The Saucony Surf Coast Trail Marathon happening on 24 June 2017 is set to welcome record participants in its fourth year, with organisers reporting that the event will host the biggest numbers yet, with many attempting their first ever half or full marathon distance. Created to throw a spotlight on […]

Record Entries for Surf Coast Trail Marathon!

  It’s approaching that time where more physical training for UTA100 will come with diminishing returns. When that critical point comes you should put your energy into purposeful rest and race day planning! These two essential steps in your UTA100 preparation involve sitting down and fighting the urge to run. Tapering […]

Ultra-Trail Australia 100 – Race Day Planner

My name is Sam McCutcheon and I completed my first ultra 15 months ago running the 2015 Kepler Challenge in Te Anau, New Zealand. A few weeks later I ran my first Skyrunning event, the Ultra-Easy, in Wanaka, New Zealand and I was hooked. Since then I have been lucky […]

So you want to be a Skyrunner?

Being a largely urban population in a country that’s relatively flat, most of us don’t have access to mountains. And unfortunately many of the iconic and appealing trail and ultra races in Australia and abroad have significant vertical gain in them. It’s easy for a runner to think that they’re […]

Hill Training for Flat Landers!

VILAMOURA, PORTUGAL – OCTOBER 4: Benita Johnson of Australia finishes third during the 12th World Half Marathon Championships on October 4, 2003 in Vilamoura, Portugal. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) With running season well and truly in swing, there are a few tips that I swear by when preparing for […]

An Olympian’s top 10 tips for your next marathon

Race day is stressful for a runner. But for many a support crew out there it’s even more traumatic! Knowing where to go, being there on time, having everything organised and helping your runner get through the challenge is a logistical and emotional rollercoaster. So to help you survive the […]

Crewing for Beginners

Kicking off as a side-event of the International Mountain Summit, the IMS Photo Contest has become the greatest contest of mountain photography worldwide. In its seventh edition, photographers compete for seven awards plus the title: Mountain Photo of the Year. With six different categories we expanded the possibilities to submit […]

International Mountain Summit Photo Comp

No longer are socks just plain old cotton tubes for your feet. Nowadays they’re an important piece of apparel that can improve both performance and recovery. In this case, they look cool too! Of course you can just go the inexpensive option and keep it simple, but when you’re putting […]

Compressport V2.1 Full Socks

Trail shoes come in various forms and each brand has their unique selling points to cut through the clutter. Some are points of difference that are beneficial, while others are just gimmicks. For example, look at the stupid barefoot/minimalist running fad that sucked so many people in! Well, Newton has […]

Newton Boco AT – One Word: Gimmick!

This is the lightweight and minimalist option for long training runs or races where there’s a no cup policy and you need a hydration solution. The handheld water bottle system using traditional plastic bottles is not suited to everyone, two downsides being the slosh factor and that your hand can […]

Salomon Sense S-LAB Hydro Set

Raw Natural Energy to Burn. Energy bars are great for ultra marathons, using for pre/post/during gym sessions or simply as a snack to maintain fuel levels during the day. In my opinion taste is just as important as what’s inside, and these bars are yummy! Endura Performance Bars combine high […]

Endura Performance Bars

This is all about speed! Regardless of your race distance, it pays to have a turn of speed to be able to kick away for the win. It’s also important to increase your speed so it’s easier to run at race pace. Session: 200m, 400m, 600m, 800m, 1km, 1.2km, 1km, […]

Session #9 Track Pyramid