Heysen 105 Ultra Marathon, SA
Halloween Dusk 2 Dawn, NSW
Feral Pig Ultra, WA
Heysen 105 Ultra Marathon
The Heysen 105 in South Australia was run on the weekend of 23-24 October 2021 and everyone involved celebrated 10 years of the race – but this time, with a difference. The course was ‘flipped upside down’ with the finish for all distances in Victor Harbour at the Heysen Village along the Esplanade. On offer were three ultra distances on top of the 11km, 28km and the 37km with the longer 50km, 70km and 115km quenching everyone’s thirst.
Top podium finishers for the Women’s 50km were Danni Vanderheul (5:29:36), Anna Mitchell (5:32:53) and Sarah French (5:38:36). For the Men’s 50km it was Scott Olver (5:25:28), Rodney Angelo (5:31:27) and Mathew Gardiner (5:38:20).
Congratulations to our two AURA members who finished their 50km event, including Vicki Shaw (6:52:42) and Kath Morris (9:26:14).
In the Women’s 70km event winners were Katherine Marks (9:18:55), Helen Heaver (9:28:02) and Lauri Wild (9:39:14). For the Men’s 70km, winners included Daniel Muscat (7:18:25), Samuel Loy (7:20:39) and Isaac Fishlock (7:22:08).
Well done to Tim O’Brien from Brighton who completed his event in a time of 8:56:23 and Glynn Thomas from Frewville who finished in 12:48:08.
Onto the Women’s 115km, with top finishers including Sonja Jansen (12:12:28), Ally Gosling (12:23:55) and Jordan Hooper (12:52:06). In the Men’s 115km, top spots went to Jarrad Allan (10:51:20), Kieran Rooke (11:29:53) and Thomas Elfenbein (11:36:24).
A big congratulations to all our AURA members who ran in the Heysen 115km, including Jeff Gray from Fremantle in WA (13:48:05), Ronnette Davies from Adelaide (16:03:12), Peter Goss from Adelaide (19:00:19), Dawn Parks from Marden (19:36:38), Heath Watkins from Parmelia in WA (21:52:07), and Peta Moore from South Perth in WA (21:52:35),
You can find the full account of results here.
Halloween Dusk to Dawn
Held on the spookiest weekend of the year, the Halloween Dusk 2 Dawn let out all the ghosts and ghouls to race along a 7km loop amongst cobwebs, the whispering of trees and voices in everyone’s heads.
On offer was a 7km, half marathon, marathon and a 12hr event.
In the ultra 12hr event, top runners for the men were Jason Williamson, Tyson Chapman and Matt Bell. For the women, winners were Emma-Leigh Heighway, Michelle Northfield, and Ashlee Ray.
A full list of results can be found here.
Feral Pig Ultra
The annual Feral Pig Ultra was held last weekend (6-7 November, 2021) in the hills of Perth, and offered participants a range of distances to choose from including the 23km Pork Chop, the 50km Sow, the 50 miler Boar, the 100km Wild Swine, and the 100 mile Feral Pig.
Known to be quite technical, and generally held on Perth’s hottest days of the century through no fault of the race directors, this year saw a wide array of runners take on the trails.
Kicking off with the Women’s 100 mile Feral Pig, AURA’s very own Jutta Kober from East Victoria Park took the lead and claimed 1st Female in a total time of 29:48:58. Second Female went to Ruby Kwong (32:32:53) and 3rd was won by Darlene Dale (33:32:25).
In the Men’s 100 mile Feral Pig, 1st Male went to Phillip Fowler (21:20:08), 2nd Male to Milan Kucera (23:23:42) and 3rd Male to Matthew Salinovich (23:36:06).
Congratulations to all AURA members who completed their Feral Pig 100 miler, including Sergio Gustinetti (25:34:52), Glenn Monaghan (27:04:50), Shaun Kaesler (28:45:41), Bryan Wright (30:33:50), James Sawyer (31:15:06), Doug Bartlett (32:53:28), Nicola Walters (34:59:11) and John Cooke (37:32:30).
In the Women’s 100km Wild Swine, Claire O’Brien-Smith took 1st Female (12:43:01), Cherie Pettit took 2nd Female (14:41:32) and Shaye Pett took 3rd Female (15:19:26).
For the Men’s 100km Wild Swine, AURA member Joshua Kuhn from South Bunbury took hold of his race and went straight to finish in a steady 12:21:17. Tim Pullin took 2nd Male (12:34:52) and Patrick Millington 3rd Male (14:39:29).
Well done to all our AURA members in the 100km, including John Herzfeld (15:54:54) and Greg Benn (25:31:56).
Onto the Women’s 50 miler Boar, top on the podium was 1st Female Martina Tairea (10:31:37), 2nd Female Lindsay Showers (12:07:02) and AURA’s very own Mel Chamberlain from Mount Tarcoola who secured a 3rd Female podium finish with a time of 12:48:26.
For the Men’s 50 miler Boar, AURA member Nathan Fawkes from Waikiki didn’t disappoint with his 1st Male win, crossing the finish line in a time of 8:58:28.
Second Male went to Nick Trebilcock (9:56:32) and 3rd went to Allan Scott (10:17:10).
Congratulations to our AURA members for their efforts in the 50 miler, including Chetan Sadhana (11:13:19) and Louise Wallace (18:21:57).
In the Women’s 50km Sow, first to finish was Melissa Gildenhuys (6:21:47), followed by Nicola Hibbert (6:33:45) and Tracy Ebsary (6:38:05).
In the Men’s 50km Sow, it was AURA’s very own Mitchell Crook from Jandakot who took 1st Male, covering the distance in a time of 5:00:19. Second Male went to David Murphy (5:40:14) and 3rd went to Jefferson Silva (6:08:39).
Congratulations to our AURA members, including Julia Mackay (10:42:38) and Frank Chauveau (10:18:54).
Results for Feral Pig are interim results as of date of publication, and can be found here.
With the current pandemic still hitting states all across the country, it’s advised to keep an eye on events’ FB pages or websites if you have entered a race; alternatively, race directors will always communicate with their participants and volunteers on the next course of action.
The Great Southern Endurance Run will be held this weekend, from 12-14 November in Harrietville, Vic followed by the Hysterical Carnage Backyard Ultra from 19-21 November in Loxton, SA.
The Great North Walk kicks off 20-21 November, whilst the Coast to Kosciuszko starts 26-28 November in NSW. That same weekend will be the Fisiocrem GC50 Run Festival in Qld.
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Pictured: Capturing the end of the weekend’s Feral Pig Ultra. Photograph – Supplied/Facebook.