Wild Stories

We’ve all got them – tales of epic, mud-splattered days out; times when it was all so good you could cry; times when it was all so bad you DID cry; beautiful places; savage places; great company; bad company.

We’d like you to think of this page as a ‘virtual camp fire’ – that’s right, pull up a log, make yourself comfortable and spin us a yarn about that great day you just had running some kiwi trails.

Your story might be about a training run, a recreational tootle around the block or a race. It doesn’t matter, just so long as it’s a story worth telling that involves New Zealand or New Zealanders we’d love to hear it and share it with others. So please don’t be shy – grab a beer or a glass of wine, whatever it takes to get your creative juices flowing – and give us your story.

All submissions by email (ideally accompanied by some photos or a link to a YouTube or Vimeo video)

Thanks Wild Things!

Read the following:

Another Hillary Trail First, by the Thomson family. In March 2012 thirteen-year old twins Ashley & Claire Thomson stunned everybody by running the Hillary Trail end to end in one go – by far the youngest people ever to achieve this feat. This is their story.

Because it’s there, by Heather Davidson

On January 7th  2012 Heather, aged 19 years 2 months & 16 days, became the youngest person ever to run the full length of Auckland’s Hillary Trail (being just 2 days younger than previous record holder Alistair McDowell!). This is Heather’s account of her inspirational achievement.

Trail runningUK-style, by Dave Allaway

The British fell running scene is steeped in history and has been the making of more than a few legends – men and women who make trail running as we know it in NZ seems like a stroll in the park. Dave Allaway writes about his experiences running in the footsteps of these legends at one of THE classics on the fell running calendar – The Borrowdale.

My first Ultra, by Terry Davis

An amusing tale of how one man became obsessed with wild trail running – the Milford Track (53 kms long) was Terry’s first ever run longer than 8 kms!

Asking for help, by Nick White

A wonderful account of forgotten shoes, despair & triumph at the Jumbo-Holdsworth race.

Great Barrier Island Wharf to Wharf run, Oct 2009, by Aaron Carter.

Read Aaron’s account of one of the best kept secrets on the NZ running calendar. And note that Running Wild are looking into organising a group to travel to, and compete in, this awesome event in October 2011. If interested email Mal.

Kepler Challenge, Dec 2009, by Aaron Carter

He writes well and includes some great photos but we can’t let him monopolise this page – come on people, send us your stories!