Over the course of a week, we tested the limits of resilience.

Victoria’s Alpine Region has long been heralded the ideal training ground. Looking to add some variety to kick off their season, runners Clara Smith & Tayla Billington joined triathlete Marcel Walkington, and Olympic triathlete Aaron Royle on return from his off-season break.

On secluded roads with no distractions, the team explored new limits with new friends.


The anticipated cool mountain conditions were soon forgotten with the early sun making hot work of the morning shakeout.

This sun, combined with the dust from passing vehicles completing off-season roadworks, quickly turned an ‘easy’ run to a dusty, dry adventure. The team finally found some solace on the surrounding trails, and a post-run drink of spring mountain water made the mouth full of dust well worth it.