Quite a few of us would consider Scottish born, Melbourne resident Stu Gibson, as one of our finest athletic imports over the last few years. A dual international at both distance running and mountain biking with appearances at the Commonwealth Games, European Athletics Championships and the highest ever placed UK or Australian at the Marathon des Sables. Recent victories at Bogong to Hotham, Cradle Mountain and last years TNF100 would be consider more than enough success for one individual and would have him considered as one of the best the sport has seen.
But not according to Stu Gibson.
He is very humble about his achievements in the world of ultras and considers the best the spell of ultra running this country has seen to be the 3 month period from January to March 1996 by fellow Victorian Andy Kromar. During this time Andy was victorious at B2H, Cradle Mountain and the Six Foot Track Marathon. To this day, the record run at B2H and its 6hr 41 min time is still beyond the reach of Stu and his fellow trail runners who turn up every January to battle the heat, the climbs and the tough cut offs of one of Australia’s most famous races.
In the attached video Stu shares with us his views on the Australian running scene, how the growth of the sport can learn from mountain biking and IronMan, being a member of the Salomon Trail Running Team and which races are still on his bucket list and his comeback from injury.
Stu Gibson and I were guests of Salomon International at the Kilian’s Classik