Ex­treme run­ner claims the record

Central Leader - - SPORT -

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.

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