Runner falls short of southern ‘sea to summit’ feat
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.