Saturday, December 31, 2005

Valencia-Montpellier and Bonn-Wiesbaden

Two more opportunities to do some stage-running in Europe, early in 2006:
Rudolf Mahlburg, finisher of the most recent Deutschlandlauf, has initiated
a new stage-run:

1. Rheinsteig Erlebnislauf. It will be held from the 7th
until the 14th April 2006. The participants will run a total of 320 km
along the river Rhine from Bonn to Wiesbaden in 8 daily stages. The running
will be done group-wise. For further info please contact Rudolf Mahlburg:
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76532 Baden-Baden
Phone +49 7221-54 51 3
Mobile Phone +49 172-75 88 125
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The 4eme Raid Montpellier-Valencia will be held from the 30th April until
the 7th May 2006. The participants will run a total of 500 km along the
Spanish-French Mediterranean coastline in 8 daily stages. This year the
running will be from Valencia (Spain) to Montpellier (France). This is an
event with a result-list, prizes, etc. For further info please contact
Christophe Medard:
45 Avenue Jacque Cartier
Residence Arpeges
34000 Montpellier
Phone 06 07462706
=46ax 04 67692358
Bram van der Bijl

Friday, December 30, 2005

Australian 6 Day race Photo Album

It's taking too long to upload the photos to the main race website

You will know find them at

Zane Grey 50 mile

Make a New Years Resolution to sign up for the,
Zane Grey Highline 50 Mile Endurance Run.
Entries are open and filling quickly.

_www.zanegrey50.com_ (
Bob Redwanc, RD
Zane Grey

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Sunmart Texas Trail Endurance Runs 50 MILE RUN

Colac History article?

Dear All,

Over the next few months I will be concentrating on compiling an article about the history of the Colac race. At the moment I have as my main sources of reference, old Ultramags and the later Colac racebooks. Does anyone have any recollections, stories, photos of the race that they would like to share with me? Also - if you know anyone that was involved in the race in the early years, please could you forward this email to them? Any help will be greatly accepted and appreciated.....

Thanks and Regards


Across the Years - Set to start

Looks like the Across the Years race is set to start today. The website is at . They have a very easy front page to navigate - from there you can see the results, photos, webcam and email runner option. Should be an interesting event to follow. Will Kouros be able to back up from his Colac performance?

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Various web links - On Old Ultraoz page

Some might not work.

Aust Calender - Jan/Mar 2006

Sat-Sun -7-8 Jan 06
COASTAL CLASSIC 12 HOUR TRACK RUN & WALK (NSW)7.30pm start. Adcock Park, Pacific Highway West Gosford, NSW. Our track is grass and is 400 metres fully surveyed. The facility has men's & women's toilets and showers. Random lucky draw prizes. Trophies to Male & Female winners. Certificates & results sheets to every participant. All proceeds to go to Victor Chang Heart Institute & Gosford Athletics Inc. fostering athletics. contact: Frank Overton (02) 4323-1710 (ah) or Paul Thompson (02) 9686-9200 (ah) or mobile 0412-250-995. email:

Sun 8 Jan 06
AURA BOGONG TO MT HOTHAM (VIC)60km mountain trail run, a tough event with 3,000m of climb. Not for the faint hearted. 34 km and 26 km options also available. 6:15am start at Mountain Creek Picnic Ground near Mt Beauty. Entry for AURA members is $60, non members $65, transport shuttle back to the start is $10. Entries close on 24 December. Contact: Race Director Michael Grayling, phone 0433 420 530, address 14 Banksia Court, Heathmont, VIC 3135; Communications Officer John Lindsay, phone 0419 103 928. email:

Sun - 22 Jan 06
AURA MANSFIELD TO MOUNT BULLER 50KM ROAD RACE (VIC)7am Start. $20 entry fee. Race Director is Peter Armistead 26 Williams St. Frankston , Vic 3199 contact: Peter Armistead 03 9781 4305

Fri-Sun 3-5 Feb 06
SRI CHINMOY 3-DAY ULTRA-TRIATHLON (ACT)The Sri Chinmoy 3-Day Ultra-Triathlon is Australia's longest triathlon. It can be enjoyed as a solo race; in a team of 3 with each member completing one leg; or a 'freeform team' of up to 7 members completing the course in relay. Its 15 km swim, 400 km cycle and 100 km run legs can also be entered as individual races. Swim stats 6am Friday (7h 30m cut off), Bike starts 3pm Friday (18h cut off), Run starts 6pm Saturday (16h cut off)

Sat 4 Feb 06
CRADLE MOUNTAIN ULTRA (TAS)6am start at Waldheim, Cradle Valley at the northern end of Cradle Mountain/Lake St.Clair National Park, finishes at Cynthia Bay at southern end of the park. approx. 82km of tough mountain trail running with lots of bog! contact: Sue Drake. email:

Sat 18 Feb 06
GREAT LAKE 100 MILE RACE, NEW ZEALAND ()This race attracts 500 teams of 10 runners each running a leg of approximately 10 miles. The solo section is 100 kms, incorporating the NZ100 kms championships, with a 2-person 50km relay option. The course is around the picturesque Lake Taupo, situated just 3 hours drive south of Auckland, NZ

Sun 19 Feb 06
MAROONDAH DAM TRAIL RUN 50KM & 30KM (VIC)A beautiful 30km & 50km trail run close to Melbourne, around Maroondah Dam. The 50km event starts at 8am at Fernshaw Reserve and the 30km event starts at 9:30am at Dom Dom Saddle. Both events finish below Maroondah Dam as usual. $10 entry for AURA members, $20 for non-members. email:

Sat/Sun 25/26 Feb 06
Available for individuals and teams. For more information contact Paul Every tel 02 9482 8276 (H) or email Paul Every, or see

Sat 4 Mar 06
BUNBURY RUNNERS CLUB TRACK CHALLENGE. 12 HOURS, 6 HOUR AND 50KM STATE CHAMPIONSHIP (WA)500 metre grass track at the Bunbury Runners Club rooms, Ocean Drive, Bunbury Start time for both events is 5pm. Entry fees: $40 for the 12 Hour and $35 for the 6 Hour Runners will need to provide their own lapscorers Entries close on 3rd February. Definitely NO late entries contact: Shane Walker 0438 922 711.

Sat 11 Mar 06
BLUE MOUNTAINS SIX FOOT TRACK MARATHON (NSW)45.0km mountain trail run, starts 8am Saturday from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves. Time limit 7 hours entry criteria applies. Approx 700 runners contact: Race Organiser, Six Foot Track Marathon, GPO Box 2473, Sydney NSW 2001. email:

Sat 11 Mar 06
TE HOUTAEWA 90 MILE BEACH CHALLENGE RUN ()Ultra Marathon (62km), Marathon(42km), Half-Marathon(21km), Walk for life(6km). Starts at 7.00am from The Bluff, 90 Mile Beach, Northland, New Zealand. Run on beautiful white sand, cool sea breezes- Everyone receives a prize - Spot Prizes - 2 trips for 2people across the Tasman contact: Frances Piacun on 64-9-408-6060 - PO Box 654, Kaitaia, New Zealand. email:

Sun 26 Mar 06
WATER WORLD GREAT OCEAN RUN (NSW)Red Rock to Coff's Jetty Beach and Headland. 45km. 8am start at northern end of Red Rock Beach. Finish at Coffs Harbour Jetty. Entry fee is $10 before the day (payable to Woolgoolga Fun Run), $15 on the day. Contact Steel Beveridge, (02) 6656 2735, 3b Surf Street, Emerald Beach NSW 2456 or email Course survey Saturday 25 March, meet at Arrawarra Headland, 3pm. Carbo load at Woolgoolga Pizza Place from 6.30pm Saturday 25 March. contact: Steel Beveridge. email:

Kokoda Challenge - 15/16 July 2006

KOKODA CHALLENGE, (QLD)96 km event in the Gold Coast hinterland for is 4 person teams and has a 39 hour cutoff. This race is to raise awareness of the success of the 39th Batallion, which in 1942, despite odds of 10 to 1, saved Australia from the invading Japanese Army.

For more information see or contact Doug Henderson on 0414 354 264

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Briton crawls for Christmas kindness

A British man is giving a whole new meaning to begging to be loved, setting off on a 88.5 kilometre crawl on his hands and knees to find a partner.

With a sign saying "Could you Love Me?" strapped to his back and 18 boxes of chocolates trailing behind him on string tied to his wrists and ankles, Mark McGowan has begun his unusual quest to find a girlfriend.

His route will take him from the site of the Tabard Inn in Southwark in south London, to Canterbury Cathedral.

He is following the pilgrims' trail made famous in 14th Century author Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

The 37-year-old performance artist, who says he is also hoping to raise awareness of people left lonely and isolated during the festive period, is hoping to complete the back-breaking task within 30 days.

"I can remember one Christmas I wasn't in a relationship and didn't want to spend it with my family," he said during a break en route.

"I ended up cooking two fish fingers. I'm sure a lot of people have had that experience.

"Some people can spend Christmas in utter desperation and misery and find it difficult to cope with.

"I hope this encourages people to maybe invite someone over."

Mr McGowan, from Peckham in south London, is no stranger to bizarre stunts or being so close to the tarmac.

In 2003 he spent two weeks rolling a monkey nut with his nose seven miles to Downing Street to protest against student debt.

Earlier this year he attempted to cartwheel 57 miles from Brighton to London to highlight the problem of people taking stones from beaches to decorate their gardens.

He was forced to give up with a twisted back after four days.

In 2002, he rolled across London singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas in an attempt to get people to be nicer to cleaners.

On May 5 this year - the polling day for Britain's general election - he planted 100,000 kisses on a laminated picture of Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Mr McGowan is single.


Monday, December 26, 2005