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, July 25, 2011

    Cannon Point Snow

    Year after year the few days we get snow on nearby hills are days that I have to be at work. And usually the snow is no lower than about 500m-600m above sea level (asl). But this year we had reasonably significant snow down to about 150m asl, and as I write this in the afternoon we have a decent snow shower at about 50m asl.

    My favourite little trail run from home takes in Cannon Point, which at 345m had plenty of snow on it. Here are some pictures from the run.

    Looking South
    Looking south from the Totara Park bridge
    Early view
    Cannon Point with a dusting of snow
    Part way up from the dam
    The snow starts to appear on the sheltered side
    Across the valley

    Top of the main climb
    Up from Birchville Dam, heading to Cannon Point
    The way ahead

    Cannon Point
    View to Cannon Point trig
    Looking North from the trig
    View of Mt Climie from the trig
    Zig Zag
    Coming back down the zig-zag track

    Mt Climie
    Mt Climie from the Totara Park bridge

    Cannon Point Snow, a set on Flickr.


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