Ian Sargent


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 Smithers

Vice President

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.

Helen Pretty


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.

Martin Dugdale

General Committee, RD Kedumba Half

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

Paul Waddell

General Committee, RD Glenbrook Marathon

My name is Paul Waddell. I have been able to overcome many issues, including obesity, due to great men and women who have encouraged me to run more often, longer and faster. I am now unashamedly completely addicted to trail running, to the beautiful scenery and the challenges it brings, but even more so for the wonderful friends I have made on this adventure. And so now it is time for me to serve and give back to the community that has supported me, in the hope that others may benefit as I have. With a spring in my step, I look forward to a great Season 6 for Running Wild NSW!

Anthony Bowesman

General Committee

I started walking the trails 5 years ago with the Oxfam Trailwalkers and soon decided that they could be done faster than a walking pace. I really enjoy the longer distances and love the solitude of the trails and being able to explore remote places, although my ankles have taken a beating in the process!

I discovered Running Wild in Season 2 and have been running their races ever since. I love the organisation’s attitude and way they do things. What they do, they do very well. Getting up at4am on a Sunday morning to head up to the Blueys is something I look forward to!

Shaun Whitehouse

General Committee, RD Kedumba Half

As a young bloke I ran a lot during my time in the Army, but after joining the commercial world about 10 years ago I became very unfit and quite unhealthy being constantly on the road travelling. 3 years ago I moved to the mid mountains with my wife and we began exploring the numerous trails on our doorstep. There is nothing better than an early morning run in the bush, or getting out to clear the head at the end of a long work day. I entered a few RW events and loved the support out on the trail and the great organisation of the events. Im looking forward to helping others challenge themselves and have fun doing it during the RW season.