Sandman V: Atlas Rise, WA
Two Bays Trail Run, Vic

The second week of ultra running kicked off with a bang as we saw the Sandman V: Atlas Rise held on Saturday (January 11) in the coastal town of Dunsborough, WA and the infamous Two Bays Trail Run on Sunday (January 12) along the Mornington Peninsula, Vic.

Sandman V: Atlas Rise

With a wolf moon blazing high in the sky the night of the race, the Sandman V: Atlas Rise provided runners with some barely ankle deep water crossings and firm sand under foot on Saturday in Dunsborough, 249-kilometres south of Perth.

Twenty-nine participants held on to the start line of the 50km event, as the forecast was 17 degrees with clear skies.

For the men’s top podium finishes it was Andrew Bates in 1st with 3:55:54, David Giles in 2nd with 4:16:07 and Rhys Thomas 3rd with 4:32:20.

For the women, top spots went to Maryanne Pemberton who was 1st after crossing the finish in 5:38:01, April Morgan in 2nd with 5:41:19 and Corey Neira in 3rd with 5:41:21.

Congratulations to all our AURA members who ran in the Sandman V: Atlas Rise including Richard Avery who took 4th Male with 4:35:29, Daniel Chidlow (4:58:01) and Jeremy Beauglehole (5:17:12).

Find a full list of results here.

Two Bays Trail Run

The Two Bays Trail Run hosted a 56km event for ultra runners, and the event saw in the top three spots for men – Matthew Whitaker in 1st Male (4:06:03), John Dutton in 2nd (4:07:09) and Benjamin Lucas in 3rd (4:23:18).

For the women it was Caroline Gavin in for 1st Female (5:13:51), Nicole Paton 2nd (5:18:35) and Elizabeth Dornom 3rd(5:21:50).

Congratulations to all our AURA members who raced and finished at the Two Bays Trail Run including Justin Scholz (5:06:52), Stuart Hughes (5:29:09), Amelia Griffith (1st in the W40-49 age category with a time of 5:31:08), Craig Green (5:30:39), Mak Sawa (5:52:04), Dej Jamieson (5:52:50), Fleur Douy (5:56:34), Sharon Scholz (6:31:25), Karen Mickle (6:39:05), Gayle Cowling (7:10:01) and Oliver Mestdagh (7:57:53).

Find a full list of results here

International Events

AURA member and new ultra runner Grant Schmidlechner ran an unbelievable 100km road race at the Spartanion Race in Tel Aviv on January 10, 2020. In his first ever ultra event, Schmidlechner came in 1st Male with a time of 6:50:17 – he’s one to keep an eye on, as it looks like a top 10 Australian result for the distance, and not too far off the M40 age group record held by Yiannis Kouros.

Coming Up

Coming up this weekend on the AURA-listed calendar of events is the Australia Day Ultra this Saturday (January 18) in Australind, WA; the SA 100km Track Championships which are the National 100km Championships, in Adelaide SA on January 25; and the Cradle Mountain Run along the trails of Cradle Mountain in Tasmania on February 1.

Pictured: Two Bays Trail Run medals. Photograph – Supplied/Facebook.