Australian Mountain Running News October 2017

Australian Mountain Running News October 2017

  1. World Championships results
    There are news reports on the Australian Mountain Running Association and World Mountain Running websites
    In particular, Uganda dominated the World Mountain Running Champions in Premana, Italy in July and 3 Australians achieved top 30 placings. The standard of competition gets higher and higher each year. The male winner of a World Mountain Running Championship these days is a 61 minute half marathon runner and the female winner is also very quick over 10,000m and the half marathon.
  2. 2018 and 2019 World Championships
    Details are at

    Next year’s World Championship in Andorra in the Pyrenees is 10 km uphill with 1000m climb. (15 September 2018: WMRA WORLD MOUNTAIN RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS, Andorra, in the high mountains of the Pyrenees between France and Spain. Senior men and women about 10 km, starting in Cantillo at 1500m and finishing at 2500m altitude. Junior men and women about 5km, starting at 2000m and finishing at 2500m.)
    Runners who wish to get selected for next year’s Australian team should seriously consider running in local races of around this distance and climb to gain experience and demonstrate that they Are international standard. In particular coming up on 4-7 November  is the Bright Alpine 4 Peaks and ascents of Mt Feathertop, Mt Hotham and Mt Buffalo. See and the Bright Alpine Climb – 4 Peaks Facebook page.
  3. Race round ups
    See the Australian Mountain Running Facebook page for frequent short reports on races around Australia and around the world.

    A mountain running race round up is included in each issue of R4YL magazine.
  4. Australian Championships in 2018
    A potential 10km course with 1000m climb is being investigated on Mt Wellington in Hobart in March-April. The very popular 11km Great Volcanic Challenge in Orange NSW on 25 March is tentatively planned to incorporate the Australian Masters Mountain Running Championships from M/W35 through to M/W70.
  5. Australian Mountain Running Association events coming up

 Bush Capital Bush Marathon Festival, trail runs and walks, Campbell High School, 21 & 22 October

SATURDAY 21 October 2017 7.00am 63.3km ultra marathon run; 42.2km bush marathon power walk; 8.00am 42.2km bush marathon run; half marathon power walk; 9.00am 21.1km bush half marathon run 

SUNDAY 22 October 2017: 8.30am 16km bush run and 16km bush walk; 10.30am 10km run and walk; 10.40am Under 13 years 2km children’s run; 11.00am 5km run & walk

All event information and online registration at
ENTRIES CLOSE 6PM WEDNESDAY 18 October. No late entries or on the day entries accepted.


10 Dec

Former Orroral Valley Space Tracking Station to former Honeysuckle Creek Space Tracking Station and return, Namadgi National Park A.C.T. 6.30am 42.2 km marathon, 1290m of ascent ; 7.30am 21.1 km half marathon run & power walk, 645m of ascent; 9.00am 8 km run and walk; 5 km run and walk.


17 Dec

A running or walking tour of the Farrer, Wanniassa Hills and Isaacs Ridge nature park ridges in Canberra’s Woden Valley. 6.30am 21.2 km Tour de Ridges run & 15.3 km bush walk; 7.15am 15.3 km run; 7.30am 10.6 km out and back ‘flat’ Farrer – Isaacs trail run & walk  

Every month in Canberra:
1st Tuesday: 12.45pm Mt Ainslie 2.3km Run Up; 3rd Tuesday 12.45pm Black Mountain Run Up.

Other events:

See calendars at

See also Running Wild NSW, Trail Running Association of QLD, Trail Running SA, Trail Running WA and Mountain Sports.

6-13 January: YMCA of Canberra Runners Club Fun and Fitness Week, Thredbo.

Saturday 20 January: “The Kowen Trail Run: New Year’s Resolution Run. Held in conjunction  with the Wamboin Home Produce Market. Near Canberra. Half marathon and a 12 km race with the 1/2 starting at 6:30 am and the 12 k at 7:30 am.

John Harding
Australian Mountain Running Association