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, July 21, 2013

    A2GX and West Gorge

    Trig A2GX
    A hike up and down some steep tramping tracks to try and find two trigs in Upper Hutt's Keith George Memorial Park. From the carpark it is a short distance south before turning straight up beside the second stream. The track is generally easy to find and has plenty of the DOC orange markers, but is very steep.

    General location of the "West Gorge" survey mark

    Part of the track
    The location of the first survey mark (B4TD or "West Gorge") was determined by GPS, but when at the location we could find nothing at all. This is perhaps unsurprising as even the LINZ geodetic database has no information about this survey mark other than a record to indicate that it exists - no decsription, no scanned survey record, and definitely no photographs.

    After hunting around for a short while we continued up hill. The gradient was not so steep now, and we were clearly approaching the pylon access road... but then we happened upon a sign erected by the Council indicating that it was private property ahead and "do not proceed". I was extremely miffed about this, as we needed to proceed to get to the next trig, and there was only pine forest and open scrubby areas ahead - hardly the sort of private property that people need to be kept out of. But we took the alternate tramping track off to our right, descending into a gully and then climbing up the other side.

    Map showing track and the location of the two survey marks B4TD (West Gorge) and A2GX

    View through the bush
    Having reached the other branch of the Keith George loop track, we soon found another Council sign saying private property was at the uphill side of the sign and do not proceed. But the track was very clear beyond the sign, even marked with the DOC orange triangles, the trig was very close, and I had figured out what was happening... logging operations were being conducted in the forest, and at every entrance controlled by the forest company were large orange signs warning of the hazard, but NOT stating keep out. Rather than just issuing a caution, the Council was being super cautious and trying a prohibition instead. Fair enough, but if I had come up the road, there would have just been a warning, so I decided to proceed with caution. The track brought us out to a clearing and a transmission pylon *beside* the access road - and from there we went straight back into the bush for 30m to find the trig. At no point did we need to set foot on the access road, and at no point did we even see any vehicles on the road, logging or otherwise.

    Standing beside A2GX with gorse behind
    Plaque for A2GX
    Plaque and base of trig
    Heather descending the end of the spur
    The important part is that we found trig A2GX! The GPS co-ordinates worked perfectly, and although there was plenty of bush and gorse around the trig it was accessable.

    Having found the trig we stopped at the pylon for a bite to eat, and then we headed back down the track to the carpark. Again an easy gradient at the top, but very steep as the track dropped off the end of the spur.


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