Hitting the Rock – The Hardrock Diaries #3

The reality of the ‘Rock is about to hit home for kiwi Grant Guise, who has landed in Colorado and spending some time in the, ahem, ‘hill’ that make up the backbone of his Hardrock 100 Endurance Run challenge that lays ahead…   Unsurprisingly, my excitement was outweighed by my sadness and anxiety of leaving Jane and the kids for a month. It is an odd feeling – getting picked two years in a row for the Hardrock 100mile Endurance…

Swell times at Surf Coast Trail High

Exciting conditions greeted a record crowd of more than 700 runners at this year’s Saucony Surf Coast Trail Marathon, a monster swell creating challenging coastal conditions including giant waves turning parts of the course into an adventure coasteer as much as a trail run. While some of the world’s best big wave surfers reportedly hopped their lear jets from locations across the globe to take on mountainous waves reaching over six metres at Bells Beach, marathon and half marathon runners…

The Hardrock Diaries – scare on scree

Kiwi Grant Guise has been using the mountains of Wanaka as a training ground for what he faces at Hardrock in coming weeks… his training regime is gruelling by any measure, but with a flight to States and the realities of Colorado hitting home, he ruminates on the past few weeks’ preparation which had its scares. My “Camp Hardrock” is done and dusted, and I am licking my wounds… I said in my first post about how my 200km “crash…

High Road to Hard Rock

Just what does it take to tackle one of the biggest, baddest trail mountain ultras on the planet, the Hardrock 100-Mile Endurance Run? Kiwi  trail runner Grant Guise knows only too well, having journeyed to the Colorado mountains last year, finishing an impressive tenth place (30.35). This year, he’s hitting the high slopes in training once more with sights set on the San Juan trails and Trail Run Mag readers will enjoy an inside line on the realities of what…

Ultra Trail Australia: a birthday to remember

It was a birthday celebration to remember not only for the Ultra Trail Australia event enjoying its tenth outing, but also for the women’s winner, Lucy Bartholomew, who took out the women’s title on her 21st birthday.  It was a satisfying victory for Lucy, who began her trail running career at the tender age of 16 running the Surf Coast Century amid a swirl of age/ultra participation debate and was often banned by some event organisers from competing in ultras…

Run Larapinta – a desert journey

“I had no idea what I was in for – the flowing single track of the night run; then the vast expanses of flat terrain that we traversed before reaching rugged ranges over which we clambered  under a searing sun; then the depths of gorges so vast that they humbled my weary body.” For Hanny Allston, elite ultra trail runner, the landscapes of Larapinta were unlike anything back home in Tasmania. She had pushed her  body across the Larapinta Trail…

New Ultra Trail Promises Monster Run

Come April 2017, endurance ultra running and adventure enthusiasts will be introduced to one of the greatest physical and mental challenges ever held on Australian soil. Nicknamed ‘The Monster’ by its creators, the Down Under 135 (DU135) requires athletes to cover 135 miles (217km) on trails stretching through Victoria’s spectacular Lerderderg and Wombat State Forests in what will be Australia’s longest single stage trail race held over 48 hours. The out-and-back course begins at Bacchus Marsh, located only 40km west…

Salomon Academy seeks next-gen trail stars

Salomon Running has put the call out globally to unearth the next generation of ultra trail runners, and is seeking applications from Australia and new Zealand trailites. “Out on the trails and up in the mountains, there are some ultra-runners charging ahead, filled with passion and dreams, inspired by idols or simply addicted to the great outdoors,” notes an official Salomon HQ missive. “Some of them don’t even know how talented they are. Most of them don’t realize that they’re the athletes who will…

New 100km event promises Oxfam Gone Wild

A new charity trail running and trekking challenge has been launched that promises runners and trekkers an adventure like no other, covering a 100km course that loops off Mount Buller Resort and into Victoria’s rugged High Country. Taking place on 17-19 February 2017, Oscars100 Hut2Hut will see teams of two choosing to trek or run 100kms along mostly single track, including spectacular sections of the Australian Alpine Walking Track (AAWT). Organisers have also put the call out for experienced ultra and/or…

Never stopping: The North Face on trail

In 2007, famed ultramarathoner, Dean Karnazes, hit Australian shores to complete yet another massive run – The North Face Summit to Sydney, a 560km brute of a run. It was a feat that introduced Australia runners to The North Face not as a climbing brand, or general adventure brand (of course, it was already both in spades), but as an adventure running brand. We take a look back at how The North Face took to the trail… Time-travel back to 1966, and a…

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