Run the Bell Hill Challenge yesterday, a new event organised by Chris Cox, the man behind the Avalanche Peak Challenge and the now defunct Flag Pole race. The 19km Bell Hill race has taken the place of Flag Pole and it was great to see the solid 240 odd people turn out.
At the pointy end the field was pretty solid. James Coubrough, who biked from Chch to Akaroa and back on Friday before seeing a flyer for the Bell Hill turned up and crushed the field. He run about 1hr23. 2010 Kepler winner Vajin Armstrong was around 1hr31, in 3rd, around 1hr32 was a Euro guy living in Chch. I am really sorry I missed his name… I came in 4th about 1hr33, with Graeme Bee 5th in about 1hr35.
Fleur Pawsey took out the woman’s race.
It was a great little course- super steep rough climb up to Bell Hill and then forestry roads for about 15-16km. This road section was pretty fast running- not so much my style, but it was really good to get the legs turning over. Defiantly got out of the race what I wanted.
Next week is the Southern Crossing Race, or the Taraura Mt Race- 35 very slow and rough kms, much more my style I think- we will see. Here is a taste of the course
October has been pretty good- about 49hrs and 17000m vert.
What’s been happening since the CDR and my last post- all kinds of shit!
A bit of skiing- not enough-with a trip south to MCNP and Southern Lakes, then some running and crewing for matt and marty at Naseby. Gary and I really just drunk and got in the way, but it was a good weekend. Even further south for some family time in Riverton, were Jane meet George and I. The 4 of us then heading to Haast for my nephews 10th birthday and then we went into Barn Bay for a few nights! Back home and back into some running. A few roadie fag races and even some speed work over the last month, teamed up with some super fun ski tours made for about 40hrs and 12,000m vert for September- a good way to get back into things. My body is still all hurting- hip issues came back and my Achilles pain (a result of twisting my ankle on top of Mt Cloudesly way back in Easter) have been bothering me a good bit. I also started training the same week I started back building for the summer, so I’v been pretty beat, but loving it. The summers running goals are a little different to this time last year. Little to no expectations and the only real big goal is to stand on the start line of a race with out some bullshit injury/niggle that effects the way I feel/run.
Jane is steadily growing bigger and bigger! On that note I have no races plans after the Kepler, as there will be a big shift in focus- can’t wait!
Below are a few photos from the last few weeks-