Since joining a local Bootcamp here in Auckland over two years ago, I have always wanted to participate in a running event to provide an achievable goal to train for and track where my fitness is at. The problem is, I hate road running with a passion. I hate it more than burpees even, and as my Bootcamp mates can attest to… that is really bad!
The Piha to Karekare Trail Run/Walk sounded like the perfect solution. Running on a trail, in some of what I consider the most beautiful coastal scenery in New Zealand (see Hiking the Hillary Trail). The event is run by Lactic Turkey Events who organise a variety of events throughout the year with the aim of getting people into the outdoors.
The event started at the end of Glenesk Rd in Piha, near the start of the trail to Kitekite Falls. At 9:00 am, 350 runners and walkers of all age groups commenced the journey to Karekare.
After 1km of flat running, including a water-crossing in front of the impressive Kitekite Falls, the first 5km is a pretty decent climb to Log Race Road. This being my first trail run, I was quite happy to walk some of the steeper sections. I was happy to see others doing the same!
After a much-needed pitstop at the end of Log Race Road, we continued along the coastal trail to Karekare. While most of this section was downhill, it did include several steep sections to suck the remaining energy from the novice trail runner! Getting a glimpse of the finish line far below on Karekare beach was amazing. I think I even stopped to take a photo… yes, the photo below confirms that (woops).
Spot prizes and Whittaker’s Chocolate greeted us at the finish line. My official finish time was 1:28:57. 94th overall and 11th in my category. For a first-time trail run, I am really happy with my effort. I learnt a lot and cannot wait till my next event. I recommend this to any trail or road running enthusiasts.
The next event on the Lactic Turkey calendar is the Arahoe Mud Run – Sunday, 28th May 2017. I might see you there!