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Briton runs length of New Zealand in 53 days

Briton runs length of New Zealand in 53 days
11 Feb 2013

Briton Jez Bragg has recorded a remarkable feat of endurance after running the length of New Zealand in just 53 days, nine hours and one minute.

Tackling the Te Araroa ('long pathway') trail, which runs 3,000km from Cape Regina on the North Island to Bluff on the South Island, Bragg had to contend with the mountainous terrain, a kayak across the Cook Strait and a debilitating illness midway through the trip to set the amazing time. 

After running an average of 56km a day during his ultra running adventure, Bragg said he might find it hard readjusting to daily life.

'It has been the ultimate break and has given me the chance to clear myself out,' he told Talk Ultra. 'I will probably be more relaxed - I am not sure how I will settle back down to commuting to London for work, though.'

Bragg's previous achievements include winning the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, a 168km foot race in the French Alps, with over 9,600m of elevation gain.

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