Update from the Australian Ultra scene

Posted on May 18, 2010 by

The AURA website at http://www.aura.asn.au/ continues to be a good source of information for all things Ultrarunning in Australia.

Here is some of the latest news:

14 May…..the IAU world 24 hour champs, held in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France saw the continuing rise of 24 hour running by Australians with the women’s team collecting a podium finish for the first time ever.

Women’s results
Women’s teams
Men’s results
Men’s teams
Race website here

Men: Jo Blake 17th (245.300); Michael Lovric 41 (226.346); Anth Courtney 75 (204.059); Ron Schwebel 92 (186.110);
John Pearson 93 (186.010); team placing 10
Women: Sharon Scholz 6th (224.885); Meredith Quinlan 9th (217.851); Susannah Harvey-Jamieson 13th (212.127);
Allison Lilley 29th (191.612); team placing 3

Ladies’ teams

1 FRA 239.797 225.614 220.389 685.800
2 ITA 231.390 229.166 197.556 658.112
3 AUS 224.885 217.851 212.127 654.863

Heartiest congratulations to the Emus, their crews and Team Manager, Robert Boyce.

13 May…Gold Coast 50km scheduled for 13 June has been awarded the status of selection race for the IAU trophy race to be held in Galway, Ireland on 29 August. The first male and first female will gain automatic selection in the final and airfares and accommodation will be largely if not fully funded by the race organisers. More information.

13 May…..date for GOW 100/100 confirmed as 16-17 October

13 May…..inaugural Kep track ultra 100/75 scheduled for 6 June likely to have 30-35 starters

11 May….Wilsons Prom events held on 1 May attracted record turnout of 30 runners. The 100 km event was won by Andrew Hewat and Chris Beard who finished together in 13:25; the 80km was won by Richard McCormick in 12:37 with Michelled Donnelly the first female in 14:46.

Full results

10 May….. 100% completion rate in what will be the last Bananacoast Ultra – we had two starters who both ran the full 83 kms. Cheryl Symons announced herself as a very definite ‘one to watch’ with a sub 9hours – 8.57.17 (only Angie Cotterill/Grattan has gone faster among the ladies on this course). Cheryl was first to finish but the first ‘bloke’, Graeme Kirkpatrick was pretty happy with his 9.40.09.

Well done to Steel Beveridge who has organised this race for the last 23 years. Changed road conditions and heavier traffic have led to its declining popularity.

5 May…..Wild Endurance 100 won by ‘Grass is Greener’ in 13:14:00, comprising Darrel Robins, Craig Nealon, Gareth Parker, Andrew Vize
Full results