Today P and I ran Scottish Harriers' Three Peaks challenge. I've been meaning to do some/one of these for the past three years, but this was the first time I've actually done it.
The gist of the event is that you start from the clubhouse in Mt Cook sometime between 8 and 9, choose a route that takes in one, two or three of the peaks for the day in the order of your choice. There are three events over the season, and the winners are those with the fastest times over all nine peaks.
Today's run took in the wind turbine (at about 450m elevation, I think); Johnson's Hill in Karori (300m?) and Makara Peak (400m). P, K and I decided to do the wind turbine and Johnson's and to skip Makara. However, looking over the Skyline walkway from the top of Johnson's Hill, Makara seemed a lot more fun than heading straight up the (aptly named) Gutbuster trail to the turbine. It's further, and includes a lot of climbing, but isn't quite as, well, vertical as the trip to the turbine. So, out to Makara around the back of Karori for us. It was a good run, a great piece of trail. I felt great up the hill to Makara Peak, and had a good time "spinning" my legs out on the downhill. Up through Karori was hard- we were all fading a little and looking forward to finishing.
We were out for 2:45 all up, and covered about 22(HARD)km. A great run and I'm looking forward to the next one!