Ultra Trail Australia: the wrap

At the age of 41, Brendan Davies says plenty of people no doubt thought he had entered his “twilight” years as an elite runner. On the weekend just gone, the popular Blue Mountains resident enjoyed proving his theory that age can be an advantage when you also put in the hard work on the trails. After a five-year gap, Davies claimed his second Ultra-Trail Australia 100km title with a time of 9 hours 18 minutes 10 seconds. “I’m doing it for the…

Trail Health: had a gutful? Dealing with stomach issues

Runners are a sensitive lot when it comes to our bodies, and especially when it comes to the inner rumblings of our stomach. We’re not talking ‘got the hangries?’ here. We’re talking: ‘how’s your motions’? With an increase in awareness and diagnosis of digestive issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, food intolerances, Crohn’s and celiac disease, it’s no surprise that gut health is a hot topic of conversation.  WORDS: Celeste Botton With toxins ingested from improper diets at an all-time…

O’Hart and Nicholl win Margaret River Ultra

Perth’s Josh O’Hart and Deb Nicholl of Brisbane have won the inaugural Margaret River Ultra Marathon, finishing the 80km event in impressive times; Hart with a sub-eight hour effort (07:58:14) and Nicholl in eight hours, 39 minutes. More than 700 runners stepped onto Hamelin Bay beach for the start facing a race all the way to Wilyabrup in south-west Western Australia. The point to point course was tackled by individuals and relay teams of up to five runners who divided the distance into five different…

Trail running almost killed me. Twice.

Trail running almost killed me. Twice.  Both times I faced The Moment. That’s the one where, as melodramatic as it sounds, you think: “This is it. This is the moment it all fades to black”. It’s not so much a ‘goodbye cruel world’ moment; more a ‘you dickhead, what have you done?!’ moment. This is a bit drama queen-y, I know, and in retrospect embarrassing, because I know better. Trail running involves risk and therefore should involve risk management. Judge…

Shoe Review: Altra Lone Peak 3.5

Lone Ranger: hi-ho Silver, and away…. For those of you old enough: remember the Lone Ranger? Do-gooder Texas Ranger cowboy dude sporting a black eyemask (that never really did conceal his identity) and an eye-brow-raising, rather tight for the times, all-lilac-blue outfit replete with a dainty red neckerchief. I mean, seriously, who wears lilac blue when barrelling along on a trusty steed pursuing dastardly outlaws in the badlands of the Wild West? All that dust shows up terribly on lilac…

New FKT on Larapinta Trail set by locals

Two Alice Springs locals, Rohan Rowling and Simon Duke, have successfully set a new record for running the entire 231kms of the Larapinta Trail’s 12 sections in an ‘unsupported accompanied’ fastest known time attempt. It took Rohan and Simon 58hrs and 48 minutes to cover the full distance, culminating at the Telegraph Station trailhead on Sunday 29 April at 4:48pm, greeted by friends and family. The standing FKT was set in 2014 by another then Alice Springs resident, Chris Macaskill-Hants, who set a new supported fastest known…

Shoe Review: Hoka One One Challenger ATR 4

Challenge Accepted // When I think of a Rolls Royce, I tend to picture the old school type: the ones with big wheel arches curving over large white-walled wheels; the ones that belong on wide stretches of bitumen (perhaps with royalty sitting starch upright in them) and would body roll around corners. Plush. Indulgently luxurious. But a sportscar, no. A rally car? Dirt? Puhleese, daaaarling. Hold my poodle, would you? But have you seen a modern Rolls Royce? They are kind…

Local lads gunning for new Larapinta FKT

ALICE LOCALS PREPARE TO SET NEW RECORD ON LARAPINTA TRAIL In 2014, Alice Springs local, Chris Macaskill-Hants, set a new, supported fastest known time (FKT) end-to-end record for the 231km Larapinta Trail of 61 hours and 32 minutes. For a track so remote, so challenging underfoot and so long, this was truly remarkable and the record Chris set still stands today. On April 27-29, 2018, two Alice Springs locals, Simon Duke and Rohan Rowling will be attempting to set a…

Subscribe to Trail Run Mag & WIN!

The next edition of Trail Run Mag is now on the presses! Yep, Edition 26 is laying ink on pulp as we tap this out. So if you want to get a copy landed in your letterbox come late November, you’ll need to make sure you’re subscribed by COB 18th November 2017! Then you’ll cop a sexy single track edition rammed with dirty goodness, the Grant-Guise coverboy edition featuring: In the Wake of Giants – dreams and nightmares on the…

Aussie Emmerson 5th at UTMB

After more than 28 hours of tough running in conditions which forced hundreds of runners to quit because of extreme cold, Hoka One One athlete and Trail Run Mag representative, Kellie Emmerson, ran herself into 5th place at UTMB, one of the world’s most competitive 100-mile ultramarathons. The event takes athletes around the mountains range surrounding Mont Blanc in France, covering 167km with 10,000 metres of climbing – effectively 4 marathons in thin air while running up and down a 3,500-storey building….

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