Great Ocean Walk GOW100s
Hume & Hovell Ultra
Washpool Trails

What a contingent of AURA members it was at the weekend’s AURA-listed events!

Seventy racers in Victoria completed the Great Ocean Walk GOW100s 100k solo race on Saturday, October 13 starting early on a mild morning and hitting the sealed path from 530am.

Staying up front for most of the way, AURA’s Nicholas Montgomery took inclines easily and pushed hard through the sandy hills, eventually coming away the winner and claiming first place overall with a time of 10:36:17. Don Beard boldly took third overall, finishing his 100ks in 10:55:21 with Malcolm Gamble (11:34:58) and Damian Smith (11:51:54) not far behind.

Congratulations to all AURA members who completed the beautiful course, including Sarah Ludowici (12:02:45), Simon Neale (12:34:52), Mak Sawa (12:39:07), Joel Claxton (12:49:18), Katherine Macmillan (12:51:13), Adam Waites (13:27:01), Gabor Jakus (14:52:38), Gayle Cowling (15:36:52), Tony O’Connell (16:22:24), Rob Sutton (16:33:13), Shane Davey (16:59:19), Jaqueline Clark (17:38:28), Mark Falls (17:40:21), Michael Pickavance (17:54:01) and Shane Smedley (18:04:59).

Saturday also saw the running of the Hume & Hovell Ultra, which featured three ultra events for avid runners. In the 100 Miler, AURA’s Andrew McConnell took first place overall, getting across the finish line in less than 20hrs, with an end time of 19:27:54. He was closely followed by Ewan Horsburgh, who proudly took second overall, in 20:48:28, while Melissa Robertson held on to first female after she crossed the finish line in 26:41:38. Adam Darwin completed the race in 27:18:01 and Ash Daniels also successfully ran the 100 Miler in 28:52:05.

In the 100k event, Brendan Davies took home first place in 9:54:47. Kevin Muller claimed second, finishing in 11:08:23, and it was great efforts by Niall Roche (13:13:05), Morgan Sheehy (13:53:33), David Campbell (15:36:55), and Ryan Thomas (18:39:49).

The 50k event saw AURA member Gill Fowler take control of second place for the women with her finish time a steady 5:08:52. Congratulations also goes to Bronwyn Young (6:13:17), Stephen Kiley (6:46:22), Tova Gallagher (8:37:21) and Arnold Campbell (9:23:13).

Well done also to those who participated in Sunday’s Washpool Heritage Trails 52k race, NSW, including Andrew McDonald (5:25:23) and Sanath Bandara (5:21:22).

The next event on the AURA calendar is the Blackall 100 in Qld, this Sunday, October 20.

Pictured: Andrew McConnell at the Hume & Hovell Ultra at the weekend. Photograph – Facebook.