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, December 31, 2013

    2013 Annual Review

    With work and non-exercise activities it was a bit of a quiet year this year... on the event front there was only two 5k races and one 50km walk.

    Still managed to collect a few trigs along the way: Omanawanui, A31G (Fern Hill) but couldn't get through gorse to 5304 (Flagstaff), 1126 (Mt Pleasant), the two Mt Climie trigs 8301 and 8302, A6UR and A6V3 in Nelson, 1211 (Botanical Hill), AHK6 in the snow, A2GX but could find no trace of B4TD (West Gorge), and 1266 (Mt Tauhara). So that's 11 trigs, 7 of which were new.

    View from Karekare, Waitakeres


    • Two days of trail running in the Waitakere Ranges (Day 1, Day 2)
    • Bagged Trig A31G in Upper Hutt
    • A very pleasant run on Mt Pleasant in Christchurch, bagging Trig 1126 along the way
    Sundew among the moss



    • Nothing of any great significance in the outdoors.
    Historic Waihohonu Hut
    Historic Waihohonu Hut


    Diamond Lake
    Diamond Lake


    The old sign marking the Old Track on the way to
    the aircraft wreckage


    View through the bush on the way to Trig A2GX



    • A quick recconoitre of Pukeonake in Tongariro National Park.
    Trig 1266 (Mt Tauhara)


    • A quick hike up/run down Mt Tauhara, bagging Trig 1266 at the top


    • Nothing of any great significance in the outdoors.
    Working hard near the end of the 50km
    Photo: Tracy Benjamin



    • Nothing of any great significance in the outdoors.


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