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Hounslow Classic- Kiwi Preview.

This weekend the inaugural  running of the Hounslow Classic will take place in the Grose Valley of the Blue Mountains of Australia. The Hounslow is part of the 2015 ANZ Skyrunning Series and like…

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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…

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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…


Jo Johansen pre Buffalo Ultra

Jo Johnasen is fired up and ready to go for the Buffalo Ultra this Saturday! In the last 13 months Jo has gone from unknown, to winning the Tarawera Ultra, dropping out of…

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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…


Kaimai Killer – Preview

Come 5am this Saturday the Karangahake Gorge and Kaimai Ranges will fill up with trail runners in the Blackmore’s XTERRA Trail Challenge Waihi. The event has Trail Tigers, 7.3, 13, 19, 42.2 and 60km options…

Jo racing The Hillary 80km, just 2 weeks after winning the Tarwera Ultra.

My first DNF- Jo Johansen

Jo Johansen, winner of this years Tarawera Ultra, talks about DNF’ing at TNF100 and what contributed to her ending up in Katoomba Hospital. DNF…… Those three letters sound haunting and look so disappointing. I…

Jo with race director Paul Charteris at the finish line at Lake Okareka. Photo: Lyndon Marceau

Jo Johansen Tarawera Race Report

Last weekend at the shortened Tarawera Ultra Jo Johansen was, for many (including myself), an unknown name, that stormed to victory in the woman’s race. Below is Jo’s account of her race. It was…


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