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SA - Heysen Trail FKT record smashed

Postby beardless » Fri 22 Jul, 2022 11:08 pm

This is impressive. Runners Rurik "Roo" Symon, Simon Duke and Dan Camac have set a new fastest known time for the 1200km (edit: Heysen Trail Friends website says current distance without reroutes is 1102km) Heysen Trail.

They ran north to south from Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges to Cape Jervis in 12 days, eight hours and 20 minutes* (see correction).

That beat the previous supported FKT of 13 days 16 hours and 16m set by David Turnbull in 2017.

Below is an extract and link to an ABC report:

"Heysen Trail record smashed as endurance runners complete 1,200km journey in 12 days"
(ABC Radio Adelaide / By Daniel Keane)

One of Australia's most formidable hiking routes has been conquered in what is believed to be record time after three endurance runners shaved more than a day off the previous benchmark.

Key points:
The Heysen Trail stretches 1,200 kilometres from the Flinders Ranges to Cape Jervis
Rurik "Roo" Symon, Simon Duke and Dan Camac set off last week in honour of their late friend
They reached their destination on Friday afternoon, breaking the record set five years ago
For the past 13 days, Rurik "Roo" Symon, Simon Duke and Dan Camac averaged more than 90 kilometres per day along South Australia's Heysen Trail, enduring pain, discomfort and sleep deprivation.

The trio – who were honouring a mate who was killed last year in a crash – persisted after fellow runner Marcus Staker was forced to withdraw from the 1,200-kilometre trek due to injury.

The trail, which runs from Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges through the Adelaide Hills to the Fleurieu Peninsula, combines bucolic stretches with more challenging terrain and coastal clifftop paths.

It is one of Australia's longest recognised hiking thoroughfares and is a favourite of walking groups, but ramblers usually pace themselves and complete the journey in stages, often over months or years."

https//www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-22/runners-set-new-record-on-heysen-trail-walking-path/101260782
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Re: SA - Heysen Trail FKT record smashed

Postby beardless » Sun 24 Jul, 2022 9:35 am

Official time 12 days, 8 hours, 20 minutes
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