Inside the 2016 Buffalo Stampede – Photo Essay
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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.

 

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Howitt Park the Buffalo Stampede festival hub.

 

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The two handed salute for victory to Aaron Knight in the Skyrun 12 on Clear Spot Mountain.

 

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Ultra SkyMarathon underway and saw the first runner Sam McCutchen back in 8 hours 24 mins.

 

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Locals, families and friends support was brilliant over the weekend.

 

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Matt Murphy on the way to 2nd in the Ultra SkyMarathon.

 

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The dusty descents made it tricky and tough for all levels.

 

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The calm waters of Owens river, a peaceful reflection.

 

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3rd placed Izzy Ross, day 1 of the Grand Slam.

 

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Kellie Emmerson taking the win of the SkyMarathon leading from the front all day.

 

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Etienne Blumstein Jones, a stellar weekend with a 3rd in the Skyrun 12 & 2nd in the SkyMarathon.

 

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Running along the rim of the Buffalo Gorge with Kyle Weise.

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A super performance from Lucy Bartholomew to be out front all day and take the Ultra SkyMarathon, another great win for her.

 

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Up high on Mount Buffalo in the SkyMarathon with Matt Groves.

 

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Jarrod Page into Eurobin before the 10km climb up to the Buffalo Chalet.

 

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Meg Reeves happy with her Skyrun 12 win.

 

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Yet another strong performance from Gill Fowler to podium in 3rd for the SkyMarathon.

 

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Sam McCutchen finishes a hard day in the office.

 

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Kelly Emmerson over the moon with her win of the SkyMarathon.

 

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A wise choice of grippy shoes made it easier when the path became steep!

 

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Majell Backhausen charge down Buffalo couldn’t close the gap, missing 3rd place by metres!!

 

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Ross Hopkins solid performance saw him over in 6th for the Ultra SkyMarathon.

 

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Amy Lamprecht into the Chalet checkpoint and onto 2nd in the Ultra SkyMarathon, a super day out for the Tasmanian.

 

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Tasting victory…

 

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The fans on Buffalo made the day!

 

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Ewan Horsburgh push hard for home taking 7th at his first Buffalo Stampede appearance in the Ultra SkyMarathon.

 

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Tarne Berry moving up the Big Walk and onto Mount Buffalo.

 

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A fine sponsor for the Buffalo Stampede, Bright Brewery.

 

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The Skyrun 12 men’s podium: 1st Aaron Knight, 2nd Matt Cooper, 3rd Etienne Blumstein Jones.

 

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The Skyrun 26 women’s podium: 1st Sophie Brown, 2nd Rebecca Cladingboel, 3rd Renee Fortunato.

 

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The Buffalo Stampede kids race was also a fierce battle.

 

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The Skyrun 26 men’s podium, 1st Luke Preston, 2nd Matty Abel, 3rd Ben Derrick.

 

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Luke Preston with the Skyrun 26 win 2:57:58.

 

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One of the many bell ringers on Clear Spot.

 

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No looking back.

 

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The silverware.

 

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Another year done, see you in 2017…


 

Photo: Andrew King / La Sportiva Australia

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