Meet the Wild Things
Our members come from all walks of life and represent a wide range of trail running skills and experience. But one thing they all share is a passion for our sport and the ability to inspire others. This is your chance to get to know them a little better.
Who inspires you? If you'd like to nominate someone to be profiled in this section please get in touch.
52 year old Simon Clendon from Auckland has been running trails since 2007.
He's a local legend, known for the incredible support that he gives to anyone doing anything slightly daft.
He says that what he loves most about trail running is "the people"
52 year old Stephanie (Steph) Berry, from Charteris Bay on the Banks Peninsula near Christchurch was a recent winner of our Tailwind Good Sorts Award - due recognition for the amazing support she gives to the trail running community in so many ways.
Steph has been running trails off & on for most of her life and has had to face down some exceptional personal challenges to still be going today.
33 year old Hollie Woodhouse from Christchurch has a serious case of the Adventure Bug.
She's been running trails seriously for some 6 years but "if chasing sheep and cattle around my parents' farm counts then I've been doing it for as long as I can remember"
Hollie is also the creator and publisher of the marvellous Say Yes To Adventure magazine
57 year old Liz Palmer from Auckland's North Shore has been running trails for 6 years
For Liz, trail running is all about "the scenery, the friends, meeting new people and the social aspect"
At the time we interviewed Liz she was struggling with a stress fracture...
34 year old Kunal Kumar from Auckland combines a passion for the trails with a love of photography - we frequently find ourselves re-posting his awesome Instagram images on @wildthingsnz
Introduced to trail running by fellow Wild Thing Jenny Hirst, he has been smashing it out for some 5 years.
His main motivation?... "the scenery and sharing it with mates"