Athletics

Australia’s biggest soft sand challenge is done & dusted!

Sunday November 29, 2015 by  

Red Bull Dune Dusters charged the Stockton sand dunes from 10.30am this morning (Sunday November 29), with hundreds of footprints already disappearing into the soft sands as competitors crossed the finishing line in a challenge that was anything but soft.

A field of more than 130 runners charged the slipping sand and Sahara-like heat of the dunes behind Stockton Beach for the second annual Dune Dusters – a soft sand race like no other.

Australia’s most gruelling soft sand challenge returned to the picturesque Stockton dunes, giving fitness fanatics a serious workout. Definitely no ‘fun run’ the Red Bull Dune Dusters event has garnered a reputation as an extreme challenge test of endurance for participants. Read more

Red Bull Dune Dusters

Friday November 6, 2015 by  

Australia’s most gruelling soft sand challenge is back, with Newcastle’s iconic Stockton beach sand dunes set for a serious work out on Sunday November 29, 2015 for the second annual Red Bull Dune Dusters race.

Action from the 2014 Red Bull Dune Dusters – Australia’s most gruelling soft sand challenge.
Photo courtesy of Cardinal Spin

Fitness fanatics will once again challenge themselves as they slog it out on the picturesque but brutal Stockton dunes – a location so hard to traverse it is usually accessed via 4WD or quad bike.

Hundreds of toned bodies will hit the dunes for the high-intensity soft sand running race, kicking off at 10.30am on the last Sunday of this month.

Just two hours North of Sydney, The Red Bull Dune Dusters race is set over 10kms of gruelling sand dunes with a backdrop of wide open skies, remote bush and a stunning ocean vista. The final killer a leg burning hill up to the finishing line. Read more

Atkinson announces return to ITU World Triathlon

Thursday January 15, 2015 by  

Dual Olympian and world champion triathlete Courtney Atkinson is tackling the New Year head on with a move back to full-time International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon that will see him compete for the World Champion title against iconic backdrops like the Opera House in Sydney, Mission Beach in San Diego and Buckingham Palace in London.

Courtney’s decision comes just 12 months after his successful maiden endurance debut at the 226km Melbourne Ironman, which he says coincidentally reignited his passion for sprint racing after a year of stripping himself of muscle and speed in an effort to increase his endurance.

“As satisfying as it was to get through it in a pretty decent time for my first go, I missed going fast,” Atkinson said of the ironman. Read more

Ballarat Matt wins dramatic Stawell Gift

Monday April 9, 2012 by  

Twenty-year-old business sports management student Matthew Wiltshire from Ballarat has won the 2012 Stawell Gift.

Douglas Greenough from East Bentleigh was second, with AFL boundary umpire Adam Coote of Elwood third.

Running from a mark of eight metres, Wiltshire won by a tenth of a second in 12.22 seconds, fulfilling his family’s dream of winning the iconic 120m footrace. His grandfather, John, had been in the best form of his life leading in to the 1958 Stawell Gift, but pulled his hamstring in the heats. Read more

Steffensen is back and all business

Tuesday March 27, 2012 by  

The battle for the $40,000 winner’s prize has just got very intriguing, with 2003 world 100m champion Kim Collins set to hold a one metre advantage over Jamaican sprint star Michael Frater, following the release of handicaps today for the 131st running of Australia’s richest and most prestigious footrace.

In a further boost to the 146-strong Australia Post Stawell Gift 120m field, 2006 Commonwealth Games 400m champion John Steffensen has also announced that he will return for another crack at glory this Easter, and the banter has already begun with the flamboyant star laying down the challenge to his Caribbean rivals.

Frater, who is a member of the all-conquering, world-record holding Jamaican relay team and holds a 100m personal best time of 9.88 seconds, will start from the prestigious scratch mark this Easter and attempt to become just the third man in history to win from the mark of honour. Read more