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Kerikeri ultra runner takes on high altitude TransRockies challenge

Grant Allerby [front] won the Kerikeri Striders 24-hour event, running 116.5km from 8am Saturday to 8am Sunday in May. Photo / Supplied

Kerikeri athlete Grant Allerby is no stranger to long-distance running, having run a number of gruelling 160km races over the last decade.

But running 193km over six days and climbing to elevations of up to 3800m – higher than Mount Cook – during the TransRockies Run in mountainous Colorado takes it to the next level.

Allerby left for the United States last Tuesday to get in 10 days of hiking in the mountains before the race begins on August 1.

He has been preparing for the race by doing training runs around his Totara North farm and the local gravel roads, aiming to do 60 to 100km each week.

Sometimes he goes further, “but it’s a balancing act”, he said.

“You do too much and you’re likely to get injuries.”

The biggest challenge of the ultra will be the altitude, Allerby said, and for that he is having to “heat…

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