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.

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    ANZAC Day and Sinclair Head

    Bunkers on Sinclair Head
    Bunkers on Sinclair Head
    Having been awake since 4am I decided that there was really no excuse not to attend the Dawn Service, so I did. A 40 minute service starting at 6am, I was home in plenty of time for a coffee and breakfast!

    Keeping with the theme of ANZAC Day, we headed in to Wrights Hill in Wellington, arriving to a full carpark just 15 minutes after the opening time of 10am. We met up with Richard and Viv for a tour of the World War II gun emplacements and tunnels. Unfortunately all the guns were sold for scrap after the war, but there is one replica barrel to show the size of them. Quite an amazing and sobering underground complex with radio room, plotting room, and for each of the guns a powder room and ammunition store.

    It was nearing mid-day by the time we had finished our tour of Wrights Hill, time to eat. Fish & Chips on the beach at Island Bay. It sounded like a good idea, but the reality was lots of wind-blown sand in the chips!!

    We then drove around to Owhiro Bay and picked a place to park. On another ANZAC Day themed activity, we were off to visit the observation bunkers at Sinclair Head. I had seen a track mentioned on a mountain biking website, but had never actually been up or down it. The track was also on the official map for the area. BUT the entrance to the track was very cleverly disguised in behind a bach. We initially walked a long way past it, I explored a "possible" route up the cliff, and we saw a few seals lying around on the rocks. Backtracking I had a hunch and found the track entrance.

    Heather and Viv making the climb,
    Richard stopping for a photo.
    Everyone else seemed to initially have a few misgivings as the track was steep, at times requiring climbing up small steep sections, and also followed a creek at times. Before long we were out in the open, heading across farmland in the sunshine. Everyone now declared that the initial section of track had been fun!

    Turning left/south we visited the observation bunkers. A lovely place to be on a sunny day, but would be absolutely miserable to be holed up there for hours on end on a cold and wet winter's day. Today, though, the views were spectacular across to the South Island and out through Cook Strait to the east. There was also a spectacular view of the very steep hill that we needed to climb on our way out!

    South Island
    View across to the South Island
    Our initial plan had been to head to the top of Te Kopahou, then on to Hawkins Hill and out via the Tip Track. But the afternoon was advancing and a better plan seemed to take the track that turned right and down halfway up Te Kopahou, climb up the other side and exit at Red Rocks. This brought us to another new track that twisted and turned its way down to the baches where we had first started. From there just a few km walk back to the cars.


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