Gear review: Coros Pace GPS Watch

A new player has come on to the GPS run watch scene and it’s making waves if only for the price point vs. functionality equation being a well balanced sum. Reviewer Dr. David Lipman* wraps a new Coros Pace around his wrist in a review as published in Edition 31 of Trail Run Mag, out now.  Hold up, there’s a new kid on the GPS block! In trail running land, it’s always been – for the most part – about Suunto and…

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…

Q&A: Shona Stephenson, Brisbane Trail Ultra

It’s been a few years Shona! Last we saw of you in the spotlight you were caning ultra races – everything from Surf Coast Century to Ultra Trail Australia – but you lowered the profile for a while there. What was your hiatus all about and did you keep the miles up? Okay, the truth? A few things went on. I went through a pretty stressful separation in 2015. I tried to race my way through it as ultra running…

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

Tarkine to host new ultra

Everyone loves a new ultra but when it comes aligned with a cause that seeks to protect our wilderness, the announcement resonates all the more deeply within the trail community. So we welcome the news that the Bob Brown Foundation will host a new 70km ultra-marathon event, the takayna Ultra, in Tasmania’s stunning north west. The event will take trail-runners across a wild and remote region; over grass plains through coastal eucalypt forests, and along open beaches, dunes and impressive rocky shorelines along the rugged wild coastline of…

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…

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…

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