running

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...

Sweating Motatapu

By HUGH COLLINS Nearly 4000 athletes are set to charge through the hills between Wanaka and Arrowtown this weekend during the 16th Macpac Motatapu. The Motatapu's grown to incorporate seven different running and biking events across two days - it's the...

Sammy stoked with podium

It's been a rapid rise for a Wakatipu High School teen runner, who claimed a podium finish at her first national competition. Samantha Fookes, 14, took out third place in the Year 9 female category at last weekend's New Zealand...
Nicole Fairweather reckons she's done with steps. After running up 8000 of them in one day, that's probably fair enough. The Queenstowner, 44, has just competed in last weekend's gruelling 50km Ultra-Trail Australia. "It was tough, there were a lot of steps...

Whirlwind at Lake Hayes 

It's official – you can run around Queenstown's Lake Hayes in only 25 minutes and 18 seconds. That's the time Cromwell's Daniel Balchin (above) took to win the men's open title at last Saturday's first Lap of Lake Hayes Race. About...

Routeburn on track

It'll be lights, cameras, action at this year's Routeburn Classic. The popular mountain race will mark its 16th year on Saturday with a 'Routeburn: Impossible' theme, in a nod to the blockbuster Mission: Impossible franchise. Organiser Evan McWhirter says they're hoping...
Getting kids hooked on running is the life's mission of a legendary Kiwi athlete heading to Queenstown this Easter. Olympic medallist and '83 New York City Marathon winner Rod Dixon, one of the world's best runners of his era, is...

Lake Hayes’ new race

Arguably Queenstown's most scenic lake will be the setting for a spectacular running race this Easter. Up to 125 runners, including some of New Zealand's best, will line up for the inaugural Lap of Lake Hayes Race on April 20...
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...
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