Interview between Friends Council and ultra-marathon runner Richard Bowles

The Council of the Friends of the Heysen Trail was able to sit down and chat with ultra-marathon runner Richard Bowles, who recently completed his 15-day run of the 1,200 km Heysen Trail.

In the interview he talks about his excellent experience with the Heysen Trail – the scenery, the way marking, the huts, the people. He goes on to describing himself as not a runner or superhuman, yet why he undertakes such runs, talking about headspace and motivation. He talks about food, shoes and why he camped on the trail.

Captions are available in the video.


Richard Bowles >> I’ve ran many trails around the world and if I’m honest this [the Heysen Trail] is the best marked, the best looked after, the huts are amazing, you guys have done a wonderful job. You should give yourselves a round of applause.

Video of Ultra-Marathon Runner Finishing the Heysen Trail

Further to yesterday’s email about ultra-marathon runner Richard Bowlescompleting his 15-day run of the Heysen Trail, you can view the Seven News TV video at

Richard ran to promote the work of Red Dust Role Models.

“Health is a basic human right” says Richard. Red Dust state it is essential to the social development of Indigenous people in remote communities.

Health promotion strategies improve and transform lives and have a sustainable impact on social, economic and environmental conditions. Health promotion is a practical approach to achieving greater equality and closing the gap.

You can donate funds to the cause at

Ultra-marathon runner finishes Heysen Trail in 15 days – watch Seven News tonight

Ultra-marathon runner finishes Heysen Trail in 15 daysUltra-marathon runner Richard Bowles has completed his run of the Heysen Trail. Finishing this afternoon at Cape Jervis after 14 days, 8 hours and 32 minutes on the trail. He was welcomed by his crew and our President Robert Alcock, who was there with a nice cold beer on hand. Well earnt mate!

He was interviewed at Cape Jervis by Seven News, so you can catch the story on tonight’s news.

Walk Leaders Training Day

Leading-a-walk-with-the-Friends-of-the-Heysen-TrailWalk Leaders Training Day
Saturday June 21st 2014
9.30am to 2.00pm

Want to know more about leading walks? A no-obligation day, looking at the topic of leading walks. This is your chance to find out how the Friends organises walks.

Book online, no charge.

Lunch and drinks provided.

Woodville Lawn Bowls Club
Oval Ave, Woodville

Topics to be covered include:

  • The Heysen Trail and the Friends
  • Leadership
  • Leading a walk
  • Tail-ender role
  • Administrative tasks
  • Basic map reading and navigation
  • Equipment
  • Issues

For more information contact the office.

Runner to Complete the Heysen Trail in 14 Days

Richard Bowles to run the Heysen Trail, Dingo of the Heysen TrailStarting Sunday ultra-marathon runner Richard Bowles is running the entire 1,200km of the Heysen Trail in 14 days.

Follow The Dingo of the Heysen Trail progress on his Nixon Red Dust Run via:

Having arrived in Adelaide, he met up with president Robert Alcock this morning.

Richard Bowles is an Australian ultramarathon runner and adventurer based in Melbourne, Victoria. Richard has many world records running trails that cover the length of entire countries.

Major Re-Route of Heysen Trail around Bangor Bushfire

Bangor bushfire damage at Wirrabara nurseryA major re-route of the Heysen Trail is in place around Wirrabara Forest, the site of the January/February 2014 Bangor Bushfire.

The temporary 44km re-route replaces a 41km section of the Heysen Trail and affects the Northern Guidebook from Map 2.3 through to Map 2.8.

The re-route trail is marked, and takes the trail along roads through Laura. The re-route continues along the shared-use railtrail, and along backroads to rejoin the original trail alignment south of Murraytown.

Wirrabara Forest remains closed indefinitely to the public due to the risk of falling trees and to allow salvage harvest operations. Forest access is limited.

Beetaloo Tank Camp Site is still accessible. It has suffered some damage but is functional.



The Heysen Trail through Bundaleer Forest remains closed following the January 2013 Bundaleer Bushfire. A marked temporary re-route is in place.