Introducing Taye Pugh. We love having Taye promoting our events as he's local to Canterbury, super passionate about all things related to running, and is a genuinely great guy. He's always up for a chat at events or online about the trails, tailwind, and training. And he's full of great tips too having had so much experience at events all over NZ.
Taye has been running since his mid 30's and loves the simplistic nature of it - just head out by yourself (or with friends) on a mountain trail and that's all you need. He says 'the more you run and challenge yourself the more confidence it gives you to explore new trails'.
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Introducing Alice Brice. Alice is a wonderful ambassador who keeps everyone smiling and having a good time. Alice has an infectious love of trail running that she shares openly with everyone around her. She evens runs monthly trail running adventures in South Canterbury!
Alice has been running since she was 23 years old and loves getting out on the trails because they are her 'happy place'. She loves the euphoria that comes over you when you are exercising in nature. Alice encourages runners and hikers alike to find the magic in the views, the challenge and the escape from reality, that the trails bring. Pure magic!
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Introducing Josie Dixon. Josie caught the trail-running-bug 2 years ago and hasn’t been able to stop since. She is all about getting up into the mountains for an epic day (or two!) out in the sunshine.
Whether she’s climbing Mt Oxford in horizontal rain, or soaking up the stunning views of Lake Tekapo from the summit of Mt John, Josie is always “lovin it!”.
She has an affinity for the outdoors and lives for the challenges each new adventure presents.
Josie loves making new friends and is always keen for an adventure, so let her know if you’d like a new running buddy!
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Introducing Bartosz Morawiec. Bartosz was born in Poland and moved to NZ in 2012. He has been officially a 'kiwi' since 2017.
He started running 4 years ago after never really running before. His real passion for running exploded after discovering trail running around Canterbury. His favourite running spots are Abel Tasman Coastal Track, Paparoa Track, and our lovely local trails around Mt Oxford, Mt Richardson and Mt Grey.
Running has become a way of life and an amazing way to meet new people, creating friendships for life, as well as a way to discover our beautiful Aotearoa.
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Introducing Eve Southan. Eve is a Wellington trail runner and run coach at Life In Motion Run Club. She loves getting out on running adventures and exploring the epic trails around her hometown and beyond.
Eve has a passion for helping other runners discover how fun the trails can be and found most weekends guiding group runs around Wellington.
South Island running brings a whole new level of fun for Eve and she is looking forward to taking on the epic Scenic Sports events and meeting new running friends along the way.
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Introducing Tanya Bottomley. Tanya is based in Wanaka and is also the founder of Run Your Way Coaching. Back in 2007, after some personal setbacks, Tanya set a seed to see what she was capable of in the world of running. The rest is history!
With multiple achievements under her belt, Tanya is now coaching other athletes from around the world. She also assists women to empower themselves both on and off the trails.
Tanya loves the mountains and enjoys nothing more than heading onto the trails in her beautiful backyard of Central Otago. Scenic Sports Events is looking forward to having Tanya share her wisdom and insight with more of the trail running community.
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Introducing Ben Williams. Ben is based on the West Coast of the South Island and has been running since he was 14 years of age.
Ben won the 2018 Half Marathon at the Mt Oxford Odyssey in a super fast time. He wasn't able to stay for the Prize Giving as he was off to his school formal back on the coast. That was the first time we met Ben and it was then we knew he was one to watch on the trail running scene.
With wins and podium finishes all around New Zealand, Ben is proving his dedication to the sport, as well as his natural talent, is shining through.
Ben loves the outdoors and spends his spare time out enjoying the trails around his home on the coast.
Nic is a North Cantabrian - born and bred, actually growing up with Mt Oxford as the backdrop to her childhood! After discovering her love for running around 8 yrs ago, Nic quickly found her 'place' being out on the trails and high in the hills.
Even though loving the many solo missions she embarks on, Nic feels blessed to have a bunch of friends who she gets to share her passion with.
She's a self-confessed weekend warrior and never takes it too seriously - its all about the fun, hanging out with friends, meeting new people but also the connection to nature and being at one with our great outdoors.
The power of a run immersed in nature, with a bunch of mates is amazing - its as good as a therapy session!