About me - Running adventures

Me running at the Snowy Mountains

Welcome! I run to get outdoors and explore beautiful places. The physical and mental benefits of running are very welcome. I’m not a competitive runner so my achievements reflect this.

I first started trail running in 2012 and ultra running in 2017. Running in Germany was a form of therapy for me. Later in Norway, it became a way of exploring the amazing nature around me. I also found the direction I wanted to move into. Even though I’m from down under, trail running in Australia is relatively uncharted waters. When I lived here last, I hadn’t yet developed my love of running. Running in Tasmania is like exploring a whole new world.

Me running Stenfjellet 2017

The majority of the time I create my own trails and explore the local area I’m in, rather than enter official races. When I do enter a race, it’s usually in an area I normally wouldn’t or can’t explore (e.g. private land). I bought my first GPS for the Berghem Ultra 135K in 2019, but I definitely prefer navigating with a compass and map. Since being in Tasmania, I haven’t been able to make my GPS work. After my runs I use Mapmyrun to keep track of where I’ve been and to know what I’ve done.

I’ve run in all sorts of conditions, snow, ice, rain, wind, fog, sun, humidity, etc. The coldest run was -12 Celsius for 19 km from Landåsbygda to Dokka. The warmest run was in Darwin in late August.

 

Official trail and ultra record

Some times or elevation gain are approximate because I didn’t always have a watch, GPS or timer:

  • 2021 - Gone Nuts 50K - My van broke down on the way to the event, so did not start
  • 2019 - Bèrghem Ultra 135K - completed 52.89 KM - 1342m elevation - 11:44:00 running/hiking time
  • 2018 - Bèrghem Furuberget Endurance 100 Miles - 32 KM or four loops of 8 km - 1953m elevation - roughly 7:00:00 running time (the fastest I have ever run one loop has been approx 1 hour 10 mins)
  • 2018 - Skåbu Fjellmaraton 21KM - 21 KM - roughly 400m elevation - 2:40:00 (I started late by 10 mins so real running time is 2:29:00; I reached the halfway mark just over one hour)
  • 2018 - Snowies Trail Run Festival 21 KM - 21 KM - 404m elevation - 3:23:00 running time
  • 2017 - Bèrghem Stenfjellet Endurance 100 Miles - 57.5 KM or five loops of 11.5 km - roughly 1360m elevation - first four loops in 12:06:00 with breaks included, then I fell asleep and completed one last loop with total overall time including breaks and sleep of 24:15:01
  • 2017 - Bèrghem Ultraløpertid 70KM - managed 30 KM - roughly 400m elevation - roughly 4:00:00 running/hiking time
  • 2016 - Furusjøen Rundt-løpet 17.8KM - 17.8 KM - not sure of elevation - 2:09:45 running time
  • 2015 - Schwarzwald Marathon 10KM and 42KM - 10 KM - 186m elevation - 1:13:00 and 29.5 KM - 638m - 3:18:00 running time
  • 2014 - 3sjøersløpet 21KM - 21 KM - 276m elevation - 2:21:07 running time
  • 2014 - Stavanger Marathon 10KM - 10 KM - 50m elevation - 1:03:00 running time

 

Long distance hiking achievements

All hikes include food prep, logistics, food drops, route planning, recon, etc:

  • 2018 - Larapinta Trail - roughly 185 KM (we didn’t do the last two stages to Alice)
  • 2018 - Overland Track - roughly 65 KM
  • 2017 - Skarvheimen - Aurlandsvangen (Tyinkrysset - Sulebu - Breistølen - Bjordalsbu - Iungsdalhytta - Kongshelleren - Steinbergdalshytta - Aurlandsdalen) - roughly 100 KM
  • 2016 - Jotunheimstien (Landåsbygda - Venholen - Skyberg - Mustadroa - Vesterås - Mæhlumsetra - Volla - Skjelbreida - Kvitingen - Bleiken) - roughly 70 KM
  • 2016 - Rondanestien (Oslo-Hjerkinn) - Dovrefjell to Sunndalsfjella (Hjerkinn - Kongsvoll - Reinheim - Åmotdalshytta - Loennechenbua - Gammelsetra - Gjøra) - roughly 580 KM