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“Appointment with Roy”- Roys Peak Challenge, 1997

“Appointment with Roy” is a story on the Roys Peak Challenge (or Mt Roy Challenge), write by Derek Grzelewski. It is from the 1997 race and appeared in Ansett in-flight magazine.  A big…

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Tararua SK Traverse

On December 21st, 2013 Laurence Pidcock and Chris Swallow took on the might Tararuas and the famed SK Travers. Starting at Putara Rd and finishing at Kaitoke, the traverse ticks off numerous peaks and huts along…

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The Kepler Challenge- My Way

Over the years I have written this for several people in several forms usually tailored to some degree depending on who is asking for advice on running the Kepler Challenge. In 2004 I…

Ticking off #3- William crossing the line at Taranaki RTM

New Zealand Grand Slam

“The mix of these three events makes it very hard to complete the set – not many trail runners want to do Taranaki and not many road runners would want to do Northburn.”-…

120km down, "just" a marathon to go.

Taranaki Round the Mountain

On the 8th November Tago Mharapara took on the 160km Taranaki Round the Mountain Race, with the goal of not only finishing but also raising money for the UpsideDowns Trust*. Below is Tago’s race repost that…

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Sell your running shoes and start a punk band- Taniwha 60km

Last weekend was the Total Sport Taniwha event held on the Waikato River Trails. Among the many lining up was Matt Rayment, taking on his first ultra distance race- The Taniwha 60km. Below is…

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Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon 2013

When I started the Backcountry Runner Blog a while back my goal was very clear- to give NEW ZEALAND a voice in Mountain, Ultra and Trail Running. Race previews/reports, athlete interviews- there is…

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The Labyrinth – A Run Around Ruapehu. By Martin Cox.

Almost a year ago we published THIS STORY by British mountain runner Martin Cox. That was an “unfinished” piece of writing, and today we are stoked to present the finished story, un-edited, in its entirety, as “ it…

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Queen Charlotte Ultra Marathon Race Report

Duncan Darroch lined up in his first ultra marathon this past weekend- below is his report of his “big day out”. Saturday 2nd November 2013 saw the running of the unofficial Queen Charlotte…

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Shannon-Leigh Litt Naseby 100km Report

Current Athletics New Zealand 100km champ Shannon-Leigh Litt returned to the Great Naseby water Race at the end of August to defend the 100km title she won last year- her race report is below. I…

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