Some winter training on Mount Iron. Photo Brook van Reenen

7 Months a Runner.

We don’t generally post “personal journey” type stories on BCR- I am not sure why? I guess there are many of them and it seems social media makes a good platform for these…


Kepler Challenge 2015 Preview

Kepler Challenge 2015 Preview- Matt Bixley gives us his picks on this weekends big lap in Te Anau. I have always wanted to write an iRunFar-esque preview. So I went to their TNF50…

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Sky Rock n Run Preview.

This weekend, in the Canterbury foothills, the final race in the inaugural New Zealand/ Australia Skyrunning Series will wrap up with the “Sky Rock n Run” on Mt Oxford. With 3600mD+ the race…

James Parsons crossing for the win in last years Qt Marathon.

2015 Queenstown Marathon Preview

2015 Queenstown Marathon Preview- Andrew Town gives us a run down on this weekends 2nd running of the Queenstown Marathon.  The second annual Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon takes place this coming…

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Peak Trail Blazer Records Fall.

Course record broken by over four minutes- Local runner Eric Speakman said he didn’t really have time to take in the scenery as he became the first person to run a sub 50-minute…

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Hounslow Classic- Kiwi Preview.

This weekend the inaugural  running of the Hounslow Classic will take place in the Grose Valley of the Blue Mountains of Australia. The Hounslow is part of the 2015 ANZ Skyrunning Series and like…


Jacks Point Trail Run

The inaugural Jacks Point Trail Run was held in mix conditions at Jacks Point, just outside of Queenstown today. The event is the brain child of former Luxmore Grunt record holder Andrew Town…

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Swiss Iron Trail- Becky Nixon race report

Becky Nixon gives a rundown on the highs and lows of taking part in the 200km Swiss Iron Trail. I am writing this report as I sit at the top of Piz Noir…

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Long Term Gear Test: La Sportiva Helios.

Long term gear test: La Sportiva Helios, by La Sportiva NZ ambassador Sam Clark- I’m going to get this out of the way early in the piece:  The La Sportiva Helios could be the last…

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Zhangye 100km International Mountain Trail Challenge

Chris Morrissey gives his run down the Zhangye 100km International Mountain Trail Challenge- a brutally tough 100km race in China. About 7 or 8 weeks ago I got an email from Daniel Jones. It…


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