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.

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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.

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    Rogaining in the Wild West

    3 hour afterwork rogaine, Wellington.

    Arriving all of 2 minutes before the start I had no time to plan a route. A quick look at the map suggested controls #15, #30, #21, and #70 might be a good place to start. #15 was a breeze to find, and then as I made my way through the graveyard towards #30 I nearly fell into an old grave! As I was walking along looking at the map I strayed off to the right and walked into the side of an old grave with mid-shin height concrete sides. It just so happened that the concrete top on this one had caved in, so I really could have fallen in!

    With a head torch that wasn't as bright as it could be it took a while to find #70 in the bush. After some indecision I decided that up the hill to #14 and #80 would be my next move.

    On my way up from control #70 I was caught by Anna McDonnell and Helen McKendry, and from there we stayed together heading over Johnson's Hill (control #80) then ran along the Skyline track to #90 and #81, and down to #100. The night was calm and clear, treating us to spectacular views across Wellington and the harbour.

    Coming down from #100 we briefly touched on suburbia before heading into the bush towards #82. Anna and Helen's lights were far superior to mine, enabling them to run much more quickly through the bush. They arrived at #82 ahead of me and then sat down to plan their next move. I had a vague idea of where I was heading next, so I set off for #31, #35, and #3C, joining up with Michael Wood and Gordon Balfour along the way. Michael and Gordon then went off to collect #56.

    I pondered my next move and decided on #45. While I was making that decision Anna and Helen reappeared and I joined them again as we trudged up the hill. #45 collected the girls were quickly off to collect #46. I was feeling a bit tired by now and took a while to convince myself that this was a good idea! But eventually I did, and while I was heading in on the bush track the girls were already heading back out. Thanks Anna for the tip on the sidetrack to get to the old quarry, without that tip I would have kept going on the main track and missed it!

    Back out on to the road, #54, #53 and #40 were the obvious choice. Time was running down so I then opted for #27 and #3D, with the option of #60 if there was sufficient time. There wasn't, so I finished with 920 points.

    Anna and Helen finished on 1110 points, 10th out of 37 teams and 2nd all women team. 920 points would have put me in 20th place, but with a 10% penalty for being solo I dropped to 26th place. Time for prior planning would have been good, as would better lights, but I still might not have been able to match Anna and Helen.

    Official report and results are here.


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