4 May 2013 I didn’t hate it… That’s the first thing I said to Evan when I crossed the finish line on Saturday and I really meant it. I spoke in my last blog of those moments when you are in a race and you think “this is rubbish, why am I doing this……I don’t [...]
APRIL 29 2013 Well, what a weekend! Hard to describe all the emotions that were going through my head as I tossed and turned while trying to get a few hours of sleep on Friday night. First there was the uncertainty – would the weather clear enough to get the race in? I’d first looked [...]
Fine weather and a battle supreme between two of New Zealand’s top female distance runners made for a sensational 10th anniversary Routeburn Classic on the Routeburn Track on Saturday. View Article 30 April 2013 www.odt.co.nz
A ‘window’ of fine weather and a battle supreme between two of New Zealand’s top female distance runners made for a sensational tenth anniversary Routeburn Classic yesterday (April 27 2013). View Article 29 April 2013 Southern Public Relations
23 APRIL 2013 Sixty-eight training runs at an average distance of 9.9km. Total of 678km run. 55,888 calories burned. One cute black lab puppy trying to lovingly maul me. Two countries run in. Three different cities run in. (Four if you go a week further back.) Countless tracks in the Waitakeres explored. Two new pairs [...]
The Routeburn Classic is an ‘adventure run’ over New Zealand’s world famous Routeburn Track.
Staged in late April it is an exclusive event and limited to 350 lucky athletes. The track is 32 Kilometers long and climbs to 1127meters above sea level.
Set in a New Zealand National Park and inside a World Heritage Area in Fiordland on the south west of New Zealands South Island. The event encompasses changing terrain from lush native bush to an exposed alpine environment. In sections it appears the track has been cut by nature rather than by man. There are some aggressive up hill climbs and a challenging technical down hill. The track for the most part is technical in nature with rocks and tree roots all a part of the challenge. The descent back to native forest follows rivers and waterfalls to the finish line.
Fiordland is renowned for its tough weather and you will be exposed to the extreme elements. This has meant snow, ice and intense rain in past years giving athletes a good test in wilderness conditions. The sun has also been known to show up for a day of play in the wild. Each year presents new challenges with the varied conditions.
This is a true adventure run. If you like a challenge, a feeling of isolation and running through areas and landscapes straight from a post card or fantasy novel then you’re in the right place.
The Routeburn Classic will be an experience you will remember and talk about for the rest of your life!