Kar­ratha man en­joys NZ run

Pilbara News - - Pilibra Sport - Louise Alling­ham

Kar­ratha lo­cal Gregg Porter placed 18th out of more than 600 par­tic­i­pants in the Tarawera 100 Ul­tra Marathon in New Zealand ear­lier this month.

Porter ran the 102km trail around Ro­torua in 10hr. 36min.

Af­ter train­ing by run­ning from Dampier to Kar­ratha, Porter said the New Zealand weather and ter­rain were some­thing to get used to.

“When you’re in a cooler tem­per­a­ture it’s a lot eas­ier on your body,” he said.

“Dur­ing the day it rained, so it was quite muddy and slip­pery.

“You’re al­ways hav­ing to look where you put your feet and dodg­ing over lit­tle rocks and over lit­tle roots, through the trees and un­der logs.”

Porter said he en­joyed run­ning in na­ture as it was a great sport for build­ing men­tal strength.

He plans to com­pete in the North Face 100 in May — a 100km marathon through the Blue Moun­tains in New South Wales.

Porter said his drive came from the en­cour­age­ment he re­ceived from friends and co-work­ers, who would honk their horns in sup­port as they drove past dur­ing his 23km train­ing runs.

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