Run­ner falls short of south­ern ‘sea to sum­mit’ feat

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AF­TER run­ning from Kings Beach to the sum­mit of Mount Beer­wah dur­ing Jan­uary, James McAl­loon (pic­tured) had an idea.

The 26-year-old wanted to ex­plore his ul­tra-marathon bound­aries. Con­tin­u­ing his “sea to sum­mit” theme, James fig­ured he would just “cut to the chase” and go big.

So he at­tempted a 217km jour­ney from the New South Wales coastal town of Tathra to the sum­mit of Aus­tralia’s great­est peak, Mt Kosciuszko.

Un­for­tu­nately he fell short, aban­don­ing the trek 25km from the top of the moun­tain.

“I fig­ured if I trained hard and got good enough I could go all the way there,” he said.

Grow­ing up in Gympie, post school James spent time in South and North Amer­ica.

Over the years he has run of­fi­cial and un­of­fi­cial marathons, as well as been sup­port crew for friends un­der­tak­ing ul­tra events. Fea­tur­ing on his run re­sume is Detroit and Chicago marathons, as well as longer runs in Patag­o­nia and San­ti­ago in Ar­gentina.

An ex­pe­ri­enced climber, James be­lieved his time in Amer­ica has con­di­tioned him for the cold weather.

He moved to Alexan­dra Head­land 18 months ago.

Sup­port­ing James over the jour­ney was his part­ner Emma and friend Ben Sharp­ley. They had a van decked out with beds and a kitch­enette to fol­low the jour­ney.

Work­ing in mar­ket­ing and busi­ness devel­op­ment, James had been run­ning at least three days a week, with two shorter runs of about 12km and one long, as well as a hike to help build strength. He peaked at 70km for his big­gest run, en­com­pass­ing ar­eas like the Coastal Path, along the David Low Way to Sun­shine as well as the Noosa Na­tional Park.

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