Race Review: Blackall 100/50

This weekend saw the Blackall 100 take centre stage, one of the few select races to be a Western States qualifier too, if that’s your type of thing! For the first time in a few years, the neither the heat or floods could get in the way of a course change, which meant runners got the full Blackall 100 experience!

In the 100km event, a relatively new name popped up on the winner’s radar in Yun Phua to win the mens race in 9hrs 57mins. In the ladies race, the ever strong Alana Vought led hard and from the front to claim the win in 11hrs 21mins. Behind her was Charmaine Thompson in 12hrs 10mins and in third was Amanda Meggison in 12hrs 16mins.

For the men, Daniel Williams finished second in 10hrs 25mins, with a joint third place going to Troy Lethlean and Kyle Weise in 11hrs 10mins.

In the 50km event, Ben Duffus whizzed through the course in a speedy 4hrs 19mins, with Jared Medhurst second in 4hrs 29mins and Mark Windsor third in 4hrs 40mins.

For the ladies, Angela Speight snuck in under the five hour mark with an excellent run in 4hrs 57mins. Behind her was Kate Child in 5hrs 23mins and a regular at this race, Hayley Teale in 5hrs 39mins.

What’s up next weekend?

Next weekend sees a whole host of races on offer with the Halloween Howler taking place down in Victoria. Moving across to South Australia, it’s the Heysen 105, before moving even further west over to WA for the RunningWorks Ultra, before moving back over to Victoria on the Sunday for the Ned Kelly Chase Ultra too.

Feature image credit: Charmaine Grobler

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3 thoughts on “Race Review: Blackall 100/50

  1. Hey Dan, I enjoy reading your race previews and write ups, and appreciate the time you spend putting them together. I do wonder though why there is always a men’s race and a ladies’ race? Why not a gentlemen’s race and a ladies’ race? Or men’s race and women’s race? Otherwise the double standard makes me think that the women are not taken seriously as athletes. I am sure this is not your intention. I hope you will consider that more equal terms would make for more comfortable reading. Thanks for your consideration.

    1. Hi Penny,

      Thanks for the pick-up. I honestly didn’t appreciate the subtlety in the difference. My use of the word ladies was done out of respect (and being a gentleman – however old-fashioned!), but having researched further I can see the difference now, so thanks for letting me know. Appreciate the kind words too! Cheers, Dan

      1. Hi Dan, I’m sorry for my slow reply, but thank you for such a considerate response. This was purely my personal and subjective response to the use of the term, so I do appreciate your reply.
        Cheers, Penny

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