It was a big couple days of racing this weekend just gone and we’ll start with the inaugural Margaret River ultra, which saw over 700 runners from across Australia and overseas step onto Hamelin Bay beach in the early hours of Saturday for the start of the 80km trail to Wilyabrup in south-west Western Australia.
The point to point course was tackled by individuals and relay teams of up to five runners who divided the distance into five different legs varying between 10km and 20km.
Perth’s Josh O’Hart (in his first ultra) and Deb Nicholl of Brisbane took the line honours, finishing the inaugural 80km event in impressive times; Hart with a sub-eight hour effort (07:58:14) and Nicholl in eight hours, 39 minutes.
Michael Taylor of North Perth was second 08:45:38, and Chris Henderson (Fremantle) in third with 08:51:54. On the ladies podium, Ashlee Ritson of South Bunbury was second in 9:38:44 and Sarah Wiese from Narrogin third in 9:51:39.
Prom 100km / 60km / 44km
Over at the Prom 100km, Dan Beard, 1st. 11.17; Tom Hilton, 2nd. 11.36; Steven Monohan, 3rd. 11.42. Sadly, no ladies finished the 100km race.
In the 60km event, Simon Angus was first male in 6:05, breaking the previous course record of 6:09. with Jake Leaver (6:23) in second and Joel Read (6:41) in third.
While in the ladies race it was Iola Hopkinson taking out int he win in 7:36, with Clare Whetherly in second in 7:51 and Madison Taylor third in 7:57.
In the 44km event, Stephen Rennick grabbed 1st (4:18), with Damien Smith second in 4:31 and Rich Austin third in 4:34. In the ladies event, Caroline Bertrand was the winner in 4:41, Kylee Woods second in 5:22 and Jacqui Hansen third in 5:28.
Down in South Australia, the Hubert 100 series of races took place. Currently, I only have winners for the 50km, but will add the winners / podium results for the 100km and 100 miler when known.
In the 50km, Nick Muxlow and Sarah Roberts won their respective races in 4.44.39 and 5.44.45.