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:

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 next race is UTA100 in May & goal races include Spartathlon, Badwater135 and UTMB.

Nick has his focus now set to compete in the 24 hour track invitational in Canberra in July, with an interest in chasing down the UK record.

He'll then swap the track for hills to defend his 100km Guzzler title, before then lining up at the Blackall 100km Ultra trail race in October.

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 and the True Grit Aussie Titles 24hr Enduro in Sydney.

Highlights of her racing career so far include:

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".

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:

2015 Babinda Gold Rush Trail Marathon 1st Female

Great Wheelbarrow Race 2014 & 2017 - 1st Solo Female

Great Pyramid Race 2019 - 2nd Female

Kuranda To Port Douglas Ultra 2015 - 1st Female

The Guzzler 50K 2020 - 2nd 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.

She plans to run The Guzzler 50K again in July 2021.

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

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