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Psyched up for Longest Day

By PHILIP CHANDLER Two top Queenstown multisporters, both entering tomorrow's Coast to Coast for the fourth time, expect fierce competition in their categories. The iconic race, comprising running, cycling and kayaking legs, takes competitors 243km from the West Coast to the...

True confession of 100 Miler

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner tackling one of New Zealand’s biggest ultraruns this weekend admits she doesn’t even like running. Instead, showjumping rider Lucy Olphert, who’s running the scenic Tarawera  ultramarathon 100 Miler (165.2km), says she’s doing it for the challenge. ‘‘My...
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,...

Simply superb

By PHILIP CHANDLER Wakatipu High student Sammy Fookes is pictured running her way to sensationally capture the New Zealand secondary schools’ junior girls’ 800 metres title in Tauranga last weekend. After scattering the field with a first lap of 63 seconds,...

Making tracks all the time

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner's soft-launched a business that times your runs or walks any time you want. Conceived during lockdown, Official Tracks is the brainwave of Tuki Huck, who wanted people to enjoy their own running experience without anything needing...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Wayne Foley couldn’t really move from his couch for the past fortnight. Yet on last Saturday, buoyed on by about $43,000 in donations, the Wakatipu High School Foundation chair managed to run, walk and weave 42km in the...

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...

Cancer survivor on the pace

By PHILIP CHANDLER For a local who’s had prostate cancer, the 10km race in this month’s New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Queenstown Marathon marks a milestone. Athletics coach Neville Britton, who’s turning 55 before the run, stopped running after he was...

New trail transport service

By PHILIP CHANDLER A new transport operation, Trail Connect, is shuttling people to Queenstown-Lakes and Central Otago trails for biking, hiking and running. Former local pro triathlete and elite runner Jason Hall, who now lives near Wanaka but also does pick-ups in...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown's adventure girl Emma Timmis has never been one to shy away from a challenge. In 2014 she ran across Africa - the 3974km distance equivalent to 94 marathons - in 89 days. Then in 2017 she unofficially broke...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown International Marathon's boss is still hopeful the resort's biggest one-day event - which last year had a record field of 12,000-plus - can run again this November, despite the current Covid-19 ban on big events. Dave Beeche,...

Closing the loop

By GUY WILLIAMS Work on major extensions to the Queenstown Trail connecting Arthurs Point, Tucker Beach and Arrowtown could begin this summer. After two years of work talking to landowners and lining up funding, the Queenstown Trails Trust has applied for...
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