wife and fellow ultra runner, Anna, had led Duncan to some remote pockets of the world, he’d acquired a particular affinity for the iconic Gippsland track in his home region. In more recent…

Shared win and course record at SC100

It was a perfect finish to a perfect day, with two trail running champions crossing the finish line together to take the Surf Coast Century 100km win and a new course record set for the women’s event. Brendan Davies, from the Blue Mountains in NSW, and David Eadie from Melbourne showed the true spirit of ultra running by sharing the win. Davies led the race all day but was caught by Eadie with just 3km to the finish. They took…

Preview: Victorian Trail Running Festival

Event Preview: Victorian Trail Running Festival There are a few trail ‘festivals’ on the calendar. Kind of like the adjectives ‘extreme’, ‘toughest’, ‘hardest’, ‘festival’ is a word bandied about a bit. There’s the You Yangs Trail Running Festival, the Brooks Trail Run Fest at Mount Baw Baw, the On Trail Running Festival in Glenworth, the Mount Buller Mountain Running Festival, Wagga Wagga Trail Running Festival, Tamborine Mountain Sports Festival…and we could go on… Yet, to this scribe, the word festival…

Race report: Orsieres-Champex-Chamonix (OCC)

Recently, all ultra eyes were on the UTMB, arguably the world’s biggest ultra trail outing. So it was for Australian Trail Running Champion, Kellie Emmerson, who travelled to Chamonix to crew her partner, ultra trail runner and TRM co-editor, Tegyn Angel. But there was no way Kel was going to fly all that way and not get a run in herself. Luckily the UTMB organisers saw fit to launch a new support event the, Orsieres-Champex-Chamonix (OCC), a 53km alpine outing prelude…

SHOE REVIEW: TNF Ultra Trail

Ultra Dependable One award gets you noticed, more awards gets you credibility and The North Face Ultra Trail’s have quickly garnered some serious kudos in mag land winning gongs the likes of Outside Magazine’s 2014 Gear of the Year Award in the trail running category and Runner’s World Magazine Best Debut Award Winner. That’s not a bad looking trophy cabinet for under half a season of being on the playing field. You can see the marketing bods – chuffed at…

Trail preview: Glenbrook Marathon

42km of trail in the Blue Mountains conjures scenic images in the head…the Jamison Valley with its natural beauty, the inhospitable and stunning country of Kanangra Boyd and ‘Wild Dogs’ or heaven forbid a race that ventured into the wilderness area of the Grose Valley with the most dramatic gorge and canyon landscapes in the Mountains. Possibilities are endless in this vast tableland of sandstone that helps to create the Sydney Basin. However people often forget the wonderful Lower Blue…

King of Mountain defies gravity

Speed and gravity proved no problem for physics student, Ben Duffus, who clearly has both mastered having made it two wins out of two starts to claim the 2014 King of the Mountain crown. Over 10,000 people flocked to Pomona, Queensland, on Sunday 27 July for the annual Wimmers King of the Mountain Festival, a project of the Cooroy/Pomona Lions Club. Visitors jostled for places to watch the start and finish of the main event of the day, the Bendigo Bank…

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