What’s your dream trail adventure?

We all have them: big, grand, near-impossibe, but very, very cool, dirty dreams. We lay awake at night conjuring up visions of single track sojourns in exotic places, we scan maps endlessly, looking for little dotted lines that show there’s trail for the running, and then we start planning: how can we Make It Happen? Well, The North Face Australia may just be your single track sugar daddy. The North Face is now accepting applications for The North Face Adventure Grant…

New Record for NZ Great Walks

After nine gruelling days of aching muscles, mental fatigue and sleep deprivation, Ben Southall (UK), Luke Edwards (AU), and Patrick Kinsella (UK) – aka The Global Adventurers – have completed a world-record setting challenge of running the nine Great Walks of New Zealand back to back. The goal of completing the Great Walks in nine days was achieved with just 40 minutes to spare, although, as with every adventure in nature’s extremes not everything went to plan. Extended drive times…

Record attempt on NZ’s Great Nine

Nine and a half marathons in nine days through a range of testing terrain plus a 145-kilometre kayaking mission in the mix – this is the challenge three running adventurers have set themselves this coming November as they attempt to run New Zealand’s nine `Great Walks‘ in as many days. Even for New Zealand – the spiritual home of adventure racing and a mecca for trail running enthusiasts from around the world – this is an extreme undertaking, and one…

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…

Night trail run shines light on depression

A new trail running event with a dark yet vibrant twist has been launched on the Surf Coast, in Victoria. The new Afterglow Twilight-Night Trail Half Marathon will take place on Saturday 29 November, beginning at Point Addis and running along the Surf Coast Walk 21.1km back into Torquay, finishing at Bomboras Kiosk, Fishermans Beach. Starting out in the twilight glow of the final days of Spring, runners will tread into the Ironbark forest and quickly into the pitch of…

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…

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