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Double Rainbow Race 2017 Report

Report by Sandra Jensen

If you want to know about a running event, don’t ask me. I will give you a brutally honest and slightly glorified report focusing mainly on the cons more than the pros. It will possibly involve much hand gesticulating and the odd swear word or 10. But there are few events that I’ve run 4 times now and Double Rainbow is one of them.

I don’t like hills, they are my kryptonite. I lose all hope, momentum and generally the will to live when attempting to scale them. I’d be faster walking them backwards than trying to run them but on a cool Saturday morning my hungover, untrained cousin and I (she’d had maybe 2 hrs sleep) trudged off to Rotovegas for my 4th attempt at the Double Rainbow. Weather was dubious on the way but cleared sufficiently for it to be a cool but pearler day.

I said to Lou that I wouldn’t judge her if she downgraded to the 10km –  nor would I judge her if she curled up and went back to sleep in the car. But the 17km we signed up for and by golly gosh did we do it. I’d once attempted the 25km, not for me, so I stick with the 17km. That’s ONCE up the hill.

I like this event, it’s still small. It’s kind of homely and chilled and Shaun the organiser is like a happy leprechaun, most often sans shoes, and it’s hard not to smile when he’s doing the briefing.

It’s a bit of everything this event, trail, farm, mud, cow poo, forestry road, soft forest trail, up…up…up and then down.

Even with my time this year being 10mins slower than last and a small course change not being to many people’s liking, I’ll go back. The finish line rocks, the pot of gold at the finish and the best darn pumpkin soup I’ve ever had. Lou had 2 cups and contemplated a third. I managed an age group placing though at 40 years old I’m disputing being considered a “Vet”. Blimmin heck. Us Hawks managed a fine turn out and I think, just maybe, we like this event.

My hungover cousin Lou finished with a smile and is considering the same race prep next year as she did seem to think it worked.

Double Rainbow Trail – Mark 2

By Sandra Jensen

Last year I did the 17km (1 lap up) and so this year, after gaining a free entry ( thanks guys), I decided why not try the 25km ( 2 laps up). 4 laps is just mental. Who would do that?

It’s a small event, not one of these huge millions-of-people-attending type things. And it’s staggered starts which I like. The crazy people go first , the slightly-less-nuts go second and the fairly sensible (though that’s also questionable) people start last.

I think I may have seen one 46km person en route but that was it. I spent most of the time by myself – nice and contemplative.

Lisa and I figured we would take around 3.5hrs to do it. I felt good. I reckon I could have done a good time had I decided on the 17km but it was good to conquer the 25km. It’s hard, especially the second lap and how anyone manages to actually run up is beyond me.

The aid station at the top of the hill rocked and I scoffed as many banana lollies as I could. The final downhill was great and I came up behind our driver who was walking and he chucked me the car keys which was a brilliant move on his part.

Made it to the finish in just over 3 hrs. 3rd in my age group so pretty stoked about that. Couldn’t finish the beer and the pumpkin soup was pretty good. It was cold so we didn’t stick around for the prize giving. It was great to see so many Hawks faces and it sounds like we did real great. Yeah, I’ve been convinced to do it again next year. Sucker. It hurt, but why the heck not.

Full results here

Double Rainbow Trail Run 2014 Results

The Double Rainbow Run is a trail run either 46, 24 or 17km based around Rainbow Mountain, 25 minutes south of Rotorua.
Jean, Sandra and I ran the 17km track on a cool yet beautiful winter’s morning.What the run website glossed over was the 3.5km cross country run before the forest track and mountain trails began.  Until this race I had been a runner with clean shoes, and had only run on roads, footpaths and boardwalks. So the swampy paddocks, the very rural smelling cow race (which was as slippery as it was smelly), and the slushy cow effluent in the under-pass were something of an adventure.Once across the farmland the course hugged the base of the mountain before heading into native bush. The course was flat until the 8km mark, then climbed 320m to the peak of the mountain (740m above sea level) at the 10.5km mark. We were greeted at the summit by stunning 360o views of the surrounding lakes, peaks and farmland. The promised “aid station” was more like a kid’s birthday party feast  – make-your-own-sandwiches, premade sandwiches for those in a hurry, fruit, lollies, chips and pretzels.After a quick handful of lollies, photos and txt to the family, it was time for the fun part of the day – the run down the mountain, then across the rural section of the course, re-caking the back of my legs with more cow sh*t, around the side of Lake Okaro, to finish.
We were greeted at the finish line with an ale, BBQ and pumpkin soup.  There was a very generous offering of spot prizes. Kovo Kowalewski finished in 4hrs 49 taking just over an hour off the ladies course record.Thanks to the Hawks for my name being drawn for a free entry. Off now to clean my shoes…
Bridget McLaughlin

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More photos online at Hawks Flickr account

After a week of heavy rain, Saturday morning at the base of Rainbow Mountain was sparkly and stunning.  And the Hawks rocked the race.

Kovo predicted a time of 6 hours plus for the 46km (4 times up the mountain) but broke the women’s course record by over an hour with a stunning sub-5 hour run.

Hooge won the most entertaining finish by hitting the ground immediately after running 46km and doing a press-up or twenty before consuming 2 litres of chocolate milk.  Seriously??!

As I get…errr…closer to 50 than 40, nothing impresses me more than the fastest woman NOT being a sub-40yo runner.  Marian rocked the 25km race (twice up the mountain.) And a lot of guys were chicked.  Ha!  Take that boys!  Orlaith and Dot also had fabulous runs and many more blokes were chicked.  Double HA

In the “short” (only once up the mountain!) race, Shanel cruised in to win first female.  Sandra, myself and Bridget all completed the run in under 2 hours.

Jean Dorrell

 

Hawks Results:

46km
Kovo Kowalewski 4:49:14 (1st female, 3rd runner)
Michael Hoogeveen  5:59:24
 
25km
Marian Millward 2:37:01 (1st female, 1st super vet and 2nd runner)
Dot Larsen 3:05:52 (3rd Super vet)
 
17km
Shanel Cornill, 1:33:10 (1st open female)
Sandra Jensen, 1:50:50
Jean Dorrell 1:52:13
Bridget McLaughlin 1:59:51

Full Double Rainbow 2014 Results by Category

 

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Double Rainbow

A 46km, 25km or 17km off-road run based around Rainbow Mountain, Rotorua.

Awesome views of Tarawera, Rotorua District and to the South West the Central North Island volcanos!  A great variety of tracks from the beautiful DOC tracks going up and down Rainbow Mountain which go through geo-thermal activity, to private farmland tracks or forest roads.

Before  entering any of the above events, any available discount PIN CODE can be obtain by contacting Kevin Knowles at racesecretary@hamiltoncityhawks.co.nz Once you have the pin code you must not share it.

Double Rainbow

A 46km, 25km or 17km off-road run based around Rainbow Mountain, Rotorua.

Awesome views of Tarawera, Rotorua District and to the South West the Central North Island volcanos!  A great variety of tracks from the beautiful DOC tracks going up and down Rainbow Mountain which go through geo-thermal activity, to private farmland tracks or forest roads.

Before  entering any of the above events, any available discount PIN CODE can be obtain by contacting Kevin Knowles at racesecretary@hamiltoncityhawks.co.nz Once you have the pin code you must not share it.