This week's newsletter has our premium prize draw winner, interesting articles and some date changes and postponements on the running calendar.
The winner of our monthly premium member prize draw is Gavin Le Roux who has won a Mix It Up 12 energy bar pack from At One Foods. Next month's prize is for a 12 month subscription to Run For Your Life Magazine. You need to be a premium member to be in to win - premium membership opens you up to additional features on the website, plus I'm currently working on getting event entry discounts for premium members. Find out more about membership here.
Roger Bannister dies aged 88
Roger Bannister, the British runner who acquired legendary status for being the first person to run a mile faster than four minutes in 1954, died on March 3rd in Oxford. Roger Robinson covers his life in detail in this article at Runners World, noting that Bannister spent the rest of his life politely denying that his sub-four was so significant, and assiduously created a career that he valued more highly, in medicine and neurological research.
Full Ironman not enough for Rotorua exercise junkies
A full Ironman is considered by many to be the ultimate test of fitness, but Rotorua women Shirley Day and Jacque Webber have taken that test a step further. After completing the 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run at Ironman New Zealand in Taupo on Saturday, the pair ran the quarter marathon at the Copthorne Rotorua off road event on Sunday. Find out more in this article at the NZ Herald. Next year's IRONMAN is on 2 March and the Off Road Half Marathon on 3 March, so they can do it all again next year!
Ultra run "cruel" but satisfying
The pain will only be temporary, but the satisfaction of completing New Zealand’s first ultra staged run will last a lifetime. On Saturday, 100 competitors from the 125 that entered the race crossed the finish line of the Alps 2 Ocean Ultra, a 316km staged ultra endurance race on and around the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail, which extends from Aoraki/Mt Cook to Oamaru, over seven stages in seven days. Find out more in this article at the Otago Daily Times and more info about next year's event here.
Jake Robertson breaks Rod Dixon's 34 year old NZ record in marathon debut
After 34 years, Rod Dixon's New Zealand marathon record has fallen. 28-year-old Jake Robertson has shone on his marathon debut, finishing the Lake Biwa Marathon in Japan in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 26 seconds - 33 seconds faster than Dixon's record time. Find out more in this article at the NZ Herald.
To find out what's been recently updated, check the recent updates page regularly. I include in this newsletter a list of the more important updates (see below) such as date changes, cancellations, or late additions to the calendar. And check out the full calendar of upcoming events.
- Kawakawa Bay Fun Run has changed from 21 to 28 October
- Rescue Run in Auckland has moved from 12 May to 8 September
- Nelson Striders Half Marathon and 10K has changed from 13 January to 2 December
- Tairua Trail & Tides Run & Walk has been postponed from 21 April to 10 November
- King Of The Bays Ocean Swim: due to frequent "red readings" for water quality at Milford and Takapuna beaches, this year's event has been relocated so it now goes down the coast to Devonport
That's all for this week; have a great running week!