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.

Carla Sawyer


A Blue Mountains girl born and bred. However, never really ventured to far on the trails much as a kid until I fell into running in 2011. My first official trail run being Running Wild’s Wentworth Falls run (Season 3). Since then have completed anything from 5km fun run’s to ultra-marathon’s, both on and off road, and can be found hanging out around the back of the pack. Running adventures have taken me overseas to NZ, Canada and Japan, however, the trails of the Blue Mountains are where I feel most at home. Am eternally grateful for the friends and memories running has given me and happy to give this back to others.

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!

Matt Dunshea

General Committee, RD

It’s only been in the last three years that I’ve taken to running in a “serious” way and to train for, and enter, races – mainly trail races. Previously, I used to run to supplement training for other sports that I was playing at the time. I find being involved as a volunteer for events every bit as rewarding as actually racing them. I’ve enjoyed being a part of the Running Wild team since Season 7 and especially love belonging to the broader Blue Mountains running community.

Mark Page

General Committee

Mark Page

My first trail event was the Running Wild, Glenbrook 25k in 2015. It was a challenge and despite a tough day out I simply couldn’t get enough. I have been quite lucky to run in a mix of Running Wild events, Six Foot Track, UTA50 and more recently the UTA100. Aside from the achievement of finishing such wonderful events, I’d have to say it’s the very supportive running community that I love most. I hope by being part of this great Committee, I am able to support you in achieving your running goals in Season 9 of Running Wild NSW.