Richard Bowles (born 19 September 1978, in Leicester, England) is an Australian ultramarathon runner and adventurer based in Melbourne, Victoria. Richard has many world records running trails that cover the length of entire countries. He is the first person to have run the world’s longest multi use marked trail Australia’s Bicentennial National Trail (BNT) from Healesville, Victoria to Cooktown, Far North Queensland a total of 5,330 km along Australia’s Great Dividing Mountain Range, in just five months Richard completed the rugged wilderness trail end to end. His achievements don’t end there. Only three weeks after completing the BNT, Richard was running on New Zealands, Te Araroa Trail, another 3,054 km mountain trail running the entire length of both islands, once again becoming the first and completing the tough trail to wrap up 2012. Early 2013 he was once again on the run on Israel’s National Trail and in just 14 days covered its 1,009 km length. It’s no surprise that the media have coined him a hybrid of Bear Gyrlls and Forrest Gump. At the end of 2013 he risked his life in the name of adventure running, when running around the base of the erupting Mount Sinabung volcano in North Sumatra and more recently set a record along South Australia' 1200km Heysen Trail, averaging 85km a day to complete the trail in just over 14 days..
Other running achievements
- 2010 - Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon, Nepal - Australian Record Holder 2010
- 2010 - Mind Alpine Challenge, Alpine Region, Victoria, Australia Overall Winners Team Outer Edge
- 2010 - Wilsons Prom 48 km, Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, Australia - former Course Record Holder 2010
- 2011 - Tasmanian 3 Peaks Race, Launceston - Hobart, Overall Winners.
- 2012 - The Australian Bicentennial National Trail 5330 km - First to Run the trails entirety in 5.5 months
- 2012 - Te Araroa Trail (New Zealand) 3054 km - First to run the trails entirety in 65 days
- 2012 - Ran over 10,160 kilometres of trail, equivalent to over 240 marathons
- 2013 - Israel National Trail (Israel)1009 km - Ran the trail entirety in 14 days with foot infection on day two.
2013 - Fist to run around an exploding volcano in Northern Sumatra 2014 - Baw Baw to Bourke Street, a three-day running record from Mt Baw Baw in Melbourne, Australia - to Bourke Street in the citys CBD 2014 - Heysen Trail, South Australia 1200km - 14 day record end to end.
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- Official website
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