1. Name
Matt Veenstra – MV Trail Runner – The Flying Dutchman
2. When did you first start running?
I’ve always been a runner in one way or another, at school running anything more than 400m’s seemed like too much and even though I won the cross country I still walked a truck load of it.
3. What is the best part of running for you?
Running gives me a release from the pressure of everyday life, the benefits are not only for my physical health but also my mental. The reason I love running trails is that it allows me to re-connect with nature and that makes me feel very grounded.
4. Do you run with a watch, phone or naked?
Originally I used to run with a watch, but the battery didn’t last long enough for the runs I do so these days I just run naked!
5. What can’t you run without?
You’ll very rarely find me running without a THIR or buff.
6. What is your most memorable run?
#UTMB (Ultra Trail Mont Blanc) 2016 – 170 or so K’s, 10,000 or so M’s of elevation through the French, Italian and Swiss Alps and flashbacks on a daily occurrence!

80km’s into #UTMB2016 – Courmayeur Italy.


7.Have you ever run in a costume?
Yes as Superman at Warragul parkrun costume run (Sadly No photos were taken)!!!
8. What brand of shoes do you run in?
Trail – LaSportiva Akasha’s and Road – Brooks Ghost 9.
9. Have you ever been injured?
At Wilsons Prom 60k this year I did my left hamstring 27k in, very frustratingly I battled on to complete the event. Strangely enough 2 weeks later I ran 50k in the Blue Mountains at Ultra Trail Australia and didn’t have any issues with it at all.
10.Do you prefer running in Hot or cold weather?
If I could run in snow every day I would!

Awesome people at the start of #Wonderland2017 representing #Oscars100Hut2Hut
11. Do you prefer running in the morning or at night?
Morning – There’s nothing better than waking up, getting out of bed and start running before your mind knows what you’re doing! You cannot beat watching the stars disappear and sunrise!
12. What is your running motivation?
I gain motivation from various different avenues – sometimes it’s from seeing other people running along the street, and other times it’s from elite athletes climbing some of the worlds biggest mountains. One of my biggest motivators is multiple Sydney to Melbourne finisher George Cormack – I met George on a train many years ago. He would travel from Bairnsdale to Melbourne to volunteer at the North Melbourne football club multiple times a week. George would spend the whole journey talking about and showing me pictures of the days he ran with Cliff Young in ultra distances ranging from 24hr events through to 900km events! The one thing I learned from him was that its all in the mind if you can control it you can achieve anything.

Another Motivator is my daughter Annabelle – the way she gains so much enjoyment from running is enough to power me for 100’s of km’s. Her little feet just glide along with small pitter patter footsteps she makes running look so seamless. During Bogong to Hotham 64K at the start of this year, Annabelle helped me finish the last climb to the top of Mt Hotham by riding on my shoulders and encouraging me by saying “keep going Daddy we’re almost there”!



Day 1 of #BuffaloStampedeGrandSlam – Thumbs up with from my Princess and Me.
13. Race I’d like to forget:
Duncan’s Run 2013 – 50k. Waking up on the morning of the run I knew my stomach wasn’t in a good way, I still started the run, at the 17k mark I threw my guts up on the side of the trail, but I still continued on!! About 10k’s further I was suffering from major stomach cramps and not long after I reach the very remote 30k aid station. Luckily Lynda was there and gave me so coke and water to help get me going again. As I was leaving the aid station my stomach let go and I shit my pants, let’s just say that Lynda yelled out “THAT’S IT WE’RE GOING HOME” and I had no problem agreeing.  The funny thing was the very next day I was doing egg and spoon races at a friend’s birthday!

#DuncansRun 2015 
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15. Do you prefer running along the Flat or hills?
Give me Mountains any day!!

A picture of the Italian side of #MontBlanc – taken during #UTMB2016.
16. Do you prefer to run alone or with a partner or group (BawBawRunners):
I don’t mind running with either a group or alone and if it’s summer, then in a group that can help scare away the snakes!
17. What’s the next event on you running calendar?
The rest of the year looks like this. Wonderland 36k, Surf Coast Century 100k, Hounslow Classic 75k, Great Southern Endurance run 181k and then take the rest of the year off!
18. What’s your running dream?
I have achieved a few of my running dreams but one that is very close to my heart and drives me emotionally is to be able to enter the Placer High School Athletics Track in under 30 hours at the Western States Endurance Run.
19. Do you have any Pre-race routines? (night before or morning of)
I usually lay my gear out to ensure I don’t have to stress too much about it when I wake up. I normally do a short yoga session to warm my body up and ease the mind.
20. What is your typical night before the big run meal?
It really depends on what is available but I am a fan of veggies and some rice.
21. What’s the farthest you’ve ever run at one time?
171k’s at UTMB 2016.

Representing #LysterfieldTrailRunners at the finish of #UTMB2016.