2013 New Zealand Mountain Running Camp

2013 New Zealand Mountain Running Camp

Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April (Easter)

Discovery Lodge, National Park. The lodge is located on SH 47 between National Park village (7km away) and SH48 turn off to Whakapapa Village (1km away) (see map below). Details about Discovery Lodge can be found here 

CAMP OBJECTIVES The camp is open to all abilities and anyone keen on experiencing mountain running or wanting to further develop their mountain running skills. Being the first of its kind, the camp will be largely informal and everyone will be able to have input into the camp activities. A range of group activities will include: pack runs, discussions, videos, and briefing sessions (see Preliminary Camp Plan below).

Glenn and Jono traning in Italy last year

Glenn and Jono traning in Italy last year

The camp will be lead by Glenn Hughes, former NZ mountain running champion and 4 time NZ representative at the World Champs. Also attending will be Jonathan Wyatt – 6 time World Mountain Running Champion, and Barry Ellis – NZ mountain running team manager and Athletics NZ mountain running selector. The owner of Discovery Lodge is Callum Harland, a former NZ mountain running champion and multiple NZ representative.

The camp dates are 2 weeks out from the NZ mountain running champs in Wellington on 13 April.
Details about this race can be found HERE

You don’t need to be racing in the NZ champs to attend the camp. It is designed to cater for those wanting to get in some specific training for this race, but to also further develop their mountain running skills for other races. Sure there will be a range of abilities on the camp, but training runs will aim to start together and meet up at the end.

Below are details on how you can attend.

You will need to make your own way to National Park. Aim to get their just after midday Friday and
depart early afternoon Monday. Planned pack runs will be a short drive from the accommodation and
this can be arranged before departing each day. Discovery Lodge offer a bus service to the start and
end of the Tongariro Crossing, which is a run we want to fit in.

You will need to make your own bookings with Discovery Lodge. Visit and
mention that you are attending the running camp (there is a place for comments when booking on the
web site). Alternatively you can ring 0800 122 122.

A range of accommodation is available including camping. The recommended accommodation is
the Cabins for $60 per night that sleep 2-3 and includes breakfast (own bedding is required, shared
facilities). Alternatively, hotel rooms and chalets are available if you require something more

It is recommended that you book no later than 2-3 weeks prior (i.e. before 17 March) as
accommodation may fill up closer to Easter.

Breakfast is included in the cabin accommodation.

Lunch and dinner will be by own arrangements, although we might try and organise some group
meals. A kitchen is available for preparing lunch and dinner. Discovery Lodge also offer evening
meals in their onsite restaurant. Enquire with Discovery Lodge for more details.

Nearest shops to Discovery Lodge are at National Park village approximately 7 km away, and a
supermarket in Turangi approximately 30 min drive.

• Bedding if staying in a cabin.
• Food for the weekend.
• Gear to cater for all weather conditions (jacket, gloves, hat, thermals). Its not quite winter, but
the running tracks are located in an alpine environment and weather conditions can be harsh.
A small running backpack is a good way to carry gear. Bring foot ware you feel comfortable
running in. If you usually run in road shoes like I do, they will be fine.
A preliminary programme for the camp is outlined below which is highly flexible:

Friday 29 March:
Arrive early afternoon, check in to accommodation
3pm: Group get together in restaurant area. Depart for run from Whakapapa Village
(approximately 60-70min on well graded trails).
6pm: Dinner, own arrangements or in restaurant
8pm: Get together in lodge lounge. Introductions and outline of camp. Followed by running
videos including raw footage of world mountain running champs.

Saturday 30 March:
7-8am: Breakfast in lodge

9am: Run planned. Options include a faster uphill run for those in serious training or steady
off road run.
12pm: Lunch, own arrangements.
2-3pm: Afternoon jog opportunity and technique based running session in field.
6pm: Dinner, own arrangements or in restaurant
Evening: Get together and running discussion in Lodge lounge. Recovery before big Sunday

Sunday 31 March:
Long run; likely Tongariro Crossing if weather permits. Alternatively this could be run on
Saturday if the weather looks better.
Afternoon: Hot pools or river swim then dinner in Turangi or Tokaanu.

Monday 1 April:
7-8am: Breakfast
9am: Easy flat trail run (i.e. Old Coach Road: historic rail line from Horopito to Ohakune).
12pm: Lunch, own arrangements
From 12pm: Departure

Begin making your transport arrangements and accommodation bookings. Once signed up, flick me
an email to say you’re on board.

For more information contact Glenn on or 021378273

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