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…

Surf’s up for new trail marathon(ers)

A newly launched trail marathon will shine the spotlight on Victoria’s stunning Surf Coast Walk, with runners being enticed off road by a course that takes in impressive coastal scenery, including a short run along world-famous Bells Beach. The inaugural Surf Coast Trail Marathon will take place on Saturday, 28 June, 2014, with marathon runners starting at Torquay, an hour south west of Melbourne, and finishing 42.2km further west on the beaches of Fairhaven, located on the world-renowned Great Ocean…

Flinders on Foot: expedition run

Renowned for running some of the longest marked trails on earth, ultra runner Richard Bowles  has announced his next project: to run South Australia’s 1200km-long Heysen Trail. Starting on Sunday 4th May 2014, Richard will run an average of 85km each day (two marathons) along South Australia’s ancient backbone, tracking south down the rugged Flinders Range all the way to the coast, following the famed Heysen trail route. The Melbourne based adventurer has already run the length of several long-distance…

Trail report: Convicts & Wenches, Tas.

Conditions were ideal for the 45 runners who toed the start line of the ‘Convicts and Wenches Marathon’ on 23rd March. It was a cool and calm 10 degrees as the field set off at the 8am on the out and back course. Now in its fifth year, this 50km ‘fun run’ winds its way through Narawntapu National Park, on the north coast of Tasmania, a 50 minute drive from Launceston. It is a true trail ultra-marathon, run completely on…

Drakensburg traverse: trail record smashed

Early yesterday evening, in rather spectacular fashion adventure runners Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel set a new record of 41 hours 49 mins for the Drakensberg Grand Traverse. The two, having had a few close calls with injury and dehydration on the way, managed to be 62km ahead of the previous record at the same elapsed time. At 00h00 on Monday, 24 March 2014, trailblazers Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel embarked on the ultimate Drakensberg adventure – the Drakensberg Grand…

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