Coming At You This Week

Results/News from the weekend

MattB at the Big Easy- Photo BigEasy Facebook page/

Jumbo Holdsworth was won by Rhys Findlay-Robinson in 2hr22, ahead of former NZ mountain running rep Dan Clendonin 2hr32. Piret Klade won the woman’s race in 2hr59, just over 1min off Fleur Pawsey’s 2008 course record time. FULL RESULTS

Big Easy Mountain Marathon- BCR contributor Matt Bixely seems to be returning to form, after injury, on his Northburn100 build up, but was not strong enough for  Luis Alonso Marcos who took out the win. Luis completed a personal project of 7 marathons on 7 continents with the Big Easy being his last. Relative new comer to running Mel Aitken won the women’s race in 3hr40.

Tussock Traverse- we have an excellent race report from Darren Blackwell on the Tussock Traverse HERE. Matt Bailey won in 2hr05, while Katy Dawson was the first woman across the line in  2hr29

The St James Stampede Ultra did not really live up to its potential race wise with Vajin Armstrong, Marty Lukes and Martin Cox all spending a large amount of time OFF course, even crossing the Waiau River at one point, due to poor course markings. Talking with Heath, the race director, pre race, a large section of DOC markers had been removed and the course had to be remarked- so this is possibly where the issue stemmed from….. Results are not up yet, so I am not sure how they are handling it. It is still is a very very good course and has huge potential as a classic 50km in NZ- if teething issues are addressed. Check out the video of Vajin and Martin Cox going over Fowlers Pass 4km in.

Jez Brag has bounced back from a stomach bug last week and is again ripping up the Te Araroa trail! This has been great to follow- he has just completed the final paddle, across Lake Wakatipu and is hooking into the Greenstone and Mavora trails as I type. Make sure you get over to his blog

BCR KAWEKA Mountain Marathon is this weekend! Keep an eye out this week for a race preview. It is going to be epic!

THE WILD TURKEY IS BACK- The 2012 Wild Turkey was to be the last, being replaced with The Hillary 50miler. Auckland Council declined The Hillary- so the Wild Turkey returns. For more details and how you can support getting The Hillary going ahead check out the Wild Turkey Facebook page and website. “It would be great to fill this limit to show what a great event ‘The Hillary’ could be and how well we all manage the risk of spreading Kauri Dieback, because in general trail runners want to look after the environments we run in!”

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