GB ultra runner Jez Bragg is embarking on his latest challenge without any competitors to face nor prizes to chase. The Bournemouth runner who has won numerous major ultra-distance events including the Commonwealth 100k championships and West Highland Way race is attempting to running the entire length of New Zealand.
He began his mission yesterday (Wednesday 12 December) at the northern tip of the North Island and is hoping to complete the 1,863-mile trail to the southern-most point of the South island in around 50 days time.
The 31-year-old is blogging regularly about the trip and in his first entry on day one, he wrote: "I set off a few minutes after 7am. The first drama of the expedition - there will be many more - came when all three of our alarm clocks failed to go off resulting in a slightly delayed start to the run!
"I had hoped to get going half an hour earlier but given there was no harm done, we all found it very amusing. The first 20kms varied between volcanic rock, grassy tracks and short beach sections. It was very enjoyable, and I was like a lion out the cage - so eager to be starting my journey on the trail."