I have been running since school days but took on long distance in 2001. My pet run is the 6ft track marathon with a 4.26 PB. I have completed 40+ road marathons to date with a 2.56.20 PB. Lately, I have crossed over to “the dark side” and taken up ultra running; completing 5 x 100 milers including the Grand Slam. Since starting distance running, I have as well occupied various club committee roles and take much satisfaction in putting something back into the running community. I am currently the Club’s Secretary and am enjoying the wave of trail running movement.
My name is Ian Sargent but most people know me as “Sarge”. I have been running for ten years after a lifetime of playing other sports. I am glad that I am on the Running Wild committee this year as I really believe in nurturing a trail running culture in the Blue Mountains and want it to prosper. I have met some lovely people whilst running in the Blue Mountain’s bush and some of them have become close friends. Some of them I can even beat in a race !! I hope everyone that runs with Running Wild this year enjoys the beauty of our surrounds and improves their PBs along the way.
Brad was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He is a reformed accountant and in 2010 celebrated his 50th birthday by running the 6ft track and since then has continued this passion by running predominantly on bush trails over various distances including the North Face 100 in the Blue Mountains.
While running trails he observed a genuine “fellowship” with fellow trail runners as well as a connection with the trees, the mountain air, black cockatoos and with the earth.
He is a firm believer in “Pay it Forward,” repaying good things done to him to others instead of the originator of the good deed with the ultimate aim to make our world a better place to live.
I run trails. Lots of them. I’m not fast, but I love the peace, tranquillity and the scenery out there, in fact, I usually run with a camera to capture those magic moments on the trails. I’ve been running for over 15 years and run both short and long distances, although the marathon and 50 km are my favorite. I’m a keen runner of all Blue Mountains trail runs, including the Six Foot Track Marathon, Woodford to Glenbrook, Mt Wilson to Bilpin and the Wild Endurance, but have been known to run road races too, like the Gold Coast Marathon and Sydney Marathon. I’d like to run some overseas marathons, like London or Tokyo, to experience something new. As I said though, I’m not fast – you will find me in the back half of a race, but hey, I enjoy it and that works for me. I am really happy to be part of the RW committee – I love volunteering at events and crewing. It’s an amazing experience giving something back to the sport you love and helping others achieve their goals.
Luke is new to the trail running scene, his early athletic pursuits were in the field of Triathlon. It took the better part of 10 years and trying all of the distances in the sport for him to figure out that he couldn’t swim or bike. Not that he could run much better but he enjoys running and when you can put running on trials instead of running next to lycra clad testosterone filled competitors, could you really ask for more!?!? Luke is very keen to help the Running Wild team and test his metal ‘out there’ as long as he doesn’t have to see snakes!!!
I started running about fifteen years ago and that was just short runs on a treadmill. After that decided to run outside and ran a couple of city to surfs. Joined Hills Athletic and eventually got lured onto the dark side. Discovered Quarry rd and decided that I was a trail runner have now run most of the trail events in and around Sydney. Usually in the back half of the pack and I don’t get lost nearly as much these days
I am a recent Blue Mountains resident and the timing was perfect to get to know the trails featured in the first series of Running Wild I love running everything from 10km road races to 100km+ trail ultras, with NF100, GNW100 and 6foot being just a few favourites. Living here is great for training as I am able to run some brilliant upper mountain trails virtually from my own backyard. There is a great running community in the mountains and I am regularly running the trails with the Leura Icebergs. The Friday coffee run has been very popular especially after those cold winter mornings.
I’m really excited to be a part of the Running Wild Committee for Season 4.