Really pleased to have met the goal, despite waking up to yet another cold the day of the race. This was a mental challenge and I was able to keep moving despite the discomfort. Everything hurts late in the marathon, but your goals are worth the struggle. Achieve it once, you can achieve it again and go even better, the choice is yours.
Mission Mt Somers, the name sums up the event very nicely. The words “Mission” and “Mt” are good indicators of what the event is about for Chris Murphy.
Anna Coleman-Complete not Compete was her goal for Mission Mt. Somers
As we travelled through driving rain towards our destination, I pondered exactly how did I get myself into this situation.
I would say, at a guess, that at least 95% of the bikes in the park were downhill bikes and a real mix of brands at that. I was just amazed at the amount of money tied up in bikes when you looked around.
And it’s a wrap. We’re into August, the trig-baggers have hung up their boots, bikes and bags for another season, and we have a new champion!
Comrades "Marathon" - a 90km road running race which has taken place annually between Durban and Pietermaritzburg since 1921, apart from during WWII. It was established to honour the fallen in WWI. A tribute to the soldier's hard marches. Each year it is run in the opposite direction. 2016 was a down year.
The ultimate race. It will humble you.
In South Africa if you say you run, you are asked if you have done Comrades. Many have. Many more have tried and failed. There is a strict 12 hour cut off.
The best, the worst and the tastiest treats I experienced during my 8 months training and racing in Europe in my quest to ride for NZ at the World Road Cycling Championships.
The question most people ask about the 24hr is why?! Prior to this event I had completed two McLean's 12hr races, and although challenging I found them very satisfying - in a sick and twisted kind of way! I thought 24hrs is double the fun and pain of 12hrs, so it sounded like an ideal event. In addition to this, the harder the event is or the more people think I will fail, the more I want to succeed. WEMBO ticked a lot of boxes for me in that respect!
I was part of the pacing team at this year’s Christchurch Marathon. Standing on the start line with Kate dressed in a C.P. Cape and Mask on I realised the 2hr 10min group was going to be rather large!