Photo gallery: Ultra-Trail Australia 2017

It was a wet start to the Pace UTA22 on Friday, May 19, won by Newcastle's Vlad Shatrov. Finishing in 1:42:27, Shatrov knocked a full minute off last year's inaugural Pace UTA22 won by David Byrne of Sydney in sunny conditions.

There was little between the four female race leaders over the 22km course, with the UK's Sophie Horrocks taking the honours in 2:04:16. Horrocks was closely followed by Ella Jamieson of Sydney in 2:05:42 and Jasmine Sargeant of Leonay, in 2:06:39.

On the Saturday, the first wave of UTA100 runners got underway at 6.20am to rain and cool temperatures, which cleared to a sunny day. Tim Tollefson from the USA  crossed the line in an impressive 8:52:00, with Lucy Bartholomew from Melbourne winning the women's race of the 100km event in 10:52:35, and Mt Victoria's Lou Clifton finishing third in 11:24:06, behind Hanny Allston from Hobart in 11:12:00.

Locals also featured on the podium in the 1.2km quad-killing UTA951 stair climb. Marnie Ponton from Glenbrook cleaned up the women’s race in 9 minutes 25 seconds, while former Bullaburra resident and Olympian Ben St Lawrence claimed the overall title in just 8min 23 sec.

In the 50km race, Nepalese Samir Tamang claimed victory in 4:07:09 and Kellie Emerson from Victoria was the first woman across the line in 4:42:27.


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