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Lucy Bartholomew

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What's your full name? Lucinda Bartholomew

How long have you been competing? I’ve been running since I can remember but competing in ultras for 2 years.

Where do you call home? I live just outside Melbourne city, but not for much longer. I feel more at home in the Victorian Alps.

Favorite event or place to practice? My favourite even was the skyrunning world championships in Chamonix, France and I can’t wait to spend some more time running there and seeing the beautiful mountains.

What do you like best about your sport? When I started running I loved the really long stuff. My second ultra was 100km along the coast. Now I really love the mountains going up steep tracks and getting really high fast. This year I am focusing on the Skyrunning races up to 45km on technical and big mountains. I’ve really learnt to love the climbing and the views are unreal!

What is the strangest thing that has happened to you while doing your sport? Whilst running through the Simpson Desert I got chased by a group of emus and camels. It certainly made me run faster!

Do you have a claim to fame? I am pretty known for my incredible talent to take selfies whilst running or using my surrounding environment to take timer shots!

Do you promote an annual event or are you involved in a charitable cause? I promote the Salomon trail series and the new Salomon city trail event in Melbourne as well as being ambassadors for smaller races each year.

Any notable recent results? For 2014 my biggest accomplishment was 1st junior in the Mont Blanc marathon Skyrunning world championships. So far in 2015 my only race has been a 6th female in the Hong Kong MSIG50k.

Anything else we should know about you or your sport? I started running with my Dad as a way to spend time with him. I really didn’t enjoy it at first, but I gradually got stronger and faster. When I was 14 I crewed him for his first 100km event, The North face 100k and ended up running to some checkpoints to meet him. He then signed up for his next 100k event and I asked the race director if I could run too, we trained up and ran a 50km mountain race the week before because I was worried I wouldn’t make the distance. We finished the 100km in 12:36:00. The following year I went back and ran my own race and finished in 9:34:00!