Course record broken at Surf Coast Century ultra trail run

Ash Watson and Deb Nicholl have been crowned champions of the Surf Coast Century 100km Ultra Marathon while Roger Lay and Rachel Tucker have taken the titles in the 50km race over the weekend at Anglesea, Victoria. The seventh edition of the race saw over 1,100 competitors from across Australia and overseas journey 50km and 100km across a spectacular off-road course along the beaches, 4WD tracks and hinterland trails of Anglesea, Torquay and Aireys Inlet. Despite conditions that saw multiple…

A Bohemian Odyssey that will Rock You: Montreux Trail Festival Race Report

Written by David Lipman In just it’s second year, the Montreux trail festival is QUICKLY gaining the momentum of a flying European descending from Rochers-de-Naye (1600m descent over 10km to the finish line that all races in the festival have in common). Billed as the Vaud Alps experience tour, it does not disappoint! Race directors Diego Pazos (Swiss Ultra Trail Runner of the year 2015) and Cédric Agassis and their team have put in a lot of work to create…

Event Preview: Crater Rim Ultra NZ

There’s nothing like running the rim of an extinct volcano! Yes, the Crater Rim Ultra delivers on its label promise, with trail runners taking a point to point journey around the crater that makes up the impressive Christchurch Port Hills in New Zealand, encircling Lyttelton Harbour.  2018 sees event double as the Athletics New Zealand Trailing Running Championships, so there’s extra kudos on the line.   From a low-key beginning back in 2001 when 31 runners finished, the event has grown…

Ultra Trail Australia: the wrap

At the age of 41, Brendan Davies says plenty of people no doubt thought he had entered his “twilight” years as an elite runner. On the weekend just gone, the popular Blue Mountains resident enjoyed proving his theory that age can be an advantage when you also put in the hard work on the trails. After a five-year gap, Davies claimed his second Ultra-Trail Australia 100km title with a time of 9 hours 18 minutes 10 seconds. “I’m doing it for the…

O’Hart and Nicholl win Margaret River Ultra

Perth’s Josh O’Hart and Deb Nicholl of Brisbane have won the inaugural Margaret River Ultra Marathon, finishing the 80km event in impressive times; Hart with a sub-eight hour effort (07:58:14) and Nicholl in eight hours, 39 minutes. More than 700 runners stepped onto Hamelin Bay beach for the start facing a race all the way to Wilyabrup in south-west Western Australia. The point to point course was tackled by individuals and relay teams of up to five runners who divided the distance into five different…

New FKT on Larapinta Trail set by locals

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…

Shoe Review: Hoka One One Challenger ATR 4

Challenge Accepted // When I think of a Rolls Royce, I tend to picture the old school type: the ones with big wheel arches curving over large white-walled wheels; the ones that belong on wide stretches of bitumen (perhaps with royalty sitting starch upright in them) and would body roll around corners. Plush. Indulgently luxurious. But a sportscar, no. A rally car? Dirt? Puhleese, daaaarling. Hold my poodle, would you? But have you seen a modern Rolls Royce? They are kind…

Local lads gunning for new Larapinta FKT

ALICE LOCALS PREPARE TO SET NEW RECORD ON LARAPINTA TRAIL In 2014, Alice Springs local, Chris Macaskill-Hants, set a new, supported fastest known time (FKT) end-to-end record for the 231km Larapinta Trail of 61 hours and 32 minutes. For a track so remote, so challenging underfoot and so long, this was truly remarkable and the record Chris set still stands today. On April 27-29, 2018, two Alice Springs locals, Simon Duke and Rohan Rowling will be attempting to set a…

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The next edition of Trail Run Mag is now on the presses! Yep, Edition 26 is laying ink on pulp as we tap this out. So if you want to get a copy landed in your letterbox come late November, you’ll need to make sure you’re subscribed by COB 18th November 2017! Then you’ll cop a sexy single track edition rammed with dirty goodness, the Grant-Guise coverboy edition featuring: In the Wake of Giants – dreams and nightmares on the…

Aussie Emmerson 5th at UTMB

After more than 28 hours of tough running in conditions which forced hundreds of runners to quit because of extreme cold, Hoka One One athlete and Trail Run Mag representative, Kellie Emmerson, ran herself into 5th place at UTMB, one of the world’s most competitive 100-mile ultramarathons. The event takes athletes around the mountains range surrounding Mont Blanc in France, covering 167km with 10,000 metres of climbing – effectively 4 marathons in thin air while running up and down a 3,500-storey building….

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