Sunday, May 18, 2008

Two Peaks

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!

5 comments:

SUB6 said...

Sounds like an amazing run. Bet the views were fantastic on a clear day like yesterday.

Rachel said...

Sounds like this was pretty fun! I want to do things like this!

GP said...

Wow, now that sounds like a blast and an incredible run. I think I need to encourage people around Cleveland to get more adventurous with our events. Now, if only we could find some peaks...

swimbikerunnap said...

found your blog on steve in a speedo's. i am also on the runner to -triathlete transition team and currently training for my 1st marathon and then it's HIM next year, that's the plan! good luck with your training! I think it's great that you have your partner to train with too!

Rachel said...

That sounds like a really fun adventure. I love trail running! Lots of good climbing too.