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.

    Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Just Roaming Around: City Safari 2009

    An urban rogaine where competitors are able to use public transport. Seemed like a good way to get teenagers out of the house, so I signed us up for the shorter 3 hour option. Scored 235 points on the main event, plus 60 points from the prologue, less 30 points for being late on the prologue, giving a total of 265 points. We placed 14th of about 46 family teams, although some would have had much younger children than our team’s youngest of 11.

    Above: portion of the main map showing where we
    collected most of our points.
    Right: Prologue map.

    The event started with a short 10 minute prologue. I figured out a route that should have got us back just within 10 minutes. I would have been right too, except for taking the long way to get to one control... so we ended up being a bit over one minute late back to the finish and losing 20 points from our score.

    A few minutes to recover and then it was the main event. We made our way down to the railway station via an easy 5 point control. A couple of minutes wait before the train was due to leave, and then a pleasant ride up the Ngaio Gorge to Khandallah.

    On the train to Khandallah
    Reviewing where we will go.
    View out the window. The gorge drops very steeply into the bush.

    From Khandallah station it was a short walk through the streets to #21. #42 looked promising, but there would be a fair amount of climb and I wasn’t sure that the boys would be too thrilled with that. So we left that one alone and retraced our steps to Khandallah station, then a shortcut through a walkway and #22. Then along to #12 and a longish walk and partway down a hill to #31. Back up the hill to Cashmere Avenue School. The map suggests that it would be possible to take a shortcut through the school to get to #13, but it looked like we would have to descend into the school grounds then climb a steep walkway on the other side. We decided that it would be easier to just go around the streets and avoid the extra climb.

    From #13 it was on to #23. From there our plan called for #14 and then #52, but I was getting a little nervous about time and elected to take the direct route to #52. A climb up a steep sealed vehicle track to #52, then down through a nice bush track to #16, then up a hill to #32.

    Time was counting down now and it was imperative to catch the train on time. If we caught the train we would finish in time; if not we would be at least 20 minutes late and lose 200 points (or be DQed). We seemed to have enough time so jogged a bit along the road to pick up #15, then a push up to Awarua Street station. Time to recover and have something to eat and drink!

    Another pleasant journey back down on the train and plan what to do with the 24 minutes we would have when we got into Wellington. #2E (worth 20 points) at the NZ Rugby Union HQ looked promising, and there was a shortcut along the platform and over the Stadium concourse. We made it down the end of the platform (as did many others on the train) only to find that the gates to the concourse were locked. Back down the platform – minutes wasted – and along the footpath. Wait for the crossing, then across the road and pick up the control.

    There was nothing else for us to pick up on the way back, so it was just a matter of a quick walk back. We passed lots of other teams, but already having late penalties from the prologue wanted to be sure that we’d be back before the finish time. Finished in 2h55m, comfortably inside the 3 hours.

    More photos available on Flickr.Official event website:


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