Introducing our Run Vault Athletes

There is a clear synergy with the values enshrined in these athletes and Run Vault as a new company striving to do things differently.

We help fuel their passion by supporting them & sharing their stories with you. They are amazing humans, doing extraordinary things.

They're also humble souls, so it's up to us to give them a shout out!

We love our Run Vault athletes - we're sure you will too.

Nicholas Bamford

Nick got into running to avoid embarrassing himself as part of a company Tough Mudder. He dipped in and out of recreational jogging for a few years, including having a go at the Brisbane Trail Marathon. He really started training properly in October 2019 to prepare for Tarawera 100 Mile Ultra in NZ.

He is coached by British Ultra legend Damian Hall and form coach Shane Benzie (Author of the lost art of running).

The key to his running is consistency - plan the next goal before completing this one and recognise that each session is a building block on a longer journey. He runs really happy because running makes him happy! He doesn't subscribe to the pain cave view of the world.

In his spare time he is the Managing Director of a measurement equipment company & draws on the strategic and analytical skills learned in business to train and prepare for races. (Yes, he does have a Powerpoint presentation and Excel model for each race)! In his sporting past he played Rugby Union at school and represented the University of Oxford at Ice Hockey and Tiddlywinks.

His recent race results are a testament to his commitment and dedication to the sport we love:

Blackall 100km Trail Race Oct 2021 (10hrs 17min) - 1st Overall

Brisbane Trail Ultra 100 Mile 2021 (20hrs 5min) - 2nd Overall

Ultra-Trail Australia 100K 2021 - (10hrs 48min) - 10th Overall

Alpine Challenge 42km 2021 -
(3:32:27.8) - 1st Overall

Guzzler 100km 2020 (12hrs 14min) - 1st Overall

BVRT 100 Mile 2020 (16hrs 47min) - 1st Overall and Course Record

Coast to Kosci 240km 2020 (28hrs 58min) - 3rd male

Tarawera Ultra 100 mile 2020 (21hrs 51min) - 10th male

If he's not out running 200km training weeks and climbing the height of Everest, Nick will crack Scottish jokes while pacing you on your ultra race to keep you entertained. Nick is a grounded and genuine guy who puts in the hard work every day & is happy to share his knowledge.

He's also a massive geek, and loves performing experiments with race, plans, gear, and nutrition.

His goal races include Tarawera 100mile in Feb, Spartathlon, Badwater135 and UTMB.

You can follow all Nick's adventures through these links:

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Robyn Koszta

Robyn lives north of Brisbane near the stunning Glass House Mountains, where she does the majority of her training. Obstacle Course Racing is what she loves the most, and she developed a keen interest in the sport after first having two children.

Robyn is the first to admit she wasn't a runner and found even running a kilometre was a major effort when she first started out. Obstacle Course Racing, especially long distance, puts lots of kilometres in the legs which Robyn knew, so she kept at it and has eventually fallen in love with her time on the trails.

"I run because I actually enjoy it - its an escape from the daily routine and gives me my time with no interruptions".

Spartan World Championships Robyn Koszta. Racing for the podium in the sandbag carry

Robyn races the Australian Spartan Races as much as she can, and has found herself on the podium many times.

Racing has also taken her overseas, competing in the Spartan World Championships at Lake Tahoe in the US, and the Spartan APAC Championships in Thaiwoo, China.

More recently Robyn has competed in a Trail Marathon at Mt Mee, a Spartan Ultra Beast on the Gold Coast, True Grit Aussie Titles 24hr Enduro in Sydney & a major break-out win in the Guzzler 100K trail race in Brisbane.

Highlights of her racing career so far include:

2021 Blackall 50km Trail Race - (6hrs 18min) 10th Female

2021 Guzzler 100K (15hrs 17 min)

- 1st Female & 13th Overall

2021 True Grit Aussie Titles
11 laps 121km - 1st Female

2020 Spartan Ultra Beast Gold Coast (8hrs 47min) - 1st Overall

2020 Mt Mee Classic Trail Marathon - 2nd Female

2019 Spartan APAC Championship - 4th Female Elite

Exercise brings Robyn's family closer together - they all have different goals and interests, but in different ways they overlap and it gives them common ground.

Robyn sees the importance of being an active parent, doing the things she loves and getting the kids involved. She feels exercise should be fun for her family, not a chore, and is grateful they are able to do the things they do.

One of Robyn's core beliefs is balance - whether it's the food you eat, your training, work or family.

As a busy mum Robyn has learnt that if she is pushing too hard with her training she becomes exhausted and fatigued, and this affects her as a partner and a mother.

"It's about finding what works for you, as this could be entirely different for someone else and that's OK".

Next up for Robyn is a family ultra adventure around the Glasshouse Mountains, the Spartan Bright Ultra, 24hr True Grit Enduro and UTA100km.

You can follow all Robyn's adventures through these links:

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Sonya Alba-Miller

A resident of Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands above Cairns FNQ, Sonya started running in 2005 for fitness, doing her first trail race not long after that and then falling in love with the sport.

Being a busy mother of three and working full time, running is her disconnect from a busy lifestyle and makes her feel happy, whilst she also loves setting goals and conquering them.

She has raised funds for charity and run in The Great Wheelbarrow Race in Far North Queensland on numerous occasions as part of a team, and also run the race solo twice, which is 140km in three days pushing a wheelbarrow!

She has competed at UTA 100km, Blackall 100km & The Great Pyramid Race, as well as other trail ultra races including The Guzzler and the Kuranda To Port Douglas 64km Ultra.

Some of her race results include:

Blackall 50km Trail Race 2021 - 3rd Female

Turtle and Lamb Trail Race 19km 2021 - 1st Female

Geoquest Adventure Race Crescent Head - 4th Team

The Guzzler 50K 2020 - 2nd Female

Great Pyramid Race 2019 - 2nd Female

Great Wheelbarrow Race 2014 & 2017 - 1st Solo Female

2015 Babinda Gold Rush Trail Marathon 1st Female

Kuranda To Port Douglas Ultra 2015 - 1st Female

Sonya loves anything outdoors, volunteering at many adventure events and making life long friends doing what she loves, whilst exploring new trails and destinations.

Next up for Sonya is the 24hr True Grit Enduro in March 2022.

You can follow all Sonya's adventures through these links:

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Jamie Hunter

After spending most of his childhood on the Gold Coast, Jamie settled himself in Brisbane Australia, enjoying the river city pathways and nature trails in the backyard of South East Queensland.

His passion for running and endurance sports didn't really start until 2016, when a family member developed dementia, a debilitating illness. The doctor's diagnosis was "treatable" but not "curable".

He started running to manage the emotions that came with this news, to stay strong and support his family during these difficult times. Quickly he saw how the pressures of life could be better handled with a positive attitude & by having exercise and fitness goals as his daily cleanse.

His first major event was the 24-hour Tough Mudder held in Las Vegas in 2016. In the lead up to this event he entered the very hilly Brisbane Trail Marathon around Gold Creek in 2016, organised by TRAQ. He remembers the event vividly and was texting his wife Vanessa during the race saying "this is so hard - the hardest thing I have ever done"! The Worlds Toughest Mudder event in Las Vegas was an unforgettable journey with his cousin Michael, where hiring an SS Camaro & thundering down Interstate 15 was as much of a thrill as the event itself!

Race achievements:

Last One Standing Backyard Ultra 2021 - Assist with 41 hours and 275km

24 hour True Grit Enduro Obstacle Race Aussie Titles 2021 - 1st Overall

Two Ups Trail Marathon 2020 - 1st Overall

Brisbane Trail Marathon 2019 - 2nd Overall

Spartan Ultra Beast Peaks Crossing 2018 - 4th Overall

Buffalo Grand Slam Ultra 20km-75km-42km 2018 - 8th Overall

24 hour Worlds Toughest Mudder Las Vegas 2016 - 15th Overall and 1st Age Cat

Personal Achievements:

24 hour home isolation run challenge May 2020 - 204km

Everesting for Mental Health October 2020 - 113km, 8,848m elevation $9,048 raised

Australian Ninja Warrior Competitor Season three 2019 - Heats

An advocate for mental health awareness, Jamie's raised funds for charities including Alzheimer’s Australia and The Human Connection Project.

Jamie is also the Head Coach at Run Vault Performance and gets a huge buzz out of helping people across Australia getting more out of their running, racing and training. His motto in training is to always be ready - although his training is race focused, he is always looking long term for overall health and wellness.

He believes success in racing starts with mindset and a belief in yourself. Starting a race with self doubt makes for a hard day out!

As a Father of two young girls he finds great joy in guiding and watching them grow to become strong and independent women.

Next up for Jamie is the Spartan Ultra Beast in Feb and then to retain the crown at True Grit 24-hour Enduro next March. Followed by UTA100km.


You can follow all Jamie's adventures through these links:

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