Start: Whangaruru South (281km)
Finish: Kiripaka (338km)
Distance for the day: (57km)
Cumulative distance: (338km)
Cumulative moving time: 50hrs 57mins
The total distance for today’s run was actually 64km, but there is slight route dilemma which I’m approaching with caution (i.e. I’m running the extra distance) just really for completeness. The section in question is the Ngunuru River esturary where the organisers hope to push the official route through via a river crossing and section of link trail, but for the moment that’s not officially open. So I’m running a 16-odd km road diversion which won’t be reflected in my distance summaries. I need to stick to the distance markers on the official maps to avoid complete confusion.
|A long ascent on a dirt road, early in the day.|
|The impressive 350m footbridge across the Whananaki Inlett just before lunch.|
It was a tough run today, the weather being hot and humid, and I didn’t get a huge amount of sleep last night because there was a wedding going on at the campsite where we stayed. The live band was great, but I could definitely have done without it until 1am…..
As I head south it’s interesting to watch how the terrain, climate and geography is changing. The forests of the far north were incredibly dense, but they’re definitely mellowing now, thankfully. There is less mud and it’s generally getting more dry and dusty underfoot. My average pace was better today, but it’s still constantly undulating and tough terrain to achieve the target distances.
The landscapes today could easily have been Wales or Scotland making me feel quite at home; rolling hills, plantations, fields filled with livestock and even stiles! Once section hugged the coast passing a number of deserted beaches which were simply breathtaking and a real tease for a hot and tired runner.
|Not a bad place to be running.|
Routine is definitely very important with a journey like this, both for my crew and for me. We’re definitely getting slicker with everything now, and thankfully that means a little less pressure on time. Having said that I’m generally running 10 or 11 hours days so there’s not much late afternoon napping and tea drinking going on at the moment!
James and Mark will post over the next couple of days to give you an insight into all the marvellous work they’re doing. Their days are equally epic, I can assure you of that. I can’t thank them enough for what they’re doing.
Bangers and mash time now…. :o)