Surf Coast King Returns at Century

Ballarat’s Ash Watson reached new heights at last year’s Surf Coast Century taking home the 100km crown in record time. In the seventh edition of the race, Watson finished in 8:16:50, eclipsing the previous record time by 28 seconds. That makes him a double Surf Coast trail running record holder, as he also holds the current course record for the Surf Coast Trail Marathon held in June. With the Surf Coast Century upon on this weekend (21 September), Ash is back to have another crack at…

Run Larapinta results 2019

Run Larapinta 2019 came to a close yesterday afternoon at the famed Glen Helen Gorge, in the Northern Territory’s Red Centre. The gorge and rustic Glen Helen Lodge lies 130 kilometres west of Alice Springs on the Finke River in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Trail runners from interstate and overseas tackled everything from extreme heat, to cold weather, and howling winds across four stages of tough desert mountain running. The racing kicked off on the outskirts of Alice Springs for a relaxed…

Pole position at Ultra Trail Australia

7000 trail runners and their supporters descended on Katoomba’s Scenic World and the surrounding World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park this weekend for the 12thedition of what is now the third largest trail running festival in the world, Ultra-Trail Australia. Conditions were perfect, with 50km and 100km runners treated to stunning blue skies and sunshine for the entire day, making it one of the best race days the event has seen in years. Polish runner Marcin Swierc claimed victory in…

Ultra Trail Australia – a look back

Special trail envoy, Roger Hanney, takes a look back at how Ultra Trail Australia came to be the biggest trail running outing in the Southern Hemisphere and the second biggest on the planet. IMAGES: Kamil Sustiak Most sane people would run a mile at the thought of racing 100 kilometres on foot. But that distance is the main event at a multiday trail running festival in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, across the third weekend of May. Ultra-Trail Australia began in 2008…

Record run at Margaret River Ultramarathon

Perth’s Justin Scarvaci bolted onto the home straight to win the Margaret River Ultra Marathon on Saturday, recording a new course record time of 7:46.26 despite howling winds and whipping sand. “It was a hard course, really brutal. There were strong headwinds. The sand section was horrible but I got through it OK. I just tried to stay focused on making ground on some of the relay runners. I was running in their footsteps in the sand and trying to…

Coastal Ascent rises up on Central Coast

Newcastle shone in the morning sun for the inaugural Coastal Ascent trail run on Sunday 28 April 2019. More than 800 runners took on either 25km or 11km of bushland, sand, single track and stairs enjoying spectacular views of Newcastle. Luke Babic (North Lambton) 1:47:13 and Ingrid Cleland (Charlestown) 2:07:28 won the 25km event. Sean Kelleher (Mayfield) 50:25 and Geordie Boyn (Cooks Hill) 1:04:44 took out the 11km event. “The scenery was stunning – coming down onto Dudley Beach, I…

Surf Coast Century Entries Open

Runners bolt out of the gate to enter Surf Coast Century 2019 Runners were bursting at the seams this week when online entries opened for Surf Coast Century 2019. Total registrations after 24 hours were in excess of 170—more than double the same period in 2018. “I got so excited I forgot to use the code…can’t wait!” said Libby Nuttal on Facebook after she entered.   The 8th edition of the Surf Coast Century will start and finish in Anglesea on…

Ultra record attempt continues at Alps to Ocean

  After knocking off four of the world’s most treacherous deserts, 24-year-old ultramarathon runner Jacqui Bell from Brisbane Australia (as seen on the cover of and featured in Trail Run Mag Edition #29) is in New Zealand with her sights set on being the youngest person in history to run an ultra-marathon on every continent in the world. After last year being crowned the youngest female ever to undertake the four desert ultra-running event challenge in one calendar year, Bell will…

TARAWERA ULTRA ACQUIRED BY IRONMAN

Tarawera acquired by Ultra Ironman

Longest trail ultra in Australia announced

You want ultra? Well, you got it up Nerang way with a new 500 kms trail race to be held in the Nerang National Park in September 2019. It follows the 200 miler (Australia’s first 200 miler) held there in September 2018. Race Organiser, Ian Cornelius, a veteran of 4 x 330 kms stage races, a contestant in the 1994 World 1,000 mile championships, and director of Gold Coast Ultras, believes that “This will be the longest and perhaps most extreme trail race ever…

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