Tarawera Ultra 2014

Tarawera Ultra 2014 World Trail Ultra Tour WTUT

I had unfinished business at Tarawera Ultra 2014 part of the World Trail Ultra Tour. I DNF’d the event in 2013 due to a heamatura so I was keen to cross the finish line of the 100km 2014. I arrived in Rotarura at the buzzing Holiday Inn where the Tarawera Trail Expo. I spotted My Inov8 Team Mate Brendan and we were soon whisked away in a van to the amazing Red Wood forest by my mate and BreafootInc Team Mate James Kuegler (AKA Kugs) the Director of Cadence Coaching. He has set up a really cool running coaching group and about 10 of his clients who were racing part of Tarawera Running Festival. Tarawera Ultra 2014 has 4 events. The 60k, 85k, 100km and the Team Relay that start in the breath taking Red Wood Forest in Rotarura.

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Kokoda Challenge 2012 Results

Queensland may have beaten us New South Welshmen in the origin but the boys from the Blue Mountains in NSW in the No Roads Expeditions have won the only sport that counts in my eyes, Ultra Trail Racing.

For the second time in a row the No Roads Expeditions Team have won the toughest 100km with over 5000m of vertical elevation in a time on 11 hours 43 minutes 50 seconds. The No Roads Expeditions Team members Andrew Lee, Brendan Davies, Clarke Clarke McClymont and Ewan Horsburgh, have taken out the top place yet again. You can hold your heads high and you have made us so proud. (Sorry Queensland we have to beat you in something.)

In 2nd position was the Swift Running Team with a time of 13:37:15, followed by the Rocksolid Raiders 15:36:25.

In the women’s’ competition the Adventure Angels won the female category in a time of 19:28:31. In second place came the Charlie’s’ Fallen Angels their time was 21:59:03 and taking out the final spot on the podium was the Trination Angels making it under 24 hours with a time of 23:20:22.

The mixed category the Pollyanna’s was first 14:05:46, followed by the Off-road Ostriches 16:01:37 and nabbing the final spot on the podium was the Storm Cycles/Multi-Sport Magazine team with a time of 16:55:01.

A huge congratulations goes out from Trail Running Australia to everyone who entered the event and raised money for the Kokoda Challenge. It is a great cause and deserves our support. If you would like to donate to the Kokoda Challenge please visit their website

Nikki Wynd’s 5 tips for the You Yangs 2012

5 tips for running the You Yangs 2012 from last years winner Nikki Wynd

  • 1. Get out and train on the course as much as possible.
  • 2. Plan your nutrition for the race and stick to it. I am doing the 80kms this year so will be using gels & perpetuem solids and food from the checkpoints
  • 3. Plan your race.  I always have a certain time in mind, and a pace I want to stick to and try not to get caught up in what other people are doing.  Stick to your own game plan
  • 4. Do a mini taper & carbo load – of course depending on what distance you are doing!  
  • 5. Have fun. Its an awesome race with lots of friendly faces, enjoy it.  

Great Ocean Walk 100s 2012 Entry

The Great Ocean Walk 100s 2012 entry opens tomorrow, it sells out very quickly so sit on the computer and get ready with the mouse.

Friday 13th July 6am

Early entry for 2011 volunteers, 2011 male/female winners and ‘veteran’ 3 x entrants

Saturday 14th July 6am

General entry for solo 100km runners

Sunday 15th July 6am

50/50 Team entrants.

Great Ocean Walk 100s Warning

Do not enter on the wrong day. Your entry will be cancelled if this occurs.

Enter Here: https://sites.google.com/site/gow100s/online-entry

Andrew Lee’s 5 key Tips to running the Kokoda Challenge

Ultra Marathon Legend Andrew Lee’s 5 key Tips to running the Kokoda Challenge Team Event.

1. Preparation –
a. Respect…. In hindsight I took this event for granted last year and didn’t give it the respect it deserves. I trained “long” but with hardly any hill training in the lead up. As a result I struggled at times thoughout and in particular paid for it dearly the week after with massively sore quads! It’s quite a hilly course and in some parts hard to get a good rhythm. This year my prep alot better which has incorporated a few trips to Mt Solitary and Kedumba.
b. Train with teammates beforehand – We didn’t do any training runs together in lead up to last year, but this time around we’ve done a few!

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Damian Smith 3rd Place at the KOM 2012

Damien Smith is one of my great running mates. We have run together in races on many occasions, he usually takes off extremely fast . Our running together is usually very brief maybe for only 1-2kms. Damien is a gun out of the blocks. He is in amazing form at the moment .
In The North Face 100km he ran a PB with a stellar time of 11:13:50. Avoiding being “Chicked” by Beth Cardelli, (yes guys we all know you will avoid being “Chicked” ). He is back racing and he has taken some time to chat to me.


Shona: Hi Damien, well done again in TNF100km I’m still blown away with your time and a PB of 66 minutes. You avoided being “Chicked” by Beth, well done. She was on fire that day, beating Beth is an achievement in itself. So how was the 35th Shoalhaven King of the Mountain yesterday?

Damian: If Beth and I have raced ten times she’d have me at 7 – 3, she usually gets me on the uphill. She caught me at the top of Nellies while I was leaning against a tree, stretching out a cramp. I took off after her, only to cramp, catch my toe and crash into the bush. I wondered if she was aware. Respect to her for not slowing ! We came into CP4 together. Soon after, the terrain fell to my favour and I was able to break away.

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Shoalhaven King of the Mountain 2012 Results

Shoalhaven King of the Mountain 2012 Results



Lewis Ingram 2:08:53

Michael Miles 2:13:42

Damiam Smith 2:14:49



Sarah Richardson 2:29:30

Catherine Thrum 2:43:24

Corinne Fulford 2:44:37


This years Winner of the King of the Mountain, in his first attempt at the course, was runner Lewis Ingram showing the more experienced runners how it’s done. He made easy work of it beating the second place getter Michael Miles by 5 minutes. Damien Smith took the third spot on the podium with a PB by 2 minutes.

In the ladies Sarah Richardson stepped up from her second place last year to take line honours in this years race, Catherine Thrum also moved up a position from third last year to second place. Rounding out the top 3 was 18 year old Mount Hunter resident Corrine Fulford. Congratulation to the 138 runners who completed the race.



KOM winner Alex Matthews shares 5 Tips for tomorrows race

The 35th Shoalhaven King of the Mountain (KOM) is on Tomorrow.
We have spoke to 2 x winner from only 2 attempts 2009 and 2011, Alex Matthews and asked him 5 key tips to running the event.
  • 1. Treat the race like a marathon, even though it is only 32km (owing to the course elevation, it feels like a marathon)
  • 2. Wear comfortable road shoes (there is only minimal trail and mostly country firetrails and bitumen)
  • 3. Don’t overdress owing to the cold start at Cambewarra as you will regret it as you overhead throughout the race
  • 4. Don’t turn up to the start line overcooked as your legs will not thank you as you head up Mt Scanzi
  • 5. Don’t underestimate Mt Scanzi (a tester of a hill between 20 and 30km) as it is where all the hard training will pay dividends

Sadly Alex won’t be running the KOM tomorrow. I’m sure will make a few people happy. Alex he is a champion on any climb. Good luck and remember to treat this 32km event like a marathon and take Alex’s advise and stay cool. The forecast is for Nowra tomorrow is Partly Cloudy with a low of 5° and a high of 14°. Perfect conditions for running.

Solomon Trail Series Race 1 Studley Park 10.8km Long Course 2012

It is the first of 4 Trail races in the Solomon Trail Series. Samantha Reid was the first female across the line and 2nd place overall. All the guys expect for Callum Fitzhardinge got “chicked” that day! Go Samantha!
Check out their website below for details on the other races in the series.

The Plenty Gorge, Silvan and Anglesea are to follow.
In September the inaugural Surf Coast Century will be held.

Male Open

Callum Fitzhardinge
Michael Tate
Russel Misson

Female Open

Samantha Reid
Hannah Clement
Rebecca Rosel

Woodford To Glenbrook Classic 2012 Results

We had perfect conditions for the 35th CareFlight Woodford to Glenbrook Classic 2012, although we did have to fight a strong southerly head wind at about the 7km mark. The sun was shining the temperature was nice and cool. CareFlight again put on an awesome event. The start was delayed by a mountain bike accident, but we all seemed to managed the 25 minute delay without too many troubles.

The aid stations were plenty and well spaced. Thank you to the Rual Fire Fighters.

My kids were kept entertained by the clowns with face painting and countless balloon animal making after the race.

Thank you CareFlight for organizing such a fantastic event. CareFlight has raise $24648.03 so far. If you would like to support CareFlight click on the link below and donate to this awesome cause.



  • Vlad Shatrov 1st 1:25:09 (Debut run in the Mountains)
  • David Tonge 2nd 1:26:36
  • James Perrett 3rd 1:28:27



  • Johanna Parsons 1st 1:40:19
  • Georgie Moore     2nd 1:41:58
  • Michelle McAdam 3rd 1:42:07