Blackall 100 & 50, Qld
There were some truly amazing performances at the weekend amongst AURA members and the ultra running community as a whole, and first we’ll go back to late September for the Sunshine Coast BUTTER24 which was held on 28 September in Brisbane, Qld with 6hr, 12hr and 24hr options.
Participants ran loops of the University of Sunshine Coast track facility known for its ‘sandwich system’ which offers cushioning and rebound, a favourable condition for endurance events.
In the 24hr event, AURA’s Kathryn Austin from Springfield Lakes, Qld took home 1st Female after completing 163.798km. In 2nd place was Lisa O’Brien with 153.167km whilst 3rd was Amanda Pavey with 118.473kms.
For the men’s event in the 24hr, Dean Ivy took 1st Male after completing 185.312km, whilst 2nd went to AURA member Greg Ponych from Wishart, Qld who finished his day with 181.713km. Third was taken by another AURA member, Fergus Edwards from Launceston, Tas who completed 164.010km.
Congratulations to AURA members Kerrie Williamson (106.400km) and Kevin McCann (64.400km) who finished their 24hr events with great distances.
On to the 12hr event, podium finishes for the women went to Nicole Jukes (102.032km), Suzanne Wilson (72.653km) and Alexiallfc [sic] Broome (20.400km) whilst for the men it was Ben Dennien (109.542km), Trevor Lampard (104.860km) and Matt Fitzgerald (104.698km).
Well done to AURA member Andrew Kruck from Brisbane, Qld who completed the 12hr with 102.540km.
In the 6hr event, AURA’s Kerrie Bremner from Nicholls, ACT who took home top spot with 1st Female after completing a total of 60.199km. Second spot went to Cheryl McLean (42.493km).
For the men, podium finishes went to Robert Trims (76.604km), David Scroope (72.287km) and Josh Dinale (65.717km) respectively.
Blackall 100 & 50
The highly anticipated Blackall 100 & 50 trail event took place on Saturday (October 19) along the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk’s Blackall Range. Considered a large scale event, the Blackall offers a personal challenge with spectacular scenery and brilliant support.
On the morning, 199 participants stood at the start line for the 100km event with 173 successfully completing the distance.
For the women’s top spots, AURA’s very own Jessica Schluter from Keperra, Qld smashed the event and took control of the 1st Female position with a finish time of 11:38:37. She was a decent 20 minutes ahead of 2nd Female winner Alana Vought (11:59:00) whilst 3rd Female went to Chrissy Redwod (12:25:27).
For the men, Ryan Crawford took 1st Male and cemented a new course record with 9:53:53 (previous record was held by last year’s male winner Yun Phua in 9:57:21). Second Male went to New Zealander Steve Pemberton who finished in 10:20:40 whilst 3rd Male was held by Darryl Hill (11:00:25).
Congratulations to all our AURA members who took on the Blackall 100 including Shona Stephenson (13:02:44), Andrew Speakman (14:55:04), Jason Parsons (15:45:37), Cora Lau (15:46:42), Gregory Brown (17:29:21), Alena Scurrah and David Von Senden.
In the 50km, about 420 runners gathered their gear for the trails while about 413 successfully completed the course.
Podium standings in the men went to Josh Corcoran (4:32:37), Luke Garrett (4:38:38) and Oskar Booth (4:52:25). In the women spots went to Cecilia Mattas (4:59:59), Emma Burgess (5:30:19) and Mindy Durdin (5:40:26).
Congratulations to AURA members who raced in the 50km including Nicole Kruse (8:06:41), Lynn Mazza (9:30:25) and Benjamin Duffus.
The GOW100s event on Saturday (October 19) was held on the west coast of Vic through the Otway Ranges, along beaches, through rainforest and across rocky headlands, however the weather leading up to the event came into question if the race would go ahead.
It was decided on Thursday (October 17) that due to potential 6-metre swells and near gale force winds, the course would be modified for the safety of runners and volunteers.
The course was changed with a start in Apollo Bay at the anchor and then running to Aire River for a turnaround, with the remainder of the course heading for a finish at Marengo Caravan Park. With the modification, it means the distance was changed to 80km, the equivalent of a 50 miler.
The news didn’t stop 89 racers from participating though (81 finishing) and the event kicked off.
For the men, Tony Lopez took 1st Male with 8:05:12 whilst AURA member Damian Smith from Nowra, NSW claimed 2nd Male, finishing in a time of 8:08:49. Dan Beard completed the race in 8:39:41.
In the women’s race 1st Female went to Jo Nevin (8:16:07), 2nd went to Kerryn McTaggart (9:40:53) and 3rd went to Martine Nield (9:53:59).
Congratulations to all our AURA members who braved the weather including Adam Waites (9:59:50), Joseph Lewis(9:59:53), Tim Kacprzak (10:08:06), Nicole Vaughan (10:30:31), Niall Roche (10:34:27), Tony O’Connell (11:42:40), Mark Falls (12:46:46), Bill Bardsley (12:52:06), Oliver Mestdagh (14:10:10), Rob Sutton (14:19:30) and Jody Daff.
With the infamous Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra held over the weekend in the US (Bell Buckle, Tennessee) it was hard to not keep an eye on social media posts as AURA’s David Giles held on strong against a highly competitive field of 72 runners.
Giles, from Willetton in WA, completed a total of 116.66km and finished 28th according to official results.
Last one standing was American Maggie Guterl from Colorado who totalled 250km.
This weekend is another couple days of stellar events including the Heysen 105 in Newland Hill, SA on Saturday; the IAU 24hr World Championships in Albi, France on Saturday; the Ned Kelly Chase 50km and 100km in Wangaratta, Vic which also doubles as the National 100km Championships; and the Mico RunningWorks Ultra 50km at The Spectacles in WA.
If you are an AURA member and would like to contribute to the next edition of Ultramag which is due out very soon, email your race report along with high resolution images attached to the body of the email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured: Jessica Schluter ringing the bell at the end of her Blackall 100. Photograph – Blackall 100/Facebook.