Meet some of the La Sportiva team members that are set to take on the Buffalo Stampede. They represent many of the best trail and ultra runners in the country and will be a force to be reckoned with!
Birth-Date: January 1980
Birthplace: Sydney, NSW
Residences: Sydney, NSW
Favourite Trails: Berowra Valley Regional Park, Blue Mountains National Park
La Sportiva Shoe Favourite: Helios 2.0
Beth has always kept active while growing up, but it wasn’t until she was 27 that she gave trail running a go. It didn’t take long for her to discover the pleasures and rewards of trail running. For Beth trail running is an excuse to travel, a way to meet friends, a means of exploring new and exciting places. “Trail running started as a means of keeping fit. When I first started I thought 10km runs were exhausting. The more I ran, however, the more I found that I could push through the mental and physical barriers. I found something within that I didn’t know existed.”
Birth-Date: December 28, 1989
Birthplace: Albury NSW
Occupation: Engineering/Science student at ANU
Favourite Trails: Namadgi National Park – Stockyard Spur, Bimberi Peak, Booroomba Rocks
La Sportiva Shoe Favourite: Helios
As a kid nothing scared Tom more than bees and dirt. Running was simply a tool for his main sport of hockey, until university. ANU’s Inward Bound competition blindfolds teams and drops them in the bush in the middle of the night, leaving them to figure out where they are and navigate 100km in a foot race to the finish. This event inspired Tom’s passion for navigation and long distance running. In 2013 he broke his 15 year commitment with hockey to focus on trail running/rogaining. Tom currently trains with Canberra groups such as the ANU Tri/Friends club, ANU Running/Adventure Racing club and Gerard Ryan’s athletics group.
Birth-Date: December 22, 1979
Occupation: Environmental Scientist
Favourite Trails: Sydney’s Bush Trails, Blue Mountains
La Sportiva Shoe Favourite: Wildcat
Gill’s love the outdoors has transitioned from spending weekends climbing, canyoning, mountain biking and walking to a greater focus on Rogaining (the sport of long-distance cross-country navigation) and trail running – Ultras! Her strength is definitely endurance.
Gill completed in her first 24 hour Rogaining event in 2006 and since then she has Rogained socially and competed in State, Australian and World Championships. In 2009 she started trail running regularly around the local Sydney bushland tracks with friends, and since 2010 has been entering trail races of increasing frequency and distance. She says, “the best thing about Rogaining and trail running is the new places I get to explore (and the people I get to meet). As there is always another mountain to climb with a spectacular view at the top”. 2013 was an awesome year for Gill, starting with her dominates at the Alpine Challenge and was very much guaranteed the win and line honors, until the crazy conditions set the race into a spin and forced the closure of the course. Gill’s highlight was her fantastic result in the UTMB ending 6th, the highest placed Australian at this event!
Birth-Date: October 22, 1972
Birthplace: Brisbane, QLD
Residences: Mt Beauty
Occupation: Teacher – Mt Beauty Secondary College
Favourite Trails: Local Mt Beauty Trails, Mt Bogong & Feathertop Tracks
La Sportiva Shoe Favourite: Helios
Aaron moved from Queensland to Mount Beauty in the Victorian Alps to pursue cycling and his love of snowboarding. As also a lifelong keen runner he would often run more than ride during winter when the thought of riding in the rain & cold was far less appealing ! During this time he also spent summers working on the local Parks Victoria Firecrew with legendary mountain runner Andy Kromar. A combination of Andy’s influence and his love of ascending meant he was soon entering local trail races like Bright 4 Peaks and the Razorback Run. After a few final years chasing glory on the MTB and road bike he has turned his full attention to mountain running. He is loving the new style races with brutal beautiful courses with lots of steep climbing!
Birth-Date: August 12, 1974
Birthplace: Gosford NSW
Residences: Forresters Beach
Favourite Trails: Boudii National Park
La Sportiva Shoe Favourite: C-Lite
Since a child Clarke has always been super active,running,athletics,bmx and AFL filled his spare time. He never sat still! It is still the same today and his love of running has matured into, the more difficult the terrain the more he likes it.Best Results-4th/5th North face 100km36th UTMB 110km2x 1st Kokoda challenge, team1st GNW (cr) 100km6th Buffalo StampedeHis most memorable run would probably be running down the technical single trails off Mont Blanc base camp 3300m and into the town, approximately 2000m of downhill flat chat – doesn’t get any better than technical downhill!