Month: April 2018

AURA Statement

    AURA STATEMENT – 50kms National Championships results decision Friday, 20 April 2018 The Australian Ultra Runners Association (AURA) has worked closely with Fairfax, the race organiser of the Australian Running Festival this past week, to come to a resolution regarding the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the 50km race, which was also the 2018 AURA 50kms Road National Championships, whereby a number of participants mistakenly took a wrong turn on the course. It must first be clarified that the three males to place officially stayed on course whilst following the lead bike, and therefore received their podium finishings accordingly. AURA sought clarification from the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) and based on this, provided advice to Fairfax on how to move forward with the results as well as how to manage the outcome of the 50kms National Championships. We express our upmost empathy to all participants, especially those who were chasing PBs and qualifying times for other events. AURA understands the circumstances during the race were an isolated event, however any and all inaccuracies made will be recorded, and lessons learnt, which will then be passed on to other race directors to try and prevent this from happening again. AURA has also come to an agreement within its committee that it will do all it can to encourage future National Championship events and their race directors to include a...

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Weekly News – 17/4/2018

Canberra Running Festival, AURA 50kms National Championships The AURA 50km National Championships were held over the weekend (14-15 April) at the Canberra Running Festival, under the event’s Ultra Marathon leg. A big congratulations to AURA members Vlad Shatrov, Brendan Davies and Barry Keem who, out of 181 finishers, took out the top three podium places. Vlad took the gold with a time of 3:05:12, Brendan hit the ground at a fast pace with a finish of 3:08:42, and Barry claimed victory for third not far behind with 3:11:38. Currently, there are provisional results for the women’s division due to...

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Weekly News – 11/4/2018

Down Under 135mi Down Under 135mi was held last Friday (April 6) and across the weekend as participants challenged themselves to get through the 217km single stage non-stop race. Held along the trails of the Lerderderg and Wombat state forests in Vic, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in another world despite being just 40kms west of Melbourne CBD. It’s rumoured to be one of the toughest trail races in Australia, and it’s a fair call…Down Under 135mi has had a finishing rate of just 23% in the last two years. This year it was a mammoth...

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Weekly News – 4/4/2018

Bailey Centre Great Ocean, NSW Tamworth Trailblazer, NSW Looking back at the week prior, the Bailey Centre Great Ocean 45kms was held on March 25 along Red Rock (Coffs Harbour), south along the oceanfront to Coffs Harbour jetty in NSW. A beautiful and picturesque race, we would like to congratulate those AURA members who participated and finished the race, including Stephen Lewis from Stanthorpe, Qld (5:49:52), Kelvin Marshall from Tugun, Qld (6:12:23) and Mathew Williams from Port Macquarie, NSW (6:57:28). Last weekend we saw the running of AURA-listed Tamworth Trailblazer in NSW, and the 45kms event saw a total of...

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