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.

    Monday, July 2, 2012

    Cannon Point "New" Route

    Cannon Point Trig
    Not really "new" as the tracks used have been there for quite some time, and most of them I have done at some point or other. But this was the first time I strung them together in this order to go up and over Cannon Point.

    Took the Regional Council's upgraded track on the True Right of the Hutt River down towards the Whakatiki River. Thankfully they haven't upgraded the whole track, and once it gets into the bush it is still an undulating muddy delight! From the Whakatiki River it is up a small zig-zag to gain the terrace where a house must have once been. Last time I went up here there was no track, and this looks like the work of a private citizen, perhaps a mountain biker.

    Pick one of three tracks ... I seemed to pick the "adventure option", clambering over a few fall trees, then out to Three Skulls Rd. A few hundred metres of sealed road, then turn right onto the clay pylon access road. This road is not marked on topo maps, but has been in existence for many years. That said, this is the first time that I have used this road. Follow that road up until it eventually ends in a T intersection with a gravel road.

    Straight across the intersection and jump the ditch so a shirt scramble up into the bush. This is one of my favourite tracks - rooty and gnarly and poorly marked (i.e., not at all). That track exits out on to the clay MTB/walking track that leads up to the Trig. From there it was a cruise down the zig zag track to the carpark and then run the streets to home. 1h:04:55.


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