Coming At You
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…

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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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Great Barrier Island Wharf to Wharf Marathon

The Great Barrier Island Wharf to Wharf Marathon is held annually, in October, on one of New Zealand’s most pristine and picturesque islands.  Participants can run, walk or mountain bike either a full…

Motatapu Off Road Event

The inaugural Motatapu Event was held in 2005, offering a mountain bike or marathon option, linking Glendhu Bay and Arrowtown, and attracted 1,000 participants. Now over 4,000 people take part in five different…


Blackmores XTERRA Trail Challenge

Blackmores XTERRA Trail Challenge  Karangahake Gorge, Waihi | Saturday 11 October, 2014 Now just one week away! The Karangahake Gorge will ignite as runners and walkers dance their way through the historic mining trails….


Hoka One One Mafate Speed Review

Anticipation was high for the arrival of a test pair of Hoka One One Mafate Speed’s. My only previous experience in Hoka’s signature oversize shoe was shorted lived- a pair of hand-me-downs from…

If you want a nice photo of the Helios then click on the link below. I like to see a shoe 4 months on and how it is holding up. This is after some fun on muddy Port Hills trails.

La Sportiva Helios Review

Even before this past summer I have long been an admirer of La Sportiva’s quality line up of products- from the super slick carbon ski mountaineering race boots, to the massive range of…


Tarawera Ultramarathon Entries Now Open

Tarawera Ultramarathon race directorPaul Charteris gives us the run down on the Tarawera entries that open today- Entries for the 2015 Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon open at 11am on Sunday 1 June NZ time. It’s alway super…

Epic ridge running, about 25-30km into the SMMM.

Coming at you This Week- SMMM

A bit of a mixed bag coming at you on the NZ trail/mountain running calendar this week. Before we get into that- make sure you check out the 2014 Vibram Tarawera Ultra Marathon…

View from the ridge coming into Ces Clarke Hut and looking down into the Grey Valley and finish at Blackball.

Coming at you this WEEK

Coming at you this week- – 2014 trail season kicks of with the return of the classic “Croesus Crossing“. In the past this has been a Nelson Events race, but last year they…


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