Two Alice Springs locals, Rohan Rowling and Simon Duke, have successfully set a new record for running the entire 231kms of the Larapinta Trail’s 12 sections in an ‘unsupported accompanied’ fastest known time attempt.
It took Rohan and Simon 58hrs and 48 minutes to cover the full distance, culminating at the Telegraph Station trailhead on Sunday 29 April at 4:48pm, greeted by friends and family.
The standing FKT was set in 2014 by another then Alice Springs resident, Chris Macaskill-Hants, who set a new supported fastest known time end to end record for the 231km Larapinta Trail of 61 hours and 32 minutes.
The attempt saw them carrying all of their gear over the harsh terrain of the trail, while pushing their bodies to the absolute limit, getting only 30-45 minutes sleep for the whole time whilst also experiencing warmer than normal conditions with temperatures in the late 20’s.
“In many ways we are speechless and incredibly relieved…and obviously exhausted. It’s the hardest thing either of us have ever done! We have been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from family, friends, Larapinta Trail Trek Support and Lone Dingo. We feel very lucky to have been able to do this together. It was an extreme journey through a beautiful part of Central Australia and was a genuine test of our endurance,” said Rohan of the attempt.
A more comprehensive write up of their record breaking attempt will be published in the next (Ed#28) print edition of Trail Run Mag, showcasing some of the Larapinta Trail scenery and giving further insight into what it took Rohan and Simon to set the new fastest known time.
Larapinta Trail Trek Support provided SPOT tracking devices to help verify the attempt and local outdoor store Lone Dingo also assisted with advice, gear and nutrition. Having now set a new record, Rohan and Simon hope their attempt inspires others to walk or run the trail.