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ULTRAMAG Editorial - September 2001

ULTRAMAG Editorial - September 2001

Written by Kev Cassidy

I am not really sure how to start this editorial but it would be fare to say I am feeling a little shell shocked with the news of Phil Essam's coming resignation as secretary. Phil will be returning to the Royal Australian Air Force and we wish him well. Phil will still be appearing around the running scene, so he is not disappearing altogether. Personally, I think that the new secretary will have big shoes to fill, as Phil has been a tireless worker for Ultrarunning. Phil's letter of resignation appears at the bottom of this editorial.

The Fat Ass series of runs in NSW continue to spread their wings and Kevin Tiller and Sean Greenhill are to be commended for getting this off the ground. The Fat Ass concept has even spread to Canberra and Victoria. Kevin also puts in a lot of time as the web page slave.

David Criniti has put together some guidelines for the "Ultrarunner of the year' to start in 2002, while in WA, a new 40 mile event [along with the original event] is being scheduled for late April/early May as a lead up to the Comrades Marathon in South Africa.

On a disappointing note, the field of runners for the Australian 48 hour and Queensland 24 hour events was somewhat on the small side. Geoff Williams has put a lot of work into establishing this event on the beautiful Bribie Island and is keen to continue with the event; hopefully more runners will be there in 2002

Meanwhile, feedback on anything that is on your mind is always welcome and if you have anything to contribute, feel free to contact either David Criniti on 02 9871 8753 e-mail or Phil Essam via e-mail ultraoz@iprimis.com.au

This editions "Runner profile" features the incomparable Sandra Kerr, while Tony Rafferty has interviewed both Peter Armistead and 75 year old Stan Miskin. Stan is a unique and interesting individual and was an icon amongst the ultra fraternity back in the 80's. It is good to see Stan make a welcome return to the ultra scene. Kerrie Hall and Kelvin Marshall made excellent subjects for the front cover photos. Kerrie and Kelvin have been long time ultra stalwarts and have long lists of achievements over many years.

I have heard on the grapevine that Andrew Lloyd is planning to run the Leadville 100 mile race in Colorado next year. Andrew is well known as one of Australia's best track runners with a career that produced a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the 5,000 metres and several sub 28 minute 10,000 metre performances. Also overseas recently were Jonathan Worswick and Tony Howes. Jonathon, once again, ran an excellent time at Colorado's brutally tough Hardrock 100 miler while Tony put in a good performance at the 95 mile West Highlands Way event in Scotland

A collection of various articles makes for some interesting reading. Ann Osborne from WA has written a very inspiring article about overcoming the odds. If you think you are suffering the next time you nearing the end of a race, have a good read of Ann's story for some true inspiration. Also included is a newspaper feature about Nikki Gleeson, Nikki has been blind since birth and I may be showing some bias here, but Nikki is an incredible individual. I first met Nikki at a party back in 1987 when I had a small involvement with "Blind Sports". Despite his lack of sight, Nikki had overcome so many obstacles and it was impossible not to admire his spirit as he spoke about his skydiving with a bubbling enthusiasm for life. Nikki's most recent challenges are the Comrades Marathon and climbing Mount Kilamanjaro!!!!

Kevin Cassidy
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