page is for one of our more masochistic trips. This is a trip we took
up to the City of Rotorua - about 6 to 7 hours away from Wellington. We
were going to Rotorua to do a 10k run. But not just any 10k run, this
was the Tough Guy and Gal challenge - basically a 10k run over an
obstacle course - including running through a bog (at times up to neck
deep), crawling under barbed wire, walking across a wire bridge,
running up a 2 in 1 slops with the aid of ropes. It was tough. Andy was
doing well for the first lap, but on the second lap, smashed his knee
against either a rock or lump of concrete in the swamp and did some
damage to the knee, making it difficult to run for the rest of the
race. Jenny also did well, especially on the tyre run - utilising an
excellent technique. We both finished in the end, somewhat worse for
||This is a photo taken on
the way to Rotorua. Taken from the Desert Road between Waiouru and
Turangi. This is the famous mountain, Mount Ruapehu - the tallest
mountain in the North Island, an active volcano and the North Island's
biggest ski field.
|Jenny before the run -
in preparation for the activity ahead. She looks pretty happy - the
course would soon wipe that smile off her face!
||And Andy before the run. He looks a bit more pensive than
Jen, but they'd both go on to complete the course but wouldn't be
setting any records.
|This is a view of a
small portion of the Bog that we had to run through. This was before a
couple of thousand people had run through it, so it got much worse.
||This is Andy afterwards.
He'd taken a disposable waterproof camera round with him to take a few
photos. Sure, it was waterproof, but the mud played havoc with the
|This is a place where we
relaxed. On the way back from Rotorua, there was a side track off the
main route to Kerosine Creek a river running with warm water. We didn't
stay for too long, as despite being off the beaten track and not
signposted, it was pretty busy.