At the end of 2013 Chris Swallow and Laurence Pidcock decided to make an attempt on the SK Traverse which crosses the Tararua Ranges north of Wellington. The standardised route starts on Putara Road near Eketahuna and sees the runners scale numerous peaks on their way to the finish at Kaitoke, near Upper Hutt.
The existing record had been set by Colin Rolfe at 22hrs59mins, however the initial aim for the pair was to go under the famed 24 hour barrier for the traverse.
Swallow and Pidcock are not new to the Tararua trails, or crazy endurance running, as they were the first to complete a double Southern Crossing in 2011. The Southern Crossing is the course used for the Tararua Moutain race which attracts some of New Zealand’s best trail runners each year.
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Related: Double Southern Crossing in 2011
The race report on the Back Country Runner website is a must read for trail and ultra running enthusiasts as Chris describes the run and the support they received along the way.
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