Weekend Wrap: Maroondah Dam, UMTF, Canyon Endurance Run 100km, Light Horse Ultra and Convicts and Wenches 50km

Maroondah dam ultra

OK, I know it’s Tuesday, but hey, we’ve still got some races to cover from the weekend. Plus yesterday was my first day of being truly self-employed, so I’ve got an excuse! We’ve got races to report on from all over our fine nation as well as some stellar performances from some Aussie women overseas too.

Maroondah Dam

Down in Victoria, the Maroondah Dam series of races took centre stage. In the men’s race, Nick Bryant took the win in the 50km with a time of 4hrs 49mins, while in the ladies event,  Sarah Schroeder won in 5hrs 47mins. Second in the ladies was Melissa Marshall in 6hrs 6mins and third was Jenine Dawson in 6hrs 18mins.

Rounding out the men’s podium was Tom Gamble in a time of 5hrs 1min with Jarrod Fogarty third in 5hrs 21mins.

Special mention also to Emily Cust who took out the overall fastest time in the 42kms, winning in 4hrs 20mins.

Meanwhile, overseas in the US and Japan…

Overseas, we had two very fine performances to take note of. First up, Blue Mountains runner, Lou Clifton took second place in a world-class field over at Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji. Battling the severely wet and cold weather, Lou registered a fine podium finish. While over in the US in slightly sunnier climes, Victorian and recently married, Kellie Emmerson put in her second awesome finish over at the Canyon Endurance Run 100 to finish just off the podium in fourth place. Well done both, some fine Aussie women’s performance on the world map.

Light Horse Ultra

Over in WA we saw two very fine performances in the Light Horse 12hr ultra, a 2.5km looped course. The men’s was won by Jon Pendse with a whopping 142.22km, Margie Hadley won the women’s with a great 123.49km. According to reports, Jon’s distance is the fifth longest in a 12hr race by an Aussie male. That’s some going!

Convicts and Wenches

Finally, down in Tassie we saw the running of the Convicts and Wenches 50km. Amy Lamprecht took out the win in the ladies with her seventh win in this race in a time of 4:27. Kristen Aylmer was second in 6:09, with Louise Evans third in 6:47.

While in the men’s race, David Bailey won for the sixth time in 4:06. Ben Brockman was second in 4:35 with Tom Burford third in 4:57.

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I'm a mediocre runner who can bat above his average when I train hard. A man of extremes, I do enjoy everything life offers and consider it an absolute pleasure just to be able to put one foot in front of the other and let my mind wander somewhere different.

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