We are proud to announce our latest Chasing Vert supported athlete, Richard Avery.
A humble runner from WA who has some huge race's and adventure's coming up this year, we could not ignore this hard working talented runner on the rise.
So who is Richard Avery ? (from the man himself)
I have a huge desire to extract the most out of life I possibly can. Having been through some deep and dark times, seen some amazing humans taken too early, and others use their bodies and opportunities poorly, I am driven to succeed. I am lucky enough to have a healthy body that responds well to training, and live in a country where it’s relatively easy to make a living in 40 hours of the week, so why not use the rest of the time to explore nature, our minds, and what our bodies can achieve
I am also passionate about inspiring others, particularly children. We need to be excellent role models for our future generations if we are to call ourselves a successful society. If we raise the bar in our own lives, so those looking to us will be inspired to raise the bar even higher, and create even better results in the process. We need to work hard at our passions, because results won’t just arrive at our doorstep.
Growing up in Marlborough, NZ, I always loved the outdoors and team sports. I spent a lot of my earlier years reading books on mountaineering and survival stories. I also enjoyed playing sports right through my schooling years, representing both my school and the Nelson/Marlborough provinces in Hockey and Squash.
I began running marathons in 2008 as a way to test myself, and soon fell in love with the movement and freedom of running. I discovered ultra-marathons in 2011, when Racing the Planet held a 100k race in Northern Western Australia. Devastatingly, this race resulted in 5 competitors being taken to hospital with severe burns and I was taken off course with severe dehydration. This experience left me with little desire to continue running, and I took a 3 year break from the sport.
I completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management through Charles Sturt University by distance education in 2010, while working on a mixed enterprise farm in Kojonup, WA. I have worked in the Agriculture industry ever since and now own and operate a grain marketing business.
I am also now a dedicated ultra-marathon runner. I allocate 17 to 25 hours per week in training, mostly consisting of running, but also cycling, hiking and gym work.
I am the current West Australian state record holder for both the 24hr and 100km races.
In 2017, I am travelling to Belfast, Northern Ireland to represent New Zealand in the World Championships for 24 hour running, and am looking to use this as a platform to propel my career further.
I am also hoping that my recent 100km victory will be enough to qualify me for the New Zealand team to represent the nation at the World Championships, in September 2018 in Sveti Martin na Muri, Croatia. The team will likely be named in March 2018.
The video below explains one of Richard's Big adventures for this year, his attempt at the FKT (fastest known time) on the Bibbulmun Track.
If you would like to help Richard achieve his goals this year, you can visit the Chasing Vert online store and if you purchase some of our gear we will allocate $5 per sale to a Fund to help Richard financially and also with our gear.