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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…


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…

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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…


Pomona King of the Mountain 2015.

This weekend 14 kiwi mountain runners are heading over the ditch to Pomona to do battle against the Australians over the infamous Mt Cooroora at Pomona, just inland from Noosa on the Sunshine…

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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…


Mt Difficulty Ascent Report

The Mt Difficulty Ascent on Saturday delivered on its promise of a brutally steep, demanding course. While the races namesake, Mt Difficulty its self, lacked any significant snow cover, the wind picked up…


Mt Difficulty Ascent preview

Race 5 in the Australia New Zealand Sky Running Series- the Mt Difficulty Ascent takes place this Saturday. In its 2nd year, the races course is almost as unrecognizable as the race numbers…


Becky Nixon pre TNF100

Becky Nixon will line up at this Saturdays TNF100 in Australia’s Blue Mountains as an unknown to most outside of New Zealand, but with an 18hr15min win at the 2014 Naseby 100mile and…


Routeburn Classic Preview

 UPDATE 23rd April The 2015 Routeburn Classic takes place this weekend, traversing from The Divide on the Milford Road, crossing over Harris Saddle and descending down the Routeburn finishing 32km and 1200mD+ later. This time a year…

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2015 Buffalo Stampede Report

A small but strong kiwi contingent traveled to Bright, Victoria for this past weekend’s Buffalo Stampede Skyrunning event. The Buffalo was the Oceania Skyrunnng Championships in the 42km and 75km distances and as such attracted a…


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