"Throw away your 10-function chronometer, heart-rate monitor with the computer printout, training log, high-tech underwear, pace charts, and laboratory-rat-tested-air-injected-gel-lined-mo-tion-control-top-of-the-line footwear. Run with your own imagination." - Lorraine Moller
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The Mountain Run course is not for the faint hearted. The uphill portion of he run will burn your lungs
and the rough downhill section has the potential to send you sprawling if you
don’t watch where you put your feet.
Slippery, steep and uneven generally describes the course and for the long
race there is a whole 10.5km to cover which included the Hill from Hell a nasty
final climb at the top of the ECNZ pylon road. Other distances were 8.5km (the
results say 9km) and 6km for the juniors
Participant numbers tend to be low mainly because it is a
tough race but also because it does not have the same high profile that other off road events enjoy (e.g. Xterra). This is a shame as the Wainuiomata club put a lot of work into organising and managing the race but may not make a great deal of money.
One issue is the current timing of the event which probably needs to be scheduled before the national mountain running champs are held, and not after. A race before daylight saving ends could
also appeal. On that score I have always wondered why events such as 3 Peaks
are not held over summer.
Senior 10.5km; Harry Burnard 44:26, Niam Macdonald 44:29, Joel Carman 46:37.
SW 10.5km; Sierra
Ryland 64:58, Claudia Harrison 69:02,
MM 10.5km; Josh Campbell 48:02, Mike Waterman
49:28, Stewart Milne 49:48
JM 6km; Benjamin Wall 28:02, Gus Reece 29:04, Jack