Queenstown Half Marathon

“Only those who risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go” — T.S. Elliot

This weekend I ventured south to take on the Queenstown Half Marathon. Originally I had registered to take part in the full marathon, but after something went ‘ping’ in my thigh on a training run a few months ago I got a little behind on the training – so downgraded to the half marathon.

qt2The course is amazing – seriously one of the most stunning runs I have ever done in my life. Starting in the Frankton countryside, the course takes you down along gravel paths, across the river, and along Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown centre. Some of the gravel paths were a little tricky to run on, and quite a few people took a tumble, but otherwise the course in general is mostly flat.

qt3Sadly, because of the training issues, my time wasn’t the best and I came in at 2:28 rather than the 2:10 I was aiming for (and which I should have easily achieved). Still, I would definitely take part again, and because it was a hot day the after run beer tasted amazing!

The next day, me and my friends took a walk up to Queenstown Hill summit, a 500 metre uphill trek.  While this wasn’t perhaps the best idea after a 21km run, we were rewarded with amazing views over Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables, and other mountains.

I just wish I had a bit more time to explore Queenstown, but I’ll be back…


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