So I decided after a few years out of the sport and having raced Sprint the Bay earlier in the year to head to the National Orienteering championship. Conveniently they were taking place in Christchurch so… and why not!

Having not really raced in terrain for a while (trail running is so different to tussocks and the like) I thought I might be best suited to the Sprint and Middle Distance races taking place in the Ferrymead Heritage Park and Tūhaitara (nr. Woodend Beach).

I’m currently processing all the video footage and photos from my latest 52 Peaks trip to the West Coast – north of Reefton to the brand new DOC trail (yet old mining trail) the Old Ghost Road, and south towards Greymouth to the famous biking trail the Croesus Track.

The two peaks in question are Rocky Tor (1456m) and Croesus Knob (1204m), both with at least 1000m climb from the start of the run to the summit to tick of two of the 52 peaks.