“Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits” Anon
An avid trail runner, Ben has gravitated towards longer and challenging race formats. While not always on top of the podium Ben has had much success in his amateur running years dating back to his first road ultra in 2014 finishing eighth in the 50km event.
After years of writing programs from hard earned lessons and assisting others to success in their own events Ben has formalised his qualification as a Level 1 Run Coach to join the Tony Smith Run Coaching Team, complimenting Tony’s road race expertise specialising in training for trail events.
Ben believes in using goals and races for motivation while having some flexibility in training targets to keep training for those goals fun and effective.
With a similar military background to Tony, Ben has similar values when it comes to training dedication and commitments to both his clients and their goals.
accreditation & Qualifications
Athletics Australia Accredited Coach 2020
Athletics Australia - Level 1 Run Coach 2020
2019 Great Southern Endurance Run, 171km with 10,500m v+, Silver buckle finish in 37 hours 30 - 8th
2019 Birdy’s Backyard Ultra, 87.1km 2,500m v+, 13 hours 7th
2018 Waterous Trail On Foot, 161km 3,300m v+, 23 hours 30, buckle finish - 12th
2017 6 Inch Trail marathon, 47km 900m v+ 4 hours 14 - 33rd
2017 Great Southern Endurance Run, 181km 10,300m v+, 42 hours 38, Bronze buckle finish - 17th
2017 Waterous Trail On Foot, 82km, 1,600m v+, 8 hours 19 - 1st
2016 6 Inch Trail Marathon, 47km, 900m v+, 4 hours 16 – 25th
2016 Lighthorse 12 Hour Ultra, 102km – 10th
2016 Watrous Trail On Foot, 161km 3,300m v+ 20 hours 59 – 3rd
2016 Feral Pig Ultra, 50km 1,000m v+ 4 hours 44 – 4th
2016 Australia Day Ultra, 50km 3 hours 46
2015 6 Inch Trail marathon 47km, 900m v+ 4 hours 10 - 24th
2015 Waterous Trail On Foot, 161km, 3,000m v+ 21 hours 45 - 1st
2015 Goldfields Pipeline Marathon, 42.2km 150m v+, 3 hours 12 – 5th
2015 ANZAC Day Challenge, 100km 10 hours 21 – 10th
2015 Lark Hill Dusk Till Dawn, 50km 5 hours 8 – 15th
2015 Australia Day Ultra, 50km 4 hours 10 – 6th
2014 Waterous Trail On Foot, 82km, 1400m v+ 9 hours 14, - 8th
2014 Bunbury 3 Waters, 50km 103m v+, 4 hours 44 – 8th
In addition, Ben has raced or volunteered at almost every trail event in Perth including a previous event ambassador for the Perth Trail Series