Author: Rob Donkersloot

Vale Keith Sullivan, 1st May 1952 – 15th December 2018

Prepared by Keith’s friend Susannah Harvey-Jamieson Keith Sullivan – or as he was known on Cool Running, Skin and Bone, was an incredibly popular and well-loved member of the running community.  First known to the “ultra scene” in 2008 when he made his debut at Caboolture Dusk ‘til Dawn, he went on to become the man known as the gentleman who said, “Bloody Marvellous” and could be relied on for his charisma and generosity of spirit to many of us ultra runners. I remember meeting Keith at the end of 2008, at the very challenging Kurrawa to Duranbah 50k...

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Is the Great Australian Road Race Over?

Opinion: Rob Donkersloot, President of AURA Most ultra runners probably don’t care much, nor do race organisers. The growth in our sport over the last decade has been on trail, people love to run trails, and race organisers love putting them on because they attract numbers and because of that they stand a fifty fifty chance of ending up with a dollar or two in their pocket. I’m different, I love running road, long road. Most trail runners will never understand the attraction, and to be honest, I have difficulty trying to explain it, but I know I love...

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Updated 6:40pm EDST 23 November 2018 Following our earlier statement released this morning regarding the potentially dangerous conditions at the Alpine Challenge event being held tomorrow, we have now received further advice from parties monitoring the weather situation throughout the day. The advice received includes the following: “The weather doesn’t seem to have appreciably improved and the snowfall seems considerable. Viewing the snow cams at Falls Creek and Mt Hotham, there appears to be considerable fog descending on the alpine area and that is a major concern.” “are taking into consideration the serious difficulty navigation will present on snow...

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2019 IAU World Championships Selection Process Dates

AURA will be sending teams to compete at three  World Championships in 2019, the following is the confirmed selection process opening and closing dates. Please note the selection policy is currently under review and some change may be made. IAU Trail Championships, Mirandha da Corvo Portugal held June 8  2019 Application Open date 10 Feb 2019.  Application Close date 10 Mar 2019 Selections announced date 16 Mar 2019 IAU World 50km Championships, Brasov, Romania held 1 September 2019 Application Open date 9 May 2019.  Application Close date 9 Jun 2019 Selections announced date 15 Jun 2019 IAU World 24 Hour Championships, Albi, France held...

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24 Hour 2019 and 100km 2018 Team Selection Dates

Advice to all members wishing to qualify for the 2018 World 24 Hour Team, as IAU have moved the date of the Championships in Austria to 11 May, the applications for the team will now open on 17 December, and closing on 13 January.   Also a reminder the selections for the 2018 World 100km Championships to be held on September 8th in Sveti Martin na Muri Croatia will open 14 May and close 11 June, the day after the Australian 100km Championships on the Gold Coast. Apply here. The team will be announced 18th June.   View the...

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Delirious W.E.S.T. 200 Miler

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