Run to Paradise: Tour de Cooks

How to turn your entire family into trail runners? Take them to the Cook Islands…and take your time. WORDS: & IMAGES: Chris Ord I’ve never DNFed in my life. Without any pride and with much prejudice, I can now say that I’ve joined the quitters’ club. There are no upsides to quitting. You feel a fool. You hate your body for letting you down. You feel depressed. Maudlin. Morose. Dejected. Guilty. Ashamed. More pointedly, pissed off. With all that negativity…

Catching the Surf Coast Trail Marathon Bug

A sell-out in its first outing last year, the Surf Coast Trail Marathon, in Victoria, is returning to the trail running event calendar with an updated title and promises of yet another upbeat event designed to lure runners off-road. Now be known as the Icebug Surf Coast Trail Marathon, the event has welcomed aboard Swedish shoe brand Icebug which recently launched its range of trail shoes onto the Australian market. “The Surf Coast Trail Marathon is an ideal stomping ground…

The North Face 100: event wrap

Dan Lewis wraps up The North Face 100 for 2015, an event that just keeps getting bigger and more dramatic, from the emotional finish by The North face athlete, Dylan Bowman, to the 27+ hour crossing of the 100km line by 73-year-old Alf Johnston. There was a feel-good start and a ferocious finish to the eighth edition of trail running epic The North Face 100 in the Blue Mountains today. The 100km race and its sister 50km event attracted more than 2000 entrants, but it…

The North Face 100: Inspirations

More than 2000 runners line up tomorrow for The North Face 100 , representing 35 countries and all walks of life. Some are elites – you’ll read a lot about them across the mediascape to be sure, internationals and local go-fasts rocking the single track in unbelievable min/km pace. Worthy of accolades and attention, their feats are admirable, absolutely. That said, I still prefer the stories that echo back from the past of the pointy enders quipping that while their 10-ish hour…

Masters of the Trail: learnings from Yogis

Dan Lewis gets the Jedi mind trick low downs from those wielding the sabres of trail talent… Brendan Davies, former winner of The North Face 100, says his thick new beard makes him look more intimidating and protects his face from the elements in his native Blue Mountains, but it is not a secret weapon in his bid to win the prestigious race again this weekend. “It just seems to be all the rage in ultra-trail running now,” Davies said…

Trail Run Conference: The Directors’ Cut

What is the collective noun for a gathering of trail running race directors? Is it a mob? A gaggle? A herd? A gang? A horde? A rabble? A misery? Dan Lewis looks for the answer as trail race directors from across Australia and New Zealand congregated at day one of the first National Trail Running Conference being held in the Blue Mountains this week in conjunction with The North Face 100. Whatever the collective noun of trail run race directors is (and we would…

Shoe Review – La Sportiva Bushido

The Bush Warrior Bushido – the way of the warrior – or Bush-I-do? Choosing between an Italian shoe company appropriating a Japanese cultural concept and my misappropriation, I’d prop for the latter. And it’s an apt because the La Sportiva Bushidos do all kinds of bush, from sandy coastal scrub to high alpine snow gums and everything inbetween – the rockier the better. The Bushidos are a ruggedly handsome, aggressive midweight trail running shoe that look chunky at first glance…

Shire women finish WildEndurance on top

Sutherland Shire female team, the Glenbrookers, dominated the WildEndurance challenge, convincingly winning the 100km cross country event in the Blue Mountains last weekend. The team, comprising Sarah Highfield, Fiona Bedford and Simone Hayes, completed the 100km course in 18 hours 42 minutes. All teams endured gruelling conditions with the event track resembling a swamp in many parts and competitors having to cross creeks in waist deep water after torrential rain fell throughout the event.  Not only did The Glenbrookers win the…

DIRTY SECRETS: Confessions of a trail runner

Over the last four weeks, we’ve run a competition in partnership with The North Face, daring trail runners to bare their deepest, perhaps darkets, hopefully funniest secret from on trail. A confessional of sorts that gives insight into the weird and wonderful things that happen out on trail, be that physically or in the farthest reaches of your minds (which trail running, especially endurance trail, tends to reach into!). The judges from The North Face have laughed and blushed through…

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