Race Reports

Mel Aitken Motatapu Marathon Report

Mel Aitken gives us her run down from the 2015 Motatapu Marathon that took place this past Saturday is wet conditions. Having run the Motatapu in 2012 and coming second with a fairly…


2015 Motatapu Adventure Run Race Report

Motatapu Adventure Run race report from Grant Guise- The 2015 Motatapu Adventure Run was just that- an Adventure! Standing in the dark at Glendhu Bay, in what can only be described as pissing…


Whitney Dagg SMMM Race Report

 After a long injury lay off with injury, Whitney Dagg gives us her race report on her come back race- the Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon. It was a last minute decision to give…

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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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2014 Peak Trail Blazer

Local running couple Kristian Day and Ruby Muir were crowned King and Queen of Te Mata Peak at the 5th Annual Peak Trail Blazer this morning, bagging themselves a total of $1000 in…


La Ultra The High Ultra Marathon

 Jup Brown, originally from Wanaka, shares his experience from running “La Ultra The High” Ultra marathon in Leh India in August. I was here to run 333kms in 72hours going over 3 mountains of…

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World Mountain Running Champs Race Report

Stephan Day gives us his personal race report on his time at the World Mountain Running Championships, as well as some great insight to possible growth in mountain running in New Zealand. The…


2014 Abel Tasman Coastal Classic

351 competitors in Saturday’s  21st  Abel Tasman Coastal Classic certainly got their taste of “the blues” that swept the country. On the Awaroa Lodge startline the southerly snowstorm decided to make an appearance and with…

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Great Naseby Water Race 2014

The Great Naseby Water Race (GNWR) held its 8th edition over the weekend. The 2007 event saw 9 starters in the 80k and 5 in the 50k. Helen Chignall has now run at…


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