Nicola McMahon

100km | The Trailiens

The Guzzler - Athlete profiles

Get to know the Guzzlers

We're so lucky to have some amazing people lining up for both The Guzzler and The Glass Half Full. In the lead up to race day, we're featuring some of the athlete stories here. In this edition, we meet Nicola McMahon. A newer trail runner with some serious natural talent, Nicola is lining up for her first 100km in July!

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Nicola McMahon

"I’m as keen as a tentative bean!"

Why are you running The Guzzler?

It’s the inaugural event hosted by my club, in my backyard. No brainer... Actually though, otherwise I could have employed some logic to deter myself from running a ridiculous distance over Brissie’s most gnarly trails. However, I’m as keen as a tentative bean!

Antics aside, I wouldn’t think twice about entering an event put on by The Trail Co. These guys gave me my start in trail running and their ongoing advice and support continues to drive my passion for the sport.

How long have you been trail or ultra running?

I’m pretty new to trails. I started trail running after stumbling across The Trail Co during a run in April 2018. I was on my way to Enoggera Reservoir and decided mid-run that my worn out road shoes might not cut it there. I stopped at the shop, bought a pair of trail shoes and have barely hit the road since. In terms of ultra-running, I’m a total noob. I did my first marathon in September 2018 and my first ultra (Blackall 50) the following month. 

What's your proudest trail running moment?

Being considered for a spot on this page ;) This is the first and likely only time my name will be tied to the word ‘athlete’. I’m lapping it up. 

Race wise, crossing the finish line of Blackall 50 (my first ultra) was a massive achievement and to place in my age group was the icing on the cake. Having said that, I’m not spoilt for choice, I’ve only competed in 2 trail races.

How will you get through the tough times on course?

Quality beats and banter. ‘From Miley to Yusef’ is a phrase I throw around on long runs from time to time. Arguably, the earlier half of that unlikely duo might by lacking in ‘quality’. When a run starts getting tough, I generally chuck my head phones on and jam out. Alternatively (and preferably), I love a chat. We’re going to be out there a while, if anything, this is a networking opportunity. Failing that, I like to smile and take in the surrounds - that tends to get me further than anything else. 

What's your goal for the event?

As always, to finish the event. Having never run 100 km, the distance is inconceivable. Luckily, I can take comfort in the fact that as long as I finish, any time will be a PB for me. At this stage, my goal is to avoid running right through the night. As much as I love catching a sunrise, two before hitting the hay on race day is less then preferable! 

Who would be your ultimate race crew?

Pippy for the tough love, Libby for the love love (and the snacks… Lib, you do good snacks).

Wise Words

It really do be like that sometimes.’

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Tell Us Your Story

From first timers attempting a new challenge through to experienced ultramarathoners, front, middle or back of the pack, everyone attempting The Guzzler and The Glass Half Full is an athlete and everyone has a story. Want to share yours with us? We'd love to hear from you as we get to know some of our Guzzlers.

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The Guzzler is hosted by The Trail Co. ABN: 90609730985