Welcome to my blog. The title originates when my primary athletic activity was competitive walking, but now that I am back to running it also includes that.

Not all content is accessible from the main page: for example, the rogaines, racewalking, and ultramarathon pages all include content that is only accessible from those pages.


Ultramarathons are any event longer than the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles / 42.195km. Standard distances for ultras are 50km, 50 miles, 100km, and 100 miles. There are also 12 hour and 24 hour track runs, and multi-day "stage races".

I have currently (September 2012) completed 30 ultramarathons, plus 1 DNF at about 66km at the Molesworth Run. Reports for most events are provided below.

See also


Rogaining is the sport of long distance cross-country navigation. Events can be as short as 2-3 hours or the standard 24 hours. Teamwork, endurance, competition and an appreciation for the natural environment are features of the sport. Rogaining involves both route planning and navigation between checkpoints using a variety of map types.

GN Phillips and RJ Phillips, Rogaining, 3rd ed, 2000

The two main umbrella organisations for rogaining in New Zealand are: My reports for selected events are provided below.

Hiking and Mountains

The Hiking, Trail Running, and Mountains pages are all inter-related, but with some subtle differences:
  • Hiking is not an organised race, and may include Coastal Adventures, activities in the Mountains, and hiking in other locations;
  • Trail Running covers organised events, some in the mountains, but others on local hills and trails; and
  • The Mountains category covers both events and hiking in various places that can be classed as mountains.

  • Racewalking

    Racewalking only has to meet two technical requirements:
    • no loss of contact, as judged by the human eye; and
    • the leg has to be straight from the moment of first contact until it is upright.
    More detailed rules are here.

    I'm not particularly good at racewalking, often falling foul of the straight leg rule. But I still give it a go and here are the results of my endeavours.


    This blog is primarily about my walking activities, but sometimes I do run. Here are reports for events where I have run.

    Shorter Races

    I classify events as ultramarathons, marathons, rogaines, and "shorter events". So a "shorter event" is just something that is shorter than a marathon and is not a rogaine. Consequently there's a mixed bag in here: running, racewalking, half marathons, 10k and 5k races, , etc.

    Monday, January 4, 2010

    Battle Hill via Mt Wainui

    Looking back at Campbells Mill Rd
    Back in April Jan and I had walked from Campbells Mill Rd up to Mt Wainui: a hike that not many people are aware of. While on the top of Mt Wainui I had seen that the marked route continued over the other side. Now it was time to return and find out just where the route went.

    Aseroe rubra "starfish fungus" seen on the track   
    up Mt Wainui.
    As before we started at Campbells Mill Rd and made our way to the start of the pink ribboned track over Mt Wainui. We made it to the top just a little quicker than last time, although the conditions were much more pleasant this time. We sat and ate lunch in the sun in the clearing near the trig.

    Lunch in the sun.
    After lunch it was time to follow the track over the other side of the trig. I suspected that it probably headed roughly W-SW, and was proved correct. The other alternative is that the track could have headed SE along the ridge towards point 650 - this certainly might be worth exploring at a future date.

    The first 1km after the trig was very, very boggy. It was very slow trying to avoid the mud, but stepping in it risked losing your shoe! The ridge on this side was a lot flatter than on the northern side, presumably allowing water to sit for longer before draining or evaporating. It also appeared that this side has more visitors than the northern side.

    Jan navigates the boggy track.
    I put my foot in it!

    After that first km the track dried out significantly and it was relatively easy travel through to the end of the bush. 2.07km after the trig we exited onto a farm road. There were a couple of orange disks to point us in the right direction (there was actually only one direction to go - south). Farm roads continued south, generally just below the ridge line. From there it was all straight forward travel, avoiding the farm roads that deviated either left or right.

    Where the track exits onto a farm road.
    The view south in the direction of travel.

    Eventually we came to a fork where we had to choose left or right: left was exposed to the sun and fringed by lots of gorse; right went through a pleasant pine forest. Neither option had a gate or any signs. We chose right. When we exited the forest we found a big gate with a large "no entry" sign - that's all very well, but what damage were two walkers going to do, and why was there nothing at the other end of the forest?

    Mt Wainui Map
    Down hill a little further a we reached the track that heads down to Curtis Flat. Time for a short break and then we made our way to the downhill track for the Transmission Gully loop and from there back to the car. Total distance was 22.4km and total walk time was 6h05m.

    More photos available on Flickr.


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