New 50km Record
Weekend Podium Finishes
Races Coming Up

There were no AURA-listed events this past weekend with Ultra Trail Australia and the Ned Kelly Chase both cancelled, but we still had some AURA members racing/running – and remember, we love hearing about members’ achieving their goals so email to pass on information as well as any photos!

New 50km Record (yet to be ratified)
If you haven’t read the news yet on our socials, NSW AURA representative Stephen Redfern earlier this week shared that members Andy Heyden from St Ives, NSW and Gary Mullins from Neutral Bay, NSW both ran at the weekend in a 50km time trial at Richmond on a measured and certified course in an attempt to break long standing records.

 “With conditions being close to perfect, temperatures at 14 degrees, both runners came away with new 50km PB times,” Redfern said.

“On Sunday, Andy Heyden finished in a time of 3:05:53 and managed to break the 30-year-old M45 Australian AG record by 36 seconds (pending ratification) which had been held by Laurie Brimacombe from Vic since 1990.”

Mullins ran a 3:09:37.

Heyden completed a 16-week training program in preparation of the record attempt, and said despite the first hour of the time trial being tough, he found a good rhythm and after the halfway mark felt he was on target to break the record.

“Gary has also been my coach this year, so full credit to him for my results; he has made me stronger and faster at 46 years young,” Heyden said.

“Ever competitive, I’m just analysing how I could have found another 66 seconds on Sunday to have brought the world age group record to Australia but no regrets, I gave it everything.”

Congratulations to both Heyden and Mullins for their weekend records.

AURA Members’ Achievements
AURA member Jacqueline Kellerman from Burns Beach, WA raced in Sunday’s 2020 Mico Runningworks Trail Ultra (non-AURA listed) at The Spectacles, and claimed 1st Female with a time of 3:45:32 in the 50km event. Her average pace was about 4:30 with each lap of the course (8.34km) completed under 39:05.

AURA’s Margie Hadley from Henley Brook, WA also claimed herself a podium finish with the title of 2nd Female following a finish time of 4:09:37. Hadley’s pace averaged about 4:59 with each lap of course (8.34km) completed under 42:25.

Member Fee Salmons from Greenfields, WA also completed the 50km event in 6:32:45.

Well done to Kellerman, Hadley and Salmons on their achievements!

Potential New American Record
AURA member Jimmie Barnes from Birmingham, Alabama ran the Endless Mile 48hr on 16 October at Veteran’s Park in Alabaster, Alabama, USA with excellent conditions in the mid 60s to low mid 40s (F). He had hoped to have a good 48hr run and maybe even take a shot at his friend Doyle Carpenter’s new world record of 144.60mi however he started to have issues with his back and developed a slight forward lean so only managed 101mi and stopped at 30hrs.

However, at the age of 82, Barnes set a potential new American AG record of 29:27 for 100mi, with the current pending record at 30:07 set by Ed Rousseau under much more harsh conditions. Barnes has said there is room for improvement, and will continue to chase his goals.  

Coming Up
The Halloween Dusk 2 Dawn is being held this weekend at Charlie Watts Reserve in Telegraph Point, NSW. The 12hr event is held on a 7km loop course, but the real question is…do you dare?

The Feral Pig Ultra will be held the following weekend from 7-8 November in Mundaring, WA and offers 100mi, 50mi and 50km ultra distances for long distance runners.

The Maritime Run is due for 14 November at Aldinga Beach, SA and provides a 50km option for ultra runners.

Pictured: Andy Heyden at the weekend attempting his 50km record. Photograph – Supplied/Facebook ~ Stephen Redfern.