Saturday, March 25, 2006

Walk the World 2006

Looks like a fantastic idea and concept.  Anyone want to organise something in their area?

North Pole Marathon

Welcome to the running experience of a lifetime. On April 8th 2006 athletes like you will have the opportunity to make history as a continuing new breed of Arctic adventurer. By competing in the world’s coolest marathon, the North Pole Marathon™, you will become one of a truly select few to race at the top of the world - at the Geographic North Pole. And you will feel on top of the world when you manage to overcome the extreme sub-zero temperatures to finish 26.2 miles in one of the remotest parts of the planet.

and a blog from one of the competitors:

Friday, March 24, 2006




Deake's Double,8659,18586380-5002861,00.html

It was GREAT to see Nathan Deakes winning his second Gold medal today in the 50km racewalk. Definitely the Australian Endurance Athlete of these Commonwealth Games. Well done as well to Christopher Erickson form Australia who won the bronze. Christopher’s father is well known Australian Centurions identity and stalwart, Tim Erickson. Tim himself was a Commonwealth Games medallist in the 70’s and I know will be as proud as punch today.

Report from Tim Erickson at the track:

The last of the Commonwealth Games walks was completed this morning at the
Docklands in Melbourne. The day was expected to be hot (max expected 30
degrees) and, while the 8AM start was some sonsolation, it was expected to be
a torrid affair in the Melbourne sun.
Luckily early morning cloud cover and the morning shadows from the surrounding
buildings shielded the walkers for the first half of the race but the second
half was walked in the sunshine with the temperature quickly rising.
Nathan Deakes did not disappoint, breaking his own Games record by 10 minutes
to finish in a fantastic 3:42:53. He walked with the other walkers for the
first couple of laps before heading off on his own and increasing his pace
each 10 km split right through to the end. The first 10 km was the slowest of
his race! What an amazing athlete. That's 4 golds from the last 2
Commonwealth Games.
The battle for the minor medals was fierce with Craig Barrett, Tim Berrett and
Duane Cousins pushing each other throught the first 20 km in 1:32:17. Chris
Erickson decided to let them go, relying on the second half to sort things
out. The early pace took its toll and first Tim Barrett and then Craig
Barrett dropped off. That left the 3 Aussies clearly in front with Nathan
leading Duane and Chris hot in pursuit. Chris worked hard to bridge the gap
to Duane and got it down to 20 secs at one stage before Duane responded
brilliantly and started to increase the gap. But then tragedy for Duane as he
was informed he had been disqualified. This left Chris in second spot with 5
km to go and it looked like it was all over. But the second of the Kiwi
walkers, Tony Sargisson, was walking an inspired race further back in the
field and he had other ideas.
Catching Chris with just over 1 lap to go, he surged past the slowing
Australian and powered home to take silver in 3:58:05. His splits were
1:59:59 followed by 1:58:06. He negative split the second half by nearly 2
minutes! Chris held on gamely for third with 3:58:22. It was the first time
under 4 hours for both Tony and Chris and these results give them the all
important A qualifiers for the 2007 IAAF World Champs next year (and
hopefully a big boost for 2008 Olympic selection).
Craig Barrett finished next in 4:02:27 ahead of Tim Barrett who was fifth in
4:08:18. Both these walkers headed out hard and the warm conditions perhaps
laid waste to their plans. Tim had just come from Canada with its sub zero
temperatures so he was never going to be acclimatised for the hot Melbourne
Steve Partington (Isle of Man) was nexty in in 4:25:18. This is his sixth Comm
Games appearance, a great record that will take some beating.
The only other finisher was Abdul Mohd Sharrulhaizy of Malaysia who showed
great courage to labour through the midday heat and complete the course in
Once again, huge crowds lined the course and witnessed an exciting event.
1.DEAKES Nathan AUS 17/08/1977 3:42:53 GR
2.SARGISSON Tony NZ 24/06/1975 3:58:05 PB
3.ERICKSON Christopher AUS 01/12/1981 3:58:22 PB
4.BARRETT Craig NZ 16/11/1971 4:02:27
5.BERRETT Tim CAN 23/01/1965 4:08:18
6.PARTINGTON Steve IOM 17/09/1965 4:25:39
7.MOHD SHARRULHAIZY Abd MAS 19/02/1980 5:07:32
8.AROSANYIN Charles NGR 23/06/1967 DSQ
9.COUSINS Duane AUS 13/07/1973 DSQ
10.CHAND Dip FIJ 27/08/1969 DNS
Tim Erickson

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

New service provided by WUN

I have commenced the World Ultra News Message Board at . It is all part of the service to try and enhance communication between ultrarunning and ultrawalking communities around the world.  Enjoy it and have fun.  It is also linked in the General Ultra Links of this Blog.

Please note that there is only one more event at the commonwealth Games in Melbourne that I will  be covering, that is the 50km Walk this Friday.

2007 IAU 24 Hour World Challenge

2007 IAU 24 Hour World Challenge
Quebec, Canada 28-29 July 2007.

AURA will be selecting teams to represent Australia at the 2007 IAU 24 Hour World Challenge to be held in Canada.

Men’s and Women’s Teams may consist of between 3 and 6 athletes. It is anticipated some funding will be available to both the team and individual athletes under the IAU travel grants scheme Additional funding may also be available.

Primary selection standard will be set at 200km (Men) and 180km (Women) for 24 hours, recorded in races in 2006 and 2007. Athletes posting superior performances in comparable events (eg. 100 miles) may also come under consideration.

Suitable qualifying races include:

  • Coburg 24 Hour in April 2006

  • Gold Coast 24 Hour in August 2006

  • Sri Chinmoy 24 Hour (Adelaide) in October 2006

  • Coburg 24 Hour in April 2007

Needed info from Ultrarunning Magazine

Needed: info from UltraRunning magazine, 1996

Gary Wang and I have almost finished compiling results
for all editions of the White River 50 from 1993 (the
first year it was held) to the present, and Gary has
put these data into his cool database-driven website, The one thing we're missing is the
first names of finishers of the 1996 race. (Right now
we only have first initials.) If anyone still has
copies of UltraRunning from summer/fall 1996 (the race
was probably in late July) and is willing to dig out
those first names for us, please email me. You could
take what we currently have (see
and add in the first names, or you could just scan in
the relevant results page and email it to me as a PDF
file or whatever....

Thanks very much!

Greg Crowther
(webmaster for White River 50)

Promise Land 50K

Promise Land 50K

The 6th annual Promise Land 50K will be held on Saturday, April 22.   Itis the second race in the Lynchburg Ultra Series.   Of the 4 ultras that we have in the Lynchburg area, I ( and most other runners as well ) think that it is the prettiest one.  As of today, there are 91 runners registered and I expect that we will have over 200 runners.  At this time last year, we had 52 runners registered.

Patagonia baggie shorts is the finishing award with Patagonia backpacks given to the award and age group winners.   Patagonia jackets will be given to the overall male and female winners.
The Super 8 Motel in Bedford is giving a special rate to runners but reservations must be made by April 1.   The vast majority of runners will be camping out at the start/finish area

Come and join us at a very special event.    There will be a big cook out at the finish for all runners.   Nearby there is a store with the best home made ice cream that I have ever eaten.
in Christ
David Horton
Race Director

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Antelope Island Run aftermath

Antelope Island Buffalo Run aftermath (long)

Good morning ultraland,
Well, here's some notes on the first running of the Antelope Island Buffalo Run 25k/50k from the race director's perspective.  I'll have complete results posted to the list and the website this week.
I was on the island all day Friday with several others setting up the headquarters for the race, marking the trail and generally running around like a chicken, well you get the idea.  It lightly rained on us in the morning, but quit and actually dried out a little by evening.  The few brave souls who camped out with my son and I were treated to a rain storm that lasted about 3 hours Friday night.  I laid awake in my tent hoping it would quite and not rain on the race.
5:30am came awful early, but the weather actually looked like it might be ok, at least to start.  I got my son up, gave him some last minute instructions on parking just as the first cars came down the hill into the White Rock Bay group camp area.  And they kept coming, and coming and coming.  I had coffee brewing, but not fast enough. It was fun to see people milling about, talking to each other, getting ready.  

My aid volunteers showed up on time and we got the aid stuff loaded into the Ranger and drove out to the Lone Tree aid station.  I had two early starts, not an option I advertised since I was concerned about the aid station being up and running in time.  The volunteer park Trail Patrol (I'm a member) was out in force to help watch the trails, chase buffalo away and generally keep an eye on things.
After a few instructions and good wishes, I sent the runners on the way at 8am (note to self, find a better way to start them other than saying GO).  Things got quiet for awhile, I was able to get some coffee and donuts (breakfast of ultrarunners) and take a littel breather.  

Because of the openess of the trails on the island, we were able to watch the progress of the runners with binoculars and could see them as far as 3.5 miles away.

For the next 1+ hours, we followed the progress of the 25k front runner and eventual winner, Nate Long.  He blazed thru the course in 1:48:11 for an average pace of just under 7:00/mile.  Awesome!  The first female to cross the 25k finish line was Lauren Patton.  She wasn't too far behind Nate with a time of 2:10:52 and 4th overall.
Meanwhile, various other 25k finishers came in as well and the first few 50k runners in to get food and hit the trail again.  After 4 hours, the first 50k runner was approaching.  Kevin Shilling managed to cross the line with an outstanding time of 4:04:48 for the 50k.  The first woman across the line was Leigh Kenny with a time of 5:23:14 and 20th overall.

I had several people tell me of their encounters with the buffalo that roam free on the island.  Some of them were very close to the trail and didn't plan on moving.  Several people felt the need to go up into the rocks and off trail to get around them.

In all, there were 151 starters, 81 completed the 50k and 63 completed the 25k.

The weather actually wasn't too bad, proving once again the weather forecasters don't always get  it right.  It was supposed to be nasty most of the day.  We did get a front come thru in the afternoon, it got windy, cooled down, and sprinkled a little, but the really nasty stuff held off until after the race was over.  As I was driving back across the causeway, I couldn't see the Wasatch mountains at all because of the rain and snow.

From my standpoint, I think the race turned out well.  I had a great time.  I got to meet a lot of people who's names I had heard of.  To me, that's half the fun of putting on a race, meeting the people that show up.  We had a number of first time ultrarunners, and a number of first time trial runners as well.  

I want to thank all of the runners who entered.  I had a fantastic showing for a first time event.  Many thanks to my volunteers, they went way beyond the call of duty and made me look good.

I'm already looking forward to next year's race and how it can be improved.  Hopefully the park will let me up the number of entries so I can accomodate those who weren't able to get in this year.
Layton, UT
RD Antelope Island Buffalo Run

Monday, March 20, 2006

Commonwealth Games Walks Results

Commonwealth  Games Walk results - Monday 20 March


Australia made history in the 20 km walks  today at Melbourne's new Docklands
area, sweeping both the men’s and women’s events for the first time. Saville
sisters Jane and Natalie and team mate Cheryl Webb took gold, silver and
bronze for Australia in the morning. Australia’s men followed in their
footsteps in the early afternoon with Nathan Deakes taking the gold ahead of
Luke Adams and Jared Tallent.

The Docklands course offered maximum viewing opportunities for spectators and
allowed them to get up close and personal with the walkers as they swept
past. Thousands lined the 2 km lap and the atmosphere was one of excitement
and cheerful support. The weather was overcast early and even when the sun
came out later and the temperature crept towards the mid twenties, a cool
onshore breeze provided some relief.

Although the course was a fairly technical one with lots of twists and turns,
the times were fast and competitors seemed to handle it well.


Australian Jane Saville won her third consecutive Commonwealth Games gold
medal in the 20km Walk with sister Natalie taking silver and fellow Aussie
Cheryl Webb the bronze. All 3 girls were under Jane's Games record which she
set in winning in Manchester in 2002.

Sri Lanka’s Geetha Gallage started the race hard and went to an initial lead
in the first lap, followed by the 3 Australians. Soon she was swallowed up by
the Australian juggernaut and from then on, it was a succession of gold
singlets. Jane went to the lead but Natalie chased hard and remained within
striking distance for most of the race.

Jane's final time of 1:32.46 was some 4 minutes faster than Manchester and
Natalie hung on superbly for her silver medal winning time of  1:33.33. They
join Cycling sisters Anna and Kerry Meares as the second pair of Australian
sisters to take out gold and silver in the same event at these Games.

In her first Commonwealth Games appearance,  Cheryl Webb won the bronze medal
with a time of 1:36.03. She had chased the Saville sisters throughout the 20
km but the gap always looked unassailable.

The South African competitors, who were well positioned throughout the race,
finished behind the Australian pack, with Nicolene Cronje taking fourth place
and Suzanne Erasmus fifth. India’s Deepmala L Devi finished sixth, with the
English pair of Johanna Jackson and Niobe Menendez finishing seventh and
eighth.  Geetha Gallage, who had led early, withdrew from the event after
12km, apparently suffering from exhaustion.

1.SAVILLE Jane  AUS 05/11/1974  1:32:46   GR  
2.SAVILLE Natalie  AUS 07/09/1978   1:33:33  SB  
3. WEBB Cheryl  AUS 03/10/1976   1:36:03 
4. CRONJE Nicolene  RSA 16/06/1983   1:38:19   SB  
5.ERASMUS Suzanne  RSA 28/09/1985   1:40:54     PB  
6.L. DEVI Deepmala  IND 16/04/1985   1:41:54     SB  
7.JACKSON Johanna  ENG 17/01/1985  1:42:04     PB  
8.MENENDEZ Niobe  ENG 01/09/1966   1:47:35     
9.GALLAGE Geetha  SRI 18/09/1978  DNF     

Jane's lap times were as follows
9:14, 8:14, 27:24, 36:34, 45:48, 55:04, 1:04:16, 1:13:39, 1:23:10, 1:32:46

20 KM MEN, 12PM, MONDAY 20 MARCH 2006

The Australians made a clean sweep of the Men's Walk medals, in a repeat of
this morning’s podium line-up in the women’s event.

Nathan Deakes and Luke Adams went out fast and the field was well spread
before the first lap was even completed. Jared Tallent went out more
conservatively in a small group which included the Kenyan David Rotich (third
in Manchester), the Indian Jalan and the English walkers.

Such was Nathan's pace that Luke was forced to let him go after only 2 km and
from then on it was Nathan walking against the clock. He went through the
first 10 km in about 39:36 in a superb display of speed walking. If anyone
thought that he might be taking it easy with a 50 km event to follow in only
4 days, Nathan had other plans. His final time of 1:19:55 took over 4 minutes
off his Manchester Games record (in fact, the first 3 all broke the current
Games record).

Luke gamely chased Nathan throughout the race and really only lost significant
ground in the final laps. His final time of 1:21:38 earned him a second
silver medal, matching his Manchester effort.  
Jared Tallent, the youngest competitor in the field at the age of 21, soon
broke away from the second group and walked the remainder of the race on his
own behind Nathan and Luke but well clear of the other walkers. His final
time of 1:23.32 was his second fastest even and rounded out the trifecta.

Kenya’s David Kimutai Rotich held on to finish in fourth place, a position he
had maintained since the early stages of the race. He had taken third in
Manchester and this was a much faster walk but he it was too hard an ask to
split the strong Australian team. Fifth place went to India’s Parayil Jalan
and the English walkers completed the finishers.

Deakes has only a short time for recover and prepare for the gruelling 50km
Walk. “Four days isn’t long and 50km is a pretty daunting distance, but I’m
pretty optimistic about my chances,” he said.

Nathan's post-rce comment summed it up nicely:
“I’m a Melburnian at heart, and with the absolutely fabulous support - an
Aussie trifecta in the Women’s and Men’s - we couldn’t have scripted it

1.DEAKES Nathan  AUS  17/08/1977   1:19:55    GR  
2.ADAMS Luke  AUS  22/10/1976   1:21:38   
3.TALLENT Jared  AUS  17/10/1984   1:23:32 
4.KIMUTAI ROTICH David  KEN  19/08/1969   1:25:42     
5.JALAN Parayil  IND 23/10/1983   1:30:43     
6.KING Daniel  ENG  30/05/1983   1:31:17 
7.KING Dominic  ENG  30/05/1983   1:32:21 
8.PENN Andrew  ENG  31/03/1967   1:32:54 
9.CHAND Dip  FIJ  27/08/1969  DNF                      
10.MOHD SHARRULHAIZY Abd  MAS  19/02/1980  DSQ    

Nathan's lap times were

7:44, 15:32, 23:32, 31:39, 39:36, 47:34, 55:38, 1:03:43, 1:11:53, 1:19:55 

Tim Erickson

Webcam at the Tahoe Rim Races

Webcam at the Tahoe Rim Races

Hi all,

The following link will take you to a webcam that is set up near the start line of the Tahoe Rim Races, which are (thankfully!) held in mid-July. Besides the webcam, there is a graph of the temperature at the site for the last 24hrs or so, and also a link for historical pictures, back about four days.

Kathy 'running the inaugural Tahoe Rim 100' Welch
Auburn, CA

Jesper Olsen World Run Talk

Jesper Olsen World Run Talk, 7:30 pm Friday March 24, North Vancouver, BC

Less than one week to go until the great Dane returns to Vancouver!

Jesper Olsen will be at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver
sharing his amazing experience of running 26,000 km around the Earth.  
Come and hear his story and help him raise money for the next big
adventure ... guess what it is?

Funds are also being raised for the BC Lung Association.  Purchase
tickets on-line at  This is a story you'll want to hear
first hand.

Also catch Jesper running with Club Fat Ass on Sunday March 26 and
hanging out at North Shore Athletics on Saturday afternoon March 25.

Let me know if you have any questions ... it's for 2 great causes ...
please pass it on!

Craig Moore

Road Race Management Manual

Road Race Management Manual

Check out the Road Runners Clubs of America.  Here's their
website.  They  publish a great manual for both small and large
events. and click on
print publications.  I included the initial link because there's lots
of other good publications as well.

Jennifer Aviles

Another Australian Trifecta

The three Australians in the Mens 20km racewalk have just taken first, second and third in that event! Nathan Deakes was first, Luke Adams was second and Jarrod Tallent was third. A GREAT day for Australian racewalking.,8659,18532393-5002861,00.html

Clean Sweep for Aussie Girls

Australian Walkers just went 1,2,3 in the Womens 20km racewalk. Jane and Natalie Saville were first and second whilst Cheryl Webb was third. I think they all picked up a caution but finished ok! I think Jane also beat her existing Commonwealth Games record .,8659,18531523-5002861,00.html

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Runners killed training for Comrades

Two runners training for the Comrades Marathon were killed and another airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after being run down by a car in Edenvale early on Friday morning.The two runners who were killed on impact were Richard Albrecht (36) and Joe Mendoza (39).Albrecht leaves behind his wife, Helena, and two children. Mendoza was married with two children. His wife is due to give birth to their third child in two weeks' time.The injured runner, doctor Wayne Korras (42) is a part-owner of the Dunvegan Clinic. The three ran for the Bedfordview Country Club. Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Inspector Kobeli Mokhesenge said the driver of the vehicle had tested positive for being under the influence of alcohol.He too was slightly injured and taken to Edenvale Hospital where he underwent a breathalyser test. - Sapa

Tanzanian takes Mens Marathon

Tanzanian takes Men’s Marathon Gold

Samson Ramadhani Nyonyi of Tanzania has won an action packed Men's Marathon in a time of 2 hours 11 minutes and 29 seconds.The Tanzanian took advantage of a mid-race mishap to take gold from Kenyan Fred Mogaka Tumbo. Bronze went to England's Daniel Robinson who was three minutes behind Ramadhani Nyonyi.
"I know that the Kenyans are very strong, but I didn’t use strength, I used my brain," said a jubilant Ramadhani Nyonyi post race.
"I’m very happy, I’m feeling wonderful."Isegwe Njunguda of Tanzania had led for most of the race but had to withdraw after suffering severe cramp in his legs.
The Tanzanian's withdrawal left Kenyan Fred Mogaka Tumbo over 500 metres in front of his nearest competitor at the race's halfway stage. Ramadhani Nyonyi gradually reeled in the Kenyan over the latter half of the race to beat him by 32 seconds.Australia's Scott Westcott and Andrew Letherby finished in fourth and fifth places respectively, unable to emulate the feats of their female counterpart.
"It’s something I’ve dreamt about since I was a kid, running into the stadium in front of your home crowd," said Australia's Westcott."I'm thoroughly pleased with the way I ran. It's a very unique, very treasured experience."
The capacity crowd that awaited the runners at the MCG was "absolutely phenomenal," according to Westcott. "It's been full on entertainment, it's been brilliant, as good as the Olympics," said Paul Maligeorgos and Colin Long of Geelong who were cheering the athletes on from the stands.

McCann wins Womens Marathon

McCann wins Women’s Marathon

Australian Kerryn McCann has courageously won her second consecutive Commonwealth Gold medal, winning the Women's Marathon in a time of 2:30.53.Greeted by a packed house and a standing ovation at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), McCann celebrated her victory with a lap around the MCG with her son. McCann led throughout the race, only being headed once at the 10 kilometre mark."If the people weren't out there I wouldn't have gotten a gold medal today," an exhausted McCann told Channel Nine."I came up to the stadium thinking, 'silver's pretty darn good. I'd be happy with silver'," said McCann."I came through the tunnel and heard the crowd roar. That wasn't me running that last 300m."Kenyan Hellen Cherono Koskei, ran a gallant second place, running off McCann's shoulder for most of the race, but was left behind in the final 200 metres.Cherono Koskei is 17 years younger than McCann, but showed tremendous poise to stick with her throughout the race."It's fantastic; I feel very proud," said Cherono Koskei to awaiting media at the MCG.
"I just wanted to race a bit better, but it was fantastic."

Scott Jurek named ultra runner of the year

Proctor Journal
Scott Jurek has been selected as the 2005 North American ultrarunner of the year by UltraRunning Magazine.
It was the third consecutive year that Jurek led the voting and he is the third man to be named ultrarunner of the year three times. In the 2005 tabulation, Jurek just edged out Boulder, Colorado’s Dave Mackey.
Jurek was also second in balloting for having the Men’s Performance of the Year for his efforts in the Badwater 135 Mile.
Jurek, from Seattle, Washington, won the Western States 100 Mile for a seventh consecutive year, cementing his reputation as the greatest runner in the history of that prestigious event.
The 32-year-old Proctor native, then traveled south to Death Valley just two weeks later to attempt the famed Kiehl’s Badwater 135 Mile. In that race he took more than a half-hour from the course record (formerly held by one of the world’s best 24-hour runners), completing the distance in 24 hours, 36 minutes, winning easily.
A board of 15 voters from all regions of North America submitted ballots this year. Complete voting results appear in the March, 2006 issue of UltraRunning.