running

A Welsh-born Queenstowner gives a new meaning to the term 'sporting all-rounder'. James Harcombe last month ran 1742 kilometres around Wales, smashing two records in the process. By taking 25 days, eight hours and 54 minutes, he took an amazing 14...
Next year's Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon will have a distinct family feel. The gutbuster race on Queenstown's Ben Lomond Station will be run by the farm owners – the Foster family. The event, previously organised by ActiveQT boss Adrian Bailey, has...
Though he's never run the course, a 19-year-old Queenstowner could well become the Routeburn Classic's youngest winner. Jack Beaumont is in stellar form heading into Saturday's annual mountain run over Fiordland's 32km Routeburn Track. Not only did he win the New...

Runner goes to great pains

A top Queenstown runner endured excruciating pain to win a recent mountain run in Fiordland. Sarah Douglas won the women's 27km Luxmore Grunt – companion race to the longer Kepler Challenge – despite the recurrence of a painful nerve tumour in...

Couple collar the Kepler

Despite being run off their feet running two businesses and bringing up two toddlers, a Queenstown couple are well-primed for their first ultra-run. Bridget and Aaron Murphy have spent months preparing for the daunting 60-kilometre Kepler Challenge Mountain Run in Fiordland...

Expanding marathon hits ceiling

Runners can still grab a place in all distances at the Queenstown International Marathon – which will have 1000 extra spot this year. But those who take on the full 42km marathon or the half-marathon on November 19 will still have to...

Jack’s nimble – and quick

A Queenstown athlete has clinched a top-10 place at the World Mountain Running Championships. Jack Beaumont, 19, competed for the junior men's title, crossing the finish line in 37min 54sec, in ninth position. His biggest fan, grandma Ali Beaumont, says he's...
Queenstowner Simon Green was as surprised as anyone that he retained his title at the second local Jack's Point Trail Run half-marathon last Saturday. The 40-year-old says he struggled during the first seven kilometre loop – "I was actually bringing up...
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