Nick takes out the Sydney Trail Series 8k.

Since January, I have been competing in the Sydney Trail Series at the Manly Dam. The Sydney Trail series has been established to provide great monthly trail running races to both Sydneysiders and those from further afield. The trail series have been a challenging step up from the Athletics track which i have been competing on for the past couple of years. The trails require much more attention to where you place your feet, especially on uneven ground featured throughout the trails.

The support the Sydney Trail Series organisers gave to all the distance runners was very motivating and the prizes too were definitely an incentive to aim for the top 3 each week.

Trail running is a great way to go for your long runs as it is interesting being in a bush setting, constantly turning corners and running up hills to enter new territory which keeps you on your toes. Trail running definitely strengthens your entire body, especially the core and calves and quads because of the uneven ground and the steep hills which were common in the Manly Dam trail. Through doing the trail series, my fitness levels have increased and inspired me to take on the new challenge of mountain running, where i will be contesting the NSW Mountain Running Champs in Orange.
I havent competed in cross-country seriously like this since highschool back in 05 so it is exciting for me to start finding this renewed passion for distance running. I am preferring trail running to the track because of how interesting it is and i love the fact you get to be surrounded by rainforests and interesting surroundings. Each Trail series i have improved and i am sure when i get back on the track next season i will be flying high.

For all information on the Sydney Trail Series, head to http://www.sydneytrailseries.com.au/sydneytrailseries/index

HEPTATHLETE LANI REPRESENTS LANE 5IVE.

TRACK STAR SUPERSTAR Elana Withnall has been chosen to be the face of my first women’s LANE 5IVE Croptop collection.

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The collection has been inspired by metaphors for speed as well as photographs i have taken from my various trips around the world, which have been inspired me.

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These croptop’s empower women to be inspired whilst they workout because they feel very comfortable and the designs empower the woman to feel competitive and be the best the can be at reaching their goals.

Elana has been chosen as the Lane 5IVE cover girl because of her passion for athletics, her commitment to athletics, and her well rounded attitude as an elite athlete. She does one of the hardest track events which is the Heptathlon. She is a nationally ranked Heptathlete and has dreams and aspirations of qualifying for the Olympics.  She has to train almost 7 days a week, amongst uni and work and has to be highly motivated so she can get through her 7 events!

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I am very lucky to have have this amazing sports star as my girlfriend who keeps me highly motivated and gives me strength and courage to believe in myself and also LANE 5IVE!

WALKER DESIGNS THE UTS NORTHS ATHLETICS CLUB UNIFORM.

2012 Marks a new era for the UTS Northern Suburbs Athletics Club with the arrival of the new uniform. The new uniform i designed,  stems back to the traditional club uniform, which was worn by the original North’s Athletes when the club began in the 1930’s.

New Era: UTS Northern Suburbs brand new uniform.

The new uniform which consists of a Men’s and Women’s singlet, Women’s crop top and Club competition shirt, incorporates the traditional North’s colors of red and black, and when combined, creates a contrasting mix, symbolic of the clubs competitive nature and leadership as being a club which stand’s out amongst other clubs on and off the track.

The Uniform change has come after almost 15 years after the previous uniform design and after much deliberation this design captivated the members of the UTS North’s Athletics club because of it’s traditional colours as well as it’s contemporary design which shows simplicity with an edge through the use of organic lines to give the feeling of speed and endurance on the panels as well as a plain red front which draws attention to the competitors numbers. Added embellishments of black stripes have also been added near the sleeves of the uniform, which represents tradition.

Emma Hunt- Women’s croptop

The quality and fabrication of the new UTS North’s uniform has been designed and constructed using the latest technology in sports apparel design called sublimated sports apparel which involves heat transfer of graphics onto materials. The textiles used for the new UTS North’s Uniforms are of a high quality through the use of a light sports dry material for the singlet’s and club shirt, which is breathable, and lightweight to wear when the athletes compete. The crop top is made from a nylon lycra which fits the ladies figure comfortably. The cut of all the uniforms have been custom made to suit all the athletes’ physical attributes on both the track and field.

Kat Hunt- Women’s singlet

Affordability was also a question which came to mind when redesigning the club uniform, so each item of the new uniform is $40.00 which is an excellent price for a top quality uniform which is sure to last at least for the next two decades..

One of Australia’s best 800m’s- James Gurr.

The new UTS Norths uniform is symbolic of a new era in 2012, as a club, which continues to grow significantly, and is a reflection of the quality of the athletes, which belong to the club. As North’s revisit it’s traditional roots through the new uniform, the red and black is sure to create an impact on the track and field and we encourage all of our existing and future athletes to make a purchase

The UTS Norths apparel designer and steeplechaser- Nick William Walker.

UTS Norths apparel Designer

Nick Walker

All captions taken by Sports Photographer- Chris Lew http://www.facebook.com/chrislew

Lane 5ive “Speed Collection” launched during the London Olympics!

This has been a great opportunity to show my sport, our sport in the best possible light. Not only have the venues been full but the crowds came out to watch our athletes on the road in the marathon and the walk. Athletics is an attractive, exciting sport and as competitive as any there is.. DAVID RUDISHA. SOURCE: THE INDEPENDENT 2012-08-11 23:00:00

3 years in the making comes my Lane 5ive “Speed” Collection. I am so proud to show the world my designs whereby i have designed, photographed, and marketed  my very first collection. All the hard work at uni and experience after uni is paying off!  I thought the timing was perfect seeing the world was in the middle of the London Olympics and track and field was really making a mark.

Some of the Olympic greats which inspired me included David Rudisha in his incredible world record 800m run, winning gold in 1:40.96, Usain Bolt’s phenomenal  Gold Medal Performances in the 100 and 200m, Sally Pearson’s 100m Hurdle Gold medal final, Steve Solomons qualification into the 400m Olympic final, Our Aussie Men’s 4 x 100 team qualifying for the finals, Mitch Watts silver medal performance in the mens Long Jump, Para Olympian Oscar Pistorius’s semi final run, James Magnussens gutsy Silver medal in the 100m freestyle, Jared Tallents heroic silver medal in the mens 50k walk, and the determined Anna Meares gold medal in the cycling sprint finals. All these inspirational moments really sums up what the Lane 5ive “Speed” collection is all about- strength, determination, courage, leadership, stamina, and visualisation. As Rudisha sums up in his quote after he won gold in world record time about putting track and field in the best possible light.. i want to showcase my sport through my unique apparel. I want my gear to be “attractive”, “exciting”, and “competitive”..


Having released this collection, it makes me feel as if one of my big goals has been achieved and that is to release my own label. In doing this collection it has made me realise what i want in life and how i want to live my life and what lifestyle i want. I have been able to design my collection along with Coaching and teaching as well as modelling and acting and also training for Athletics. Its been the busiest time of my life however i have been able to squeeze in everything.

Through this collection it has inspired me to follow in my granddads footsteps and give back to the community through merging forces with the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation where by a portion of my sales will go towards this charity. The reason why i chose the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation as my choice is because i grew up with my Pop who had Parkinson’s Disease and i saw the debilitating effects it had on my Pops body. Regardless of the physical difficulties my pop continued to be determined regardless of the physical restraints he had with the disease. In supporting the Parkinson’s disease foundation all the funds go towards research, rehabilitation, education and the chance to finding a cure. Muhammad Ali another one of my sporting inspiration greats is also a sufferer from Parkinson’s Disease.


My Lane 5ive Collection is Australian Made as i am supporting a manufacturer who makes everything here in Sydney from the fabrics to the prints. The best thing about this is that i am able to have a fast turn around period, so if i have any pre orders i can make orders straight away and the apparel will be made and finished within a 3 week period as opposed to a 6 week period when you get apparel manufactured overseas.

I’d like to thank my amazing family for supporting me with my business all the way as well as to all my friends who have supported me. I’m going to continue to make the business grow and in the mean time im training for Athletics where i would love to qualify for Rio.

For all sales head to www.n8kddecision.com.au and follow the link to Lane 5ive.