Wellard mother wins Feral Pig Ultra race running 84.9km in 10-and-a-half hours

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Martina Tairea fills up her hydration pack at the 32km checkpoint.
Camera IconMartina Tairea fills up her hydration pack at the 32km checkpoint. Credit: Supplied

A local Wellard mother has pushed herself to the limits and taken first place in the Feral Pig Ultra race.

Running in the Boar 50 miler category, 39-year-old Martina Tairea claimed the victory on November 6, running 84.9km in an impressive 10hr. 31min.

“I did the race last year. I ran in the 50km category and I just loved it, so this year I said to my coach I wanted to give the 50 miler a crack,” Tairea said.

“Our start point was Sullivans Rock in Jarrahdale . . . on the Bibbulmun Track, and we finished at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre in Kalamunda.

“I never imagined I would finish the race in the time that I did, but I loved every bit of it.”

The Feral Pig Ultra consists of five different categories of difficulty and length, starting with the Pork Chop 23km category and going all the way up to the Feral Pig 100 miler.

Tairea said her inspiration to finish the race in such a fast time came from one of her children.

“We almost lost our daughter in July — she’s a severe asthmatic and got extremely sick and was put in an induced coma for about five days, so my training took a back seat for about five weeks,” she said.

“I went into the race and didn’t feel as prepared as I would have liked, but throughout the run I thought a lot about my daughter.

“She’s a rugby player, and I thought if she can go through what she went through and come out even stronger, then I could put everything into this race, and so I did, and I won!”

Tairea encouraged all women to get involved in running, saying the sport that gave her so much happiness now didn’t always have the same impact.

“When I was younger I hated running, absolutely hated it, but I realised the hardest part isn’t starting, its maintaining the consistency and remembering why you are doing it,” she said.

“If I can do it, anyone can.”

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