Saturday, July 02, 2005

Upcoming Australian Ultra races in July

July 2005
This race is the National 100 kms championship. There is also a relay section for 6 to 10 person teams. The relay section incorporates the Qld State Road Relay championships. There is also a section for school teams, The course comprises 16 laps of a 6.25 km loop at the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre. Contact race director Ian Cornelius on (07) 5537-8872 or email For more information see


A trail and foot/bike path run along Hobson’s Bay beautiful coastline and swampland nature reserve area. Perfect for bike back up. 55km or 21km options. Start and finish at Altona Boating & Angling Club CP, Victoria. 7.00am start for 55km, 8.30am for other distances. More information on webpage or contact Kevin Cassidy on 0425-733-336 or Email for further information.

Off road 5km, 16km, 25km, 42km, 42km relay and 60km trail runs and 16km, 25km and 32km bush walks in Mt Ainslie, Mt Majura, Goorayooroo and Mulligans Flat nature reserves. 7.30am start from Campbell High School adjacent to the Australian War Memorial, 1km from the city centre. A fund raising event by the Australian Mountain Running Association for the Australian mountain running team. Full details at

50km ultra, 42.2km Marathon, 21.1km Half Marathon, 10km & 5km Runs. Starts at 7:30am from Camp Cannyon Warrumbungle National Park. Fundraising event for Volunteer Rescue Association & Rural Fire Services. Come and discover the beautiful Warrumbungles and meet the wildlife. Check the website at for more details, or Contact Amber Burton on freecall phone 1800-242-881 or via email

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South African finishers at Western States

Scottish and English Races

Speyside Way Race, 50km, early April. No website but contact Don
Ritchie, the Lodge, Stotfield Road, Lossiemouth, Scotland IV31 6QT,
phone 01343-813398,

Scottish Island Peaks Race, 70 miles with 12,000 feet climb, don't
forget you need a yacht and crew, late May.

Lairig Ghru race, 28 miles, 2100 feet climb, end June. No website,
but contact Phl Benzie, Clach Mhuilinn, Tullich Road, Ballater,
Scotland AB35 5GL, phone 01339-755599,

Two Bridges Challenge, 36 miles, 27 August.

Although it is under 26 miles, this is worth noting, and not just
because of the free beer at the finish:
Two Breweries Race, 18 miles with 4900 feet climb, 24 Septamber.

In England:
Lyke Wake Race, 42 miles over gentle hills, early July. No website
but contact Bryan thomas, 14 Raynville Place, Leeds LS13 2PT,

Ridgeway Challenge, 85.5 miles with 9000 feet climb, 27/28 August. No
ebsite but contact Anthony Taylor, 125 Ipswich Road, Woodbridge, IP12
4BY, phone 020-7828-0580,

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

23,000km Well Done to Jesper Olsen

Just like to give a Big Public Congratulations to Jesper Olsen from Denmark who passed the 23,000km mark in his run around the World yesterday. We know that there aren't many people that have gone further. It's taken 18 months, quite a few countries ,four continents, a few tyre punctures and a couple of injuries. But he's done it and he's still running.

Apart from Jesper being a "Good Bloke" as we say here in Australia, he has held himself accountable and transparent every step of the way and has made Himself open to the Ultra sport all the way. His record keeping has also been first rate every step of the way with the use of an old fashioned notebook and new technology.

Thanks to Everyone that has helped him at any time during the Run.

He still has another 3,000km to go. That involves running from Minnesota to Chicago then New York. Then doing part of Ireland before finishing at the Greewich Line, London on September 1st. I hope that Ultra runners in England help to give Jesper the FINISH that he so richly deserves.

His run can be followed at

If you have any further enquiries please contact me at


Phil Essam