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Some winter training on Mount Iron. Photo Brook van Reenen

7 Months a Runner.

We don’t generally post “personal journey” type stories on BCR- I am not sure why? I guess there are many of them and it seems social media makes a good platform for these…

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Kepler Challenge 2015 Preview

Kepler Challenge 2015 Preview- Matt Bixley gives us his picks on this weekends big lap in Te Anau. I have always wanted to write an iRunFar-esque preview. So I went to their TNF50…

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Kepler Challenge – Splits

Running the Kepler can be tricky and getting your pacing wrong can make the last section from Rainbow Reach long. Really messing up your pace and the run down the Iris Burn can…

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2014 Kepler Challenge Preview

The 2014 Kepler Challenge is fast approaching and at the pointy end of the field both the defending men’s and women’s champs are returning, both with their sights set on new course records….

Kepler Challenge Race Report – Martin Dent

On Saturday the 7th December Olympic Marathoner Martin Dent, from Australia, lined up at the Kepler Challenge with Phil Costley’s 4hr37min race record in the back of his mind- below is Martins race report…

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Kepler Challenge 2013- Men’s Race Preview

The 2013 men’s Kepler Challenge, like the woman’s race, should will be epic! On paper the line up  promises fast times and a depth that has been absent for some years. I don’t think this…

Ruby Muir on her way to owning the 2012 Kepler. Photo: Graham Dainty

Kepler Challenge 2013- Women’s Race Preview

The women’s race at this year’s Kepler Challenge is set to be a cracker, with the only damper being that a few of the girls may not have had the best lead up to the race. A mixture…

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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…

Marty and Vajin Armstrong smashing it to the Luxmore Hut in 2011- Marty won "king of the mountain" with Vajin going on to take the over all win

Kepler Challenge- Of tough men, long skirts and bronze shoes

2013 ASICS Kepler Challenge  Pre-Race Article- The following is a press release from the Kepler Challenge. Stay tuned for BCR’s Keper picks and pre race build up!  HISTORY OF THE EVENT Of tough men, long skirts…

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Thir Borland Run Camp – 2013

The inaugural THIR Run Camp took place this past weekend, organised by Dwight Grieve and the Fiordland Athletic Club and supported by THIR and Horleys. Below Dwight gives us a run down on…

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