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…

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…

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…

Editorial: Fear & Failure

“Make fear your tailwind, instead of your headwind.” – Jimmy Iovine.   I was watching Netflix instead of getting my daughters to bed. Instead of lifting kettle bells. Instead of doing squats. Instead of running. I hadn’t run in a week and a half. I could argue that it was because I feared exacerbating a potentially race-stopping injury. The truth is that I was paralysed by an all-encompassing fear of what lay ahead.    Jimmy Iovine’s comment is on point. Fear shouldn’t…

TARAWERA ULTRA ACQUIRED BY IRONMAN

Tarawera acquired by Ultra Ironman

Shoe Review: The North Face Flight RKT

Did I just kick a skunk? Or eat licorice allsorts and throw up on my feet? Or did someone just inject heroin between my toes?    Without wanting to glamourise drugs of addiction, it must be the latter because 1. I love animals (so I would never kick one, plus there are no skunks in Australia to kick); 2. I hate licorice allsorts (especially the black and white ones that would have resulted in such a vomitus display); and 3. my…

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…

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