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Peak Trail Blazer Records Fall.

Course record broken by over four minutes- Local runner Eric Speakman said he didn’t really have time to take in the scenery as he became the first person to run a sub 50-minute…

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2015 Chia Abel Tasman Coastal Classic

Andrew Town’s wrap up of the  2015 Chia Abel Tasman Coastal Classic held over the weekend- The 2016 Chia Abel Tasman Coastal Classic was run in perfect conditions on Saturday in a welcome contrast I’m sure…


Jacks Point Trail Run

The inaugural Jacks Point Trail Run was held in mix conditions at Jacks Point, just outside of Queenstown today. The event is the brain child of former Luxmore Grunt record holder Andrew Town…

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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…

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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…


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…

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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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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…

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Jo Johansen Hillary Ultra Report

Jo Johansen gives us her race report from race 2 in the Australia/New Zealand Sky Running Series- The Hillary Ultra. Its not just the toughness factor and the out of this world scenery…

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The Hillary Ultra- Chris Morrissy Report

Chris Morrissy shares his 2nd place finish at The Hillary 80km Ultra- At Tarawera I had decided to run my own race, ignore everyone else. Pretty much jog for 60km then hopefully begin to…


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