Rachel Baker

Coast to Coast Longest Day 2019

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Coast-to-Coast Longest day (C2C). The goal was simple – to finish, to travel 243km from the West Coast to the East Coast. Really, I was travelling home by foot, bicycle and kayak. Having done well in the two day it was time to tackle ‘The Longest Day’, which was something I had always had in […]

Red Bull Defiance 2019

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

Red Bull Defiance (RBD) has been on my bucket list for as long as the race has been around (this was the fifth year). When the opportunity came up to race with my good friend Kathryn Bunckenburg again, I couldn’t resist giving it a go. The race is in Wanaka and involves two days of […]

Mission Mt Somers Marathon

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

It’s been a long time since my last blog post. 2018 has been a year of change; after finishing my degree and completing GODZone it was time to enter the ‘real world’ and start a full time job. This has been exciting but challenging at times due to doing both day and night shift work. […]

GODZone Ultimate 2018

Monday, March 26th, 2018

  A champion team will always beat a team of champions – John McGrath   It’s been over two weeks now since we stood on the finish line of GODZone after 7days 3hrs 2min of racing in the wilderness of Fiordland. Most of the time it didn’t feel like a race, it was more an […]

Coast to Coast 2018

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Day one Everything was ready to go, I was ready to take on the Coast to Coast. It would be about giving it everything and trying to do it as fast as possible. I often feel, at the start of a race, that I should have done more training but for once I felt like […]

Rasdex Classic River Race

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

With only two months to go I am well underway with training for Coast to Coast and GODZone (in early December). In fact it they seem way closer than I would like. I want to train more but really just need to remind myself to trust my training programme. It is challenging training for both […]

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The last seven weeks have been a whirlwind of fun, craziness and hard work in a number of ways. I took on the nine-hour Spring Challenge, Girls on Dirt Enduro, the Salmon run, went tramping (for study), did some work and finished my degree. Three years of hard work and I have finally made it […]

Bog Roy – 12hr South Canterbury Adventure Race

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Snow had started to settle on the ground at Bog Roy Station. We got out our maps and had a plan. The night before we had a quick chat as a team and decided we needed to focus on teamwork, going hard and that the results would follow. There was not much gear for this […]

Lake Hood Half-Marathon

Friday, August 25th, 2017

  On Sunday 5th August I took on the Lake Hood half-marathon near Ashburton. This was something completely different from what I am use to; flat and fast. Earlier in year, when Richard and I were planning out races he suggested the Christchurch half as something different as we were planning to work on improving […]

Xtrail Altay Expedition

Friday, July 28th, 2017

There are first times for everything, first trip to China, first international adventure race and first DNF. Only three weeks before the start date the Greenhorns discovered we were invited to China to race the Xtrail Altay Expedition, a 500km adventure race involving navigation, trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, rafting and a mystery activity. Xtrail had […]