Yurrebilla, out and back.

In March 2015 after running Yurrebilla at night, Karen planted the seed that our next crazy run should be to run Yurrebilla, still at night but this time in reverse by starting at Athelstone. This idea got me thinking that since Stirl and I usually ran the Yurrebilla training runs as Out and Backs, why not use the proposed idea and when we get to the end, turn around straight away and run it all again.
Well the collective subconscious mind of Crazies of the Night was working well because in June this year I received an email that Karen had an idea of a double Yurrebilla, so of course Stirl and I were in without hesitation.
With having run Yurrebilla 3 times now in 3 weeks - one solo each and now a back to back, Stirl and I figure that is enough until the actual Yurrebilla Trail 56 KM Ultra event in September. And then it will be in Kym Williams words, "What, only one way?" 
Thank you so much for Daryl and Feebee for supporting Crazies of the Night.

112km in less than 24hrs, done and dusted!

Photo taken by Daryl, obviously before we started.


Halfway -  just another 56km to go
city views
I've never seen echidnas these colours before

Done and dusted

Our support ... Daryl and Feebee


Yay, I got a PB on last year's time ... happy with that.

UTA100 formerly TNF100

I started in wave 6 at 6.57am with 120 other runners and woohoo, took nearly 2 and a hours hours off last year's time - very proud of that!

"The course itself was selected after a rigorous and exhaustive survey of the entire nation. It showcases the lush rainforests, ethereal waterfalls, vast tablelands, stunning rock formations and breath-taking views of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. It is truly beautiful.

Harnessing massive community support and countless volunteers, Ultra-Trail Australia® epitomises the self-giving spirit of Australia and its people."



and even more proud when I found out that out of the 1168 starters to the 100km, only 840 finished!

Yurrebilla Ultra, 2013

I ran my 3rd Yurrebilla 56km Ultra on Sunday and all went well.  My running buddy and I decided to take this Event on the quite side as we've got the Heysen 105 [km] coming up next month, which will be more way more of a Stamina test.

However, this year the flowing creeks at Horsnell's Gully and Morialta where just the thing to revive my tired leg muscles.  And although it was a warm 9 hour day, it was a great way to spend a day in the Adelaide Hills.

I manged a 5/13 for my gender age group which was exciting but sprinting the last 50meters over the finishing line was so much fun!  So looking forward to Yurrebilla, 2014.  

Catching up with friends before the start.
It's only minutes away now.
Running through Belair National Park.
5km's in and just warming up
Great witches at the 10km mark.
Still smiling at the 20.5km mark
About 33km in.
One of my favourite signs, "You have just complete Horsnell's Gully"
At the 50km mark.
Someone has a weird sense of "Little"

Running is so much Fun!

We did it.
Emma, my fab running partner.
Yep, it certainly is a long way!
At the finish line.

SA Trail Championships [24km], 2013

SA Trail Championship is Done and Dusted for another year. We experienced fog and had rain the whole 24.7km. As for some on the puddles, well I could have used a buoy. The nibbles I had with me, to give those needed spurts of energy had to wait until I finished after my thawed fingers before I could open the zip bag. Oh yes, this morning's run was simply The Best.

And I 
got a PB by shaving just under 16 minutes off 2012's time. Happy with that :)

Special Thanks and Much Appreciation to ALL the volunteers, You are Amazing!!!

Photo Gallery
some borrowed from friends.


Marking some of the trail, the day before.

Sea to Summit to Sea [100km]

“More people have climbed Mt Everest than have run 100 km.” When I first heard that quote mid last year, I decided to be a 100kmer. With a few months out of October’s Heysen 105 [km] there was a chance to reach that status but I chickened out felt as I thought it was a bit too close so I decided to wait and run the Heyson 105 [km] in October 2013. But, as so often with running, things change.

I do my best to avoid the sun by running at either 4 or 5am in the mornings. And running in an Event in Summer, especially because they all start around 8am, well to me is just silly.

In the first week of each year (Summer, here in Australia) there is an annual 35km Event called Summit to Sea. An Event that normally I would not even contemplate running but a few crazies – term of endearment - decided to organise a 66km, all night run from the beach to the Summit to meet up with this annual run. Thus an Event Sea to Summit to Sea was created http://www.facebook.com/events/300552506728797/

It was to be a social group run until we reach the Summit, when the faster ones to go off at their own pace. 11.5hours was allowed to complete this first 66km leg and with the 35km Event run, at distance of 101km in total, I decided to put aside my prejudice of the sun so I could reach this 100km status sooner than later.

My current running pace isn't fast and in the true Spirit of Running Terry would purposely drop back and stay with me and Stirl, who was running with a knee injury.

Well at 40km, Stirl pulls out and he and I plan that he meets me at the Summit so we could make the decent together.

Up and over Blackhill in the dark, Terry and Doug take it in turns so I’m not left on my own. As Terry and I get closer to Mt.Lofy, Terry goes on ahead to give last minute instructions to the fresh runners about to start the Summit to Sea event.

I get there about 7.20am, meet Stirl and together we head to the sea. It’s been almost 12hours since starting, and I was slowing down. We organised to collect the Trail markers on our way back which we knew was going to slow us down even more. But that was Ok as time was secondary to the distance.

We get through Belair NP and my hip was really starting to seize up. Not too surprised as it’s been close to 17hours! Stirl and I decide that a massage may help to loosen things up, so we find a shady spot with some grass, easier said than done in the middle of summer, and with Stirl's help I lay on my side. Omg, the pain getting down was horrid. But once down he gently massages my hip which hurts more! So I suggest he stops and with even more pain, he helps me to stand up. The pain was worse than child bearing!

Still hanging onto Stirl, I say I feel really dizzy and black out. I wake up and realise that I’m on the ground. My first thought was how fantastic it was to be back on the ground and not in pain. Stirl has placed his pack under my head and is trickling water into my mouth. I have a gel and we shared a fruit bar. Slowly I’m helped back up and together and move on for about 1km knowing that there is a park with water.

Thankfully a Drink Station had been left here. So we topped up our Hydra packs with filtered water and plastered on the sunscreen. I went to the loos and pretty much drenched my top, head and calves with water cooling my body temp by heaps. Stirl did the same and we headed again, moving really Slowly and Gently. The pain was now much like labour pains, bearable but relentless as we travelled those hills and descents.

Suffice to say I reached my goal just after 7pm that night, so virtually 24 hours in total.

Three days later while recovering, I checked the maps closely and realized that the kms we had covered had only brought me to the mid nineties!

So 6 days after that, I marked out a trail course close to home and Stirl and I started all over again and did 100km! Suffice to say that 3x Out and Backs over Blackhill was a Hugh effort.

Besides meeting the 100km, one of the treasured high-lites was eating a Peanut Butter sandwich at 4.30am while laying on our backs gazing up at the stars at the base of Black Hill ... Absolute Magic!

Well, in October this year with the Heysen 105 event, I could make it an Official 100km but for now I am very Very satisfied with being a 100km Ultra gal - booyeah.

Photo Gallery.
-with some photos borrowed from friends- 

Dawn on Black Hill

Dawn on Black Hill

Dawn on Black Hill

Dawn on Black Hill

My RunEvent Necklace

As a Trail Runner and an Artist, this necklace was inevitable. 
The Ceramic Beads have all the Run Events I have completer since I started running regularly in 2010.  They are intermixed with my Lampies [my Lampwork Beads]

Sea to Summit [34km] 2012

After leaving the car at Cleland we caught the private bus to Kingston Park, Brighton.  Ok, I'll admit that it was rather chilly, but before an Event, low temperatures is something I do my best to acknowledge.  "Think warm thoughts" is my philosophy.  Besides once running, it isn't long before I am warm.  However, if I feel cold while out on the Trails, I figure that I just need to push harder.

An extra 2km was added into this year's Sea to Summit, 'they' said it was due to the Road Works during the first few kms as it is through the suburbs.  Peronally I didn't notice the extra kms, I just lurve this Event.

Pioneer Women's Trail [26km] 2012

I first did this Event last year, my 2011 account, and really loved it.  The Views are amazing as they all are in Trail Runs.  I ended up taking a 10minutes longer than last year.  Think I took too many photos.  Oh well, it is all about the journey, right !?!