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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…

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…

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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…


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…


Ultimate Direction Fastpack 30 Review

Dennis de Monchy offers his take on the new Ultimate Direction Fastpack 30. I was recently given the chance to test out the new UD Fastpack 30 when I headed south to run in…

TuM story

Guest Post- Richard Houghton TuM Race Report

 Richard Houghton gives us his Tarawera Ultra race experience and how his first 100km race played out. Background: Many years ago when I ran my first marathon; Auckland 1994, I chased a time…



8 hours on a 3km loop track starting at 10pm as a fundraiser for Mal Law’s High 5O? It took about a second to hit the link and get in my entry. This…

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The Goat 2014 Race Preview

The Goat- a hairy, smelly and lets be fair unattractive four legged animal (no offence Mr. goat). Yet this is the chosen animal that almost every trail and mountain runners aspire to be…

Enjoy the beauty of hills.

Enjoy The Beauty Of Hills- Himalayan 100 Revisited.

Brit Martin Cox’s revisits his 2013 Himalayan 100 experience- “My way of joking is to tell the truth. That’s the funniest joke in the world.”                                                                                                             (Mohammed Ali). From the moment I first…


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