We’re so proud! Piret Klade, who works for Icebreaker, proved that she’s got what it takes by coming second (with her partner Bryn) in the Motatapu 49km Team Adventure Run recently. The run from Wanaka to Arrowtown climbs a total of 2790 metres, traverses four peaks (the highest point being Jack Hall’s Saddle at 1275 metres above sea level), and covers rough tussock-covered areas, long, steep sadles and river crossings. As someone who flies under the radar and is incredibly modest about her talents, Piret took some tracking down for a quick Q&A session…
What inspired you to do the Motatapu Adventure Run?
I wanted to try something different – although I didn’t expect it to be quite so long and hilly (we call them mountains, Piret!). I was going to do the mountain bike first of all, but changed my mind and I’ve run a marathon before so this seemed like the next obvious challenge. More fun!
What were the high and low points?
The mountains! And the low point had to be reaching the second to last hill only to see the track stretching all the way down and all the way back up again.
Would you do it again?
Too soon to say. At the moment, no – the memory is too painful!
Competition-wise, orienteering over Easter at the New Zealand National Champs (Piret represents Estonia at an international level).
Check out some great footage of the run – you might want to do it next year…