Congratulations Owen Frentz on winning the Auckland to Hunua Night Ultramarathon

by Bazyl Piotrowski on September 16th, 2012

Congratulations Owen on winning the Auckland to Hunua Night Ultramarathon. Even though it is not an official event, and you were the only runner, it a great achievement and rightfully deserves it's place in our Client Achievements section because of the crazy nature of your run. Who in their right mind would get up in the middle of the night and run from Auckland to Hunua...just because they can! Keep up the great work Owen.

Here's Owen's report.

"My first night run
After a few months of talking about it and telling the guys in our karate club (www.karate.co.nz) I was ready for my training run out to Hunia . I asked Bing if he would like a ride out to karate training , yep . I tell him if it is not raining at 1am I will be running out and can he please bring out the ute , ok he says .
12:40 I wake up before the alarm which was set for 1:00am , I lie in bed thinking its not that cold and could not hear any rain , 10 minutes goes by , I roll out of bed look out the window as the dog stirs in her bed (only she will know want she is thinking at this hour in the morning) . I creep down stairs and peek out the window in hope of rain, but there is none . oh well I tell myself let's do it . Half an hour later I was dressed and out the Door .
1:30am 29/07/2012 I was on my way to Hunia under my own steam , it's not to cold all tho I did have 4 layers on top and 2 on the bottom and the forecast was for rain .
2 hrs in I am around Mangere/PApatoetoe , I see this black sillouette out in front ( i ask myself ,is he walking towards me or away from me ) as I cross the road a young lady comes running out of the house and I hear her ask his guy are you ok darling ?
30mins later at 4am , I could hear music and talking from a party up ahead , this time I cross the road just to avoid the party and for peace of mind , then I hear someone shouting oi oi oi , I remove my headphone to make out are they oi'ing at me , I look across the road and see people running out of the house , a fight had started and I started laughing to myself ... And within 5 mins later a police car is flying down the street and stops outside the house ( the joys of drinking in the south side aye ) .
Time is ticking by slowly I am in Manukau and starting to feel a bit peckish so I pick up a picnic bar and a powerade from the Mobil station mmmmm that did the job .
With the last 10ks run up the Hunia gorge it was nice to start to see daylight , the sound of the stream and the birds was uplifting , then out of the blue in the middlie of the windey road there are 3 ramdims walking 1 says hey bro (that's morning ) and the girl asks me how far away is kura (papakura) I tell her it's about 7ks and an hours walk knowing that it was longer and would take them even longer to walk there
I get to Hunia just after 8am , map my run says 50ks and my gamin tells me 52ks and it took 6:26min all in all it was a good run /walk and only started to rain twice but not for long .
Will I do it again most likely"
By Owen Frentz



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