All posts by Samantha Gash

Ultra168: Editorial Board Member & Female Perspective Writer

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They are four lads from Sydney whose love for all things ultra running prompted them to set up in June 2011.  For the last eight months I have spent several hours reading their articles, interviewsgear review  and race reports as a procrastination from study and as an inspiration to push harder in my training sessions.  I was going to blame the lads if I failed my last law exam but luckily it never came to that! …

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In Cambodia with Zest

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Greetings from Cambodia,

After a fantastic two weeks speaking all throughout Australia for the AFA GenXt Roadshow (Australian Financial Advisers Association) I now find myself in Cambodia’s capital and largest city Phnom Penh.

A few months ago I met a rather inspiring lady called Liz Atkinson who is the Managing Director of Zest Marketing Concepts and one of the founders of the League of Extraordinary Women (LOEW).  I was invited to speak at LOEW’s first event in Melbourne and it was here that I heard Liz’s own story and was pretty blown away. …

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Bogong2Hotham Race Report

By | Out of control, Race, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm ” ~Willa Cather

Bogong to Hotham (B2H) is a gnarly race and although it is only 64kms in length it is boasted to be one of Australia’s hardest trail races. For anyone who has ever taken part in an event organised by Andy Hewat they will know how meticulous he is to detail and safety. This race is no different, the B2H field is capped at 100 competitors with each competitor needing to fulfill the qualifying criteria of a successful completion of an ultra in the past 12 months of ‘sufficient’ difficulty/ baseline requirement is 6ft track in 6hrs).…

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End of a Big Year & Thoughts on Multistage Racing

By | Nepal, Race | 2 Comments

Back to life in Australia and boy has the past few weeks reminded me how good a Melbourne summer can be! 2011 has been a biggie – completing my law degree, pushing the boundaries even further with my running and the clogs have constantly been churning on how to make a positive impact through the opportunities I have had and will continue to create.

After several months of travelling and completing RacingThePlanet’s roving race in Nepal, my body is in a bit of shock after a constant change of time zones and never ending flights.…

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RTP Nepal: Stage 5 (long march)

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We climbed up and up, powered across and soared down (repeat x 3). It was a fantastic day for me and I am super happy with how everything turned out. I was quite anxious the night before the long march but as I stood on the start line I reminded myself that the most important thing was to enjoy myself, be in the moment and just do my best.

We all went out at a decent pace for the first km as we knew we had a super steep stair climb coming up which would have everyone in single file.…

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RTP Nepal: Stage 4

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Mahhh – thank you for all of your comments they are exactly what I needed today.

Music is playing, kids are laughing and we are sleeping in guest houses tonight after eating real food. Yes we are still doing a RacingThePlanet event but things definitely feel somewhat different. The Italians were drinking beers, the Americans were eating potato chips and Samantha ate her noodles and sculled her Ascend Protein shake.…

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RTP Nepal: Stage 3

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We are at the most amazing campsite right now after climbing 650 metres in 4kms. It was a tough way to finish the 38km stage but it was nice to get off the jeep track that we were on for most of the day. Today was a good day for me and I managed to finish 1st women and I think 16th overall – completing the stage just shy of five hours.…

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RPT Nepal: Stage 2

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Distance – 32kms

Elevation gain –  1,364 m

Elevation loss – 1,579 m

Finished – 13th overall and 2nd female

Just finished a big 32kms in the mountains for stage two.  I see that you guys haven’t seen my first blog yet but have probably heard from the breaking news updates that a significant portion of the field is battling with diarrhea and sick stomachs (or as Eric LaHaie calls it – “mud butt”).…

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