By Sally McGlew
HENLEY Brook’s Margaret Hadley has been named winner of the Annual Australian Ultra Association (AURA) runner awards, for Female Ultra Runner of the Year 2020.
Hadley won the award after what the judges described as an astounding performance in a 12-month period.
AURA Committee president Ewan Horsburgh said Australian ultra-runners had risen above the challenges and achieved amazing things despite COVID-19 challenges.
“Margaret’s achievements are an inspiration to our running community across the country and we are pleased to recognise that with this award,” Mr Horsburgh said.
The committee mentioned “her strong and consistent podium finishes across a range of ultra-events in WA”.
Hadley said it was an honour to be recognised by the association for her 2020 race results.
She has been running for 10 years.
“I took up the sport when I was 30 and it’s been the last four years I’ve started to get into ultra-running,” she said.
“It takes a while to build up a good base of distance and I tend to run in blocks of four weeks, rest and then train again.”
Hadley runs all over Ellenbrook and Henley Brook and says she would cover 140-200kms a week when she’s training for an event.
A 100km run generally takes competitors 8-9 hours to complete.
“It’s important to get nutrition right,” she said.
“I love the peaceful quiet and relaxing time when I’m running.”
Hadley has represented Australia in Croatia for the Ultra World championships and she hopes to compete at that level again.
“The Croatian course was very hilly and it was very hot in 2018, so I would love the opportunity to compete again as we came about 20th in the world,” she said.
“The support I receive from trainers Camille Herron and Jenny Taplin, keep me on track – hopefully it will be another big year in 2021.”
Hadley said the sport emphasised endurance not speed and between her fulltime job and running, she led a busy life.