Trail Run Editorial: The Voice of Fear

‘Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get up’ – Chinese proverb. I’m scared. And that’s a good thing. It got me out on a blustery night to grind out hill repeats toward a midnight salvation. So what’s your motivation? I’m not talking about the ‘Big Why’, here. For me that is easy: I simply love to run through wild places. Simple and pure. It makes my soul – whatever that manifestation is – feel charged, along with all…

13 Lessons: UTA mid-pack perspective

Everyone loves hearing the inspirational feats of the elite runners. Our jaws drop as we hear the winner’s time (9.20…how is that even possible?). But what went down in the middle of the pack? Is there anything to learn from those runners for whom a silver buckle is a distant dream?For anyone who is more likely to crawl up the Furber Steps than sprint, and who maybe had a little meltdown on Nellies stairs, this is for you. Here are some…

The North Face 100: Inspirations

More than 2000 runners line up tomorrow for The North Face 100 , representing 35 countries and all walks of life. Some are elites – you’ll read a lot about them across the mediascape to be sure, internationals and local go-fasts rocking the single track in unbelievable min/km pace. Worthy of accolades and attention, their feats are admirable, absolutely. That said, I still prefer the stories that echo back from the past of the pointy enders quipping that while their 10-ish hour…

New editor at Trail Run Mag

Let’s face it (says the Aussie), New Zealand may just be the best place on Earth to run trails. So when we kicked off Trail Run Mag in Australia fifteen editions and nearly four years ago, we always wanted to, without stepping on parochial toes, celebrate the trail running culture and community that exists there. To that end, we initially were supremely lucky to have Malcolm Law on board as our New Zealand editor, charged with curating all that was…

Editorial: Child’s Play on The Trails

  I believe the children are our future. Sure, Whitney Houston may not have gone on to be the greatest role model of all time, but her lyrics hold truths far greater than her kitschiness. Teach them well and let them lead the way. That’s it – you gotta show them what’s possible if they are going to be able to lead the way. Check all those kids setting themselves up for thumb arthritis as they ‘play’ on screens. Worse,…

Running with Kokoda spirit

On 13th July, a gathering of determined ultra runners will congregate for the 2013- Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge  (http://kokodachallenge.com/), a 96km team run challenge now in its 9th year. Regular Trail Run Mag review contributor, Caine Warburton, will be a part of the Kokoda Spirit Racing (KSR) team out to put their name on the leaderboard while also raising funds for the Kokoda Youth Program. With three weeks to go before the event, we dropped Caine a line to see…

FAMILY BONDS ON TRAIL ULTRA

A family that runs together stays together, right? That’s the question being asked and the answer will be revealed post this year’s Surf Coast Century trail ultra in Victoria, Australia, with the Ditchfield family running it as a team. “I’m not a runner,” was the cry 18 months ago when Dad Brett headed out to hit some single track on his mountain bike. Wife Chrissie puts her hand up as a regular runner, often competing in fun runs and “one mega…

Run Therapy provides plenty of reasons to run

BOOK REVIEW: Run Therapy, A Bitter Sweet Guide to Running, Evolution and Ice Cream, by Andrew Cohen Review by Garry Dagg Opening a running book outlines the diaspora of our sport. Trail runners like to focus on their achievements, goals or science yet few capture the dreams, motivations and core reasons as well as Run Therapy. A superbly crafted book it may well need to be filed in the romance genre as Cohen’s love for trail running and the vitality…

Dirty kilometres: who’s counting?

Trail Run Mag’s New Zealand Editor, Mal Law, signs off on his last edition as chief honcho with bigger projects about to be crammed into his running schedule. We’ll keep Mal on (if he’ll let us) as an Editor-At-Large, which simply means he’ll contribute as and when he can and tell us when we need to pull up our socks on New Zealand-based content. In the meantime, his editorial asks the question…who’s counting? (He is and he’s not gonna apologise)….

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