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.

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

    Mt Climie Ridge

    Sundew on the spur
    A trip up Mt Climie ridge to the end of the road and beyond... it's just a case of following your nose to get to the top of the access road. After coming out in the open as it reaches the first transmitter tower on the ridge, the road continues perhaps another kilometre or so south along the ridge servicing several other transmitter stations. The transmitter station at the far end of the road has a fence around it, but there is a clear foot-track worn around the fence. A bit further south is a hang gliding launch ramp, but instead I turned south east and followed the worn foot track along the spur. I only went as far as where the track descends into the bush, so have no idea where it comes out, but it must head down somewhere into the Pakuratahi / Rimutaka Incline area. A trip for another day!
    View of the SW spur
    Trail among the astelia along the top of the ridge

    Sundew among the moss
    Looking back at the main ridge

    Looking NE into the wild
    Looking down into the trees from a rock outcrop

    View towards the Wairarapa South Coast


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