We had a chat with Chris Martin who is the main man behind Big Sunday Runs (BSR) based in Wellington. BSR brings together a tough breed of trail/mountain running enthusiasts who prefer the rugged off the beaten track mountain missions. They have a soft spot for the Tararua Mountain range in the North Island close to Wellington. Here’s their story.
Here’s another great summer day plan, this time from Dena. The Jumbo-Holdsworth Circuit is one of the most popular routes in te Tararua Ranges, and for a good reason. The 24 km loop takes you over a great variety of terrain and scenery, and is very doable as a day trip from Wellington. You’ll experience a beautiful flowing trail along a lush river valley; a technical, steep ascent (or descent, depending which way you decide to tackle the loop); some true alpine ridge-running with spectacular views; and a long, fast, fun descent down the very runnable Gentle Annie track. Make sure to pick a nice day to thoroughly enjoy your adventure!
The description of the route to the Mt Matthews summit is a real treat from Emma! This is an epic adventure you can look forward to and schedule for a nice summer day. The ascent to the biggest peak in the Rimutaka Range is no mean feat, so please plan your day out carefully and be mindful of carrying all the gear that can help you out in difficult situations.
The trails making up the WUU2k Trail Ultra Marathon course constitute a mixture of single track and four-wheel drive trails with a few road crossings. Below you can find a brief description of the course broken down into sections you will have to cover between each marked Marshal Point and/or official Aid Station.
Dena has been busy checking out new routes. This time she ran up to the summit of Mount Climie (aka Mt Climbie), one of the highest peaks in the Wellington area. A long steady climb, this run makes for a solid hill workout for those looking for a challenge. Else, take it leisurely, enjoy the views, and don’t forget your camera! Every adventure counts!