Training and Preparation

To make training for the Margaret River Ultra Marathon as achievable as possible we’ve gathered the following resources to provide you with some assistance and structure for your preparation.

We’ve compiled a list of training tips, course recommendations and running group links and information below, and if you have any other helpful information then please let us know.

 

Index to the information below:

 

SQUADRUN - OUR OFFICIAL COACHING PARTNER

We have partnered with SQUADRUN as our principle coaching partner for the 2018 Margaret River Ultra Marathon. SQUADRUN is the largest ‘coach led running community’ in the South Pacific region and are the chosen training partner for the 3 largest trail races in the region, so with their track record and experience we highly recommend their programs and their enthusiastic running community.

SQUADRUN is run by two passionate coaches but it’s also a massive running community of people who share their experiences and support one another on their journey to fitness. It is also an advanced training system which delivers high quality, easy to use, programmes for a fraction of what most coaches charge.

How it works
After getting to know a little about your experience, current fitness, fitness goals, and risk factors Kerry and Ali can start working on a training programme that’s right for you.  The training is a ‘priority based’ and you are given a series of weekly training runs to complete with the freedom to plan them around your busy schedule.

4 week coaching trial
As an introductory offer, SQUADRUN are providing a 4 week coaching trial of their training program for the discounted price of $29 each (normally ~$60). The $29 trial has no obligation, no hidden costs and no set-up fee.  You can begin your training when you want and leave at any time!

Visit the Margaret River Ultra Marathon store to purchase your 4 week trial HERE, visit the SQUADRUN website for more info or contact them direct with any queries via TheCoaches@squad.run.

Check out Squadrun's "5 Tips for your best run at MRUM"

And some great tips for the road to race day in 'Sharpen, Taper and the road to race day' 

FREE training weekend on the course - 24-25 March 

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the training runs on the courses over Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March. Photos from Saturday's run on leg 3 can be found here, whilst photos from Sunday's leg 4 / 5 run can be found here OR keep in touch with the group via the Facebook event here.

 

Run gently workshop

We are happy to partner with Margaret River local runner Marian McRae in offering a great running workshop she's conducting in the days leading up to the event. Details:

Learning to Run Gently on the Body $29. Thursday May 03 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Margaret River Recreation Centre

Many Runners Simply run to FEEL GOOD. They are mildly interested in improving speed, distance and pace, but they are MORE INTERESTED in just being able to run INJURY FREE. This 90 min workshop led by Marion McRae (Physio, Endurance Athlete and Movement Systems Expert) will be an opportunity for you to learn unique and powerful movement concepts which will have you running with improved efficiency, ease and grace well into your 80's!! This is not a passive event, please come prepared for light movement. Click here to make a booking or contact Marion here to ask a few questions.

 

First timers

As with all things in life, the bigger the challenge… the bigger the reward. Most first time ultra marathon runners recall their first finish as one of the most incredible moments of their life. It’s amazing what your mind and body can achieve. So step up, sign up for a challenge and re-write your own limits.

  • Need training advice or people to train with? We can help – see below…
  • Not sure where to start? We can help – give us a call 03 5261 5511
  • Want to join a team? We can help – see our Teammate finder page HERE

 

RUNNING GROUPS / CLUBS

There are more and more (trail) running groups out there, all of whom are very welcoming of new runners and supportive of those tackling an ultra marathon. Listed below are a few of the more active WA groups but with a bit of searching I’m sure you’ll find some other runners near you no matter where you live.

 

Margaret River Trail Runners

Margaret River Trail Runners is a club formed to take advantage of the trails in the Margaret River region, to encourage more people to run and to meet and socialise with other runners. The club organises a social run most Saturday mornings at 7:00am and the occasional larger event. To run with us all you need to do is email us, and we will let you know where the runs are and any other details or learn more from their website or facebook page.

 

Dunsborough Running Club

Train up for the big weekend with the Dunsborough Running Club!

Training sessions are:

  • Tuesday 5:30pm
  • Friday 5:00pm
  • Sunday 8:00am.

Find out more on the Dunsborough Running Club Facebook page.

 

The Perth Trail Running Series

If you are based in Perth and want to hook up with some other trail runners or do a few shorter races then the Perth Trail Series is a great place to start. Organsied by one of the friendliest runners you’ll ever meet – Melina Melino - they have a summer and winter series and also meet for a social run at 5:55pm at Kings Park every Thursday. Check out their website and facebook page.

 

PHAT Runners

The Perth Hills And Trails is another Perth based trail running group who run the trails around Perth every week. They usually conduct at least two group runs per week (midweek and weekend), which vary from around 1.5 hours to 8 hours, from 12km to 50km+… They have a supportive and inclusive environment and welcome experiencd trail runners looking for a regular group. Check their website for more.

 

Victorian running groups

If you are from Victoria we have a long list of groups around Melbourne on our Surf Coast Century groups page here.

Please contact us if you are from, or know of other trail running groups in your area we could list here.

 

Where Else to train

 

Cape to Cape Walking Track - ideal training locations!

The Margaret River Ultra Marathon race course uses some sections of the Cape to Cape Walking Track. This makes it accessible on race day but also provides some safe and clearly marked routes for training runs in the lead up to the race.

The Cape to Cape Walk Track runs for 135 kilometres along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, between the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin in the far south west of Western Australia.  It features spectacular coastal and forest scenery, a fascinating geology of cliffs, caves, headlands and rock formations and an ever-changing display of vegetation and wildflowers.

Visit the Cape to Cape Walking Track for detailed information including maps, track access points, track alerts, and join their 'friends' section to meet other friendly runners/walkers:

 

Forests and National Parks of the Margaret River Region

The south west coast of WA is a natural playground with pristine forests and bushland throughout the Margaret River Region. Click HERE for details on locations and maps which are all perfect training grounds for the Margaret River Ultra Marathon!

  

Got a Group session we can promote?

We are more than happy to promote other groups' training sessions on the course - please email the details to info@rapidascent.com.au

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