Meet the Team

Rudi Paoletti started Navrun back in 2002 and will run it’s 100th event this year.
He started Navrun 4WD Events as he wanted to offer a way for people to explore the hidden gems within Australia & have join a community who all have the same passion for exploring & 4-wheel driving.

Rudi can be contacted on

Stephanie Pond, Gary Coates, Peter Butcher, Daniel Hose,  and Clinton “Macca” McDonald are also part of the extended family of Navrun. They all contribute in the field work set up, and in putting together the competition notes.

Gary got involved in 4wding and camping at a young age, attending club trips with his uncle around the High Country and Pyrenees.

After getting his first 4wd and signing up to Navrun’s first High Country Challenge, he was hooked. Now having competed in over 20 events including Navruns and Pajero Challenges, and running the well received Guildford Nav Challenge, he has set his sights to running events with Navrun.

Being an active competitor for so long, Gary is keen to challenge you in new ways while keeping things fun and adventurous, which is what brought us here in the first place.

Gary can be contacted at

Peter got involved with four wheel driving at a young age going away camping with family. Once he got his Learner plates at 16, he was driving on 4wd tracks gaining experience before getting his own 4wd.

He has been an active member in the 4wd community since he purchased his first Nissan Patrol SWB back in 2003 when he was 19. He spent nearly every weekend in the bush and has grown his friendship circle massively. Since that time, He has been involved in countless winch challenge and navigation events as both driver and navigator.

Peter’s interested include many things outdoors such as camping, bush walking and high country trout fishing. Peter is keen to further his skills and knowledge by developing and organising events in conjunction with Navrun.

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Stephaniehas had a passion for camping and 4 wheel-driving since she was a little girl. Her late great-grandfather, John, would take her and her family on large group high country trips raising money for his local lions club. It created some of her favourite childhood memories.
Her passion grew with her debut into Navrun’s at the age of 12, navigating for her Dad. Turning 16 and obtaining her learner’s permit she learned to drive off-road and fell in love it. 4 wheel driving and exploring all the hidden secrets out in the bush is still one of her favourite weekend activities.
Each year, ‘Aunty Steph’ attends our annual Amazing Race over Easter, assisting in course setup, setup of kids courses and after course games and activities for all the kids.
Her camping motto – “Always leave some firewood for the next campers”. You just never know what time they’ll roll in and it might just make their trip a little more enjoyable. got involved in 4wding and camping at a young age, attending club trips with his uncle around the High Country and Pyrenees.

Steph can be contacted at

Daniel (Ruffy) Hose has been involved in 4wding for nearly 25 years and has competed in navigation and winch events for almost 20 years.

Ruffy’s flamboyance and charisma has livened many Cliffhangers, Outback Challengers, Navruns, Amazing Races, Pajero Challenges and other navigation events.

His passion for the great outdoors has him out camping, exploring, bush walking or just scouting as often as possible.

With a love of ‘old school’ navigation you had better brush up on your compass and protractor work and bring your walking boots!

Daniel can be contacted at

Macca has been around 4wd’s since he was a kid, after a trip with an Uncle into the High Country piqued his interest.

He has competed in numerous Pajero Challenges and been a competitor in various Navruns before stepping up to the challenge of setting up our events.

Being in IT for a job, he took to OziExplorer like a duck to water. Clinton also gets out on both mountain and motor bikes for fun, having been involved in MTB racing, and track days on the motorbike.

Macca can be contacted at