Extreme runner claims the record
A marathon runner is eyeing up his next challenge after running in to the record books with the fastest supported time taken to complete the challenging Hillary Trail.
Mt Eden athlete Nelson MyersDaly covered 76 kilometres of the iconic West Auckland track in 8 hours 44 minutes last month, topping the previous record by two minutes.
The mountainous Waitakere Ranges Hillary Trail is normally tackled as a four-day hike and camp challenge, but has become increasingly popular with ultraendurance runners.
The Hillary Trail Honours Board has been recording the efforts of these runners since 2010.
Myers-Daly, 20, trains with repeat hill-work and summit runs on Mt Eden as well as running on the Waitakere Ranges’ 300km network of trails twice a week.
Setting the record was a rollercoaster ride through forested west coast hills and valleys, he says.
‘‘Then it was a crazy sprint over the last few kilometres when I saw the record could be taken. It was both an exhausting and exhilarating experience,’’ he says.
‘‘I run because I love it and am setting my sights high on both adventurous and challenging trail runs in New Zealand and abroad,’’ he says.
Go to centralleader.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see a video about the Hillary Trail.