Author: Kate Dzienis

Setting (or breaking) the record straight

By Kate Dzienis We all love long distance, and we all love the challenge of beating our personal bests. It’s why we’re ultra runners; it’s why we are always trying to better ourselves for mental, emotional, and physical growth. Perhaps even spiritual. And let’s face it, no matter how fast or how slow we are, aren’t we always in awe of those who stand on the podium with their official placings? Those who place with a first, second or third position rightfully earn those spots. Their consistency, their dedication, their commitment to the sport is first and foremost commendable...

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Weekly News Brief – 5/12/2018

Wellington Forest Ultra 45k, WA 2018 IAU 24hr Asia & Oceania Championships, Chinese Taipei Decently warm conditions played to a number of runners’ advantages at Sunday’s Wellington Forest Trail Ultra 45k race. Held at Wellington Dam National Park in Worsley, WA the event was the second out of four Forest Series WA races in the region, and we had amazing results within the AURA circle. Rob Freitag from Wembley took control of the distance from the get-go, and claimed 1st Male in a nimble time of 4:24:21. No holding him back, Alfred Cove’s Shane Holstein also finished on the...

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Get to know your 24hr Asia & Oceania Championships Team – Sharon Scholz

From an early childhood, Sharon Scholz had an interest in sport. She rode horses and competed in dressage and one-day events following in her parents’ footsteps in the horse industry. Scholz also went on to play netball in early high school and occasionally competed in social netball and volleyball competitions throughout her late teens and early 20s. But it wasn’t until 2006 that Scholz, along with husband Justin, decided to change her lifestyle to reduce stress and improve fitness, health and overall well-being, so in 2007 the couple each took their first steps as runners and they haven’t looked...

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Get to know your 24hr Asia & Oceania Championships Team – Ewan Horsburgh

It’s not boring running around a race track for 24-hours when you’re surrounded by friends and family, according to Ewan Horsburgh, who is a firm believer in team work to find success. The 41-year-old from St Ives Chase, NSW started running fairly early in life, having discovered a passion for the sport while participating in little athletics, crossing country, and trail running with his dad. But it was the ‘bad crowd’ which had the most influence. “At school, I enjoyed cross country and ran middle distance athletics representing the school every year at the CAS,” he recaps. “After that...

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Get to know your 24hr Asia & Oceania Championships Team – Nikki Wynd

It was the Oxfam Trailwalker back in 2008 that set off Nikki Wynd’s love for ultra running. She joined her local gym at the tender young age of 12 having always been quite an active child, and played state level tennis and basketball as a teenager. She even threw in a marathon in her 20s, ‘just for fun’, but never really ran much after that. Now 46, the Lysterfield (Vic) resident reveals that back in 2008 she participated in the Oxfam event with a group of her gym friends, and they all finished in 15 hours. “Two years later,...

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