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Dave Byrne

Running has been a major part of my life since I was in my early teens. From tearing around the track in little athletics, to representing Australia at World Junior and World Cross Country Championships, I have been a passionate middle and long distance runner for over 20 years. Highlights through this period range from winning the Australian junior title over 1,500m in 2000 and placing 2nd in the open national 1,500m in 2003, to coming third in the Zatopek 10,000m in 2005 and more recently placing 2nd in the Tarawera Ultra Marathon.

While my background is in track racing, I have a newfound love of the trails that has seen me return to training after giving the sport away in 2006. Now, the focus is on the long stuff and hitting the trails and mountains. It’s a new journey and so far I have had some great success in Australia’s biggest races. In the years ahead I’m keen on taking on the challenge of some of the most iconic global trail races.

When I’m not running I’m spending time with my wife, pug dog (Bosco) and getting lost in my books. My hobby is collecting rare and antique books, maps and ephemera, which sees me constantly searching online for curious items to add to my shelves!

Nickname 

Byrnie

D.O.B

10 January 1981

Hometown

Darlington, Sydney

Favourite Food?

Japanese

What Music Do You Listen To?

Everything from Muse and Alt-J to Fischerspooner and Bach!

Training Nutrition?

Tailwind and V Fuel Gels

Three Things You Always Pack?

My pug dog pyjamas featuring my mate Bosco

Favourite Movie?

lord of the rings…all of them!

Biggest Strength?

Relaxed attitude

Biggest Weakness?

Maybe i’m over relaxed at times

Proudest Sporting Monent?

Crossing the line in my first 100km race

Most Humbling Moment?

Being beaten by the swiss alps – they’re beasts

Favourite TNF Product?

Endurus TR trail running shoe

Causes You Are Passionate About?

Loss of language and culture in indigenous Australia

Favourite Destination For Your Sport?

French Alps

Favourite Piece of History In Your Sport?

The birth of The North Face 100 in Australia. Today it’s the biggest trail running event in the southern hemisphere. The creation of this event took the sport to another level in our region.

Who Inspires You The Most?

My father. He’s always striving for perfection in everything he does and works his ass off, even though he was supposed to be retired by now!

2014

  • 1st Knapsack 3 Hour race (Record)
  • 1st 6ft Track Marathon
  • 1st Buffalo Stampede SkyMarathon
  • 5th Sydney City to Surf
  • 1st Southern Highlands Challenge 50km
  • 1st Bathurst Edgel Jog 7.5km (Record)

2015

  • 5th Asian SkyRunning Championships (Hong Kong) 28km
  • 2nd Six Foot Track Marathon
  • 1st Mt Buller Skyrun 45km
  • 1st Buffalo Stampede 32km (Oceania Skyrunning Champs)
  • 2nd Buffalo Stampede 42km (Oceania Skyrunning Champs)
  • 1st M7 Half Marathon
  • 7th Sydney City to Surf
  • 1st Southern Highlands Challenge 50km
  • 1st Yurrebilla Ultra 56km (Adelaide Hills) (Record)
  • 2nd Kepler Challenge 60km (NZ)
  • 2nd Tarawera Ultra 102km (NZ)

2016

  • 1st Ultra-Trail Australia 22km

2017

  • 4th Tarawera Ultra 102km (NZ)
  • 2nd Buffalo Stampede Skyrun 20km
  • 2nd Buffalo Stampede Skymarathon 42km
  • 4th Ultra-Trail Australia 100km

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