Irrational S.O.U.T.H 200 Miler, SA
Irrational S.O.U.T.H 200 Miler
Two years ago after the success of race director Shaun Kaesler’s Delirious W.E.S.T 200 Miler in WA, plans were already in place to add to the 200 table within the Ultra Series banner. The Irrational S.O.U.T.H 200 Miler is only the 2nd point-to-point annual 200 miler in the southern hemisphere, and it was finally held earlier this month from 9-13 June, with runners making their way from Lavender Federation Trail Murray Bridge to Clare, SA.
Kaesler said setback after setback from the world pandemic was just something completed unanticipated for.
“A 200 miler isn’t something you can just postpone for a week or two if borders change, outbreaks happen or conditions are thrown around,” he said.
“A 200 miler takes 11.5 months of planning for organisers (or 2 years in this case with 2 previous postponements) and an equal amount of time for entrants, volunteers and support staff as all of us take a dedicated time allocation to ensure we are available for the week that the event is planned for.
“Come race day eve, I received confirmation that no fewer than another 5 runners weren’t coming, crippled by the pandemic, and once again my heart had sunk. From 52 entries we were going to struggle to have 20 starters.”
But the Irrational S.O.U.T.H 200 Miler went ahead, and with bated breath a mass load of volunteers, crew and people on the socials followed the event.
And so, your Irrational S.O.U.T.H 200 Miler finishers are:
AURA’s Kieran O’Brien from Auchenflower, Qld clocked in to complete the race in a whopping 52:50:01, claiming 1stMale. Following his win, Matthew Woodman took 2nd Male with 64:11:02 and Nick O’Neill took 3rd Male (66:28:25).
For the women’s event, Jacqueline Cresp held on for 1st Female with 73:37:06 and Julie Sager took 2nd Female (74:59:22). AURA member Nicola Walters from Broome, WA wasn’t far behind, closing in and crossing the finish line in 80:12:02.
A massive, virtual-high-five congratulations to everyone who completed the Irrational S.O.U.T.H 200 Miler, including our AURA members Jimmy Brook (80:12:02) from Parmelia, WA; Jeremy Beauglehole (80:32:47) from Australind, ACT; and Harmony Waite (88:31:25) from The Vines, WA.
The Glow Worm Tunnel Marathon Weekend from 19-20 June is new to the AURA calendar, and how spectacular does it look! The course takes runners on an amazing journey that takes in the best sights of Newnes and the Wolgan Valley, with participants running across creek crossings, sections of long single trail, old mine cuttings, ruins and some long forgotten railway easements. The event offers a marathon distance, half marathon, 6km and a ‘Mountain Mile’.
GoodRunning’s River Run will be held at Onkaparinga River Recreational Park in SA on 20 June and will offer participants a 5km looped course for 60km, 50km, 42.2km, 30km, 21.1km, 15km, 10km, 7.5km, 5km, 2.5km and 1km.
Another new event on the AURA calendar is the hotly anticipated Transcend Ultra to be held in WA’s Swan Valley at Walyunga National Park on 20 June and finishing near the historic town of Toodyay. The 60km distance is offered for solo runners or teams of 2-4.
The Wild Goose Chase Running Festival kicks off on 25 June and runs through to 27 June, with the weekend offering distances for all abilities from the 5km to the 100 miler.
Come July and we’ve got the Australian 24 Hour Track Invitational from 3-4 July at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, and the Lakes100 across the same weekend in Hawks Nest, NSW.
We love making mention of AURA members when they achieve incredible results at other races across the country and around the world, so if you or someone you know is an AURA member and they’ve had an amazing event that isn’t AURA-listed, email firstname.lastname@example.org and keep us in the loop!
Pictured: Although not an AURA member, this is an image of Glen Brooks, with 8km to go from the finish at Irrational S.O.U.T.H, making his way with pacer Margot. Photograph – Tash Sekulic.