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Team Altra NZ- Darren

Team Altra NZ- Darren Ashmore.


Darren lives near the edge of a trail running paradise, Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua. With literally hundreds of kilometres of sweet trail on his backdoor step, he finds it hard to come up with an excuse not to get out and play on them on a daily basis.

Growing up, Orienteering was Darren’s first passion and he holds multiple national titles as well as achieving many strong international results. Racing on the trails in events under 40km always provided a great way to train for orienteering, but now that he is middle-aged the allure of ultra distance trail races is strong. After peeing blood and cramping for 25km in his first attempt the Tarawera Ultra, he managed a 2nd place in the short race (60km) at the 2016 event.

Apart from running and orienteering he loves drinking coffee and having adventures with his partner Rebecca and their 4yr old daughter Mia.

Favourite shoe – Superior 3.0. Honestly the name says it all, it has the perfect blend of everything a trail shoe needs.

Favourite trail – There are so many to choose from, but the Tarawera trail to Hot Water Beach would be high up on the list.

Instagram and Twitter - @darrenashmore