The event is now truly on the map and though COVID-19 put paid to the father of The Barkley Marathons and the Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra, Lazarus Lake (aka Gary Cantrell) attending with the AAA Racing team in 2020, we were hopeful of big things in 2021.  Sadly, COVID restrictions in New South Wales and Victoria decimated the 250 strong field by 50% and, unusually for Queensland, an uncharacteristically cold first night did a lot of damage.

However, though it seemed unlikely early in the second day, Jamie Hunter hung on to push the irrepressible Kevin Muller to 42 hours, breaking his own event record by one hour in the process.

There’s a potential big number to be had on this course and despite the heat that has to be handled through the day, the night time hours [usually] provide the best conditions on a near flat track.

Chris Murphy still holds the course (and Australian at the time) record of 46 laps, set during Big’s International in much hotter conditions and a much smaller field in October 2020.

The event is once more sold out for 2022 and with COVID having less and less of an impact, we can expect a 250 strong field.

Alun Davies

AAA Racing & Coaching