You can't beat Wellington on a good day
Or more to the point, you can't beat the Southern Crossing on a good day. The weather for this year's race was wonderful. Mild conditions throughout the race, sunshine and amazing views on the tops made for a spectacular race for everyone. Dan Clendon posted the fastest time 4:47.53, missing the record set by Colin Rolf in 2001 by only 2.33 minutes! Over 35kms of Tararua tracks, that's pretty close. Perhaps Dan shouldn't have taken in the view so much!
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- Graeme Stevens 4691
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TMR 2020 Training Run
Yesterday the training run really put our runners through their paces. The Tararuas this summer have been shrouded in cloud, like some mysterious thing, tempting only the bravest to dare look at what is being offered. Seven races took the challenge and succeeded in doing the race course. Not sure if they saw many of the stunning views, but none the less, well done. We'll see you again on race day!
TMR 2019 Results
Final results including Alpha and Kime Splits.
TMR 2019 Race Summary
by Chris Martin (published by NZ Trail Run)
One of the classics of the New Zealand calendar, the TMR is a fantastic community-run event. It crosses the rugged Tararua range just north of Wellington. The route is a point to point – the mighty Southern Crossing. It’s a multi-day walk or a long run, with a decent tussocky exposed section above 1,200m. A couple of years ago we had a strong northerly wind and hail in our eyeballs, so there was much to look forward to. Fortunately we had a better day this time, but lots of rain in the run-up made sure the track was suitably rutted and slippery. More
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The Tararua Mountain Race is one of New Zealand's oldest mountain races, having first been raced in 1990. The Tararua Ranges are widenly renowned in New Zealand for tough mountain terrain and weather, so the race is not for the inexperienced or faint hearted!
Traditionally the race is held over the Southern Crossing. From 2014 a new route along the river valleys between Kaitoke and Holdsworth - another classic Tararua tramping route - which is sometimes used as an alternative course.
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TMR 2018 Thanks to the volunteers
Without the help and support from all the volunteers, the race wouldn't happen every year. Thanks in particular to our race marshals at Alpha - Clive, Guy and Cam, and Kime - Mike, Fi and AJ - who all headed up to the huts on Friday night carrying the lollies and poweraid!
Brent and Gordon were in charge of race registration and gear check before races got a lift from Bridget to the start line.
At the finish there was Laurie keeping a track of all competitors, Jill doing timing and Diane on results. We also have Alyse as the doctor at the finish who helped with timing and results rather than administering medical support - yah!
On the tops we had the SAR teams who were keeping a watchful eye on our competitors, who also headed into the hills on Friday night.
At Lower Hutt Police Station we had Ants, Don and John keeping the communications going for our marshals and SAR teams. Gavin at the start and Don and crew at the end rounded out our communications team.
Thanks to everyone who helped with the race, we really appreciate your time and support.
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Tararua Mountain Race supports Wellington and Wairarapa LandSAR by providing donations after each race to not only thank the LandSAR teams for assisting with the Race, but also to acknowledge the invaluable service LandSAR provide in keeping us all safe in the outdoors.