Queenstown ultra-marathoner Tracey Woodford (right) is putting no pressure on herself to defend her Northburn 100-mile title this weekend.
Woodford, 36, was first woman home in the inaugural 100 mile (160km) off-road mountain run at Northburn Station, Cromwell, last year, in 35hr 20min 27sec.
“I am by no means competitive against others, so I don’t want the pressure of defending my title, as the race organisers would like to put it.
“My only goal is to finish with a smile on my face and to have an enjoyable adventure with other like-minded nutters whilst testing my limits mentally and physically,” she says.
Woodford couldn’t bear running four years ago but has now completed 11 marathons and seven ultra-marathons.
“I relish being in the outdoors all weekend, just me and other competitors in nature,” she says.
“And that’s why I love ultra-running.”
Woodford is also using Northburn as a training weekend for her first international race in May – a 100km run in Australia’s Blue Mountains.
Other Queeenstowners tackling the 100-miler are Paul Faulkner and Tony Emanuel.