Epic bush adventure for ultra-marathon runner

As if being an ultra-marathon runner wasn't challenging enough, Scotty Page is planning to tackle a disused trail through some of this region's wildest country.

HISTORIC TRAILS: Richard Tarlinton and members of his extended family set off on a pack horse ride along the historic WD Tarlinton track in 2015.

HISTORIC TRAILS: Richard Tarlinton and members of his extended family set off on a pack horse ride along the historic WD Tarlinton track in 2015.

And while he enjoys his hobby of ulltra-marathons, Mr Page also plans to use the trek to raise money for charity as well to raise awareness of the historic trail and its potential uses.

The WD Tarlinton Track winds its way more than 200km from Braidwood to Cobargo. It was forged in the early 1800s when three Aboriginal trackers showed William Tarlinton - Mr Page's great-great-great-great-grandfather - a pathway between the districts that became the major thoroughfare linking the fertile Valley to the Monaro.

These days, part of the Tarlinton Track runs through the Deua and Wadbilliga National Parks and declared wilderness areas.

"Traditionally, local horse-riding groups maintained the track by way of use, but with restrictions now on this land, the last 20 years has seen a decline in use and as a result, a degradation of the track," Mr Page said

Access for All, a community group of 400 horse riders and other interested parties, has for the last two decades argued for authorities to reinstate responsible public access along these tracks.

A couple of months ago, their wish came true. Following a two-year trial that showed no environmental damage caused by horse riding on these specific tracks, management plans of some of these national parks were changed to reinstate access along the tracks.

EPIC: Camping out on the WD Tarlinton Track, which stretches from Braidwood to Cobargo. Photo: Melissa O'Brien

EPIC: Camping out on the WD Tarlinton Track, which stretches from Braidwood to Cobargo. Photo: Melissa O'Brien

"As a descendant of the great pioneers I have decided to take an amazing group of ultra-athletes and run/trek this great track from Braidwood to Cobargo in September.

"This is to bring awareness to the track and the possibilities of multi-use for the future.

"I have visited the area three times and have connected with local bushmen and landholders who have taken me out on horseback to blaze the track using local knowledge and GPS technology.

"Our adventure will pass through some truly wild areas. From the head of the Shoalhaven River to Woila Ck, Tuross and Wandella. We will encounter over 50 river crossings and 200km plus of fire trail, bridle track, and original gazetted road. Each night will be spent at camping at significant spots that are directly linked to our pioneering days.

The WD Tarlinton Track

The WD Tarlinton Track

"Memories of yesteryear will be everywhere along the track and we will document this for future visiting trek parties."

As well as running the trail for fun(?!), Mr Page and his group will also be raising money for 4ASDKids, a charity for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder.

"I have been involved with the charity founded by Mat Rogers and Chloe Maxwell for some time now and I am truly passionate about the results this has achieved. I believe the Far South Coast could benefit from this."

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