Weekly Newsletter October 17th 2013

This week's newsletter covers interesting articles, our competition winners, recently updates, and events coming up over the next two weeks.

== Interesting articles ==

Brendan Davies' Fitzroy Falls Fire Trail Marathon Race Report
Brendan Davies writes about his experience at last weekend's Fitzroy Fire Trail Marathon: "The FFFTM has a special place in the trail running part of my heart, and always will. It was the the first real trail event I entered in 2007 and it really sowed that lovely trail running seed that has continued to grow and blossom and is now such a big part of my life." Read more.

The world's oldest runner, Fauja Singh, on life since his retirement
The London-based runner, who ceased competitive racing at 102 in February this year, talks about his running life, his celebrity status and how he won't touch cauliflower. He started running at aged 89 and has run 9 full marathons. Read more.

Tempo Training for Ultra-Runners
Andy DuBois talks about how how ultra runners can use tempo session to their advantage. He's a big fan of speed training, and tempo running is a great speed workout. But what is a tempo run? Read more and why he thinks ultra runners should include tempo work.

Barefoot running: a walk in the park?
Anne Cuthbertson at The Telegraph catches up with Ted McDonald, better known as "Barefoot Ted", and ditches cushioned trainers to try out minimalist / barefoot running. She tried out barefoot, Vibram FiveFingers and the Luna Sandal. Read more.

== Competitions ==

Mt Baw Baw Seasons of Pain Competition Winners

The first prize winner of the Mt Baw Baw Seasons of Pain competition was Richelle Olsen from Victoria; the second prize winners were Nicky Ogle, Isobel Bespalov and Peter Walker from Victoria and Phil Bell from New South Wales.

First prize was 2 nights accommodation in the Alpine Flashpackers (for 1 or two people) on the Friday and Saturday night of the event + free event entry to Seasons of Pain Spring (solo or team) on November 30th 2013.

The second prizes were 1 free entry each (solo or team) into the event.

Find out more about the event on the Mt Baw Baw website.

== Recently updated event pages ==

Recent updates
Since the last newsletter I've manully checked about 130 event listings, and since the major update to the website 5 weeks ago, I've manually checked 47% of event listings. I'm slowly getting through them all! I make a point of manually checking each event that's coming up in the next 6 weeks at least once every two weeks.

To find out what's been recently updated, check the website homepage regularly. I include in this newsletter a list of the more important updates (see below) such as date changes, cancellations, or late additions to the calendar.

Significant event changes
- The Great Aussie Ram Run has been rescheduled from 23 Nov 2013 to 29 Mar 2014
- The Goodna Jacaranda Festival Fun Run has changed from 5km and 10km events to a 6km event due to road works. Not to be confused with the other Jacaranda Festival Fun Run a week later in Waterview Heights.

== Upcoming events ==

Events this week

Thursday October 17th 2013
- Corporate Cup Series - Melbourne, VIC - 3.8K

Friday October 18th 2013
- Adelaide Stair Climb - Adelaide, SA - 600 steps, 135 metres, 30 storeys
- Oxfam Trailwalker - Perth, WA - 100K 4 Person Team Event

Saturday October 19th 2013
- Freshie Handicap - Cairns, QLD - 3K, 6K
- Heysen Trail Ultramarathon - South of Adelaide, SA - 105K
- Hume and Hovell Ultramarathon - Tumbarumba to Tumut, NSW - 100K, 50K
- Kanangra 50 Trail Ultra - Kanangra Boyd National Park, NSW - 50K Solo, 33K/17K Relay, 22K Solo
- Mosaic to Mountain Fun Run - Dunkeld, VIC - 10K, 5K
- Neon Run - Sydney, NSW - 5K
- Parkrun - Throughout Australia - 5K
- Run For a Wish - Launceston, TAS - 6.4K, Kids 400m
- Sprint Into Spring - Melbourne, VIC - Orienteering: Approx 3.5K, 2.5K
- The Turtle and the Lamb - Barron Gorge National Park, QLD - 19K, 6K, 2.5K

Sunday October 20th 2013
- ANZA Challenge - Sydney, NSW - 10K, 5K
- Burnie Ten - Burnie, TAS - 10K Run/Walk, 10K Wheelchair
- Coolangatta Gold Family Fun Run - Coolangatta, QLD - 5K
- Fernleigh15 - Newcastle, NSW - 15K Run/Walk/Wheelchair
- Gold Coast Trail Running Series - Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area, QLD - 10.6K, 5.6K
- Jog For Jugs - Mermaid Beach, QLD - 5K
- La Sportiva Mountain Running Series - Lake Mountain Skyrun - Marysville, VIC - 31K, 21K, 15K
- LifeSupport Beachside Dash - Sydney, NSW - 10K, 5K, Kids 2K
- Run For The Hills - Sydney, NSW - 8K
- Run Wollongong - Wollongong, NSW - 12K Run, 6K Run/Walk
- Sapphire City River Run - Inverell, NSW - 9K, 4.6K, 2.5K
- SMC Road Race Series - Sydney, NSW - 21.1K, 10K, 5K
- Sri Chinmoy Sydney - Iron Cove, NSW - 21.1K, 7K, 4K
- Sweat vs Steam - Echuca, VIC - 12.5K, 5K
- Washpool World Heritage Trails - Washpool/Gibraltar Range National Parks, NSW - 50K, 25K, 9K
- Weston Creek Family Fun Run - Canberra, ACT - 6K

Events next week

Wednesday October 23rd 2013
- Fast Track Corporate Running Series - Brisbane, QLD - 7K, 4.5K
- Sydney Summer Series - Sydney, NSW - 45 minute orienteering

Saturday October 26th 2013
- Faster Today or Tomorrow Road Race - Cairns, QLD - 10K, 5K, 3K
- Hobsons Bay Running Club Handicap - Melbourne, VIC - 5K
- Kedumba Half Marathon - Wentworth Falls, NSW - 21.1K
- Parkrun - Throughout Australia - 5K
- Raw Challenge - Barrington Tops, NSW - 8K Obstacle Course
- Rolling Thunder - Paluma, QLD - 23K
- Run Y'Ass Off - Yass, NSW - 21.1K, 14K, 5K, 2.5K
- Runners Hot Lap - Surfers Paradise, QLD - 3K
- Sprint Into Spring - Melbourne, VIC - Orienteering: Approx 3.5K, 2.5K
- Sprint-O-St-Andrews - Redlynch, QLD - 4K, 2.5K
- Tallangatta Half Marathon - Tallangatta, VIC - 21.1K, 10K, 5K, 2K
- The Holt Bolt - Rothwell, QLD - 6-8K Obstacle Course
- The Stampede Melbourne - Wandin, VIC - 10K, 5K, Kids
- Tough Mudder Perth - Copley, WA - 19K approx

Sunday October 27th 2013
- 3 2 1 Go Kids Race - Burnie, TAS - 3K U14, 2K U11, 1K U8
- Black Hill Challenge - Athelstone, SA - 15K Run, 4K Walk
- Burgh To Beach - Helensburgh to Stanwell Park, NSW - 9K
- Faster Today or Tomorrow Road Race - Cairns, QLD - 10K, 5K, 3K
- Field of Wishes Family Fun Run & Walk - Cranbourne, VIC - 8K Run, 4K Run/Walk
- Fun Run Pink - Runaway Bay, Gold Coast, QLD - 5K, 2.5K, 1K Kids
- Geoff Watt Memorial Fun Run - Warragul, VIC - 21.1K, 10K, 5K, 2.5K
- Goodna Jacaranda Festival Fun Run - Goodna, QLD - 6K
- Great Strides - Bendigo, VIC - 6K Run, 3K Run/Walk
- Great Strides - Melbourne, VIC - 8K Run, 4K Run/Walk
- Hurstbridge Fun Run - Hurstbridge, VIC - 12K, 6K, 3K
- Jog For Jugs - Scarborough Beach, WA - 4K
- Juniors Maroubra Fun Run - Sydney, NSW - 8K, 4K, 4K Wheelchair
- Kokoda Challenge - Melbourne, VIC - 30K Team, 15K Team, 30K Schools Team
- La Sportiva TrailACT - Paddys River, ACT - 15K, 8K, Kids 1K
- Margaret River Fun Run - Margaret River, WA - 10K, 4K
- Moruya Town to Surf Fun Run - Moruya, NSW - 8K
- Ned Kelly Chase - Wangaratta, VIC - 100K Solo, 2x50K Relay, 4x25K Relay
- Rebel Run Sydney - Sydney, NSW - 21.1K, 10K, 3K
- Rottnest Marathon and Fun Run - Rottnest Island, WA - 42.2K, 10K, 5K
- Skechers Spring into Shape Series - Melbourne, VIC - 15K, 10K, 5K
- Sri Chinmoy Melbourne - Moonee Ponds, VIC - 12K, 8K, 4K
- Tasman Run - Tasman National Park, TAS - 18K
- Tough Mudder Perth - Copley, WA - 19K approx
- Verve Energy Albany Fun Run - Albany, WA - 10K, 4.5K
- Walk for Prems - Adelaide, SA - Social Walk
- Walk for Prems - Brisbane, QLD - Social Walk
- Walk for Prems - Canberra - Social Walk
- Walk for Prems - Launceston, TAS - Social Walk
- Walk for Prems - Melbourne - 10K, 5K
- Walk for Prems - Perth, WA - Social Walk
- Walk for Prems - Sydney, NSW - Social Walk
- Zoo Run - Beerwah, QLD - 5K Run, 2K Run/Walk

== Until next week ==

Have a great running week!

Best Running Regards,

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