Coming at you this week
There is a bit of everything in this post as my mind is a little distracted as I am sit in the airport at 430am finishing this post about to fly to Australia for TNF100 this week!
It is the weekend for trail running series it seems, with 3 different trail series spread over our little country
- A little trail running action up in Hawke’s Bay with the first race in the Inov-8/High Beam sponsored Hawke’s Bay Trail Run Series with the Stephen Hill race- race web site 3 different length race options
- Xterra Auckland kicks off also with the first run at Shakespeare Park- 4 different race options here
- Down in Wanaka the Riverrun Trail Series wraps up with the final race in Glendhu Bay/Waterfall Creek Track- a tasty 13.5K on the shores of Lake Wanaka
This past weekend we, like the rest of the ultra/mountain running geeks, were pretty excited following the Transvulcania this past weekend. the best of the best were toeing the line and New Zealand’s own Anna Frost crushed it! Barely 1hr behind the boys, 40mins in front of the next woman and1hr45 under the old course record! We were lucky enough to catch up pre race with Frosty, if you haven’t already, check it out here. There is a whole bunch of folks covering the race (ultra168, irunfar, GoTrail and Talk Ultra) and rather than bothering Anna for a few words we will wait for these interviews to come out. But we do want to say ‘amazing job Anna’!
This of course follows Anna’s 2 win’s at TNF50mile Endurance Challenge in 2010 and 2011 and is hot on the heals of Vajin’s win at American River and Marty’s great solo run last weekend at the ANZ100km champs- some very impressive performances as of late by kiwi ultra runners! Can Vajin continue the trend this weekend at TNF100 Australia?
A little closer to home, but no less important! The 2nd race in the Wellington Xterra Series- Belmont took place this weekend. Andrew Shelly was out roughing it on the Long course and had this to say- ”Conditions weren’t too flash, solid cloud with occasional rain, so most people didn’t hang around for too long. That was a seriously tough course. Two major climbs – the first 230m ascent starting just 500m into the race, the second 324m. Big downhills off both of those climbs, with some steep and very slippery grass and clay. There was a lot of slipping and sliding going on! The last 4.7km were “undulating”, but still had about 250m of climb thrown in including one climb of 150m.”
Over the weekend we put up the “What do you want?” story- if you haven’t yet, give it a quick read and some feedback.