2012 NZ Mountain Running Champs!

Well after I raced this in 2010 I was pretty sure that I would never return to Mt Campbell, then last Sunday night I printed off my entry form for the 2012 ANZ mountain running champs for some unknown reason….

I figured it would be a good test of where I am at and a good hard blow out- that it was!

The first 7-8km is very fast and flat, maybe just 450m vertical gain, and on gravel road. Smooth and fast. The next 7km is steep, about 900-1000m vertical gain, still smooth gravel road. In 2010 I went too fast and after about 10-15mins I was finished and had to just hang on, grovelling very slowly until the finish and ran about 1hr18min.
So this year I started very slow, I let the fast leaders go out hard and ran very easy for about 20mins. After this I started racing a little harder, and was feeling good. After about 35mins I past the Shaggery Rd (named this because most are totally F by the time they get here), it gets steeper here and much harder, but I enjoy the steeper climbs! I have to admit to doing a little power hiking here….. I finished in 1hr21min, so slower than in 2010, but I am still happy.

Post race I did a few interviews for the BCR story that is now on-line and it was great catching up with people as well as meeting a heap of new folks. On the car ride down I was lucky enough to catch up with Jono (who didn’t race because of knee surgery) and Antonelle who cleaned up the open woman’s race. Super nice and very interesting couple- there was a lot of geeky Salomon shoe talk….

It was a quick turn around, after prize giving I missioned home, getting back to Castle Hill after 11pm- made the run up Mt Campbell seem easy!

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