Athlete Support

Athlete Support is crucial to creating a safe and professional trail running community. The team at Brisbane Trail Ultra and Festival is giving back to athletes by awarding prize’s, free entry into next years events and athlete ambassadorship. We have 3 race ambassadors and we are looking for 3 more race ambassadors to represent the Brisbane Trail Ultra. Ben Duffus (Brisbane), Alana Vought (Gold Coast)  and Karen Barrett (Newcastle)  are our race ambassadors. We’d love to have 3 more.

If you’d like to become one of our Brisbane Trail Ultra race ambassadors and be part of our marketing campaign please contact our Race Director Shona Stephenson with your race results, social media information.

Our Brisbane Trail Ultra team also believe that athlete support is important for our entrants. We believe mentoring and coaching from a fully qualified and experienced Ultra Trail Coach can be the difference between you having an amazing experience and achieving your goal finish time at the Brisbane Trail Ultra or having the worst time of your life, getting sick or injured and then having to pull out with a Did not Finish (DNF).

The BTU team is fortunate to have the support of some amazing and experienced coaches. We have given the below coaches a 5% Discount code to enter the Brisbane Trail Ultra to encourage our entrants to receive coaching for our event:

Shona Stephenson – Brisbane

  • 10 years experienced as a Running Coach, Sports Nutritionist, Rehabilitation trainer
  • 8th Ranked on the UTWT, 3x 3rd at UTA Aust, 3x 1st B100, 1st Oxfam TW Sydney.
  • 10th UTMB, 2nd UTMF, 6th UTMF, 6th Tarawera Ultra x2
  • Race Director and Course Designer of the Brisbane Trail Ultra
  • Outdoor PT Brisbane and Ultra Training Australia
  • Email;

Ben Duffus -Brisbane

  • Brisbane Trail Ultra Race Ambassador, Elite Athlete, Australian Representative.
  • 7 times represented Australia,
  • 3rd Place Skyrunning Ultra Championships ,
  • B50 Winner, 2nd Place UTA
  • Mile 27 Running Coach
  • Email;

Jodie Oborne – Brisbane 

  • Brisbane Trail Ultra MC and RMA Ambassador, AURA official.
  • 3rd Mount Xiqiao International 24 Hour Ultramarathon 176.240km, 2016
  • 1st Soochow International Ultramarathon (Taipei, Taiwan) 227.429km
  • 1st River Run 50km 3:56:53 (Course Record)
  • Up Coaching
  • Email;

Gary Mulins – Sydney

Contact Gary

  • NSW State Marathon Champion 2016 & 2017
  • Australian Marathon Championship, 2nd, 2017
  • Australian 50km Championships, 3rd
  • 2013, 3rd 45+ Age Group
  • Tokyo Marathon 2018. 2hr:31:54
  • Representative – 3 x Australian 100k World Championships

Coaching –

  • 2014 1st Female Sydney Harbour 10, 4th Female City 2 Surf.
  • 2016 1st Female Six Foot Track, 5th Female Gobi Desert International 100km
  • 2017 5th Female 2Bays 56km
  • 2nd, 9th, 10th Female UTA22
  • 3rd Female UTA50
  • 3rd Female City 2 Surf
  • 1st Female Team City 2 Surf
  • 1st Female Sydney Running Festival 1/2 Marathon
  • 1st Female NSW State Marathon Championship
  • 9th Female Fuxian Lake 50km
  • 2018 3rd Male Two Bays 56km
  • 1st Female Nagoya 1/2 Marathon Japan

Junior Coaching

  • 2016 4 x State Cross Country reps,
  • 2 x National Cross Country reps
  • 2017 9 x State Cross Country reps
  • 3 x National Cross Country Reps
  • 2018 13 x State Cross Country reps
  • 4 x National Cross Country Reps

Other –

  • 2018 Australian Team Manager
  • 100km World Championships, Croatia

Brendan Davies – Sydney

  • Experienced Running Coach
  • UTWT 5th Place Ranking,
  • UTA 1st Place x2,
  • 1st place SCC,
  • Western States 8th
  • UTMF 5th Place,
  • Commonwealth Ultra Trail Running Championship, 4th
  • Up Coaching Head Coach
  • Email;

Kellie Emmerson – Melbourne

  • Experienced Running Coach
  • 5th Place UTMB
  • 1st Place UTA 100, 1st place UTA 50
  • 1st place SCC
  • 3 x time National long course trail running champ (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • 3 x time Australian representative for World Trail Running Championships
  • Up Coaching
  • Email;

Andy Dubois – Byron Bay