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Jean Beaumont UTMB Race Report

Jean Beaumont is arguably the leading New Zealand female 100mile runner, with wins at Naseby and a slick 26hr45 at the 2012 Northburn100, where she was 15mins off winning overall! At the end…

Jonathan Wyatt winning the 2005 World Mountain running title in Wellingtion.

The World Ultra Mountain National Trail Series Championships Plural.

Matt Bixley gives us his take on the multiple “world championships” available to the ultra, trail and mountain runner. I’ve read and taken part in a few conversations over the last month or…

At Cougar Rock (1)

Michael Pullar’s Western States 100 mile Race Report

Kiwi Michael Pullar shares his Western States Endurance Run race report with us. A great result in Michael’s first 100mile race and a great read! Enjoy- It’s almost 5 am here in Squaw…


Tailwind Endurance Review

Updated 15th July 2013- Since we posted this review of Tailwind by Bernard Robinson, I (Grant Guise), have be able to test out Tail wind a bit more myself. I used some Trailwind at…

Rachael early in the big climb. Photo : Alastair Hanson.

Wild Earth Ascent “mid-pack” Race Report

Rachael Buttar, a Cromwell local and self proclaimed “average Joe Bloggs runner” tacked the Wild Earth Ascent 1/2 Marathon a few weekends ago. Despite the scare mongering by race director Terry Davis (really-…


Ultra-Trail Des Cagous- Dawn Tuffery Race Report

Barefoot Inc Athlete Dawn Tuffery has had a stella start to the year, with a podium at Tarawera, Athletics New Zealand 100km title and now a win at the 80km Ultra-Trail Des Cagous, on 7th June…

Jo racing The Hillary 80km, just 2 weeks after winning the Tarwera Ultra.

My first DNF- Jo Johansen

Jo Johansen, winner of this years Tarawera Ultra, talks about DNF’ing at TNF100 and what contributed to her ending up in Katoomba Hospital. DNF…… Those three letters sound haunting and look so disappointing. I…

Race morning- AT ready to go!

If you can dream it, you can do it- AT’s Great Wall Marathon Report

Wanaka based runner and former Luxmore Grunt record hold Andrew Town just raced the Great Wall Marathon in China, here is his account of the experience.  If you can dream it, you can…


Three Peaks 2014 – a perspective from back in the pack

Russell Hurring gives us his take on the iconic Dunedin mountain running race- The Three Peaks, that took place last weekend. The prerace talk about weather had to be expected after last year’s…

Photo: Alick Saunders.

Lucas Duross Tarawera Ultra Report

Yesterday 18 year old Lucas Duross lined up for the weather altered 55km Tarawera Ultra. Full of confidence and talent to match, it is fair to say it was an excited young Lucas…


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