Glenn Sutton pre Northburn 100

nb 2012This weekend will be the 3rd edition of the gnarly Northburn 100mile race in the barren Dunstan Mountains east of Cromwell. The Northburn can lay claim to being New Zealand’s only true 100mile mountain (and 100km mountain) race and is certainly not for the faint hearted. The course record is over 25hrs and is held by Martin Lukes, who’s no slouch. This year, while the over all event numbers are not as high as expected (there are also 100km and 50km races), the men’s field is shaping up to be very competitive. No, it dose not have the big international names that Tarwera had last weekend, but it has more top New Zealand men on the start line than Tarwera did. And on that note, the men’s 100mile field is where BCR will focus its PRE race interviews on. Come race day we will of course be covering all the events and doing our best to bring you up to date coverage and results.

First up, we chatted with The North Face sponsored runner, former World Rogaine Champion and winner of the inaugural Waihi 60km in October, Dennis de Monchy from Tauranga- You can read that HERE

Today we hear from the 2012 Northbrn 100 mile champion, Glenn Sutton. Last year it seemed to be the “Ray Sanchez” show, but while Ray was front running (and ultimately getting lost on the 2nd loop), Dunedin’s Glenn Sutton, who run 31hr33min and place 6th in 2011, quietly when about knocking off the km’s and vertical, crossing the line at Northburn in first place, in 26hr31 mins- 5 hours faster than a year earlier!!

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Glenn crossing in first and in 26hr31min at NB100 2012

How has this years build up been?

Having completed the Speight’s Coast to Coast one day event in February the last 5 weeks has been all about the running prior to that is was all training for the 160km bike ride in the Wananka Challenge, (I entered in a team this year). And of course the build up to the Coast to Coast. So I was left with a 5 week window to up my training for NB.

How are you feeling this time around, as the defending champ, compared to this time last year?

I’m feeling pretty good at the moment I’ve no niggling injuries and feeling no pressure. I’m just going out there to enjoy and complete my third time running the NB

What part are you looking forward to and dredging the most?

Dreading the potential to get blisters on my feet. After my first year my feet where a true mess. However I’m really looking forward to being out there in the hills doing what I love ……. running.

You made a pretty massive time improvement between NB ’11 and NB’12- what do you put that down to and how much more room for improvement do you think there is?

I have to say that I think the improvement was that I had run the race before. Knew that things such as the weather can change really quickly and was more prepared. As for improvement well, there is always room for to improve. Anything can happen out there on the day.

How do you see as your biggest competition standing in your way from a repeat win?

Looking at the start list there are a lot of awesome runners. It’s anyones race over that distance.

You are as experienced as anyone at Northburn, what have you learnt from the last 2 years and how have you applied that to your training and how you will race this year?

I’ve learnt from the previous two years that it’s a long race, hang in there. Because things do change quickly and you need to be prepared. Food and fluid are so important. I will obviously try to improve my own personal time again. As for training I have been doing cross training and just putting in the hours running.


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