Hope everyone is enjoying a great Australia Day! I am super pleased to be able to let everyone know the results of the 2017 AURA Ultra Performance of the Year Award, voting by AURA members wrapped up on Wednesday, and the votes were counted yesterday.

Nominations were received from 1 January, and these were short listed to the top five nominations as judged by the AURA Committee after which voting commenced.

The voting was insanely close, so close in fact we have joint winners!

Both Lucinda Bartholomew and Kellie Emmerson finished with 161 points and as such have been declared joint winners of the 2017 award. Congratulations Lucy and Kellie!

Lucy’s AURA Ultra Performance of the Year was winning the Ultra Trail double, Ultra Trail Australia and Ultra Trail Cape Town events in 2017, setting new race records for both.

Kellie’s AURA Ultra Performance of the Year was her extraordinary race at UTMB 2017, when she ran herself from 11th into 5th place on her 100-mile debut.

Commiserations to Jess BeeDavid Von Senden and Dave Giles for missing out on top spot, however just being nominated was without doubt a massive achievement in itself.

Thank you to everyone who nominated and voted!