Kepler Challenge Predictions

So the below are my predictions for the 2010 Kepler Challenge.

A few notes worth mentioning- Well I would like to think that the below is based a good solid research, facts, a deep understanding and intimation knowledge of the Kepler and those who will be at the sharp end, that simply is not true. Rather I have scavenged around for info and dirt. When I have not got the info I wanted, or it is not what  wanted to hear, I have simply made something up. For example I don’t even have a start list. Take it with a grain of salt, try not to get hurt feeling if your name is not listed and try not to fold under the pressure if it is. Continue reading


Less Than 2 Weeks……

Less than 2 weeks now till the 2010 Kepler Challenge! I can’t wait to get on the 60km “Great Walk” and see what I can do on what has to be the most competitive and most popular trail/mountain running race in New Zealand. I have often read the phrase “The jewel in the NZ mountain running crown”and that seems to be fitting.

The build up over the last week or so has been less than ideal I must say. I did feel pretty good last weekend in regards to my hip issues, but not good enough to get out for the 5hr Mt Somers run with the lads from Sumner. I did get about 4hrs in over the weekend, which was a hug improvement from how I felt mid week. I then raced in the 2nd Off Road Series Race at Godley Heads. The Sumner Club again put on a great race, while I put on an average performance. I felt strong and fast but then blew up a little. Carsten Jorgenson  won in a record setting time, with Marty Lukes 2nd and C2C’er and 5hr35 Kepler runner Luke Vaughan coming in 3rd. I was 5th, just ahead of Jake Roberts- yes, the field for this tiny little mid week race was stacked! Maybe the Godley Head race is nipping at the Kepler’s heels for the most competitive trail race in NZ?

Short lived- me on Marty's shoulder early on in the Godley Head race

I got some more physio and acupuncture for my hip, which felt great, but then has played up again this weekend!?

More physio and acupuncture with Sally from Physiotherampy Evolved this week and maybe the last race in the Off Road Series, we will see? The taper has well and truly started. Kepler, Luxmore or DNS- what will be will be…….

Mt Vernon Run Up

L to R:Vajin Armstrong, Marty Lukes, Grant Guise- photo: Rachel Harris- stolen from with out


Had a great time at the Sumner Running Clubs first race in the “Off Road Series”. I had spend the day in Chch talking with Brad from Sports Doctors, getting a x-ray, back to see Brad and then a very painful, but helpful, 30mins with Sally Physiotherampy Evolved all in a hope to try and get to the bottom of my hip issues. “Stress Fracture” was being thrown around, but I think (really hope) that this not the case and it is rather a muscle issue. My hip was still sore so I took it very easy on the Mt Vernon race. Vajin and Marty went out hard, while I was about 6th going into the single track and slowly worked my way into 3rd. My time was about 45sec slower than last year, but the effort felt much easier. Vajin run a very quick time!

Race report is here-

Next race is at Taylors Mistake, see you there!


Kepler Challenge- 1994

A little trip back in time- a time when 30+ people went sub 6hrs in the Kepler!

While down home last week I managed to get my mum to find a few bits and pieces that she had from when she did the Kepler Challenge. It was pretty cool, she had her certificate from the Inaugural KC in 1988, as well as my dad’s one from the “Luxmore Fun Run”. 27k and 1200m vert is a pretty stiff “fun run”, guess that’s why the don’t call it that anymore?

My mum returned in ’94 for another crack (my dad I think was still recovering from his fun run 6yrs earlier), this time running about 90mins faster and just missing out on a sub 10hr time. Not bad mum!

Anyway, amongst the certificates and finishing medals was the below newspaper pull out, featuring Russel Hurring.

Frontrunner Off Road Running Series

The Frontrunner Off Road Running Series starts next Wednesday on the Port Hills.

It will see 3 weeks of superb hill running above the fair city of Christchurch.

We kick off with the ‘Mt Vernon Run Up’ – Wednesday 10th November at 6.15pm.

Registration in the Valley Track Carpark off Hillsborough Terrace opens 5.30pm

$10 seniors

$5 juniors

enter on the day

Short course options are available for Event 1 and Event 3

Results of previous Series are available here: