achievement

Day 96 April 5th 2016

It’s been a strange couple of days. Recovering muscles,  swollen toes and waiting for the results.
Loads of angry and disappointed comments on the Oxfam trailwalk facebook page about the conditions and people’s experiences of the 100km.  Seems like there were a whole heap of issues;  closed checkpoints, dangerous descents, missing markers, record numbers of retirements. 
Of 160 teams,  only 86 finished with a full team of four. 
We ended up 14th team overall and first all women’s team.  Very proud of ourselves but also of all those other teams who ground it out in far worse conditions than us for longer.  A great effort all round, from the teams walking, the support teams, the volunteers, and the organisers.

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Day 93 April 2nd 2016

Oxfam Trailwalk 100km Day
How many words can sum this up?

Blisters
Sore muscles
Awesome support team
Amazing team mates
Digging deep
Challenging terrain
Challenging weather
Stunning views through the mist
Beach walk
Stairs
Hills
Mud
Cow Slurry
Gravel roads
River crossings
Rock scrambling
Clay mud sliding
Steep,  dangerous descents
Railway lines
Thunder and lightning
Torrential rain
Driving wind
Hidden or non-existant trail markers

21 hours of wet feet
A huge sense of achievement

We had it all,  but we made it! Never again!  Much more demanding than Taupo and probably too hard for many. The fastest team did it in 15hrs20,  in Taupo the fastest is close to 12hrs which is an indication of how much harder the Whakatane course is. It also puts our time of 21hrs  into perspective.  Last year we were closer to 18hrs30. Into recovery mode!

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Not supposed to be a river crossing,  but it was…

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Day 51 February 20th 2016

The Great Lake Relay is an annual event in Taupo in which teams of between 10 and 18 people run 155 km  around Lake Taupo. This is the third time I have been part of a team.  Each time there are some core people so there is some familiarity but it is the different faces that make each iteration so unique and enjoyable.  Here is this year’s team about to set off at 2am.

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Whereas in previous years we have made it round in well under the allocated 16hrs, this year we were sailing close.  However, everyone pulled together and gave of their best. It was a real team effort and the final few minutes certainly got the adrenalin flowing. Ten exhausted but elated team members with a great sense of achievement so I have cheated and also included the photo at the end of the race.

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