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TNF100 Give Away’s and Results

tnf 100 startThe North Face 100 Australia took place this past weekend in the Blue Mountains of Australia. We aren’t going to go into a full race report- Dan from Ultra168 was on the spot covering the race all day and has written an excellent race report so check that out HERE.

Leading the way for the kiwis was of course Vajin Armstrong, placing 2nd again and running an impressive 10min improvement from last year- 9hr42min22sec. We had a few folks get pretty close to this time in our UltrAspire Give-away, but no one guessed the exact time/place. Closest was Duncan Darroch.

While Vajin is a seasoned ultra runner, TNF athlete Whitney Dagg was taking on her first 100km race. Anyone that has lined up in their first 100km race will know what a learning curve this is, but Whitney took it all in her stride, finishing in 12hr47 and 11th woman! Talking with her the next day Whitney was all smiles and already talking about her next race and running 100km again! In our The North Face give-away Emma Inglis was the closest.

Other kiwis at The North Face- Running Wild’s Mal Law ran a big PB to get his silver buckel, as did Kieron Berry, running a 2hr PB. Frenchman now based in NZ (and 2012 NB 100km winner) Damien Sellier went sub 13hr, while Robert Jarvis was just over. Despite getting well on in age now Bernard Robinson cracked out a solid 12hr22. Recently crowned woman’s NZ 100km winner Shannon Leigh Litt had to drop due to injury. Very very sorry if I missed you- I am sure we had a bunch more kiwis racing this year’s TNF100! Please leave a comment below on how you did.

I had a pretty mixed day. Taking it easy for 55-60km and feeling good before throwing up for a while. I then had the pleasure to run with woman’s winner Beth Cardelli for the last 20+km. 11hr01 and 12th place was well off my best, but was a (mostly) very fun day out.

A big thank you to Vajin’s sponsor UltrAspire and to Whitney’s  sponsor The North Face for supplying prizes. Duncan and Emma you can e-mail at run@backcountryrunner.co.nz with your address and we will get away asap.

We will also start to have a few more give-aways on BCR! We now have a photo gallery on the right hand side bar, all I will say for now is if you have a BCR hat- start getting some good photos of yourself rocking it and if you don’t have one, you should!


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  1. Thanks for the plug Grant. Well done mate and well stuck at it :)

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