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Michael Milton

Michael Milton is not built to be a runner. Let’s start with the fact that he has one leg. “You can add mid 40s, a little overweight, a few recurring injuries and a two-time cancer survivor to the list,” Milto says with a laugh. Don’t be fooled; he has some cred. He’s won six Paralympic gold medals in ski racing, holds the Australian record for speed skiing at over 213km per hour, represented Australia at a summer Paralympic games in track cycling, has walked Kokoda twice, climbed Kilimanjaro, competed in two triathlon World Championships, and has run a marathon. Yet he thinks the UTA 50 could be his biggest challenge. He will race on special running crutches he designed himself and says he will struggle with the terrain and the narrow tracks. He will get sore hands and wrists and burn double the calories per kilometre compared with two-legged runners. We can’t wait to see him on course and will be saving a big cheer for him at the finish line “hopefully not too long after dark”.



Nicole Bunyon
Nicole Bunyon is a mother of three and Founder of Running Mums Australia, a nation wide running network for women and mums. Always a runner, she started focusing on endurance running after her first marathon in 2013 and has since ran numerous distance events from 5k up to 60kms (including 2016 UTA50). With a passion for ultra and trail running in particular, Nicole's vision is to inspire the everyday woman to have a go at things they never thought possible. This will be Nicole's first 100k event and she is excited to share her journey along the way. Nicole's aim is to run well, stay injury free and enjoy the ride while sharing her passion to inspire others. You can find out more about Nicole and the women that form the RMA community at www.runningmumsaustralia.com.au.

You can follow Nicole's UTA100 journey here:
Road to UTA100 Part 1
Road to UTA100 Part 2
Road to UTA100 Part 3
Road to UTA100 Part 4
Road to UTA100 Part 5


Pip Candrick

Almost 6 years ago Pip was diagnosed with a Brain Tumour. She underwent major brain surgery to have it removed but sadly suffered a brain haemorrhage a couple of weeks later placing her in a critical condition. Throughout her recovery Pip managed to regain strength and has slowly rebuilt her life from scratch. Pip's day to day life now brings many challenges and will never be the same as how it used to be. However during the time of her recovery Pip somehow found trail running and this has helped her heal on so many levels and has now given her a life she is so grateful to have. Pip completed the 50km Ultra-Trail Australia in 2015 and the 100km in 2017.