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.

    Saturday, December 31, 2011

    2011 Annual Review

    This year I discovered the fulfilment of being support crew and pacer for another runner, rather than always being the one that is out on the course. The day is still long, and there is much to keep one occupied. But the fatigue level is not nearly as great and there is a special reward that comes from helping someone else achieve their goals.

    A wadi in the Rangipo Desert


    On the way to Mt Eliza


    Race Numbers
    My first pacer number! Heather's race number
    (orange) and my pacer number (white)


    View North
    View North from the Eastern Hills


    Storm Gear
    In full storm gear on Tongariro


    In the rain at the Wellington Marathon


    Forward to the summit
    Beautiful but dangerous, Tongariro


    Heather and Viv at the Great Naseby Water Race


    Heading past a woolshed, Marton-Wanganui ultra


    • Walked the first two legs of the Marton-Wanganui Relay for the Trentham team, who eventually finished 2nd
    • Continued on to complete the Marton-Wanganui ultra for the 9th time
    Mokihinui River
    Mokihinui River


    Coastal views, Toi's Challenge




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