Saturday, October 29, 2005

FIRST INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIAN TO RUN AT COLAC

DREW’S WISH TO COME TRUE


Seventy year old, Albert (Jack) Clarke , an Elder from the Gunditjmara Tribe in Warrnambool is set to be the first Indigenous Australian to compete in the Cliff Young Australian 6-day race in the last twenty years. It is also believed that Clarke is also the first Indigenous Australian to compete in an Ultramarathon race in Australia and the World.

Former Colac legend, Drew Kettle, who was a regular competitor in the race, would be smiling from above as it was a lifelong dream of his that an Indigenous Australian would be competing in the race.

Clarke does not have any running or walking experience but comes from a very strong cycling background. Three years ago he cycled from Perth to Warrnambool to raise awareness for diabetes research and is also a twice finisher of the Melbourne to Warrnambool cycle race. Clarke was also an accomplished boxer in his time, being undefeated in the featherweight class.

Clarke is competing in the 6-day race as training for a ride from Darwin to Adelaide in the future. He does have type 2 diabetes which is under control and likes to raise awareness about the dangers of diabetes through his sporting achievements. He is hoping that his sporting achievements can be a role model and inspiration for any young aboriginals and diabetics. As Clarke said “If I can do it, anyone can”.

The race starts on Nov 20th at Memorial Square at Colac, Victoria and goes till Nov 26th. It can be followed on line at www.sixdayrace.org.au or if your at Colac, please come to the Square during the week and support Clarke and his fellow competitors.

For further information, please contact Phil Essam on pessam@bigpond.net.au or 0407830263.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Phil's thought for October

"No Elite sportsman is bigger than the sport that he participates in. Especially when he doesnt always play by the rules!"

Phil Essam

Welcome another Correspondent on "World Ultra News" Team

Hi Everyone,

It's with great pleasure that I welcome Tony Mangan from Ireland to the World Ultra News Team. Tony is the record holder for the World 48hr Treamill record and recently helped Jesper Olsen with his run across Ireland. Tony will bew posting reports and information from Ireland, England and Scotland. Thanks Tony.

Phil

Busy Month in Australia

Nov 2005
Sat-Sun 5-6 Nov FREYCINET LODGE CHALLENGE (TAS)
Adventure race on Tasmania's coast around Freycinet & Wineglass Bay comprising Hazards Beach Run, Road Cycle, Freycinet Lodge to Swan River Road, Moulting Lagoon Kayak, Cape Tourville Mountain Bike Ride, Coles Bay Kayak, Road Bike, Friendly Beach Mountain Bike Ride, Wineglass Bay Run. contact: Tim Saul on (03) 6248-9049 or 0438-687-302. email: tasultraevents@tasmail.com. Visit the website for more details.

Sun 6 Nov VICTORIAN 6 HOUR AND 50KM TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS (VIC)
The Traralgon harriers Athletic Club, on behalf of AURA, will be hosting this event at the Moe Athletic Centre, Newborough [synthetic surface]. $30 covers entry to both events and refreshments afterwards. Start time is 8am. Also a 6 Hour relay event contact: Rob Embleton (03) 5133-7568. Visit the website for more details.

Sat-Sun 12-13 Nov THE GREAT NORTH WALK 100S (NSW)
The Terrigal Trotters running club is organizing two simultaneous trail races, a 100 Mile (161 kilometre) and a 100 Kilometre, along a large section of The Great North Walk south from Teralba on Lake Macquarie. The 100 Kilometre race will finish at Yarramalong in the scenic Yarramalong Valley and the 100 Mile at Patonga on spectacular Broken Bay. Although the route is primarily on foot tracks and 4WD trails, it does include some minor back roads. Both races will start at 6:00am on Saturday, 12 November 2005. There will be cut-off times at Checkpoints en route and the overall time limits will be 18 hours for the 100 Kilometre and 30 hours for the 100 Mile. contact: Dave Byrnes on 0428-880-784. email: byrnesinoz@yahoo.com. Visit the website for more details.

Sat 19 Nov THE MOLESWORTH RUN ()
84km individual or team event. This unique event takes in part of historic Molesworth Station - NZ's largest farm, 180,000 hectares. Beginning at the original Molesworth Cob Cottage our run follows the old stock route connecting Marlborough and North Canterbury. Visit the website for more details.

Sun-Sat 20-26 Nov COLAC 6 DAY RACE (VIC)
Australia's greatest 6 day race. contact: Six Day Race Committee, PO BOX 163, Colac, Vic, 3250. email: ultraoz@iprimus.com.au. Visit the website for more details.

Sun 27 Nov TWO BAYS TRAIL RUN (VIC) – FAT ASS (VIC)
Date/Time : 8:00am, Sunday 27th November 2005. Distance : 30km or 60km. Start Location : Anthony’s Nose Boat Ramp, Dromana (80km from Melb). Finish Location for 30km: Cape Schanck Lighthouse car park, Cape Schanck. Finish Location for 60km Anthony’s Nose Boat Ramp, Dromana. Start Facilities : Water, shops & toilets close by. Parking OK. Time Limit: None. Entry Fee: Free! Visit the website for more details.

The Sri Chinmoy 3-day Ultra Triathlon 3-5 Feb 06

http://www.srichinmoyraces.org/au/events/3day_ultra_triathlon/

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Detonty Iron Fist 50k Run/Trifecta 2005 Results

http://www.universalsole.com/results/detonty/detonty05/htm

3rd Annual Louisville's Lovin' the Hills 50k/15m Trail Runs

Back by popular demand, the 3rd annual Louisville' Lovin' the Hills 50k/15m Trail Runs will take place on February 18, 2006 at 8am EST in the Jefferson Memorial Forest in Louisville, KY.

New this year is a 15 mile option. Former RD Eric Grossman moved to Virginia, so Brenda Gutmann and Joan Wood take over this year as RDs. They hope Eric will return to run the race he started!

Course map and additional directions will be added to the site in the near future.

For a race app and information go to:

http://www.cherokeeroadrunners.org/11th/index.html

Happy Trails,

Constance Karras :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Jesper's Last Day - Thankyou

Hi Everyone,

Well on my calender and calculations, it's only four hours until Jesper starts his last day of running in the World Run. We can all follow the last day by checking the photos on the web site ( www.worldrun.org). He's got a few friends running with him today which is GREAT. Im going to put more words down in an article later, but basically it's been Fantastic. Weve become really good friends over the last two years and I'm glad that Ive been able to help him. He's been an inspiration for me as well. I know what ever I attempt in life, I will be able to.

Well Thanks everyone for your Help with Jesper. Wether it be crewing on the road, running with him for a stage or two, helping with logistics, sending kind thoughts when necessary, providing a bed for the night etc. You have all helped Jesper to fufil his dream and ambition. Thanks.

If I have forgotten anyone, please forward this to them with my Best wishes.

Me at midnight (Aust time) tonight - I shall have a Carlsberg in his honour.

Talk later.

Regards

Phil