Tarlinton Epic Super Adventure: 200km from Braidwood to Cobargo

ADVENTURE: Scott Page and family about to embark on an epic adventure on a trail their forebear William Duggan Tarlinton knew well.
ADVENTURE: Scott Page and family about to embark on an epic adventure on a trail their forebear William Duggan Tarlinton knew well.

After spending the past year mapping out an epic 200km adventure, Scott Page is ready to run a track walked by his forebears.

On Saturday, September 21, the ultra-marathoner sets off to tackle the WD Tarlinton Track - a fading pathway Indigenous people showed to early settlers.

The Queenslander has mapped out a five-day adventure from Braidwood to Cobargo, with the help of Far South Coast residents and his family. Mr Page is a descendant of pioneer, William Duggan Tarlinton.

"He was one of the pioneers who first used these tracks, shown to him by the Aboriginals," Mr Page said.

"The last of the true bushmen to use these for a living, to run their cattle, was my grandfather, Super Sutherland."

William Duggan Tarlinton.

William Duggan Tarlinton.

Whilst raising awareness of autism and fundraising for 4ASDKids, Mr Page also wants to raise awareness of the almost forgotten track.

"In 1999, some national parks were declared wilderness areas; the only way to see it was on foot," he said. "For past 20 years, these historical, significant tracks have had minimal use."

In April 2018, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and lobby group Access for All launched the book, Tracks in the Wilderness, which highlighted the South-East's disappearing bridle trails. Mr Page was inspired.

He has a vision to host a Tarlinton Epic Super Adventure for the public.

"My goal is to showcase these areas on foot, to show the respect that it deserves and take a small party."

Following the old blazed trail, Mr Page will be joined by two descendants and first time ultra-marathoners, Dan Woodford of Bungendore and former Moruya resident Kim Davidge.

"We intend on doing it as fast as we can, with the help of our support, Team Super," Mr Page said.

Scott Page ready to set out on a five-day adventure through tough terrain. The biggest day is 85km and the shortest, 17km.

Scott Page ready to set out on a five-day adventure through tough terrain. The biggest day is 85km and the shortest, 17km.

"We will be camping each night at historically significant sites, to really get the feeling of running in our pioneers' footsteps."

Mr Page faces a challenging trek using GPS through rough terrain: "This is next level for me. Preparation has been extensive, with 18 weeks of training. It is my hobby and passion."

The biggest day is 85km and the shortest, 17km.

Exhausted and sore, at the end of the adventure, a special greeting will lift their spirits.

Mapping out the five-day adventure.

Mapping out the five-day adventure.

"I had the biggest privilege, talking to Cobargo Public School students who will run the last 1500 metres with me," Mr Page said.

"When you're hurting, that's a bigger reason to do it."

A big finale will take place at the Cobargo Showground at 2.30pm on Wednesday, September 25.

For Mr Page, a cold beer and steak will be on the cards as he looks forward to celebrating at the finish line with his family and the community.

To see the route, CLICK HERE.

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