Pomona King of the Mountain 2015.

This weekend 14 kiwi mountain runners are heading over the ditch to Pomona to do battle against the Australians over the infamous Mt Cooroora at Pomona, just inland from Noosa on the Sunshine Coast near Brisbane. Andrew Town offers his insight ahead of the race-

The past three decades has seen many top class athletes cross the Tasman and compete in this prestigious mountain running challenge.  These have included runners of exceptional talent representing their nation at world level.

The field is limited to just 100 runners and they are picked from a nomination list by the Pomona race director, according to their experience and past results in the race.

A massive 10 thousand spectators line the length of the course to cheer, or in the case of the Kiwis, jeer them on their way.

This year the largest contingency of Kiwi runners ever, in the 30 year race history will make their presence known in Pomona with no fewer than 14 New Zealand runners heading over the ditch.


Defending Kawerau King, Shay Williamson is the favorite from New Zealand and this will be his fourth attempt in Pomona and the Kiwi hope of taking out the Pomona crown since last won by a New Zealander in 2005.

Shay a former full time possum hunter, now a farmer is a quiet natured young man that has a natural ability to pull a result out of the bag!

In the women’s race watch for Ruby Muir, she became the first ever female to go under the hour on debut in Kawerau (and barefooted in the final km).

This will be Muir’s debut in Pomona and comes off the back of her 2nd Tarawera Ultra marathon (100km) and the Wellington Marathon titles earlier this year. She could win and win with a race record.

Update 24/07: Ruby is not running due to injury.


Hayden Wilde bolsters the NZ team as the first Kawerau junior in 2014.  Wilde has become a junior icon in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and a must watch across the New Zealand multisport circuit.  The shorter course will suit his speed.  Presently Wilde holds the NZ/Australasian U19 Multi Sport and NZ U23 Xterra Titles.  Watch out for this one.

In the veteran and masters race watch out for Colin Earwaker (former Veteran 50+ World mountain running champ) he is one elite athlete, an exceptional mountain runner and tough with it. Colin holds  numerous titles and records across the New Zealand and International running circuits and  is one of the most experienced mountain runners in the world, he will relish the opposition line up in this year’s Pomona KOM.

Colin will be up against the all-time great Barry Prosser 6 x Pomona KOM and 13 x Kawerau KOM title holder who to this day still holds the Kawerau record (45.54) set in 1988.

Barry will definitely be one to watch as he makes history once again.  To be on the start line with a runner of this calibre and level of achievement is truly an honour.  Barry represents what the Trans-Tasman relationship has bought to this race with 30 years of history and outstanding results.

Lastly to keep both of these legends in check will be AT, he’s attempting to roll both of these guys and take out the masters title in his 8th outing at Pomona.

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