Tassie Trail Fest, Tas
Tassie Trail Fest
The glorious Tassie Trail Fest was held the weekend of 16-18 July, 2021 in beautiful and iconic Cataract Gorge in Launceston, Tasmania. Close enough to the airport and city to be accessible to everyone, the event’s course has some of the best views of Launceston and of course Cataract Gorge.
The Tassie Trail Fest is for runners of all backgrounds especially because of the relaxed cut-off times! So doing that 100 miler or 100km is definitely within reach.
In the Saturday 45km Women’s event, Megan Peters took 1st Female with 5:32:33; 2nd Female was won by Sirja Salminen (6:04:59); and 3rd went to Anita Gooley (7:21:25).
In the Saturday 45km Men’s event, Andrew Gaskell secured 1st Male (4:15:23); Joseph Nunn took 2nd Male with 4:55:16; and Nicholas Morgan took 3rd male (4:59:47).
Sunday there was another 45km course event.
In the 45km Women’s event, Jessie Whittle took 1st Female (5:31:53), Josie Riseley took 2nd Female (5:55:22) and Marie Heitz won 3rd (6:26:43).
For the 45km Men’s event, AURA’s very own David Bailey from Tolmans Hill, Tas held strong to claim 1st Male with an astonishing time of 4:19:03 – his lead was more than 39 minutes ahead of 2nd placer Peter Bovino (5:00:17). Andrew Wilson took 3rd Male with 5:08:21.
There were 6 starters in the 100km event (4 finishers), which saw Nick Mcelwee take 1st Male (13:12:29), Chris Monaghan 2nd Male (14:00:46) and Sam Fletcher 3rd Male (15:40:46).
In the 100 miles event, it was a great start with 10 participants and 4 finishers. Thibault Delacroix claimed 1st Male (24:52:34), John Cannell took 2nd Male (26:08:27) and Fergus Edwards took 3rd (28:52:26).
Well done to AURA members Ben Hirst and George Mihalakellis who gave it a red hot crack.
The Glasshouse Series – Flinders Tour hosted by AAA Racing is due for 24 July at the Glasshouse Mountains National Park in Qld and offers a 52km ultra distance. Please check your emails and/or the AAA Racing & Coaching Facebook page for an update on the event’s restrictions currently in place, including 2 changes to the course that involve the finish line for social distancing safety and the area around Tububudla (The Twins) due to environmental impact.
The first race for August on the AURA calendar of events is the Yaberoo Trail Ultra in Joondalup, WA held on August 1 on the trails of the Yaberoo Budjara and is hosted by Ultra Series WA.
Antsy for Anstey will be held on 8 August in Tea Tree Gully with a 62km ultra option whilst Birdy’s Backyard is due for 13-15 August in Moddiarrup in WA. The Berry Long Run will be held on 14 August along a 70km trail in Lerderderg State Park, Vic and on the same day the Track Ultra WA will be held, offering the state’s only ultra track event, in Bunbury with 3hr, 6hr, 12hr and 24hr options.
More events in late August include the Cairns Port Douglas Trail Ultra in Qld (21-22 August), Bottlebutt Bash Trail Run in NSW (22 August), Run Larapinta 2021 (26-29 August) in NT, Bright Running Festival in Vic (28 August) and doubling up as the 2021 AURA Short Course Trail Championships, the Great Trail Relay in WA (28 August) and the Wonderland Run in Vic (29 August).
*All events as of 22 July 2021 are still listed to go ahead. Please keep a watchful eye on any events you are entered closer to the dates to ensure no cancellations or postponements have occurred due to the current COVID situation.
Pictured: David Bailey takes 1st Male in Sunday’s 45km event at the Tassie Trail Fest. Photograph – Supplied/Facebook.