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ULTRAMAG Editorial - March 2000

ULTRAMAG Editorial - March 2000

Written by Kev Cassidy
SOLO RUNS and RESIGNATIONS seem to be the order of the day. Pat Farmer recently completed his Round Australia run in the quickest recorded lap of the continent covering approx. 14,000 Kilometres, meanwhile Gary Parsons was doing much the same but continued on with several laps around Tasmania to go on and claim a new world long run best of 19,030 kilometres. No sooner had Gary put his feet up for a well deserved rest when Phil Essam informed us that John Moyle had also been running around our nation and had arrived in Adelaide having clocked up more than 17,000 kilometres and plans to continue running around the old quarter mile Adelaide Harriers track until he surpasses Gary's distance. I am not sure of any of their daily distances and averages but they are certainly mind boggling achievements.

Sadly, I have to report the resignations of three foundation members of the AURA committee. Geoff Hook, Dot Browne and Tony Rafferty all feel that, after 15 years, their enthusiasm is not what it used to be and some new blood and ideas are required. Speaking of new enthusiasm, Phil Essam has created his own web site known as ULTRAOZ and it is both interesting and informative. If you have access to the web, Phil's site can be found at http://ultraoz.50megs.com Phil has also provided his top 10 of Australian ultra performances for 1999.

By the time this goes to print the Nanango World 1,000 mile Track Championships will be probably be underway and we also have the news that the Colac 6 day race will continue despite reports of its demise last year.

Just to prove that they do more than just run, two AURA members have achieved in other areas recently, Tony Rafferty has completed a Batchelor of Arts degree and Brian Bloomer has opened a sports store, Brian has been a very generous benefactor to AURA over the years so make sure you pay him a visit at Cascade Sports 485 Nepean Highway Chelsea [vic]

Although not running related, this issue contains a transcript of a moving and educational college graduation speech by Anna Quindlen. Congratulations, also, to the following members for being selected to carry the Olympic Torch. Gary Parsons, Pat Farmer, John Moyle, George Audley, Kevin Mansell, Jerry Zukowski, Tony Rafferty, Linda Meadows and Merv Lockyer will all have the honour.

A special mention must also be made about Dot Browne's mighty effort to win the veterans section of the Swan Hill Ironwoman competition. Swan Hill is a small town on the nsw/vic border and, when visiting friends recently, Dot got roped into the event by her "friends" who also happened to be the race organisers, Dot showed the locals how it was done by not drowning during the board paddle before storming home in the run to collect a large trophy and a cheque for $125. My spies tell me that Dot didn't even shout a round of drinks at the pub after the Mansfield to Buller event!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kevin Cassidy
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