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  1. Race day 2008 was the hardest yet with the gale force winds encountered across the open tops. Many were pleased to see Andrew Chisholm and Tony Gates, the two marshals positioned near Atkinson Peak. I am sure you will agree that our thanks must go out to these two as they were stationed there for a good 5 hours and they were able to assist some of you. The route lived up to its reputation and offering a challenge which helps make this event the hardest one day mountain run in the country. Most of you told me that you did enjoy the challenge, despite the winds, and I am pleased to hear that some of you will be back for more. There were 107 starters, with 3 DNFs, and lots of people entering for the first time. This year saw 11 people competing over the age of 50, with 3 people aged 60/61. There was no Veteran Woman Team this year but all other categories were competed for. There were more veteran participants for both the Men and Woman Individual categories than in the open categories. There could have possibly been some attempts on the race records but I believe the wind may have been a factor this time. Congratulations to Brendan Quirke for winning the prize draw of a refund of his entry fee in the Ampro promotion, open to anyone who purchased a pair of Vasque shoes.
    Some of the notable achievements were:
    The Individual Men's category was won by Marcel Hagener in 4h 55m 2s. It was Marcel's first attempt at this event and he did find the wind a tough challenge. Given his pedigree in adventure racing as an equal of Richard Ussher, his win was still amazing despite only winning by 10 minutes.
    The Individual Veteran Women's category was won by Jean Beaumont in 5h 54m 45s. She was also the fastest woman for this years event with 14 minutes 45 seconds separating him from Fleur Pawsey.
    Congratulations to the following overage participant winners:
    40+ Man = Colin Rolfe 5h 35m 23s
    40+ Woman = not awarded; as the only potential winner, Miriam Jones won the Teams Woman category
    50+ Man = John Taylor 6h 43m 20s
    50+ Woman = not awarded; as the only potential winner, Julie Gordon won the Veteran Teams Mixed category
    Participants that have competed every year since the race was organised:
    Allan Stowell, Terry Patterson

    posted 14 March 2008

  2. The following events are proud to offer a great deal for those considering entering any one of the these.
    Vasque Tararua Mountain Race
    Vasque Mt Lyford Challenge
    Vasque Mt Terako Extreme Challenge
    Purchase any Vasque running shoes before the end of March 2008 and we will send you a pair of Bridgedale socks absolutely free of charge. It's that easy; just send proof of purchase along with proof of entry.
    Proof of entry into the Tararua Mountain Race is a copy of the first page of the letter that you receive after your entry is processed.
    Plus be one of the first 10 people to send in your proof of purchase and you will receive a full refund of your entry fee. That's up to a $65 saving.
    Mail your proof of purchase to:
    Ampro Sales Ltd
    4 Aglionby Street
    Melling
    Lower Hutt 5010
    Attn Mountain Race
    Or send your proof of purchase to:
    Email Ampro Sales Ltd - Attn Mountain Race
    FAX (04) 939 6801 - Attn Mountain Race

    posted 24 December 2007

  3. Late September 2007 we accepted a sponsorship proposal from Vasque to have naming rights for this event and to also supply products for category prizes and spot prizes. At the same time we also accepted a sponsorship proposal form Silva, Bridgedale and Memory-Map to supply products for category prizes and spot prizes. As a result we are proud to offer a very generous prize package totalling $9,250.
    The category prizes are:
    All first places in each category will win a pair of Vasque Velocity running shoes.
    All second places in each category will win 3 pairs of Bridgedale Ventum Ultralo socks.
    All third places in each category will win a Silva Ranger 3 compass.
    Spot prizes include:
    Vasque Flux running shoes, Toughprint paper, Silva Field 7 compasses, Bridgedale Xhale Multisport socks, box lots of Larabars, Memory-Map (Lower North Island) CDs.
    Each race pack will now have added:
    A Larabar, Vasque & Bridgedale discount vouchers and a map of the course printed on ToughPrint paper (produced by Memory-Map).

    posted 2 October 2007

Previous announcements

  1. Race day 2007 was the best and hottest yet. In fact too hot for some as they suffered from dehydration. Unfortunately for the first time in the events history two runners were air lifted to Wellington hospital, suffering from extreme dehydration. Their care and rescue was helped by the efforts of a passing tramping party, which happened to have experienced SAR people, and a runner, Terry Patterson, who was also an experienced SAR person. I am sure you will agree that our thanks must go out to those people. Both runners recovered well and at least one of them plans to return next year to finish. Thanks must also be given to those participants that took the time to raise the alarm at the next marshalling station. The route lived up to its reputation and offering a challenge which helps make this event the hardest one day mountain run in the country. There was one race record set and I am sure there were lots of personal best times. There were 89 starters, with 2 DNFs, and lots of people entering for the first time. This year saw 14 people competing over the age of 50, which is the same as last year, with 3 people all aged 60, along with the fact that all categories were competed for.
    Some of the notable achievements were:
    The Team Veteran Mixed category was won by Gordon Balfour and Julie Gordon in 6h 28m 40s. Breaking the record by 8 minutes 47 seconds; this has stood since 2003.
    The Individual Men's category was won by Michael Beaumont in 5h 14m 44s. Colin Rolfe, returning to the event after a three year absence, missed out by just 2 minutes because of a bought of cramp.
    The Individual Veteran Men's category was won by Paul Bird in 5h 14m 3s. He was also the fastest man for this years event with only 41 seconds separating him from Michael Beaumont.
    The Team Veteran Men's category was won by Keith Frankum and Len Starling in 8h 1m 25s. Great to see Keith win a category prize after competing in this event for the 11th time.
    Congratulations to the following overage participant winners:
    40+ Man = Colin Rolfe 5h 16m 44s
    40+ Woman = Carol Exton 9h 32m 58s
    50+ Man = Geoffrey Whittle 6h 23m 0s
    50+ Woman = Judith Taylor 8h 35m 44s
    Participants that have competed every year since the race was organised:
    Allan Stowell, Terry Patterson

    posted 9 April 2007

  2. Sarah Kleeman, a participant in the 2006 event, volunteered to take on the task of re-designing the event web site. It was something that the organiser had wanted to do for a while. She put together the page layout that you see in front of you and the bulk of the content. However she was unable to finish the project and Lyndsay Fletcher continued her good work by adding the rest of the content. I hope you are pleased with this new site, as much as all the organising committee are. Future improvements include a forum so that all participants can communicate with each other and a slide show script to view the photograph gallery.

    posted 9 December 2006

  3. Soon after the 2006 event an invite was sent out for volunteers to form an organising committee. This resulted in four people wishing to help. The following now contribute all year round to help make this event happen:
    Richard Hardie
    Terry Davis
    Ali Hawke
    Karl Yager

    posted 9 December 2006

  4. To give this event a unique distinction, compared to other mountain races, the committee consulted with others (including regular participants). We can now proudly state that this is the hardest mountain run in New Zealand.

    posted 9 December 2006

  5. To allow the organising committee to enhance this event, an email was sent out to all past participants asking for their input. We have taken all suggestions on board and we aim to implement them all.

    posted 9 December 2006

  6. As a result we are happy to announce the following improvements and changes for the 2007 event:
    We currently have the following sponsors providing spot prizes; totalling over $2000:
    Mainly Tramping is a outdoor retail shop and has been associated with this event since the beginning. Email them.

    New Zealand Mountain Safety Council is an incorporated society and has representatives from a number of government and recreational organisations. They have been associated with this event since 2002. Email them.

    Fitness Goals provides running and swimming programmes to athletes in Wellington, New Zealand and has been associated with this event since 2002. Email them.

    Ultimate Outdoors is a outdoor retail shop in Masterton and they started their association with this event in 2006. Email them.

    Out and About is a outdoor retail shop in Paraparaumu and they started their association with this event in 2006.
    The event cotton tee shirt has been replaced with a polyester quick-dry shirt, from Ultimate Designs. There are seperate designs for men and woman and it will just have the event logo embroidered on it.
    Depending on demand a shuttle bus will be provided to transport participants from Otaki Forks back to Wellington, including a drop off at Paraparaumu railway station.
    The draw for spot prizes will be done electronically; replacing the requirement to off load race numbers at the finish. That means all participants will be able to keep their race numbers.
    We will attempt, as best we can, to help those wishing to find prospective partners.
    Please if you wish to arrange this.

    posted 9 December 2006

  7. Wilderness Magazine (voted "Highly Commended Special Interest Magazine of The Year" - 2006 MPA Awards) is providing advertising in the January and February issues, 2007. They are also providing each participant a discounted subscription to this great magazine. Email them.

    posted 9 December 2006

  8. With thanks to DOC (Department of Conservation), we now know the exact distance of the run, which is 35.4 km. The distance to Alpha Hut is 16.43 km and Alpha Hut to Kime Hut, 8.2 km. In addition we are able to provide an accurate terrain profile which allows us to calculate the total meters of ascent (2,250) and descent (2,475).

    posted 9 December 2006