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Welcome to Peak Pursuits, your go-to podcast for all things trail running in Australia. Host Simone Brick is joined by fellow trail enthusiasts, Brodie Nankervis and Jess Jason. Together, we're here to fuel your love for trail running, share insider tips, and keep you updated on the latest events and races. We will be joined by Australia’s best trail runners, showcasing their journeys and the ups and downs of the sport at the highest level.

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Welcome to Peak Pursuits, your go-to podcast for all things trail running in Australia. Host Simone Brick is joined by fellow trail enthusiasts, Brodie Nankervis and Jess Jason. Together, we're here to fuel your love for trail running, share insider tips, and keep you updated on the latest events and races. We will be joined by Australia’s best trail runners, showcasing their journeys and the ups and downs of the sport at the highest level.

    Interview: Everything A Race Director Wishes You Knew with Chris Ord

    Interview: Everything A Race Director Wishes You Knew with Chris Ord

    Welcome to another interview special of the Peak Pursuits podcast!

    In this interview host Sim sits down with owner of Tour De Trails Chris Ord to discuss all that goes on in the behind the scenes of trail races. They discuss the challenges faced, mandatory kit and why it's there, the team it takes, permits, the financial stakes; and most importantly why Chris has so much passion and energy for bringing these events to life. 

    Come for the laughs and stay for the heartfelt honesty - this one gets deep to the core of trail running and is a doozy!

    Sim: @theflyingbrick_

    Chris: @onelifewild @tourdetrails 

    Tour De Trails Events Calendar and Info: https://tourdetrails.com/events-calendar



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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 9: coastal Ascent Recap

    Episode 9: coastal Ascent Recap

    Welcome to Episode 9 of Peak Pursuits, your premier podcast for trail running in Australia. This week, we dive into the excitement of the Coastal Ascent. Hosted by Vlad Ixel, Jess Jason, and Brodie Nankervis, this episode is filled with training updates, trail news, race results, and more.

    00:00 - 21:20 :- Training Week Updates

    We start off the episode with our training week recaps. Jess discusses some bumps in her training consistency and her performance in the 2nd round of the Perth Trail Series. Vlad shares an update on his European adventure, running through the stunning mountains of Germany, and reveals what race he has coming up next. Brodie covers how he has recovered from his speedy 10km last weekend and how he is feeling after one of his biggest mileage weeks since managing an Achilles injury.

    21:20 - 28:45 :- Trail Running News

    Next, we cover some exciting trail running news: Hoka has announced they will be opening a NIL platform for high school trail runners. This development is sure to provide young athletes with more opportunities and support as they grow in the sport.

    28:45 - 32:00 :- Trail Fails Segment

    In our Trail Fails segment, Jess talks about the dangers of relying too heavily on your watch for route directions during a race. Her story serves as a humorous yet valuable lesson for all trail runners.

    32:00 - 53:15 :- Weekend Race Results

    We then share the results from the weekend, starting with the third Golden Trail Series race in Australia at Coastal Ascent. This race was the main event domestically and featured our very own podcast host, Simone Brick. We discuss the performances, the competition, and the controversy of a few runners going off course.

    We also cover the results from other domestic trail races: Eagle and Child in Perth, Run Forest, and Wandi Cross in Victoria. Each race brought its own set of challenges and standout performances.

    Additionally, we delve into the international scene with results from the Swiss Canyon Trail, highlighting the standout performances and memorable moments from this challenging race.

    53:15 - End :- Upcoming Trail Races

    Lastly, we preview the domestic and international trail races coming up next week. With numerous events on the horizon, we highlight the key races to look out for.

    Thanks for tuning in to Peak Pursuits! Connect with us on Instagram @peakpursuits.pod to share your thoughts, questions, and your own trail stories. Until next time, keep hitting the trails and chasing those peak pursuits!

    Vlad: @vladixel
    Brodie: @brodie_nank
    Jess: @jessjason

    Coastal Ascent: https://www.multisportaustralia.com.au/races/the-coastal-ascent-2024

    Eagle and Child: https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=354890

    Run Forest: https://tomatotiming.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=16&RId=29665

    Wandi Cross: https://my.raceresult.com/272826/

    Swiss Canyon Trail: https://stats.even-outdoor.com/resultats/index.php?m=resultats&a=resultats&id_course=881&mc_cid=7d250d42e4

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    • 59 min
    Sylvia Nordskar : Winner of Zegama Aizkorri 2024!

    Sylvia Nordskar : Winner of Zegama Aizkorri 2024!

    Welcome to a special episode of the Peak Pursuits podcast where you will get to hear host Simone Brick interview this year's female Zegama champion, Sylvia Nordskar!

    You will get to know a little bit of background about Sylvia, then hear about how the race panned out from the inside and what it's like to lead one of the biggest trail races in the world. We cover mental strategy, training, Sylvia's progression to the top and much more.

    Thanks for joining us on Peak Pursuits! Connect with us on Instagram @peakpursuits.pod and share your thoughts, questions, or your own trail stories. Until next time, keep hitting the trails and chasing those peak pursuits!

    Sim: @theflyingbrick_

    Sylvia: @sylvianordskar

    Photo by @GoldenTrailSeries | @Zegamaaizkorri | @Mathisdecroux

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    • 31 min
    Episode 8: AUTRA gets up and Coastal Ascent Preview

    Episode 8: AUTRA gets up and Coastal Ascent Preview

    Welcome to Episode 8 of Peak Pursuits, your premier podcast for all things trail running in Australia. This week, hosts Simone Brick, Vlad Ixel, and Brodie recap their races from the last week, discuss the big news out of the AURA (now AUTRA) AGM and preview the 3rd round of the Golden Trail National Series at Coastal ascent, along with all our regular segments.

    00:00 - 35:20 :- Training/Race Week Updates

    We kick off the episode with updates on our training weeks. Sim, Brodie and Vlad all raced this week, and we dive a little deeper into how that went and how these races fit into the bigger picture of our season plans.

    35:20 - 52:20:- Trail running news: Spring Energy update and AUTRA

    After touching on this 2 weeks ago, Vlad gives us an update on the Spring energy saga. Sim then covers the outcome of the AURA (now AUTRA) AGM, before a discussion of what this could mean for trail running in Australia in the next few years.

    52:20 - 1:05:25 :- Race Results

    We then cover other significant race results from the weekend, both in Australia and overseas, with a recap of the skyrunning, golden trail and European champs races that have been happening!

    1:05:25 - End :- Upcoming Trail Events

    To wrap up the episode, we preview the exciting trail events coming up, including Coastal Ascent, the 3rd round of the Golden Trail National Series. Vlad and Brodie find out how Sim is feeling about the race, and what her final preparations will look like.

    Thanks for tuning in to Peak Pursuits! Connect with us on Instagram @peakpursuits.pod to share your thoughts, questions, and your own trail stories. Until next time, keep hitting the trails and chasing those peak pursuits!

    Vlad: @vladixel

    Sim: @theflyingbrick_

    Brodie: @brodie_nank

    AUTRA news release re: AGM and move to become AUTRA: https://www.aura.asn.au/2023-agm-held-may-28-2024

    Post recording AUTRA release re: national championships in 2025: https://www.facebook.com/share/p/hWr6JUpoCkzDmLXG/

    Kuitpo Forest Trail Run Results: https://eventstrategies.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=90&RId=536

    The Trail Running Series Race 1 Smiths Gully results: https://tomatotiming.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=16&RId=29662

    European Off Road Championships results: https://my.raceresult.com/287980/results

    Hochkonig Sky Race: https://my.raceresult.com/248505/results

    Zegama results: https://www.kronoak.com/live/2024/zegamaaizkorri/

    Zegama race coverage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsJpNVeK-W4

    Coastal Ascent website:  https://www.coastalascent.com.au/

    Coastal AscentInstagram page: https://www.instagram.com/thecoastalascent/?hl=en

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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Interview: Janet Ng - President of ITRA

    Interview: Janet Ng - President of ITRA

    Join host Vlad Ixel as he chats to Janet Ng. 

    Janet is the President of the International Trail Running Association (ITRA), a founder and race director of Hong Kong 100, a key member in the team behind World Trail Majors and quite an accomplished trail runner in her own right!

    Vlad speaks in depth to Janet about the inaugural Asia Pacific Trail Running Championships, the formation of the World Trail Majors circuit, the direction of ITRA and the development of the sport as a whole. 

    Thanks for tuning in to Peak Pursuits! Connect with us on Instagram @peakpursuits.pod to share your thoughts, questions, and your own trail stories. Until next time, keep hitting the trails and chasing those peak pursuits!

    Vlad: @vladixel

    Asia Pacific Trail Running Championships: www.aptrc2024.com/ [http://www.aptrc2024.com/]

    World Trail Majors: https://worldtrailmajors.com/

    ITRA: https://itra.run/

    Hong Kong 100: https://www.hk100-ultra.com/

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    • 50 min
    Episode 7: Asia Pacific Trail Running Champs - What We Know So Far.

    Episode 7: Asia Pacific Trail Running Champs - What We Know So Far.

    Welcome to Episode 7 of Peak Pursuits, your ultimate podcast for trail running in Australia. This week, hosts Sim Brick, Jess Jason and Brodie Nankervis dive into the excitement of the newly announced Asia Pacific Trail Running Championships alongside all the usual segments.

    00:00 - 26:40 ~ Training Talk

    We kick off the episode with our training week recaps. Jess gives the rundown on her first race in a few months at the opening race of the Perth Trail Series winter edition. Simone discusses how she's managing her training while navigating a minor cold, emphasising the importance of training smarter, not harder. Brodie updates us on another solid week, enjoying the company during his sessions and long runs. Both Sim and Brodie also share their race time predictions as they prepare to compete in the Lakeside 10 next week.

    26:40 - 32:25 ~ Trail Fails Segment

    In this week's Trail Fails segment, we have a hilarious story from Tom Driscoll about the embarrassment of tripping over oneself while trail running. Learn from Tom's misstep and enjoy a good laugh with us.

    32:25 - 45:40  ~ Asia Pacific Trail Running Championships

    Next, we delve into the main event: the Asia Pacific Trail Running Championships being held in South Korea in October. We cover the events, detailing when and where they will be held, and explain what we know so far about who is eligible and how Aussie runners from U23 to Open can nominate themselves for our first regional champs of this kind.

    45:40 - 56:25 ~ Weekly Race Results

    We then recap the results from the week, including highlights from Run The Gap, PTS Winter Series Snakes n Ladders, and the Melrose Running Festival; Celebrating the achievements and standout performances from these exciting races.

    56:25 - End ~ What's Coming Up

    We wrap up the episode by previewing the trail races to look out for in the coming week. With numerous events on the horizon, get ready to add these to your calendar!

    Thanks for tuning in to Peak Pursuits! Connect with us on Instagram @peakpursuits.pod to share your thoughts, questions, and your own trail stories. Until next time, keep hitting the trails and chasing those peak pursuits!

    Sim: @theflyingbrick_
    Brodie: @brodie_nank
    Jess: @jessjason

    Run The Gap (VIC, grampians): https://my.raceresult.com/292347/results

    Snakes and Ladders (Perth): https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=353369

    Melrose Running Festival (SA): https://www.webscorer.com/startlist?raceid=347597

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    • 1 hr 3 min

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