SkyRunning Points Series (updated guesswork)

With the Hounslow Classic being run last weekend there have been significant changes in the points series. But as I am not involved in anything, this should just be considered a best guess…

Ruby checking out the French Alps. Photo: Blake Hose

Kiwis in Sky Running World Champs

 The 2014 Sky Running World Championships take place this weekend in Chamonix, France. What New Zealand lacks in numbers in Chamonix, we certainly make up for in quality. Joining Europen based Salomon super…

Ross at the finish

Hutt River Trail Events

The Hutt River Trail Events took place this past weekend, with 10km, 1/2, full marathon and 60km options. Lined up for the marathon was the always colourful Ross Steel from Tauranga. Ross, who raced 12…

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New Zealand Sports Photography Workshops

Long time NZ trail running and sports photographer Paul Petch after several years of building his photographic brand, style and approach to new media, has just launched an innovative collective photo learning program for…

photo- John O'Malley-

BCR Trail Shop

So where to begin with this post….. For a while now, over 2 years or so, closer to 3, I have been thinking, toying with the idea, of a specialized trail running shop. I kept…

Dougan racing to 3rd at Rifugio Scarpa, Frassene, Agordino, ITALY.
photo credit: Aron Lazzaro

Dougan Butler WMRC interview

At the 2011 NZ Mountain Running Champs, on the hill above Porirua Hospital, young Dougan Butler announced him self as a force in New Zealand mountain running taking out his first NZ title. Injury robbed Dougan a chance…


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