All posts by Paul Petch

About Paul Petch

Director of Good People Run, pro photographer, tutor and a recovering ‘runaholic’. Based in Auckland City, my work is at www.paulpetchphoto.com

I RUN.

I RUN.

I run because it frees me. To cut though the darkness. To move into the light. To make me feel when the world makes me numb. To inspires me to be grateful for my health and my life.

Brace for Change.

Brace for Change.

Debbie Hardy’s ankle had fused together: it was bone-on-bone as a result of septic arthritis. For a runner, it was a crippling blow physically and mentally. At the age of only 33, the doctors final words struck home hard: no more running. But that was not the case.

Northburn Half Marathon Mountain Run.

Northburn Half Marathon Mountain Run.

We go way back. Northburn is such a treat. I am in love with this region, people and vibe of a truly wild NZ experience. This race holds a special place in my heart with it being one of my first events to shoot as a photographer back in 2012. I’ve watched it every year since as the pure GRIT unfolds. This year I ran the half marathon mountain run.

Christchurch Hill Runner.

Christchurch Hill Runner.

Claire is a 23 year old runner studying Nutrition in Christchurch. Series of running images in the stunning Christchurch Port Hills on a barmy warm and stunning Autumn evening. The burnt forest at times really set us up for a stunning background!

Confessions of a Part-Time Dirtbag.

Confessions of a Part-Time Dirtbag.

Truth be known, it had taken me a few weeks to adjust from central Auckland living to that of a smelly dude sleeping in his van running trails every day. I was practically brain dead when I headed off. Burnt out. Unable to be present in anything I was doing. A pretty typical state in Auckland city to be honest- that I refused to accept as being ‘OK’. Two weeks after leaving, my body and mind had settled into a new rhythm that felt normal.

Hannah Wells Athlete.

In working to achieve these goals, I will continue to encourage others to adopt a healthy and well-rounded lifestyle; motivate them to push their physical and mental limits; and inspire them to explore this breath-taking country we call home.

Finding FLOW.

Finding FLOW.

How much of our life stress do we carry on our backs while running? I’d like to think I’m not a hunched shouldered, fist clenched, thrash metal blasting, heels pounding kind of runner. Being free of stress or FLOW is the result of being in the moment where everything is effortless… but It’s not easy.

GPR Road Trip 2016/ 2017.

GPR Road Trip 2016/ 2017.

What really excites and nourishes the Good People Run project is that everywhere I go, people know of us. Already on the road it has been amazing to meet people and talk about life, running and the future. People are starting to see and ‘get’ what we are all about and it’s a beautiful thing.

Sprinter Abiola Beckley.

In a series of shoots I want to share the story, passion, sacrifice, and commitment behind what ‘makes’ an athlete. To start I’ve spent time with the talented Nigerian sprinter Abiola Beckley during a workout at the Lovelock track Auckland.