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.
Date: 15th March 2015
Distance: 2km, 4km, 6km
The Sport Tasman Marlborough Muddy Buddy is a fun event held at Tasman School in the top of the South Island. It appears to be aimed for family and children participation and was reported to have just under 1000 participants, which is a great turn-out to no doubt create an amazing time in the mud.
2015 results do not seem to have been posted yet.
The Mule – Summer
Date: 21st March 2015
Distance: 1.5m, 5km, 10km
Obstacles: 15 (5km), 20 (10km)
The Mule is Queenstown adventure holding two races annually in Summer and Winter and with individual and team categories. With a permanent course set-up designed by former members of the British Parachute Regiment and a commitment to pushing participants fitness, attitude, and mental commitment – the Mule is shaping up to be a premier obstacle course race in the New Zealand scene. Look out for their Winter race later this year.
|10km Elite Individual||Time||10km Elite Team||Time|
|Alun Williams||1.01.49||The Fantastic Four(Skins)||1.31.45|
|Bryce Warner||1.01.49||Sleathais Weapons||1.33.01|
|Aaron Murphy||1.12.15||Swordfox Precious Peg||1.35.50|
|5km "Icebreaker" Individual||Time||5km "Icebreaker" Team||Time|
|Ottavi Dorian||33.4||Scrambled Legs||38.1|
|Erez Dror||33.52||Team Hugh Janus||39.35|
Full results are available on the Mule’s website. The results above were taken from those with recorded finishing times – if results here are inaccurate please contact me to correct them.
Date: 28th March 2015
The Born Survivor was a fundraiser race held in Matakana Country Park (also home to the Matakana X Run). As a fundraiser event for organisers Roz and Shan to achieve the Cure Kids $10 Challenge, the focus of the race wasn’t on time and so participants weren’t timed. This is for a good cause and you should consider supporting them on their campaign page. Word is that this event will be returning next year to become an annual race.
The race results for 2015 are coming in and The Mule offers some good comparable data. As this year progresses it’ll be very very interesting to have a full year of data to analyse to find average podium placing times in New Zealand… and perhaps find a benchmark time to aim for if one wants to stand a chance of placing at the top level in this country. We’ll have to wait and see what results come out and see.
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.