Running Tips


  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!




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


As an Ultra runner who competes a lot I have become accustom to “backing up” between big events in a short period of time. Once upon a time I would have 3 weeks off after a marathon, these days 24hrs is enough before I commence training again. There are no […]

Caine Warburton: How to Back Up



Marathons have long been associated with major cities. The marathon exists because of the Greek messenger Pheidippides running a message to Athens. The distance of 42.195km was later defined by the 1908 London Olympics (the distance form Windsor Castle to White City). Today, every major marathon is connected to an […]

Ben Moreau – Being an Urban Runner


The sport of VK running is relatively unheard of in Australia. It’s a Euro thing that is quickly gaining traction as trail and Skyrunning grows around the world. The International Skyrunning Federation defines it as follows: “Races with 1,000m vertical climb over variable terrain with a substantial incline, not exceeding […]

Training for a Vertical Kilometer


This one time, at training camp… Training camps are essentially running holidays. They’re an excuse to leave our busy lives behind and spend a solid block of time in a beautiful place just running, relaxing, eating and running some more. But for most of us, it’s hard to find the […]

5 Reasons Why Training Camps Work




Many of us find it a challenge to maintain the training regime when on holidays. Jet lag, new locations, site seeing, alcohol consumption and generally just having new and exciting distractions can play havoc on your motivation. It’s often a case of going away with the best intentions of keeping […]

Tips for Training When on Holidays


1. Learn to Power Hike A key part of any Skyrace is power hiking, which involves getting your upper body low, putting your hands on your knees and using some force with your arms to help ‘push’ you along. Typically you do it on the steep climbs and stairs where […]

10 First Time Skyrunner Tips