Tag Archives: Waitakeres

Putting it all on the line

This Friday I’ll be running the rough, tough, physically demanding 75 km long Hillary Trail and I’m a bag of nerves. I’m the kind of nervous that I usually am only before a big race – and yet this isn’t … Continue reading

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The Long Good Friday

Trail running is good. Trail running for a good cause is even better. Through Running Wild I want to inspire people to get out and experience the pure joy that is a great trail run. But more than this I … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Keith

I was privileged to spend last weekend in the company of two wonderful people, both clients on our Karekare Trails Training Camp, and now very much friends. Keith’s story is inspirational. About 5 years back he weighed 110 kilos, but … Continue reading

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Keeping It Real

This blog first appeared as my Editorial for the latest Trail Run Magazine. As we near the end of another winter, one that for much of New Zealand has been a particularly wet and wild one, we can at last … Continue reading

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A story with a painful twist

It all started well enough. A cold morning for sure, but there was the promise of clearing skies and a magnificent circuit of the southern Waitakeres on some of my favourite tracks. Ahead lay 4 -5 hours of quality training … Continue reading

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Another one bites the mud!

The headline would have read “another one bites the dust” but that seems wholly inappropriate after wallowing in the worst Waitakeres mud I can remember for the best part of 14 hours. Dust? I wish! But anyway, I love the … Continue reading

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A First Attempt

It’s 77 kms long with over 3,200 metres of ascent over it’s length. It’s a rough, tough run and I’ve done it 3 times before. So why would I set off alone in the middle of the night to take … Continue reading

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Spirit of the Trail

I love the physical act of trail running. I love the places it takes me and the sense of adventure it awakens in me. I love the challenge, the exertion, the reward of achieving long-held goals. But these things alone … Continue reading

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The Path Less Traveled

Do we all too often gravitate towards well-trodden and familiar trails? It’s a question I pondered today while out in the Waitakeres with my two-legged friend Vicki and my four-legged friend Luca. At this time of year these hills (the … Continue reading

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