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…

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…

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…

Trail Run Mag: edition 13 out now

Oh yes, it took a few birth pangs this one, but we got there, dirty as always… Edition 13 is packed full of trail lifestyle goodness and is now on e-stands. If you’re an iTunes/iPad/iPhone subscriber – you will have received your come-get-me notification. Same goes Kindle. So you can view on the go in easy-to-read sweet slider glory. For all you freeloving trailites, get your FREE pdf download (or subscribe now) at: www.trailrunmag.com/magazines What’s in this ed? Glad you asked… Vol3. Ed13…

Electrocuted runner wins inaugural Surf Coast Trail Marathon

Intrepid runners braved dire but thankfully inaccurate weather predictions (for a brief time) on the weekend just past to take part in the inaugural Surf Coast Trail Marathon. A sell-out field of 500 runners tackled spectacular 42km and 21km courses along the Surf Coast Walk from Torquay to Fairhaven, Victoria, the first man crossing the line to register a blistering sub-three hour run and an inspirational comeback story. Geelong based, Brett Coleman (below), was not expected to survive when he…

Hot to Trot on the Heysen: record run

Adventure runner Richard Bowles has completed his latest endurance feat, notching a new record for running the 1200km Heysen Trail, in South Australia. The Melbourne-based runner set out from Parachilna Gorge in the desert north of the state on 4th May, eventually reaching the trail’s spectacular end at Cape Jervis to complete his record run in 14 days, 8 hours and 32 minutes. If done in one stretch (less than 70 or so have) it is usually walked in 50-60…

The North Face 100: Gibson and Picas win

As the winners celebrated having conquered the Blue Mountains course in astounding times, several hundred more runners faced a long, cold night while they battled through the distance to finish The North Face 100 this weekend, the seventh outing of what is now Australia’s most iconic trail ultra. Others wondered what could have been if only they had fought back against their own bodies just a little harder. But for a select few, and those watching from the sidelines, the…

Making Moves on Strava

Suunto today announced that it is joining forces with Strava, the online network connecting the global community of athletes. From today, Suunto’s Ambit watches can be used with Strava’s service, which lets members share and compare their GPS-tracked activities with friends. In addition, sports enthusiasts will also now be able to buy select Suunto products through the Strava shop. To celebrate the partnership, Suunto and Strava have launched the Suunto Sisu Challenge. Inspired by the Finnish word for bravery and…

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