Trail running almost killed me. Twice.

Trail running almost killed me. Twice.  Both times I faced The Moment. That’s the one where, as melodramatic as it sounds, you think: “This is it. This is the moment it all fades to black”. It’s not so much a ‘goodbye cruel world’ moment; more a ‘you dickhead, what have you done?!’ moment. This is a bit drama queen-y, I know, and in retrospect embarrassing, because I know better. Trail running involves risk and therefore should involve risk management. Judge…

Shoe Review: Altra Lone Peak 3.5

Lone Ranger: hi-ho Silver, and away…. For those of you old enough: remember the Lone Ranger? Do-gooder Texas Ranger cowboy dude sporting a black eyemask (that never really did conceal his identity) and an eye-brow-raising, rather tight for the times, all-lilac-blue outfit replete with a dainty red neckerchief. I mean, seriously, who wears lilac blue when barrelling along on a trusty steed pursuing dastardly outlaws in the badlands of the Wild West? All that dust shows up terribly on lilac…

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….

Beginner guide to healthy trail habits

You’ve recently discovered trail running, and love hitting the single track, but being new to the rigours of the pursuit, you struggle to stick to a schedule and keep motivation high. It may seem obvious – and sometimes it is, we just need a reminder like this one – but with a few mindful adjustments and some extra planning, you can enhance your newfound love of the trail running experience as well as overall performance. Here are some quick tips to help stick to healthy…

Margaret River Ultra Marathon announced

A new ultra event event in Western Australia has been announced by Rapid Ascent, purveyors of the highly successful Surf Coast Century ultra in Victoria and the Trail Running Series in the same state.   The new Margaret River Ultra Marathon will take runners on an 80km journey through a diverse range of landscapes, starting at Hamelin Bay in the south and finishing at the Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery at Wilyabrup in the north. The event is slated for 5th…

The Hardrock Diaries: kissing the stone

Via his Trail Run Mag blog, many of you followed Kiwi Grant Guises’ second journey to ‘kiss the rock’ at the Hardrock Endurance 100 Mile Run in Colorado, US. We know he finishes and puckered up after 100 gruelling miles, but how did the journey go down? Here’s his post-event take… (IMAGES: Clark Fox) My final week or so pre Hardrock was ticking along smoothly. I migrated south from Leadville to the San Juan’s and quickly started to meet up with old…

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