Trail marathon fields in New Zealand are always of extremely high quality and this was no different. While, it was great to get a slice of the New Zealand trail racing scene again to see if I have improved/worsened after my heat training in Singapore, it was shocking/inspiring/…disheartening to see that the winner of the Marathon came in just under 3 hours!
The course was mostly downhill, thus the need for some more squat prep. The uphills were tough, not because they were lung-busting-ly steep, but because they climbed at just the perfect gradient to make you guilty for not running up them. 4 hours 20 mins, my fastest marathon ever (yay!).
42ND TRAVERSE – Total Sport race, 7th May 2016
The 42nd Traverse is famous multi-use trail in the heart of the Tongariro National park. As an old logging road through ‘state forest #42’, it is a popular and challenging mountain biking trail. Numerous operators offer transfers (with bikes) from the end at Owhango to the trailhead one Kapoors road.
While the marathon sticks mostly to logging roads the 24km race has a rather muddy 8km loop at the top of an 8km hill slog. The loop was a slow going combination of slip-slidding paths and wadding pools. All round a good laugh but not a route to break records on.
Length: 42.2km for Jeff, 24km for Rosie
Duration: 1 day
Difficulty: Succumbed to a burger and chips afterwards