The 3rd edition of the Buffalo Stampede Skyrun started in its customary location of Howitt Park on the banks of the Ovens River in the centre of Bright, Victoria. 4 races over the three days took runners over Mystic & Clear Spot mountains and for those runners opting for the longer distances Mount Buffalo was also included.
Howitt Park the Buffalo Stampede festival hub.
The two handed salute for victory to Aaron Knight in the Skyrun 12 on Clear Spot Mountain.
Ultra SkyMarathon underway and saw the first runner Sam McCutchen back in 8 hours 24 mins.
Locals, families and friends support was brilliant over the weekend.
Matt Murphy on the way to 2nd in the Ultra SkyMarathon.
The dusty descents made it tricky and tough for all levels.
The calm waters of Owens river, a peaceful reflection.
3rd placed Izzy Ross, day 1 of the Grand Slam.
Kellie Emmerson taking the win of the SkyMarathon leading from the front all day.
Etienne Blumstein Jones, a stellar weekend with a 3rd in the Skyrun 12 & 2nd in the SkyMarathon.
Running along the rim of the Buffalo Gorge with Kyle Weise.
A super performance from Lucy Bartholomew to be out front all day and take the Ultra SkyMarathon, another great win for her.
Up high on Mount Buffalo in the SkyMarathon with Matt Groves.
Jarrod Page into Eurobin before the 10km climb up to the Buffalo Chalet.
Meg Reeves happy with her Skyrun 12 win.
Yet another strong performance from Gill Fowler to podium in 3rd for the SkyMarathon.
Sam McCutchen finishes a hard day in the office.
Kelly Emmerson over the moon with her win of the SkyMarathon.
A wise choice of grippy shoes made it easier when the path became steep!
Majell Backhausen charge down Buffalo couldn’t close the gap, missing 3rd place by metres!!
Ross Hopkins solid performance saw him over in 6th for the Ultra SkyMarathon.
Amy Lamprecht into the Chalet checkpoint and onto 2nd in the Ultra SkyMarathon, a super day out for the Tasmanian.
The fans on Buffalo made the day!
Ewan Horsburgh push hard for home taking 7th at his first Buffalo Stampede appearance in the Ultra SkyMarathon.
Tarne Berry moving up the Big Walk and onto Mount Buffalo.
A fine sponsor for the Buffalo Stampede, Bright Brewery.
The Skyrun 12 men’s podium: 1st Aaron Knight, 2nd Matt Cooper, 3rd Etienne Blumstein Jones.
The Skyrun 26 women’s podium: 1st Sophie Brown, 2nd Rebecca Cladingboel, 3rd Renee Fortunato.
The Buffalo Stampede kids race was also a fierce battle.
The Skyrun 26 men’s podium, 1st Luke Preston, 2nd Matty Abel, 3rd Ben Derrick.
Luke Preston with the Skyrun 26 win 2:57:58.
One of the many bell ringers on Clear Spot.
No looking back.
Another year done, see you in 2017…
Photo: Andrew King / La Sportiva Australia