Editorial: Life bender

Vicki Woolley, NZ editor’s column from the latest edition of Trail Run Mag. The other day I picked up a crappy cheap canvas board from The Warehouse, plain black with blue writing:  “ONE DAY CAN BEND YOUR LIFE”.  It’s not hanging on the wall yet, oddly, I move it around the house every few days.  Even now as I glance at it propped up against my computer table, I am simultaneously empowered and humbled. The course of my life bent…

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…

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…

Time bomb: Edition 13 Editorial

  Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town Waiting for someone or something to show you the way -       Time, Pink Floyd  I look at my daughters, four and six. I watch them dart around the garden. Doing everything at once and nothing at all. And I yearn so badly to be a child in that…

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…

Hong Kong 100 to get Rammed

One thing about the trail running community: they (you) are a pretty spirited and, usually, community minded bunch. There’s appreciation of fellow trailites, pointy end or back of pack, mutual respect, and while competition and the will to win comes into play for some (but not all) of us, at the end of the day the A-types and the But I just love to run trail types have something in common: a love of running wild. Yet some of us…

Great minds run alike – edition 11 editorial

“Our search for understanding will never come to an end, and…we will always have the challenge of new discovery. Without it, we would stagnate.”  - Stephen Hawking I remember reading somewhere that some (many?) of the world’s most brilliant minds were and are runners.  Not Stephen Hawking, obviously. But others of his ilk more fortunate in physical capacity. Not only that, but when faced with one of their mind boggling problems – like, how do black holes work and is…

Latest Trail Run Mag blazes new trail

You know that feeling when you run a trail for the first time? It’s all new, fresh dirt, exploding the senses – makes you wanna steam through the jungle… Well, get ready to feel the same bolt of change when you open up the pages of the latest Trail Run Mag, Edition 10, hitting the e-shelves right now, because you’re in for a surprise. Last edition we checked in with new editors (welcome Rachel Jaqueline as our Asia Bureau Chief…

The calling: editoral

The man prowls around the desert fire, beating his chest. “It’s in here,” he thumps fist to heart hard enough that you can hear the thud from the back row. “You gotta have it in here (thump). You gotta want it like nothing else (thump). No excuses (thud). If it’s in here (thud), nothing can stop you (glare).” The man, shorter in stature but larger in life than you could imagine, pauses for practiced dramatic effect, circling his stare around…

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