“Nerves remained as we started along a gravel road illuminated by a band of faint red twilight over the silhouette of the mountain range we were going to conquer over the course of the day.”


Hamish Lamotte

BA(Cantab), MSci (Cantab)


Technical Specialist

New Zealand is well known for its spectacular scenery as well as a can-do attitude and the employees at Syft like to combine the two. A group of Syfters entered the Motatapu Off-road Event running races with entries into both the 15 km Miners’ Trail and the 51 km Ultra Marathon.

As one of the Ultra runners, we nervously anticipated the suffering to come while standing at 6am on the start line in Glendhu Bay. Nerves remained as we started along a gravel road illuminated by a band of faint red twilight over the silhouette of the mountain range we were going to conquer over the course of the day. Having well and truly broken first sweat pulling into the first aid station, we took one final glance back towards civilization as we climbed quickly to the first saddle. The morning sunrise provided striking views above the clouds over Lake Wanaka behind us and the Motatapu Ranges ahead.

A series of subsequent grinds up and down steep faces drained the remaining strength in the legs to the point that the thought of cheese and chocolate brownies that awaited us at Roses Hut was the only thing motivating us further. Replenished, we quickly dropped into a cooling river for the final 25 km providing valuable numbing water to ease the pain in the legs and carry us down the Arrow River to the finish-line in Arrowtown. There were overwhelmingly positive reviews of the experience running a first-time Ultra Marathon from the team, just expect to spend plenty of time walking!

The following day, three other Syfters ran the Miners trail; a 15km loop with an epic 600m of climbing in the first 7km. The team produced a series of PBs on the course in the perfect conditions enjoying spectacular views of the dramatic ranges and lakes below. Congratulations to everyone who entered Motatapu events this year and we look forward to more Syft represents at other sports events this year.