Kepler Challenge – Splits

Running the Kepler can be tricky and getting your pacing wrong can make the last section from Rainbow Reach long. Really messing up your pace and the run down the Iris Burn can…

SkyRunning Points Series (updated guesswork)

With the Hounslow Classic being run last weekend there have been significant changes in the points series. But as I am not involved in anything, this should just be considered a best guess…


Great Naseby Water Race 2015 – Preview

Matt runs his beady little eye over the fields before driving over to Naseby for his annual DNF. He is spending Friday crewing for fellow Ultimate Direction and La Sportiva Ambassador, Martin “The…


Anna Frost – Pre Hardrock Interview

This weekend Anna Frost takes on the one race that many Kiwi’s would love to attempt, The Hardrock100. Anna was lucky enough to be drawn from the lottery with just 1 ticket, but…

skyrunning seires

Skyrunning ANZ Series Points- 5 Races Down.

Below is, our guesstimate, of the top 15 males and females in the Skyrunning Australia New Zealand Oceania Series after 5 of the 7 races. Hounslow Classic and Sky Rock ‘n’ Run both…

skyrunning seires

Sky Points Guess and Mt Difficulty Ascent

Matt has a look at the Skyrunning New Zealand/Australia series points and Mt Difficulty Ascent. Past the halfway way mark in the New Zealand/Australia Skyrunning series I got interested to see how the…

Matt and Lars

The Barkley Marathons – I Quit

Matt Bixley tells us about his greatest failure- Quieting The Barkley Marathons. How do you write something about a race that continues to strive to remain a mystery, an enigma. I tapped out…


The Barkley Marathons

Matt Bixley shares his thorough ahead of lining up at the The Barkley Marathons. Have I Been Training – No! Amongst other questions where have is swapped with: what, why or how, the have…


Kaimai Killer – Preview

Come 5am this Saturday the Karangahake Gorge and Kaimai Ranges will fill up with trail runners in the Blackmore’s XTERRA Trail Challenge Waihi. The event has Trail Tigers, 7.3, 13, 19, 42.2 and 60km options…

Naseby 50km

Great Naseby Water Race 2014

The Great Naseby Water Race (GNWR) held its 8th edition over the weekend. The 2007 event saw 9 starters in the 80k and 5 in the 50k. Helen Chignall has now run at…


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