Australian Mountain Running Association Newsletter 13 May 2016

Australian Mountain Running Association Newsletter:  13 May 2016

A very busy calendar

There has been a major increase in the numbers of mountain and hilly trail runs on the running calendar in the last 2 years with increased numbers of events organised by the trail running organisations around Australia, Sky Running organisers, and others. It has made it much more difficult to find dates that don’t clash either directly or indirectly. This was a particular problem with selecting a date this year for the Australian Mountain Running Championships as April had Easter and a succession of Sky Running Events in Victoria and May has the Mother’s Day Classic then SMH Half Marathon and Ultra Trail events. It has already snowed in the alpine areas so it is not possible to go past mid-May. A clash was therefore inevitable. On the plus side, it means there is a smorgasbord of events to choose from in Australia and New Zealand.

Call for applications for Australian teams

The Australian Mountain Running Association is calling for applications for the Australian teams at the following Championships:

18 June – World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship, Gorski Marathon (42 km), Podbrfdo, Slovenia. Website:
Up to 3 men and 3 women may be selected.

11 Sept – World Mountain Running Championships (uphill courses), Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria. Website:
Up to 6 men, 4 women, 4 junior men and 3 junior women may be selected.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON 18 MAY. The application form, and attached additional information and selection policies, can be found and downloaded by clicking on the High Performance button at the Australian Mountain Running Association website
Additional information:


Sunday 15 May 2016: Australian Mountain Running Championships and Mt Tennent Pale Ale non-Championship 6km run and power walk, Mt Tennent, ACT

Download full event information and enter online until 5pm Saturday at

Late entries will also be taken on the day:

Race day program: 8am Race check in and registration opens

9am Australian junior men’s 8kms. Time limit 70 mins.

9.20am Mt Tennent Pale Ale All comers Non-championship 6 kms. Run and Power Walk. Time limit 90 mins.

9.25am Australian junior women’s 6 kms. Time limit 70 mins.

9.30am Australian open women’s 8 kms. Time limit 80 mins.

10.00am Australian open men’s 11 kms. Time limit 1 hr 45 mins.

Every month in Canberra – free events:
1st Tuesday Mt Ainslie Run Up and Power Walk , 2.3 km, 12.45pm Treloar Cres, Campbell

3rd Tuesday Black Mountain Run Up and Power Walk , 2.6 km, 12.45pm Clunies Ross St, Acton (200m east of Botanic Gardens entrance).

7 and 8 August Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival, ACT
Online entry opening soon at

Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura Nature reserves, Campbell High School, Canberra
SATURDAY  6 August 2016: 9.00am16km bush run and 16km bush walk; 11.00am 10km run and walk; 11.10amUnder 13 years 2km children’s run; 11.40am 5km run & walk

SUNDAY  7 August 2016: 8.00am 42.2km bush marathon run; half marathon walk; 9.00am 21.1km bush half marathon run

Sunday 16 October: Mt Majura Vineyard One Peak and Two Peaks, 12km and 20 km runs and walks over Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie

Sunday 6 November: Deep Space Mountain Marathon run, Half Marathon run & walk, 10 km and 5km runs & walks:  a spectacular half marathon course from the Orroral Deep Space picnic ground to the Honeysuckle Creek Deep Space camp ground and return.


Sunday 18 December: Tour de Ridges 21k run, 15k and 10k runs and walks from Mawson sports fields over Farrer ridge, Wanniassa Hills and Isaacs Ridge



Get the latest information on mountain running events on Facebook at the Australian Mountain Running Facebook page.

Canberra running coaching aimed at runners of all abilities with a focus on trail running 

Tue/Thurs running sessions and strength sessions on Wednesdays run by Canberra physiotherapist and former Australian mountain running representative, John Winsbury. Contact details:  Phone 0420 411 990




John Harding
Australian Mountain Running Association