As the sport of obstacle course racing develops in New Zealand, will people emerge as regular placing athletes? Will winning times decrease? Will races get harder? What’s the benchmark time for a competitive 5km or 10km across difficult terrain and obstacles? Lets see… this blog will report race results from across the New Zealand OCR scene. As both the elite and mass-participation levels of OCR develop, I for one want to see how the results at the competitive-end of NZ racing matchup.
These results are collected from publicly posted race results. As these are reported unofficially – please see the full results for the official results.
As more results from the year emerge, full results will be compiled and analysed on this blog.
It’s now July not May when this should’ve been posted, but better late than never.
Hobsonville Point Runway Challenge
Date: 16th May 2015
Distance: 3km, 5km, 10km
The Hobsonville Point Runway Challenge is a fun run or walk event with obstacles. As well as the standard running option, it includes teams, a walking option, and a cross-country option – although how the cross-country option is different I’m not sure. Organised by the Henderson Lions Club, all profits from the event are given back to the community so that children are helping children.
|CHRISTOPHER BARNETT||37.33||ANGUS MONRO||23.04||ALEX HAYNES||16.42|
|ARMIN KASHAMMER||38.27||OSCAR MONRO||23.19||ROBBIE CUTHBERTSON||16.59|
|JAMES YOUNG||41.47||ALASTAIR MONRO||23.20||JESSICA KASHAMMER||17.47|
Mazda O Rock
Date: 17th May 2015
Distance: 5km, 12km
The Mazda O ROCK (presumably short for “obstacle rock”?) is an obstacle race which doesn’t have “pop-up kiddie obstacles. You’ll climb over parked cars, fences and containers, slide down fireman poles, crawl under our nets, jump over and under walls and climb Mt O ROCK!” From what I’ve heard, it’s great fun.
|Dennis Ammerlan||46.16||Guyon Lang||23.27|
|Gary Brown||52.02||Craig Jones||23.39|
|Marty Benfell||52.47||Rebecca Stone||23.43|
Mountain Valley Adventure Lodge Mud and Guts
Date: 31st May 2015
The Mud and Guts is held by the Mountain Valley Adventure Lodge, a “magical rural retreat set on the banks of the Mohaka river overlooked by the legendary Te Waka peak”. It’s open to individuals and teams.
Wairua A&P Dirty Dash
Date: 17th May 2015
Put on as part of the Wairoa A&P Show, a mud run makes a great addition to the other physical, hands-on events of shearing competitions, fencing competitions, dog trials and more. The Wairua A&P Dirty Dash was family-focused with divisions catering to younger age groups (under 6, 7-12, 13-16, and over 17) and a team division.
Results disqualified – see commentary for explanation. Full results are available online.
I have decided not to include the results for Dirty Dash, as the race’s distance I couldn’t find reported anywhere, and the finishing times for the age groups vary wildly (with the under 6s finishing faster than the, one would assume, more physically capable over 17s). I conclude that it’s likely the Dirty Dash had no set distance but instead varied their course based on who was running. While this was no doubt fun for those taking part, it makes the results not usable for comparison purposes.
Compared to my idea of this project at the start of the year, it’s becoming difficult to compare results – as races report their results differently resulting in making comparisons difficult. For example some races sort their results divisions and genders, while some report all the results in one listing. Furthermore the differing distances make comparisons hard. It can be done, but it’ll take a long time.
For these posts in future months, I’ll have to decide on a format of which results to post. For example, I’ve reported the Mazda O Rock’s overall winners without gender divisions like their results were reported in, and I’ve reported all races thus far without age divisions. It’s a work in progress. If I have time, I’m making sure to record all results and, time permitting, it would be super awesome to make an infographic at the end of a full year of collecting results showing key findings of results from across NZ!
You can find previous month’s race results listed here.
Want to enter an OCR? Check out upcoming races at Obstacles Racers NZ’s event calendar.