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Trail Run April - May 2019

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Trail Runner New Zealand & Australia (formerly Kiwi Trail Runner) is New Zealand's best running magazine. The writing is loaded with 'real' experience and connects readers with fellow runners and New Zealand's stunning landscape. Even the most ardent couch-dwellers have picked up Kiwi Trail Runner and said it has inspired them to head outside and run in terrain that is among the most spectacular on earth. This magazine will appeal to anyone who wants to feel part of a community of people who love running, the outdoors and the camaraderie that comes with having a shared purpose. 1 year subscription equals 6 issues. 2 years subscription equals 12 issues. Your subscription will begin when the next issue is published to make sure you get the latest edition. As this is a bi-monthly magazine your first delivery may take six - eight weeks.

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in this issue

4 min.
gregor paul editor

It's funny how ultra runners make everything sound so easy. They always give the impression when they have finished a massive event that it was no biggie – anyone could have done it. That in those difficult moments of extreme fatigue it becomes a case of just putting one foot after the other and keeping on keeping on. In this issue young ultra runner Jacqui Bell who recently competed at the Ocean2Alps event in New Zealand's South Island, said that she was suffering from severe plantar fasciitis on the first day. She was in agony but had no intention of not finishing. She strapped her feet, used extra heel raises in her shoes and found a way to run through the pain. She makes it sound like it was a straightforward choice – run…

1 min.
off the beaten track

Ultra Trail Mount Damavand If you like the sound of an adventure with a genuine point of difference then why not consider entering the Ultra Trail Mount Damavand in Iran? The event will take you through the foothills of the snow capped Mt Damavand (5,610 metres, the highest mountain in the Middle East) just 85km from central Tehran. Located in the beautiful Lar National Park, there are three distances from which to choose - ultra 102km, 58km and 18km. The start is at the mountain refuge Polour run by the Mountaineering Federation of Iran and finish is at Rineh (Mt. Damavand base camp). The race route covers some of the most beautiful scenery in Lar National Park and around Mt. Damavand, including remote and unspoilt grassland, nature trails, Lar reservoir and steep hills. The organisers…

4 min.
our relationship with running

Ahhh relationships. Our lives are made up of many, many of these things called relationships. I thought I might look at the official definition of that word ‘relationship’, so I asked Google (where else would we possibly go?), and here’s what popped up: “The way in which two or more people or things are connected, or the state of being connected.” This works for me; they’re about people, things and connection. So, what I was pondering on my last run, after being prompted that this column was due, was my/ our relationship with running. Now this particular day I was having a good run, one of those ones where you get to the top of a hill and (a) you’re still running and (b) you didn’t really realise that you were going…

7 min.
crossing the line

It would have to be called a scandal. Maybe not one that has rocked the trail running fraternity as deeply as the mainstream media coverage has suggested but certainly it has cast the sport in a less than favourable light. Perry Newburn, the amiable long-distance veteran, spread Christmas cheer in November last year when he broke the record for running the length of New Zealand. Newburn, raising money for Idea Services Charity, set out to break the near 40-year-old record set by Siggy Bauer and when he pulled into Bluff 18 days, 8 hours and 42 minutes after he left the top of the North Island, he posted on Facebook that he had been successful by 19 minutes. He was understandably tired. Exhausted. Frazzled, even, and perhaps that’s why he was willing to…

4 min.
our little secret nz

Where: Waiotemarama Loop Track is one of the many gems in beautiful Northland. This walk is just off State Highway 12, near Opononi located on the south shore of the stunning Hokianga Harbour. Distance: This track is a short and sweet 2.5km but if you are feeling fit, you can add on the 6.5km Hauturu Track, which is steep and is a demanding climb. Degree of difficulty: Waiotemarama Loop Track is an easy to moderate run, however if you include the Hauturu Track, it becomes moderate to difficult. Access: If you are travelling from the north, follow SH12 towards Opononi. Just before Opononi turn left onto Waiotemarama Gorge Road and follow it for 6km to reach the start of the Waiotemarama Loop Track. If travelling from the south, follow SH12 towards Opononi. Pass through the…

2 min.
our little secret oz

Where: To the south of Cairns in Far North Queensland, is the highest freestanding natural pyramid in the world. Walsh’s Pyramid towers over the small sugar-growing town of Gordonvale. Distance: Walsh’s Pyramid is 922 metres tall and is 7km round trip. Degree of difficulty: The gradient and roughness of the track makes it a tough climb and descent. Access: Drive south of Cairns to Gordonvale along the Bruce Highway. Just south of Gordonvale you will cross the Desmond Trannore Bridge over the Mulgrave River. Take a right a few hundred metres after the bridge into Moss Access Road and follow to the car park on your left. Why: To the south of Cairns is the highest free-standing natural pyramid in the world, Walsh’s Pyramid and the scenery from the top is spectacular and takes…