Update – Lisa Wilkinson

David Lonsdale

No BUAC club run this weekend as it is the O’Keefe Challenge on Sunday with a wide variety of running events to suit all abilities and ages. In addition to numerous marathon, half marathon and 10k runners, BUAC has 3 Ekiden teams and is manning an aid station on the outskirts of Heathcote. Good luck to all who are running and a big thankyou to everyone who has volunteered to be at the aid station for all or part of the day. You can still enter the 5k and mile events on Sunday at Heathcote if you are looking for a family outing.

Several BUACers are running on Saturday in AV Round 1 at Jells Park good luck to them.

A bit more on the monstrous DownUnder 135 by one of last year’s finishers Derek Prentice

7 days on from the 2018 Downunder 135 mile endurance challenge & I’ve been asked to try & put into a few paragraphs the achievements of BUAC athletes Ross McPhee & Simon Austin. Superlatives, accolades or a description of the course/terrain really don’t give justice to the challenge that is DU135. I think the only way to give a brief insight is to categorise the accomplishment under 3 topics which I think were critical to the success of both Ross & Simon.

1. Surround yourself with good people.

In my mind, this is the big one. Challenges like DU 135 really are a team effort. From the training phase right through to crossing the finish line, the support of family, friends, crew & pacers is paramount to ensuring goal achievement. The comradery & unwavering support was evident with both these athletes & their teams throughout the entire weekend.

2. Start slower than slow.

An area that so many athletes got wrong in the 2017 DU 135 was the ability to respect the challenge that lay ahead. Ross & Simon were examples of how this monster of a task needed to be approached in 2018. Both boys clearly didn’t get caught up in over racing early. The first point in the day that I was able to get a brief glimpse of the athletes was at the 33km mark, some 6hrs plus into the event. At this early stage, it was clear which competitors had overcooked it. The dreaded DNF was written on many of the competitors foreheads. Ross & Simon were smiling & conservatively going about their business. Big Tick.

3. Mentally stay in the game

The third & final area I want to touch on is the need to maintain clear mental focus when the inevitable low patches or challenges come within the event. Navigational errors, nutrition/hydration problems, minor injuries are all examples of things that can cause frustration & inhibit an athletes ability to maintain a positive mindset. As an outsider looking in, this was an area that stood out as the cornerstone to the success of all 5 finishers. Many athletes who were unable to finish the event were also those displaying early frustration towards themselves, crew & organisers. This angst & frustration is an early sign that the challenge is winning. Ross & Simon, again, were 2 athletes whose emotions were in check throughout the duration of the event. Those signature smiles & relaxed attitudes on display for all to see.

In closing,

I just want to congratulate both athletes & support teams on this wonderful achievement. As a past Finisher of DU 135, I couldn’t think of 2 nicer guys to share this bond with. Both humble, down to earth people with an enormous level of grit & determination. BUAC and the wider Bendigo community should be very proud.

10 questions this week with Lisa Wilkinson

(&welcome back to the trails Lisa)

  1. Where were you born? Daylesford, Victoria
  2. What schools did you go to? Leongatha Primary, Castlemaine Primary, Castlemaine High and Bendigo College of Advanced Education (now known as La Trobe Uni)
  3. Favourite food? Does coffee count?
  4. Favourite film? At the moment anything with Everest in it.
  5. Do you listen to music/podcast when you run? Not generally
  6. Preferred running shoes? Adidas Ultra Boost (road), Salomon Speedcross (for technical trails) and Hokas for daily training.
  7. Which watch do you use and why? When Bec won a new watch she gave me her Garmin Forerunner 225 which was an upgrade from my old one.
  8. Favourite event you have done?
    Can’t decide between Bogong to Hotham and 4 Peaks Bright Alpine Climb.
  9. Have you always been a runner or what got you started? I have pretty much always been a runner but had a few years off in my late 20s/early 30s.
  10. Describe your current weekly training plan. I get up in the morning and see what hurts and then decide what I feel like doing, so not sure we could call it a plan….but there will generally be a longish run, some hills and I’ve recently been able to get back to Gav’s Wednesday interval sessions after 2+ years with an achilles issue.


April 28 South Bendigo AC Invite – McDonald Cup Round 1
April 29 Puffing Billy
May 5 BUAC Club Run Crusoe Crusade & St Annes Vineyard Bacchus Marsh AV XCR Round 2
May 12 BUAC Club Run Ham St Hustle
May 19 Great Ocean Road Marathon & UTA Blue Mountains
May 26 BUAC Club Run Reservoir Ramble & Cruden Farm AV XCR Round 3
June 9 Queens Birthday Weekend – no club run – Run Forrest.