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Tuesday 21st April 2015
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By  Melissa Robertson

I’ve recently started writing articles for the Search4Hurt Magazine which you can pickup at News Agencies or get an online membership at http://www.search4hurt.com/membership/ My first articles in Issue 4 came out this week and I’m pretty stoked to see them in print.

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Category: Training
Tuesday 21st April 2015
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By  Melissa Robertson

I’d raced the Buffalo Stampede Marathon last year and it was a seriously challenging race, so this year I was back and racing the Buffalo Stampede Ultra Marathon, 75kms and over 4500m of elevation gain; hills, a mountain, rock climbing, more hills, crazy steep ascents and descents all along the way. Guaranteed to be a challenge!

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Categories: Race | Trail Running
Saturday 11th April 2015
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By  Melissa Robertson

Six Foot Track is one of my must do races of the year, the race itself has been running since 1984 and my history with it started in the early 90’s when we’d make the yearly trek to Jenolan Caves for dad to run Six Foot Track while we spent the day exploring caves.

The race itself is 45kms from The Explorers Tree at Katoomba

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Categories: Race | Trail Running
Sunday 1st February 2015
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By  Melissa Robertson

There's something especially hard about a 10km race. Unlike other events where I get to catch my breath by having to hike up a mountain or getting a long downhill that I can just let loose on and use to recover, for me a 10km race is a constant grind where I feel like I never get to catch my breath and my heart rate is going through the roof.

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Category: Race
Tuesday 25th November 2014
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By  Melissa Robertson

I heard about the Carcoar Cup on the Coolrunning forums from some of the Western Sydney Marathon runners who were heading out there to race it and it seemed like a great excuse for a weekend of running and camping. Carcoar is a tiny little town about 30 minutes outside of Orange that appears to exist in the century before last, there's not a

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Category: Race
Saturday 1st November 2014
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By  Melissa Robertson

I'd been pretty nervous in the days leading up to this race, not only was it my first ultra, but also a local race put on by Terrigal Trotters who I run with. The start line at Teralba was a well organised affair with the check-in, weigh-in, and pre-race briefing all running smoothly. I caught up with dad (who was volunteering at various points

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Categories: Race | Trail Running
Saturday 26th July 2014
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By  Melissa Robertson

Today I set a new record for time from the start of a race to being completely covered in mud of <10 seconds as the Spartan World Championship Team tryouts started down the super steep hill

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Categories: Obstacle Racing | Training
Wednesday 26th March 2014
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By  Melissa Robertson

Six Foot Track is a grueling 45km trail marathon from the Explorer’s Tree, Katoomba to Caves House, Jenolan Caves.  Runners have just 7 hours to complete what is normally a 3 day hike.  This was my second year doing the race and this year I was up at the front of the pack in wave 1.  For the past year, since I’d last run

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Thursday 7th November 2013
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By  Melissa Robertson

This past weekend I had the pleasure and pain of running in Australia’s inaugural Spartan Ultra Beast. The race was held at Picton about an hour South of Sydney, and was in the same location as the Sprint earlier in the year. The race was run as two laps of the Beast course so 42km’s (26 miles) in total.

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Categories: Obstacle Racing | Race
Thursday 3rd October 2013
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By  Melissa Robertson

I’d been training for the Spartan World Championship for the past few months with running, sprint work, boot camp, gym training, obstacle training, lots of hill work and swimming. This was mostly done in the early hours of the morning before commuting to Sydney

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