Run The Tarkine

Run the Tarkine: Responsible Runners

In January 2014, Responsible Runners, learning of the beauty and plight of the threatened Tarkine Wilderness, set off on the adventure of a lifetime. Joined by ABC Gardening Australia legend Costa Georgiadis, 8 members of the not-for-profit organisation Responsible Runners ran 140km across Tasmania’s Tarkine Wilderness each with 20kg of food and gear for the full 7-day expedition. The trip took us through daunting wilderness, mountain ridges, rivers, bogs, sand dunes, quicksand, and rugged coastline, with more than our share of unsurpassable flora and fauna. And all with just six weeks of training.


Despite being one of the world’s most significant tracts of temperate rainforest and the last stronghold of the iconic Tasmanian devil and 60 endangered species, less than 5 percent of the Tarkine Wilderness is protected as National Parkland and plans have been approved to build ten open-cut mines in the area. We aim to raise awareness of the beauty and eco-touristic value of the region to support the Tasmanian economy and preserve its natural heritage.

What we saw there changed our lives. The Tarkine is essential Australian adventure! Get down there to see if for yourself and join the Save the Tarkine coalition to ensure it's protected for generations to come.


ADD YOUR VOICE to protect the Tarkine Wilderness as a National Park to be enjoyed by all.


Name: Justin Bonsey
Age: 36
Job title: Responsible Runners founder, multilingual translator, puts the ‘mental’ in environmental.
His wavelength: “What a privilege to bring together so many of the things we love – running, mental grit, and thriving wilderness. We hope this inspires others to follow in our footsteps. Running is optional, of course!”

Name: Amy Molloy
Age: 29
Job title: journalist & former editor of Grazia magazine.
Her wavelength: “This time last year I was sitting front row at a fashion show, wishing my thighs were as skinny as the supermodels’. It’s amazing how your priorities can shift. Now, here I am purposefully putting on weight so I can survive the wilderness…and I’m absolutely loving it.”

Name: Tom Stranger
Age: 35
Job title: youth worker, beard-idol and chin-up master
His wavelength: “I think the simple and slow-moving things in life are golden – especially when you live in a speeding, pulsing city like Sydney. What are my favourite things? Native birds in the morning and the sensations and colours of swimming under water.”

Name: Laura Wells
Age: 29
Job title: plus-size model, environmental scientist and positive body image ambassador.
Her wavelength: “It always seems to surprise people that a plus-size model is also an environmental scientist, but to me it falls into the same category – positive awareness, whether that’s the earth or women’s bodies. When my modeling agent heard I was running 140km she made me promise not to lose my curves. Not likely!”

Name: Kurt Laboyrie
Age: 29
Job title: soil conservationist specializing in coastal management
His wavelength: “Okay, I admit it – I seriously suffer from ‘FOMO’ (the fear of missing out). That’s why I’ll rarely be found sitting still or going to bed early. I’m always outdoors, whether it’s surfing, diving or snowboarding, but this will be my biggest challenge yet.”

Name: Jesse McNeilly
Age: 28
Job title: former paratrooper, enlisted in the Australian army at 16. Elite bodyguard, entrepreneur, safety and emergency management consultant.
His wavelength: “I’m hoping the mental toughness I learnt in Afghanistan will help me in the Tarkine wilderness. I want to show people you don’t need to be a ‘greeny’ living out of a straw hut to live a cleaner and more sustainable life, and protect the environment.”

Name: Luke Mahon
Age: 28
Job title: electrician, psychotherapist-in-training, meditation and Qigong teacher.
His wavelength: “Putting eight people in the wilderness for seven days, away from the luxury they’re used to, is the ultimate social experiment. Hopefully, my regular practice of Qigong and meditation will help me maintain mental balance in the testing situations we’ll be facing”.

Name: Lance Lieber
Age: 31
Job title: permaculturalist, founder of Transition Bondi, personal trainer, former South African Sumo wrestling champion.
His wavelength: “As I once weighed 142 kilograms (22 stone) myself, I’m only too familiar with ‘social obesity’, and see it everywhere in society, causing climate change and mass extinction. What are the skills that will help me in the rainforest? Well, I give good hugs and can speak 120 words per minute while running.”