Renowned kiwi broadcaster and mum Rachel Smalley never considered herself a marathon runner, but it all changed in the Beirut Marathon of all places.
Yesterday I got to catchup with the legend, Perry Newburn on his Length of New Zealand run. Original plans were to set a record within 17 days but the weather stopped that. He is an inspirational guy.
On the 2nd of January, I’ll start from Wellington to run up the entire west coast to Cape Reinga 1100km, over a marathon a day. It’ll be an incredible adventure, running the coastline and even swimming our largest hat ours like the Manukau and Kaipara.
For Lydia O’Donnell, “the world would be a nicer place, if everyone ran” and it easy to see why she holds such a positive attitude towards a sport that has given her so much. Having met Lydia a handful of times, the words talented, passionate, genuine, caring, focussed and inspiring come to mind.
I see Richie Hardcore as a fighter, an advocator of drug free life, a slave to the physical, a genuine bloke with a big heart. He’s also a runner. So let’s chat with Richie to find out what he does and how running is part of that.
I was lucky enough to host Barrett and a group of others on a spicy trail run around Riverhead Forest. He had to catch a flight basically right after we ran, so our time together was limited. In lieu of a recorded conversation, Barrett generously agreed to my request for an email interview. Enjoy.
Grant was generous enough to speak with me via a number of emails and answer my questions. I’ve had so much fun putting this one together, compelled as I am to re-visit most of the albums that Grant listed whilst typing. Anyway, Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Dawn is a two time New Zealand Athletic 100 kilometre champion, charged into third place at the 2014 Tarawera Ultramarathon, and has won the Ultra-Trail Des Cagous in French Polynesia.
Like many young people her age, Samantha Gash had a desire to challenge herself and to make a difference in the world. Ambitious, determined, naïve and stubborn Samantha couldn’t have imagined that her journey would take her to the 4 corners of the earth and impact so many lives.
We all know people whose pace, mileage and commitment to training makes us tilt our heads in the manner of a golden retriever; “really? you did what in whaaat?”. For me, Amanda Broughton is one of those people. Amanda crushes it on the regular, but she’ll never tell you that.
Dianna Christopoulos describes herself (via Twitter) to be a Team Pearl Izumi ambassador, volunteer running event coordinator, good friend, and that she laughs all the time. Being based in Vancouver Canada it is therefore pretty natural that she likes to run far over mountains & gnarly trails for pancakes and cupcakes. Dianna is legit.
“Short, dark and handsome, with femininely beautiful calf muscles” was James Kuegler’s response when I asked him, in the midst of a crippling bout of writer’s block, how he would describe himself. “I’m not letting you off that easy” was the next statement. Ok James, point taken.
Ray Zahab was sedentary. Ray smoked a pack a day, and by his own admission lacked drive or a sense of fulfilment in his life. Ray became inspired by the athletic feats of his younger brother, and from there, the rest was history.
Rachel is the director of a personal innovative inspire Kiwis to move more, eat better and to live a life