Hi my name is James O’Brien I am 19 years old.
Ran my first 12hour race at Caboolture when I was 18 I have since then competed in class house 100mile, wild horse 60km and 30km and another 12 hour this year at Caboolture again. I love my ultras and am training for the 2016 Rio Olympics marathon.
Started competing in ultras about 5 years ago and love the challenge of pushing till there is nothing left. I’m never going to win any awards but I’m slowly improving my times or distances. I’ve met some fantastic people that I can now call friends through running in the events and hopefully that continues. Would love to do the Coast to Kosci one day. Will have to get the qualifying time or distance first!!!!
Ultras completed over last couple of years:
- 2012 GH100 – 100 miles – 28:56:11
- 2012 GH Flinders Tour 50km – 5:55:42
- 2012 Gold Coast Marathon – 42km – Time 3:52:04
- 2012 – 12 hr Caboolture – 90.5km
- 2013 – 12hr Caboolture – 101.5km
- 2013 TNF 100 – 100KM – Time 17:37
- 2012 Nerang SF 50km – Time 6:41:03
- 2013 Nerang SF 50km – Time 6:07:01
Started running in 2005 and completed my first marathon in 2006….didn’t take me long to grasp the concept of ultra running………."when a marathon just isn’t enough"….
Have just completed number 52 – which is made up of 25 marathons and 27 ultras……Caboolture will be number 54.
Been a supporter of Geoff’s runs for a few years (both Caboolture and Bribie) but last year was my first venture out of the 6 hour run into 12 hour then the huge jump to 48 hour….. I had some pretty bad tummy issues that pulled me off the track for around 11 hours last year so I am very hopeful of a much better result this year. I had a great year overall last year with successful runs at both Coburg 24 hr and Sri Chimnoy in Sydney 24 hr qualifying me for Coast to Kosci in December of which I made it to the 190k mark in the 240k race.
Big goal and plan for this year is to FINISH Coast to Kosci in December so the Caboolture 48 hour is a really good way for me to run for 2 days to get some excellent mileage in and practice my nutrition and race plan. We will have our usual "Team Bonkers" tent set up with plenty of support crew and good cheer!!!
Very excited and looking forward to a fantastic weekend with Geoff and the crew…….
My short history of recent events & achievements is easy to keep brief.
- Recent events are limited.
- The achievement is always to finish and still be vertical.
2003-2006 Completed a few marathons. Best time 4hrs 12mins.
2010 Completed Northface 100. Time 23hrs 56mins.
The Northface 100 showed me I can keep moving for 24 hrs. Hence the challenge of 48hrs.
Regard me as a participant rather than a candidate for line honours, as my only competition is against myself.
I’ve done a total of 25 24h races, best performance in the World Champs, Steenbergen 2013 with 220.777km
I’ve done 4 48h races, best performance in Skövde, Sweden 2011 with 312,7 km
A few 12h races, best performance 2010, in Norway with 123,1 km
A total of 63 various Ultras since the first in 2004
I do mostly time ultras and don’t mind shorter tracks
Looking forward to push my pb a bit further this year
This year I’ve done:
- The Atacama Crossing (F3, 42:06, 250km)
- North Face Thailand (F3, 12:22)
- North Face Australia (17:05)
- Wildhorse Criterium 70km (F3, 9:14)
- Coburg 24 hrs (177.543 km, F5)
- Stromlo 12 hours (107.984, F3)
- Narrabeen all-nighter (108.362km)
That’s just this year. I’ll be doing the Big Red Run just ahead of Caboolture – I’m exploiting the masochism of this in my fundraising for Big Red Run.
I do have a day job and my husband does an awful lot of looking after our 7yo when I do these events. Rarely, very rarely, they show up to watch me suffer.
Done Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset in 2012 and 2011. Was my first 100km, and still probably my favourite. Highly recommend it to anyone who wants to go all the way there, it’s still the only race I’ve done where there is a real threat of an ugly yak encounter.
Name: Chris Kelly
Currently living in (suburb, state): Warragul, Victoria
Number of years running: 10
Number of years running ultras: 3
Favourite running terrain (and distance): Any terrain, any conditions any where! 40km-300km, 6hr-48hr I’m good to go.
Hours and/or distance spent running each week: 60-80km, road and trail. I spend around 24 hours a week training which involves swimming, cycling, running and kayaking as I still compete in multi sport events.
Some ultras completed:
- Yurrebilla Trail (got lost for 3 hours but still finished)
- Moe 6 hour & 50km
- Six Foot track
- Gold Coast 100
- Coburg 24 hour
- Caboolture 48 hour
I aim to finish top ten in every event I go in and out of 170 races I have only missed out 14 times. I race in many different events but the ultras are becoming my favourite. My best ever result is 4th place at a world championship and my worst is last place when I got lost. I was lost for 3 hours after the race had started, but I made my way back to the check point and finished with time to spare. I was annoyed with myself but at the same time happy I completed the race. Winning isn’t everything!
Running related injuries: Blisters and blood clots.
Hobbies outside of running: Swimming, kayaking, cycling, surf life saving and eating.
Matthew Eckford is 32 years old and this is his first 48 hour event. He’s using it as preparation for Ks 4 Kids Australia – his charity run in July 2014. He doesn’t love running so much and is not really good at it, but it’s a means and tool that he uses to help and serve people. That’s his true purpose for running. Recent events include:
- Nerang State Forest 50km – 05:48:29.77
- The Wild Horse Criterium 70km – 8:33:57
- Mt Mee Classic – Mt Mee to Dayboro Marathon – 4:00:32
- The North Face 100 – 15:05:50
- Gold Coast 100km Supermarathon – 9:57:48
I only started running Ultras last year. I have run 21 Ultras in the last 16 months.
My PBs are:
- 100k 8:32 at Gold Coast 100 09 Jun 2013
- 24hr 228.5km at Coburg 14-15 Apr 2013
- 29:38 in Coast to Kosci in Dec 2012
I’m not sure what to expect at 48hr but hope to do more than 300km.