Adam Keen

Race with no end

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner sets out tomorrow to defend his title in New Zealand’s ‘‘cruellest’’ ultramarathon. Adam Keen, 37, last year won the last-man-standing ‘Backyard Ultra’ competition, completing 35 consecutive 6.7km laps, each starting on the hour, on a course...

Run every mountain

By PHILIP CHANDLER Someon carrying good form into the 50km race held as part of tomorrow's Northburn 100 mountain run, near Cromwell, is Queenstowner Maureen Stachowicz. The 27-year-old Frenchwoman, who loves nothing better than running in the mountains, won the women’s...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Ace Queenstown ultrarunner Brooke Thomas says she received a ‘‘lovely’’ message from the Aussie whose length-of-New Zealand women’s record she’s just smashed. The 32-year-old nurse, who finished in Bluff last Friday night, completed the 3000km Te Araroa Trail,...

Mighty mission

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown nurse with a pacemaker has set herself the ultimate challenge — running the 3000km length of New Zealand. Brooke Thomas, who sets off from NZ’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga, on Thursday, has wanted to run the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER KEEN by name, keenest by nature. Queenstowner Adam Keen proved he’s New Zealand’s gutsiest long-distance runner by winning a gruelling last-person standing competition last weekend. In and around an Auckland forest, the 37-year-old ran for 35 hours, completing a...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Maybe the delays were worth it. Queenstown ultrarunner Adam Keen’s had to cool his heels twice this year following Covid-caused postponements to an Auckland-based last-person- standing event, The Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra. It’s on again this weekend, but this time...
By PHILIP CHANDLER After Cromwell’s Northburn 100-miler (161km) race, which Adam Carlson had been yearning to run for the first time was cancelled last weekend due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Queenstowner stepped in with his own alternative. The engineer, who...

Triple track b’day treat

If you thought knocking off Fiordland's three Great Walks within 24 hours was impossible, you've reckoned without slimly-built Queenstown runner, Hywel Dinnick. After a huge amount of logistical prep, Dinnick, whose first name's pronounced 'Howell', became the first known person to...

Run, mullet, run

A Queenstown ultrarunner last month equalled the record for what's touted as the world's longest 24-hour race. Adam Keen completed a mind-blowing 17 summits of Dunedin's Mt Cargill - and covering 145 kilometres and cumulatively climbing almost 1000 metres more...
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