Was one of the most fun events that i have competed in…although Did you have to put the finish line at the top of a bloody hill! not cool.
It was great to head off into the hills with a bunch of people all fired up for the job ahead, and to see the different looks on their faces at different stages of the race.
The views from the traverse and Harris saddle are totally awesome, especially a couple of years ago when we crossed snow on a blue sky day. Enjoy the camaradie of this race.
Great to be greeted at the finish line and to meet our friends at the end. Keep up the great humour etc, it is refreshing in these days of PC crap.
Was so, so pleased to be at the finish. I felt exhausted but exhilarated!!!
I went in to this event not knowing what to expect as far as time required to complete the run in a somewhat comfortable manner. The event was very well organised from transportation to prize giving dinner. The run itself proved perfect for what I enjoy about running, awsome terrain, challenging weather and a stellar track. The harder the condition the more I like it so, let it be more rain and colder next year. I can not identify any highlights as the whole event was great, I did not meet a future lover, at least not that I know of just now!? Maybe Next Year!
I felt really well informed and super excited about the event. It was my first event and first time on the routeburn, so a tad nervy as well. Highlights, had to be lollies, support along the track especially from tramper, and catching glimps of the view. Couldnt wait to finish and down a ferg burger.
Crossing the finishing line was the best bit of the whole weekend – everything else paled into insignificance.
The route wasn’t as bad as I had been anticipating – our group did wonder if it would be called off – but pleased it wasn’t. Delighted that the last bridge is not a swing bridge any more – that was definitely a highlight for me! It isn’t just a run – it really is a great weekend of meeting people, being part of a big family group… and lots of nerves!
Great weekend, small balls-up in transport the day before the race, with the help of Evan and Mark this was rectified, allowing time to relax before struggling through a bacon fulled mac & cheese. Saturday morning presented me with a mongrel of a decision, to wear a jacket or not( I don’t enjoy running in jackets). The decision was made to man up and go without the jacket (good decision). The first 4km were difficult with a continuous line of people making passing or finding a rhythm hard. Once i got my stride on I was loving it, at the top of the saddle i reached for a leppin and realized i couldn’t feel my fingers. The weather made the run kinda cooler by adding danger factors and running water on the track. Pleasantly surprised with the dirty nurses on the way down, added a sexual factor to the race…… loss of feeling in the digets ment that the last 13 km were run with an undone left shoe lace, not ideal. Full bottle of cramp stop consumed and shared with other athletes. Great attitude amongst athletes, with good yarns about farts, poohs, piss stops, and weather. Typical NZ conversation topics really. All in all a great event with good atmosphere and orginisation, great track, defiantly the coolest run i have ever done with a lot of diversity in track conditions. Keep it up Good Times Events team!!!
better to do the run at the start of a holiday, not at the end
All the busses were well organised, even managing to stop on time for a fellow competitors spew stop on the way back to Qtown!
Expanding on my above sentence: Challenging (with the rain and the rocks), amazing (with the scenary and the great people), rewarding (making it to the finish in the time we wanted) and overall an incredibly memorable adventure that I would do all over again. Before: Nervous not knowing what to expect but confident having done the necessary training. Worried about the heavy rain warning the night before. Enjoyed the chance to share the bus ride and dining room with fellow runners, getting to chat to them and get some insight as to what was ahead. The actual run: The scenery was amazing and it would be hard to pick any place I like more but I will definitely have to go back to see it again. I loved the waterfalls, mountain views and being on the ridge. The track and race was not what I was expecting. The pace was a lot faster than expected and the track was a lot more rocky and technical than I had been told by trampers. On the positive side the hills were much milder than I expected and the d istance was a really good distance (although I am certain that is not 32.8 km. GPS doesn’t always take into account the hills properly). I was glad to have the last 6.7km to stretch my legs and pick up the pace. the entertainment along the way definitely added to the atmosphere and I particularly liked the nurse at the 6.7km mark. Finish Line: Happy to see the finish line and get my medal. Relieved not to have any war wounds which is amazing considering the conditions. Glad to have dry clothes to change into and not to have to wait too long for a bus. Dinner and prize giving: Amazing venue and excellent food. Great to speak to people afterwards about their various experiences. High standard of prizes and happy that I managed to win one of them. Sorry – no exciting stories since I ran it with my husband all the way to the end. I have only been mountain running for a year but in that time I have done around 9 events ranging from the 8 km Mt Isobel Challenge to the 60 km Kepler challange and what I can say makes this event different from all the others is that it is not just a run. It is an entire weekend of activities starting from the bus ride to Te Anau to the end of the prize giving. I really enjoyed it and hopefully will be back next year.
What are the chances of running “exactly” the same time two years in a row when one was in snow and the next year just a little bit of rain…..back for a third year and hopefully a “view” from the Harris Saddle….as they say third time lucky!!!
Loved the event, I found it a great personal achievement. I loved the personal touches like the characters on the track. Look forward to next year – I am aiming for a top ten finish and to beat my time from this year.
Loved the finish line. I fell over just before the bridge, still in the cover of the bush and a kid came up to me, offered me an apple and then told me to get going as I was nearly there. Very motivating, I couldn’t stay lying in front of this guy when he’d told me to get up and go for it!!
First time Routeburn-er but I’ll be back and recommending it to lots of people. Good competition with other females. Highlights include the incredible waterfall on the Te Anau side – wanted to stop and stare but had to remind myself was in a race. Great descent, trying to keep my friend well behind me. Struggled through the flat 6km to the finish – wished there had been a marshall at the intersection in the last 1km. Finishing chute and commentators were great and gobbled down the ‘snag’ – yum! No future lover met but great experience to share with friends. Timing couldn’t have been better looking at last weeks weather!
A well orchestrated event, particularly given the environment/ geography etc. I had no expectation other than it was a big hill to start & a downhill finish. Having never been that far South, I was blown away by the scenery, and being able to combine that with an event of this caliber. I met some good people along the way, which seemed indicative of the comradary of the event. I did think the ‘hill finish’ was uncalled for but the atmosphere made up for it. In closing, I would never have thought I would/ could run that distance…over that terrain.
Felt incredibly nervous about what to expect before I started. The waterfall before the MacKenzie Hut was truly one of the most amazing things I have EVER seen! The track is amazing and for everyone who told me that the flats to the finish were boring – they were not – what a beautiful track and much as I hate swing bridges, the views on those were awesome!
26 kms into it, I finally caught up with a small woman wearing a red top – I had been following her the entire race and was impressed by her steady, wise pace. I asked her how she was going and she said she was a bit long in the tooth to be doing something like this. How old are you? I asked, having only got to see her from the rear so far, 53 she said, a decade older than me . . . We had hit the lovely wide, undulating part around the Routeburn falls, and I saw this as a chance to really run – something I hadn’t managed to do prior to this point – so I asked whether I could overtake and whether she wanted to sprint to the finish line (yeah, right). She said she thought she might risk injury if she went any faster, but for me to go for it. We exchanged race numbers and I took off. Two minutes later – as we headed to the photography bridge, I looked up to see what the cheering was about and promptly rolled my ankle. Ouch. With seven kms to go, I was not going to stop, but I was seriously slowe d by my foolish decision to take my eyes off the ground. Two minutes later 53-yr old came past saying are you OK? No, I said, I didn’t take your advice and keep a steady pace and now I’m injured. Can I help, she said, but there was nay much that could be done. She beat me. I’ll have to return next year, just so I can learn from that foolish mistake.
I had usual prerace nerves. Checking weather on the web every 6 hours hoping for a dry track and a sunny day – Yeah Right (oops wrong beer). Took the chopper to the start line – a secret I won’t be sharing. In the end not my best effort. I’m getting slower. I’ve been giving it a lot of thought and coming up with a training plan for 2011. Arthur Lydiard as coach, personal masseuse, high performance diet , performance enhancing mineral supplements. Couple of small logistical problems in this plan but I’m working on it. I’ll be back to stem the declining race times.
felt a little nervous before even has had only done 3 training runs. the waterfalls, the scenery in general, the dressed up marshalls, was glad to see the finish line. was a very fun, low key event.
Very glad of the heaters at the finish !!
Highlights, the surroundings, rain and fog, pity about the lack of snow and wind, maybe next year. Also support from marshalls and trampers.
Nervous at the onset of the race due two three two main factors 1) my absolutely minimalistic, non existant training regime leading up to event, 2) the usual ‘venturing into the unknown – whats it gonna be like?’ – nerves 3) the discovery of a track profile map in the hotel room the night before running a altitude scale completely different to the good times website map – brochure hills looks WAAAY bigger. Highlights – the big ass waterfall we ran right under – the super enthusiastic officials – a number of particularly attractive female backsides to follow up the hills – getting sing Bohemian Rhapsody – duet style with a complete stranger = gold Finish line – awesome set up, great to have people hanging round even on such a shitty day. SNAGS = MINT – being unaware of the selection of delicious sauces available = not so mint. Future lovers – no – after getting current lover to embark of the massive drive from divide round to finish thought it would be somewhat unappreciative too be ‘scoping’ the NZ mountain running scene for future potential suitors.. Future love – not in the immediate 12 – 24 hour future after the race – seems muscles were all confused as to which ones were supposed to be stiff!
As this was my first major event I was quite nervous, I had no support either which made the pre-race bit quite a lot harder. All in all it was an awesome day once i got started, my Only regret is my flawed race strategy, i started too far back and spent virtually the whole race stuck behind slower people, this is obviously par for the course in a race like this, but i’d trained hard and was ready to run more of those hills. anyways, it’s all a learning curve and i’ll be back next year to start a bit better and have a more competitive race. I’m super happy i chose this race as my first major one, it was a brilliant challenge and i’m looking forward to it next year.
enjoyed the country.
Getting to the top of the hill was fantastic… the next 2 1/2 hours great, but good to finish. I was nervous before the event and was expecting it to be a lot more full on than it was, for the last six kms I couldn’t stop smiling, I couldn’t believe I was nearly finished and feeling so happy!
Was anxious beforehand because I felt unprepared – didn’t have time to mentally prepare in the lead-up weeks, had a dodgy ankle, was using gels and electrolyte I had never tried before, and my fitness could have been better…. Oh, and I had no idea what the track conditions would be like (imagined a beautifully smooth highway – it being Great Walk and all….) But once running, all was well. Being in a large bunch of people was good because it meant I was forced to walk quite a bit (and therefore pace myself). Although, at times I should have gone faster and made the effort to pass…. The highlight was reaching Falls Hut with only a few tweaks of the ankle, and knowing it was all down hill from there. Didn’t expect it to be quite so rough though, so it was great to be able to stretch the legs over the last few kms, although they seemed to take forever, and the little rises became mountains! Was ecstatic to first hear and then see the finish, and was rapt because I felt in the best shape I ever have at the finish of a race – I either didn’t go hard enough or was in some altered mental state having seen weird things in the mist (ie, freaky looking nurses). After the finish I waited for my mum to finish, then pretty much bonded with the gas heaters before feeling the need to go to a hotel for nap. I always want to sleep after long runs….
Investing in a pair of contact lenses would help as glasses are hard to see through when it is raining. seeing my finishing time when I crossed the line rather than having to hunt for it amoung the people. don’t know where the camera man went from the top of the track – was it just too wet? support people at the top what a boost they give you. thanks heaps.
The build-up to the event was extremely stressful more mentally than physically!! I had Routeburn on the brain 24/7 & very anxious going into ‘unfamiliar’ territory ie 32kms & being in the South Island, it was a whole new experience for me!! The event was spectacular, scenery superb, waterfall ‘wicked’ – the organisers kept it ‘real’ and down-to-earth approach was great!! To sum up the whole event in one word ‘ MAGIC’!!
was pretty nervous headed into the run, but the hard prep work payed off. wasn’t too worries about the rain etc – but it was majestic when the clouds parted – most beautiful run in the country.
Would have been much more fun if we had delayed the start by 24 hours. The briefing was delivered in Evans unique style – not to be missed. Best bit is the air of anticipation during the bus ride.
Very nervous before the event as this was my first big mountain run. The bus ride to Divide was longer than expected and I truly felt a long, long way from Glenorchy! Reaching Mackenzie Hut was fabulous, but I think the bit in front of the Earland Falls was perhaps the most spectactular (only because the other views were a tad misty). The Harris Saddle was where I vowed to give up running and start fishing! But by the end with the gorgeous run out the finish I was swearing I would be back to better my time next year!! Felt ill @ start (due to stress of the preceding week with teenage son I think) but had a miraculous recovery when somebody reminded me that the McKenzie cut off wasn’t 2 hrs as I had thought. When I realised I was going to make it in under 5 hrs I was pretty much on a high for the second half of the race. The drag queen @ Flats hut was the most scary experience…Luckily I already have a strong bond with husband (see above!) Great gas heater at the finish, but a bit dangerous f or chaps with hairy legs and also ladies trying to use them as a hair dryer– I’m surprised the commentators couldn’t smell the singed hair. Before the run was a little apprehensive as I’d been unable to do much running for a few months, my longest being 15 km flat off road. And we only decided to do it 10 days prior. Ran it with my husband, bless his cotton socks, of 30 odd years. Loved the scenery especially the waterfalls and the beach forrest. Not nearly so keen on the run up hill to the finish – best not to say what I was thinking at that point though relieved to see the end. I managed all the bridges and narrow bluffs with out hesitation, which for a vertigo suffer who has avoid them like the plague was a break through. My only negative was not being able to get a hot coffee at the end as they had packed up and I really could have done with a hot drink, but thats the norm for being at the back of the field. Party after great but the Hot Tub’s at Omarama on the way home fantastic.. legs st ill recovering but would recommend the experience to anyone.
the whole thing was a highlight! There was not a moment when I was not happy to be blasting around in the mountains and in the rain. I think the first highlight was the first big water fall that we ran in front of. It totally took my breathe away. Also I really enjoyed the technical running aspect of the downhills. The lake one during the last 9km was spectacular and I’ve never seen such big boulders. I was pretty stoked to see the finish line and know that I’d done it and within my goal. The best thing at the finish line was getting my medal and then filling up on coffee to keep warm cheering my mates in was also an absolute highlight.
As I never ran the distance before – a half on the street was the farthest – I was quite nervous…but knowing that it is the mind that drives you more than your legs I registered. Five hours of running really did feel like that and actually I had to walk the last 2 km. It sounds like a rather stupid thing to run up and down mountains but to me we as humans are built to be endurance runners rather than sprinters so that is what we should do…and I did!
I was really excited before the event. The whole event had a good energy to it. All the helpers and workers did an absolutely wicked job. I liked the fact it was a serious event but relaxed at the same time. Long may the event be successful.
I called them the terrible trio, three crazy girls with the most wonderful accents soaking up a bit of the new zealand experience by getting amongst it in the rain, speaking of which that journey up to the harris saddle via the stunning views of lake mackenzie has to be one of the worlds running highlights.
Nervous and underprepared as training had been pretty minimal. Despite there being few runners, everyone was so encouraging and i really appreciated all the marshalls and food! Great finishing line antics- the radio DJ’s were amusing and food was great.
I had my first injury in five years of trail running! The five hour walk out to the Divide was pretty painful, but the Race Marshalls at the Falls were fantastic, and made sure I arrived safely back in Queenstown, 11 hours after I started the event. So a special thanks to them, and to the Hut Wardens at McKenzie, where I was given tape to strap my ankle and at Howden where a cup of hop water was appreciated, along with a couple of blankets to warm me up, before the last hour of walking to the Divide. They also helped two American students that were not part of the race. These two ladies were running in shorts and cotton tee shirts, with no essentials protective clothing such as gloves, hats, or coats. So the hut wardens looked after them, ensuring they received dry clothing, provided drinks, and directed them back to the Divide as this would be the safest way out for them, as they were pretty cold. The Race Marshalls provided them transport back to Queenstown. These ladies were very thankful and overwhelmed with the Kiwi generosity, so well done to the Hut Wardens and the Race Marshalls. I thing the Marshall names were Karen, Eugine and Andy. I now have my ankle in a cast and off work for a week, but rest assured I will be back in 2011 to complete the full race.
Very apprehensive before hand – as a 50 plus entrant there seems to be a lot of young braun around that could burn me off.
I want to father Naughty Nurse Dagg’s love child! The pinot noir medication was a welcome tonic at The Flats ‘aid station’!
Brutal race, but fantastic to be apart of, so glad I did it!
Very challenging race, incredible surroundings – the cuts and bruises are well worth it. Have rarely enjoyed an evening’s meal and a few bottles of pinot as much as on Saturday night. I had a fabulous time once again. Rain, snow, sunshine – I have had it all now over the past three years. Its my running highlight and i look forward to it every year. And I travel with a great team from Auckland – it is just such a blast.
Shitting myself before the start, but nerves went when the hooter sort of went off. Great spirit amongst competitors. The last 6.7kms felt like forever!
The uphill to finish after the bridge was cruel, the views were amazing. The waterfall was a highlight, the fog wasn’t, the finish line feel like heaven.
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Very happy with how I ran and the support given.
love the nurse can I get her phone no
more info. here http://trailrunz.blogspot.com/2010/04/wild-rugged-routeburn-classic.html
A friend and I made a bet to do the race – I’m not a runner at all so to see the finish line and do it in a respectable time was well worth it despite the pain!
I just wanted to get going – I am not one for hanging around. I was a bit nervous about the weather, but fairly philosophical about it as well. The beauty of that area is breathtaking and the best part of the track for me were the falls – awesome!! I took a few moments to stop an look at them while everyone else sped on by. I had a great run for the last 9km – felt fantastic and to see the finish line was great. It was a fantastic day for me all round. Finish line catering was great. Really good having the warmth there + lots of areas to keep dry.
I had so many ‘that’s amazing’ moments! Gazing down on Mckenzie Lake and the realisation that we had climbed so high….seeing snow capped peaks (well I AM from Queensland)…the feeling of isolation/euphoria when I found myself alone with the elements and not a soul in sight….the sheer beauty of the changing landscapes….I did the event with my wonderful bestest friend, so we have an amazing shared experience that we can talk about forever…