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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…

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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…


Marty Lukes Pre Buffalo Interview

Today we chat with Christchurch’s Marty Lukes ahead of the Buffalo Stampede Ultra, that takes place on the 11th April in Bright, Victoria. While many in Straya (and Johnny-come-latelies in NZ for that matter) might not be…

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Mt Oxford Odyssey

Marty Lukes gives us his thoughts on the first ever Ultimate Direction Mt Oxford Odyssey, that took place on 1st February.  With the encouraging growth in New Zealand’s off road trail running ultra scene…


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…


Great Naseby Water Race Preview

This weekend will see the 7th running of the Great Naseby Water Race, taking place on the gravel roads, old water races and single tracks on the outskirts of the small historic Otago…

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Northburn 100 2013, By Marty Lukes

2 years after winning the inaugural Northburn100, Marty Lukes returned to central Otago for another crack at the NB100, set on bettering his winning time from 2011. The result was a slick 22hr09mins. Below are…

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Fast Times At Northburn 100

Wild winds, cold temps on the tops and fast times were the highlights of this weekend’s Northburn 100, held on Northburn Station in the Dunstan Mountains on the outskirts of Cromwell. Impressive course…

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Marty Lukes pre Northburn 100 Interview

This weekend will be the 3rd edition of the gnarly Northburn 100mile race in the barren Dunstan Mountains east of Cromwell. The Northburn can lay claim to being New Zealand’s only true 100mile mountain (and 100km mountain) race and is certainly not…


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