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ULTRAMAG Editorial - December 2002Written by Kev Cassidy
I have to admit that the name Fred Brooks was not familiar to me at all just a year or so ago. The arrival of Fred onto the ultra scene, however, has been a God send. It is fair to say that AURA's records and rankings have been a little behind the times in recent years but Fred has taken on the task of being our records and rankings officer and has thrown himself into the time consuming task of bringing everything up to date with much aplomb. A list of his most recent updates are in this issue and if you feel that something is not correct then you are encouraged to contact Fred [details below].
The publicity we received in Runners World a couple of months ago was fantastic. Personally, I thought Julia Thorn did a fantastic job with her particular article. The successful and popular Trailwalker concept that has been in Sydney and Adelaide for a number of years will now come to Melbourne in April next year while the Queensland 48 and 24 hour event moves to a new venue at Ron Clarke's elite sports centre at Runaway Bay. The track at Runaway Bay is the best available and one of only three in this country.
I spoke with Ian Javes recently and he has some new ideas for the Glasshouse Mountains events that sound promising while President, Ian Cornelius, has been working towards affiliation with the AAF [Australian Athletics Federation]. Ian expands on this subject more on page 62
Finally, I have to make mention of a recent "training run" by Peter Armistead and Kevin Mansell. Peter and Kevin spent a week on the 450km of back roads between Geelong and Swan Hill as a lead up to the Colac Six Day event !!