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Loads of fun being interviewed by Paul from Running Matters Podcast. Lots of chat about ultra running adventures, planning, preparation and getting it wrong.
Mindset, goalsetting and frameworks for success.
Running The Track, being part of the Continental Challenge and running across New South Wales in The Hard Way Home.
Thanks so much for having me on.
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Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
Ultra Marathon Running
I love the physical act of running. My heart pounding in my chest. The icy mountain air burning as I take a breath or the hot desert sun beating on my head. Spending my time with wonderful adventurous people as we explore new trails or share the pains of a another day of long racing.
I specialise in self-supported multi-stage races. These cover many kilometers of often remote and very challenging terrain whilst carrying all of my kit and food. The challenge of planning for and preparing myself goes way beyond just physical training. What nutrition do I carry? What kit do I take? Am I good enough? Have I done enough?
Through this sport, like most others, there are many lessons to learn about motivation, discipline, consistency and resilience. Hours of time spent alone, exhausted and ready to quit bring self awareness and a powerful, positive mindset.
The Continental Challenge is a race series of 5 ultra-marathons run on 5 continents. They are all self-supported races and in some of the most physically demanding places on earth.
May 2019 The Track 2nd finish 2017, 3rd. 2019, 12th
Nov 2019 Ultra Africa. 3rd place
March 2020, Ultra Asia, Vietnam
July 2020, Ultra Norway
Sept 2020, Ultra Bolivia
Sadly these planned events have been postponed due the current world situation. Hopefully we will see the world open up in time to run these wonderful races.
The Continental Challenge
Northern Territory, Australia, 2019
At 522km, The Track is currently the longest self-supported stage race in the world. It is run through the unforgiving terrain of Australia's Northern Territory covering the mountains and deserts from Alice Springs to Uluru.
With little shade from the soaring temperatures and the unrelenting sun, participants carry their own kit through this rugged land.
I completed it in 2019....for the second time.