Faces of Women Only AR Bernadette Dornom, one of the most successful and experienced Austrlian adventure racers

Bern is one of the most successful and experienced Australian female adventure racers and she is always up for a challenge. Even though she is just back from New Zealand where she raced GodZone expedition adventure race, 7 days - 600 km event, she will be at the start line of Women Only AR 2018. 


Short Bio: I have always played a variety of sports growing up and love giving anything and everything a go. Having done a few triathlons and a background of paddling the Murray marathon I did my first multisport race in the Marysville to Melbourne Race in 2011 and this introduced me to the world of adventure racing. I was hooked and it suited me. I can never say no to a challenge and generally get stronger the longer and more sports/activities that are involved.

Whilst I love my job as a physiotherapist (which often comes in handy) I do love getting away somewhere new with friends to race. Expedition racing has begun to take up more of my time (and leave from work) often racing non stop for up to 6 days but i still manage to fit in the odd Ironman, on or off road triathlon and always love it.

My adventure racing team Thunderbolt AR managed to take a clean sweep of the inaugural A1 Australian adventure race series last year and even made the top ten in the Adventure Racing World series ranking

I enjoy the variety of racing available in multisport races, adventure races, triathlons, on and off road racing. So many options so many places to see and people to meet.

The Women only Adventure Race is a great way to open the door into the amazing world of adventure racing which can often be a daunting first step and you get to do it with a friend by your side. The popularity of the event speaks volumes for the fun and enjoyment had by many and I am sure although it might be the first adventure race for the majority it will not be their last. Warning it is addictive.


Training for adventure racing is almost the best part with endless possibilities for adventures with friends all in the name of 'training'. It is important to work across all disciplines but the variety keeps it exciting and is also great for injury prevention.

I tend to train pretty regularly during the week before and after work with various groups and squads and then save the weekends for adventures or longer sessions. It's a healthy, active and such a fun way to enjoy spending times with friends.

My advice to newbies is to dive in - the womens only adventure race is a great start, get involved in your local club or training group as it is always much more enjoyable with others and a great way to learn and improve skills, let alone hear about all the amazing events you could do.

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