05 Apr Richard Avery
Richard Avery is an ultramarathon runner who hails from a farming region in New Zealand’s South Island and he loves to help new runners develop in his sport.
He moved to WA in 2005 to work during uni holidays and loved it here so much that now lives and trains in the wheatbelt town of Kojonup, WA.
How did you get into Ultra Running?
In my final year of high school, my best friend died in a car accident. After that, I set myself a challenge to do something new and big every year for the rest of my life. In 2008, this was to run a marathon (at the time 17km was the furthest I had ever run). I ran several marathons over the next few years and then saw an advert for a 100km trail race in the Kimberley’s in 2011. I signed up, but encountered major dehydration issues midway through the race, and was taken to hospital for treatment. Upon getting to hospital, I was made aware of a fire that had burnt 6 competitors, two of them were fighting for their life. I recovered and luckily no one died, but I had lost my desire to run, and gave up for 3 years. In 2014, nearing 100kg, I knew I needed to turn my unhealthy life around, so began running. I was determined to finish a 100km race, and in January 2015 I finally did (all be it I was dead last). I loved who I am so much more when I run, so kept at it.
What are some of your results and racing highlights so far?
In March 2016, I finished 4th at Northburn 100, a 100mile mountain race in New Zealand. Then in August that year, I ran 240.431km in 24hrs at the Bunbury track ultra, setting a new WA state record in the process. I ran a 7:35:56 100km road race in January 2017 in Australind, which is also a state record at present.
What race destination would you love to go to?
I would say Switzerland, where I am headed in June; and then the Rocky Mountains.
How many kms per week do you run in preparation for a race?
Training for 24hr Ultra Running World Championships will see peak weeks of 250km running, with a lot of climbing in there too. I have had a lot of weeks around 200km with some time on the bike for recovery.
What other training do you do besides running to prepare for your marathons?
I do 5 mins of bodyweight exercises every day (squats, single leg dead lifts, planks etc.). I like to do recovery sessions on my stationary bike to reduce the vertical forces on my body. No other formal training, but I do play competitive squash and hockey, and try to keep active as much as possible.
Where is your favourite place to run?
The Stirling Range National Park is fantastic. I have a couple of runs there that I consider brilliant for all levels of runners.
What’s your recovery routine?
Hydrate ASAP, some light stretching. Try to get on the stationary bike if I have time. If it has been an easier effort or endurance workout, I’ll have a cold shower, otherwise warm.
Why are you passionate about representing Bindi?
I love to help new runners with their development. I have made a lot of errors with nutrition in the past, and am keen to help other runners avoid those. I promote a healthy, clean diet, and Bindi is one of the few sports drink manufacturers offering products made from natural ingredients.
I am passionate about the sport and living an active lifestyle, and I enjoy inspiring others even more!