Glow Worm Tunnel Marathon Weekend, NSW
BRVT100s (Australian 100 Mile Championships), Qld
Antsy for Anstey, SA
Australian Backyard Masters, Qld
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GLOW WORM TUNNEL MARATHON WEEKEND
The Glow Worm Tunnel Marathon Weekend was held in Glen Davis, NSW from 16 -17 June and is one of those highly anticipated events on the AURA calendar. On offer for participants is the Marathon 43km, 30km, Half Marathon, Pipeline Dash and a 6km.
Kicking off with the Men’s Marathon, top spots were awarded to Thomas Chailloux (4:35:23), Jeff Powell (4:37:25) and Michael Fell (4:44:42). In the Women’s Marathon, winners were named Marijke Walshe (4:59:39), Kat Bush (5:22:52) and Meisha Strykowski (6:03:31).
Congratulations to all our AURA members who ran in the Glow Worm’s Marathon event, including David Campbell(5:43:58), Bernhard Freisler (6:03:54), Lesly Jones (6:22:54 and 4th Female), George Ziogas (9:41:37) and Lesley Mason (9:42:58).
For the full list of results including all distances, click here.
BVRT100S & AUSTRALIAN 100 MILE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Ultimate Direction BVRT100s was held at the weekend on 16-18 June in Ipswich, Qld and doubled up as the 2023 Australian 100 Mile Championships. On offer for long distance athletes was a 200 miler, 100 miler, 100km, 50 miler, marathon and half marathon.
Starting with the longest distances first, there were two finishers in the Men’s 200 Miler – Sean Bell took the crown, finishing in 53:30:39 whilst Peter McGilvery claimed 2nd Male in 64:24:01.
In total, there were four DNFs (two men, two women), and all amazing efforts by everyone involved.
Onto the 100 Miler, which was the 2023 Australian 100 Mile Championships (Please note, winners of the Championships – podium positions in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions – do not need to be financial AURA members. They simply need to win 1st, 2nd and 3rd to be recognised as Championship winners), there were 25 finishers (20 men, 5 women).
In the Men’s 100 Miler / Championships, winners were named for the top spots as Nicholas Bamford (14:56:56) in 1stMale and Kevin McCann (16:59:51) in 2nd Male. AURA’s very own Luca Turrini from Little Bay, NSW took home 3rdMale with a total time of 17:03:44.
In the Women’s 100 Miler / Championships, podium finishers were won by Jennifer Ritossa (20:51:32), Sophie Shawdon (25:07:59) and Sally Teiniker (27:05:52).
Congratulations to all our AURA members who ran in the 100 miler, including Stuart Hughes (21:32:58), Howard McCann (22:03:23) and Leah Weeden (27:43:37 and 4th Female), Kerrie Bremner, Joshua Chugg, Sarah-Jane Hipwell and Kath Judge.
In the 100km distance, there were 23 finishers (17 men, 6 women) with 4 DNFs.
In the Men’s 100km event, top spots were won by Paul Jackson (8:38:49), Travis Ireland (11:07:23) and David Routledge (11:34:59). In the Women’s 100km, winners were named Katy Booth (10:09:16), Emily Pimlett (10:54:55) and Kirsty Sutton (11:00:47).
Well done to all our AURA members in the 100km, including Isobel Tait (12:31:43) and Paul Wood (18:21:27).
There were 17 finishers (12 men, 5 women) in the 50 miler, with two DNFs.
In the Men’s 50 Miler, spots were awarded to Jordan Nukunuku (7:26:56), Tobias Steele (7:54:23) and Eddie Walsh (9:25:43).
In the Women’s 50 Miler, AURA’s very own Tia Jones from Ipswich, Qld took the crown, claiming 1st Female following a time of 9:59:53. Second and 3rd Female positions were won by Margaret Wedge (10:56:36) and Nicky Davison (12:40:06) respectively.
Congratulations to AURA member Richard Crane from Farrer, ACT who finished the distance in 18:16:33, a fantastic effort.
For the full list of results, including the Marathon and Half Marathon distances, click here.
ANTSY FOR ANSTEY
Antsy for Anstey was held on 17 June in Tea Tree Gully, SA at Anstey Hill Recreation Park. In the ultra distances, host GoodRunnings offered a 60km option together with a 31km, 21.1km and 12.4km.
In the Men’s 60km winners were named Scott Cameron (5:31:40), Ben Cavin (7:07:57) and Lachie Evins (7:30:08). No women’s winners were announced with no female athletes registered.
AUSTRALIAN BACKYARD MASTERS
We could provide results for the Australian Backyard Masters, which kicked off on Saturday, 17 June but AURA’s Phil Gore from Darling Downs in WA is still running with New Zealand’s Sam Harvey at the Dead Cow Gully location – it’s down to the last two.
A new Qld backyard record was set on Monday night (19 June) with four finishers completing Loop 60 – AURA’s Phil Gore from Darling Downs in WA, Harvey Lewis, Sam Harvey and Aaron Young.
The Australian Record of 76 loops was also broken by Phil, Harvey and Sam; and now the World Record of 101 loops has just been equalled this morning at 9am WST (Wed, 21 June) and as of 10am, if both Phil and Sam return after Loop 102, it will have been broken.
Incredible efforts by so many endurance runners, including AURA member Tim Kacprzak from Bannockburn, Vic who completed 55 loops (turning around on Loop 56 with a swollen ankle) and who also inspired his 14-year-old son Ollie to finish a total of 15 loops (100km) on the first day of the event.
A breakdown of all our amazing AURA runners will be provided in the next Weekly News Report when we get the starters list from the event directors. In the meantime, you can keep up with how Phil and Sam are going on the socials – almost every single ultra running page is providing updates.
Congratulations to AURA’s Greta Truscott and Chris Truscott from Malabar, NSW who ran at this year’s Comrades down run 88km in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa on 11 June. Greta finished her race in a time of 7:44:02 and Chris completed it in 7:05:19.
A stellar effort from both of you, well done!
AURA Treasurer Annabel Hepworth from Castlecrag, NSW is currently over in Wisconsin, USA for the 6 Days In The Dome race – an event that is run indoors on a 443m loop track around the a national ice hockey rink. We will keep you posted in the next Weekly News Report on how she did!
Transcend Ultra kicks off this weekend on 25 July in WA, whilst the Australian 24 Hour Track Invitational will be held from 1-2 July at the AIS in the ACT. The Lakes Trail Festival in Hawks Nest, NSW will be held that same weekend, and the Brisbane Trail Ultra in Kangaroo Point, Qld will kick off 7 July.
The highly anticipated 3 Marathons in 3 Days starts 7 July also in Kuranda, Qld, and Ultra Adelaide by ioMerino in Adelaide, SA kicks off 8 July.
The Elephant Trail Race, always a spectacular event to be a part of, will see runners start on 14 July in Pembrooke, NSW whilst WA’s Yaberoo Trail Ultra in Neerabup begins on 23 July.
Kuranda to Port Douglas Ultra on 30 July in Kuranda, Qld kicks off 30 July, the last AURA listed event on the AURA calendar for the month.
Pictured: Sam Harvey (left) and Phil Gore (right) about to head out on the World Record loop of 101 at Dead Cow Gully at the Australian Backyard Masters – Loop 101 kicking off at 9am WST on Wed, 21 June 2023.