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Coming At You This week

Coming At You This week

Some great races around the country coming up as well as some good reads on BCR…..

Saturday October 13th

  • Total Sports XTERRA Trail Challenge Waihi with 5 different race options, including the National Trail Running Champs and Total Sports first ultra race, the 60km “Kaimai killer”. Check back tomorrow for a BCR race preview of the  XTERRA Trail
    Challenge Waihi
  • Nelson Events Subway Dun Run- a point-to-point 22km  trail run, ascending the Dun Mountain Saddle at the OK Corral on Brook Street in Nelson. Nelson Events often have good pre race press releases and we will share that this week if they do have one for the Dun Run.

Sunday October 14th

  • Crater Rim Trail Run in the Port Hills Christchurch, with 2 options-  16.5K or 23K.  Both races are out and back, starting in St Martins with the 23km going out to the Hoon Hay Reserve and back. With the last 8(?) Kepler Challenge winners coming from Christchurch this race often has a very strong field as Chch top trail runners build up to the Kepler in December.
Over the weekend Sarah Biss and Helen Rountree, 2 runners we interviewed recently in regards to them racing in the World Mountain Running Champs, helped their club the Hamilton Hawks win the ANZ National Road Relays title, and Glenn Hughes was on the winning Wellington Scottish team- so the question is- are their mountain running exploits helping with their road running, or is their background on road running benefitting their mountain running ambitions…. 
Te Araroa Trail-  Richard Bowles is set to have a crack at running the 3000km Te Araroa Trail, starting pretty soon. By the sounds of it keep an eye out on Mal Law’s Running Wild site for details/updates.

This week BCR will welcome 2 new guest posters, with our Xterra Trail Challenge Waihi preview and our next installment of the home town pride inducing “Top Town” series. And the one and only “Mouth of the South” might even have something in the works…

BCR Trail Shop News-

  • Our smoking 20-30% off Patagonia deal ends this week. Still to decide if, or what kind of deal we might run after that, best to sign up to the BCR Trail Shop newsletter to find out!
  • The 155gm Montane Lite Speed H2O Jacket (hooded and seam sealed) has been a hit as people look to save weight and space, so much so we sold out of the Med sizes in this jacket. Good news is we are able to get more in- yet to confirm how many and which sizes- so if you are keen, get in touch to pre order. Also hoping to be able to order in the women’s version this time.

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  1. Regards your poser about the interaction between mountain and road running – I’d argue you can be a class road runner without being a great mountain runner but you can’t be a top quality mountain runner without having genuine speed on the flat too. Mountain running negates much of the speed advantage that greyhound runners have in favour of the goats instead – but not all of that advantage. The difference between the people who win mountain races and those who do not is pretty much always a difference in speed rather than a difference in ability to climb. So my guess is, yes, road running and track running probably do benefit mountain runners. Whereas mt running benefits some road runners but also breaks quite a few others!

    • thanks for chiming in Stephen, I know you are one of the few guys that turn out to run the NZ Mt running champs and run a lot of road and X as well. I think your right in regards to the style of mt running that those 3 are doing- the WMRC are very very runnable and speed is key. What I wonder is how much they have, if at all, benefited from running and focusing on mountain running in the lead up to the rd rely champs. I have no idea where they stack up on their team or over all?
      It is interesting to look at the Kepler as an example where Phil Costley has the race record- very quick on the roads and marathon, while Russell Hurring had the old race record only a few min’s slower was a considerably slower marathon runner. Maybe Matt Bixley knows Russell marathon PB?
      I guess my point, if there was one, in mentioning those performances was to highlight the benefits of having good speed/leg turn over and how that can/might benefit trail/mountain runners. Those are 3 pretty good examples

      • SD is right, a road guy who has skills will always win and Costley is the classic example of that followed by Coubrough currently. But then I know of other like Andy Town who is self admitted to being slow on the roads holding out pure road speed guys on non technical terrain like the Grunt.

        Russell Hurring – sorry not sure something around 2:20, and that tallies with Costley being around 2:15 form for his record.

        I do know that he has said in the past that if you can a run sub 3:00 Marathon you should go near 5:30 on the Kepler. That stacks up perfectly with the womans record where Zelah Morrell was a 2:50-2:55 runner and ran 5:23. So Vic, Shireen and co with 2:45 should be able to go a lot faster than their 5:45-5:50 times. It also means I should probably beat GTG with his consistent 5:30s.

  2. Yeah I’d agree with all that. I think races on mountains and trails can allow the goaty runners with slower pure speed to get closer to the faster runners. But more often than not you will still need the speed to win rather than just be in the background of the finish line photo. Sometimes road runners can be guilty of avoiding the benefits of trail running. But trail runners can also avoid sometimes the benefit of speed work on the track/road in favour of seeking the beautiful views in the back of beyond. (I’m guilty of that).

    As well as those three there were a quite a number of other mountain runners at Nelson relays over the weekend including Costley winning the M40 title for his team, and also James Coubrough.

  3. As a self proclaimed”trail whore” who used to avoid all roads,i think im getting the benefit of road/track sessions.My coach/mentor has me running what he calls “rhythm running” sessions.As a trail runner you very rarely get into a rhythm for long periods,ie: 30-40k. Such as the last 40km of VTUM.So one out of four long runs are a horrid road run.Hopefuly it pays off.Speed work is another area that alot of trail runners avoid.It is so much out of my comfort zone this type of running,but again i can see the results with my general leg speed.
    Mountain running aside,the other component to trail running is foot eye cordination on the very technical stuff.It dosn’t mater how quick you can run 5k,10k,marathon if you’re no good on broken ground you’re not going to be at the sharp end.

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