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Thank you to everyone who contributed to our bumper end-of-year edition of Ultramag. It was an amazing edition to put out with a fantastic collection of race reports!

On that note, we are always on the hunt for your stories and reports, so with January Ultramag due out soon, send in your incredible tales to And remember, it doesn’t have to be about an AURA-listed event specifically!


This year’s membership competition (for the 2023 membership year) was won by Amelia Griffith from Watsonia, Vic who has been given an opportunity to enter any race of her choosing to the value of $500. Congratulations Amelia!

Don’t forget to renew your membership for 2023. Membership do lapse, so we encourage you to head to our Memberships tab on our website and renew (or join for the first time!) for your chance to get discounts on race entries, the monthly Ultramag, support and networking, plus so much more! Seriously, for $49?!


In case you missed it on the socials, Holly Ranson broke a new national record at the GoodRunning’s 6/12 in early December 2022. She entered the 12hr event and after doing a bit of research on what it would take to break the record, she secured herself a total distance of 136.722km.

Holly ran at a pace above the national record, setting a new female national record for a 12hr race, and was recognised by AURA. She received a certificate for her age-based record and a trophy for the overall female record.

Congratulations Holly!

Holly Ranson with her AURA trophy and certificate


The Sandman 50 was held on Saturday, 7 January offering a 50km distance from Old Dunsborough boat ramp to the Busselton Jetty (in Busselton, WA) and back. With the course on the beach, it meant the race line was within 3m of the water’s edge, and beautifully started under the bright moon at 2am.

The event could be done as a solo participant or in teams of two.

For the 50km Teams of Two, podium finishers were Tom Smoker/Thomas Monkhouse (3:41:30), Chris Martin/Aaron Young (3:49:34) and Ethan Stirrat/Mac Richardson (3:55:59).

In the Men’s 50km, top spots were awarded to Ryan Baillie (3:50:12), Jack Crago (3:56:56) and Ben Freer (4:32:53).

In the Women’s 50km, winners were named Ashlee Ritson (4:23:26), Loralee Worrall (5:07:31) and Michelle Dekker (5:12:55).

Congratulations to all our AURA members who ran in the Sandman 50, including Colin Moulden (4:36:51), Shaun Kaesler (5:18:55), Diane Breant (in a team of two with Geoff Quinton, together making it 6:18:11) and Mark Sewell (in a team of two with Willah Sewell, together making it 6:44:55).

For the full results, click here.


The Two Bays Trail Run was held last weekend, 15 January (Sunday) and the socials were awash with happy faces.

The Men’s 56km was won by AURA’s very own Dion Finocchiaro who blitzed the field and crossed the finish line in an amazing 4:10:11, whilst 2nd and 3rd Male winnings went to Zack Beasley (4:27:40) and Joshua Lynott (4:30:38).

In the Women’s 56km, Sarah-Jayne Miller claimed 1st Female (4:59:45), Narelle Crozier 2nd (5:14:50) and Dannielle Vanderheul 3rd (5:15:17).

Congratulations to all our members who ran in the 56km, including Thomas Dade (4th Male, 4:32:13), John Yoon(5:31:19), Simon Neale (5:39:12), Jamey Pemmelaar (5:46:05), Stuart Hughes (6:56:00) and Jody Daff (7:37:09). 


AURA members Cassie Cohen and Allicia Heron have been nominated for IAU Athlete of the Year!

Cassie won 2nd Place at the 2022 IAU 24hr Asia and Oceania Championships with a total of 214.590km and Allicia claimed 3rd at the same event with a total of 210.642km. Congratulations to you both! 


This weekend will see the Australia Day Ultra in WA kick off on Saturday (21 January) in Australind, WA and providing distances of 25km, 50km, 75km and 100km along the foreshore.

Come February, and the first event on the AURA-listed calendar is the Cradle Mountain Run on 4 February, where participants will traverse the famous Tasmanian region to Lake St Clair Overland Track in 80km.

Next will be the GoodRunning’s City Run on 5 February in the Adelaide CBD, SA with two ultra distances on offer – 60km and 50km. From 8-12 February, Ultra Series’ Delirious WEST 100 & 200 Miler will be held along the Bibbulmun Track in WA, whilst 19 February will see the kunanyi Trail Series – Potato Hopper & Snake Plains kick off in Fern Tree, Tas with a 21km and 13km on offer.

The 24-26 February will host the Twilight Series by GoodRunnings, with the Cosmos Run on 24 February, the Star Runon 25 February, and the Moon Run on 26 February. All in SA and offering up to 50km (with $5 from every registration going to Northern Adelaide Domestic Violence Services, a subdivision of Women’s Safety Services SA).

Pictured: AURA’s Dion Finocchiaro at the 2023 Two Bays Trail Run. Photograph – Supplied/FB.