Ben Duffus has an abundance of running experience. After twice representing Australia as a junior at the World Mountain Running Championships, he initially struggled to turn his potential into ultramarathon results. After starting to work with Mile27 in 2012, he reaped the benefits of race-specific training and finished 7th at the prestigious Ultra Trail Australia (then TNF100) in 2013. From there, steady improvement has led to many amazing experiences around the globe through running, such as a bronze medal at the 2014 Skyrunning World Championships.
With a background in scientific research, Ben values evidence based and up-to-date training methods, but as an athlete also understands the importance of a personalised approached. His passion for chasing for audacious goals overflows to his peers and he is dedicated to assisting other runners as a Mile 27 coach. While Ben is fascinated by, and continues to expand his knowledge about, the physiological side of running, he recognises that the psychologic side is of (at least) equal importance. Hence Ben strives to find out what drives his clients, in order to help them become the best that they can be.
Bachelor of Physics with Class I Honours and a University Medal, University of Queensland
Level II Middle and Long distance Coaching, Athletics Australia and Australian Track and Field Coaches Association
Ben fell in love with long distance running as a teenager running cross-country and this love spilled over into the mountains. Although he is most focused on ultramarathons lasting several hours or more, he continues to enjoy shorter races as well and in 2015 became the Australian record holder in the Vertical Kilometre. He uses running as a means of exploration and some of his results around the world include:
- 2nd Ultra Trail Australia 2016
- 1st Sky Rock ‘n Run Marathon (New Zealand) 2015
- 1st Kawerau King of the Mountain (New Zealand) 2015
- 1st Hounslow Classic (Australia) 2015
- 3rd Skyrunning World Championships (France) 2014
- 1st Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon (New Zealand) 2014
- 1st Surf Coast Century (Australia) 2013