Glasshouse Series, Flinders Tour, Qld
Yaberoo Trail Ultra, WA
Glasshouse Series, Flinders Tour
AAA Racing’s Glasshouse Series Flinders Tour was held on July 24 (2021) in the Glasshouse Mountains National Park, Qld. There were 3 distances on offer with a 12km, 25km and an ultra 50km.
In the women’s 50km, AURA’s very own Tia Jones from Springfield Lakes, Qld took home 1st Female in a time of 5:40:30. In 2nd place it was Mallani Moloney with 5:50:00 and in 3rd it was Eliza Brewer (6:02:04).
In the men’s 50km event, AURA member Kevin Muller from Wodonga, Vic claimed 1st Male with 4:55:00, taking the title with an 11 minute lead over Jeff Hannah (5:06:10). Nic Moloney took 3rd Male with 5:31:41.
Yaberoo Trail Ultra
The Yaberoo Trail Ultra was held on August 1 (2021) in some of the most horrid conditions, in Joondalup, WA along the Yaberoo Budjara trail. By the time race day came along, the entire month of July was the wettest month on record for the past 26 years along with some of the wildest wilds and storms throughout this winter.
Sunday at Yaberoo was no exception, with participants copping a barrage of bad weather – but the smiles on everyone’s faces were priceless.
The event offered a few distance options, including a 15km, 25km and a 50km ultra.
In the women’s 50km, podium finishers were Michelle Hankey 1st (4:32:41), Kelly Thompson 2nd (4:42:59) and Veronika Kretzer 3rd (5:30:07).
In the men’s 50km event, the top spot was won by AURA’s Michael Bellmon from Subiaco, WA who finished with a time of 3:54:41, securing a 13-minute lead over 2nd place getter Alex Clapin (4:07:32). Third Male went to Simon Bennett (4:08:19).
Congratulations to all our AURA members who ran in the Yaberoo 50km event including Sergio Gustinetti (5:06:29), Mick Francis (5:15:25), Chris Gerdei (6:05:08), Zoe Kirkman (6:12:46), Geoff Quinton (6:32:14), Diane Breant(7:04:33), James Sawyer (7:51:05) and Greg Benn (8:01:12).
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 5 August 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: AURA’s Glenn Smetherham from Consistent Running presenting Yaberoo 50km Men’s Winner Michael Bellmon. Photograph – Supplied.