Botany Town Centre Summer fun run and walk

Botany Town Centre Summer fun run and walk

The finish line at Botany Town Centre Fun RUn

My mum is currently in New Zealand visiting family and when she heard about the local Botany Town Centre Summer Fun Run she thought she might as well take part. As I’ve never run outside the UK before I asked her write a review. So take it away Anne….

Botany Town Centre Summer fun run and walk (5 and 10k), Auckland, New Zealand

14th February 2016

Thank you Nicola for asking me to write this guest post, it was not only the first time I have run a race without Nicola next to me encouraging me on, but also the first time running a race overseas.

I arrived in Auckland in the early hours of Friday night/Saturday morning, the run was at 9am on Sunday 14th Feb, so there was not much time to acclimatise to the time difference or the change in temperature. The last time I ran was in London, a 5 mile run in 6 degrees, the temperature at the start of this race was 22 degrees, so quite a difference.

Nicola’s Dad had arrived in Auckland the week before me, so had picked up my race pack in advance, so I already had my number and timing chip when I got to the start line on the morning of the race. From what I could see, the organisation of the run was really good. The runners and walkers started at the same time, with the walkers being asked to start at the back, there were about 450 entrants, so quite a small race, but I really like running races of this size.

Runners and walkers waiting to start the race

The run started on time at 9am, the race course was on tarmac around an Auckland suburb and shopping area. The roads were not closed and we were running alongside lanes of cars on main roads and side roads, however, our running lanes were for the most part cordoned off from the car lanes and before we started, we had been asked to run on the pavements where possible. The course was quite flat and as I was running the 10k, it was a 2 circuit run.

Through the Botany Town shopping area

I usually really enjoy running in warm temperatures, but this time I found it really hard going, and had to have some walking breaks, consequently, I ran my slowest 10k, I think this was due to the fact of only being here for a day before the race and having a 30 hour plane journey without any sleep, but as I wasn’t expecting to get a PB, I wasn’t disappointed.

On the suburban streets

I was surprised, especially give that it was already quite warm, that there was only one water station and that was about 2.5k from the start, so too soon for me to need a drink on the first circuit but I really could have done with some water around the 5k mark, but had to wait another 2.5k before I could get a drink. The other thing I wasn’t so happy about was that I really like having kilometre markers so I can gauge how far there is left to run, and on this run, there weren’t any which was a real shame.

crossing the finish line
Crossing the finish line

The thing I was disappointed about though, was that there was no medal or souvenir at the end, I crossed the finish line and that was it, a bit of an anti climax. I will just have to make do with some photos. All in all, I enjoyed this run and the experience of running internationally and now feel confident to enter races on my own and overseas, which is great as it will open a whole new world of running.


Thanks to my mum for writing this review and my dad for taking photos!

Have you ever ran a race abroad? What differences did you find? 

What races outside of your country would you like to run?


This post is part of the Tuesdays on the Run linkup with Marcia’s Healthy Slice, My No-Guilt Life and MCM Mama Runs.

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  • How fun to have your mum guest post and run a race in NZ! I’ve never run abroad but the London Marathon is at the top of my bucket list. Thanks for linking up!

    • I’d like to run the London Marathon one day too, although training through the winter puts me off a bit! If I’m running a 20 mile training run I think I’d prefer to do so in the summer.

  • Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    How fun! I have never ran a race abroad. I think that would be so much fun and a great experience. Congratulations to your mom!

    • I think she did really well, especially as she’d only just arrived. If I was to do one abroad I think I’d make sure I landed a few days beforehand.

  • I ran one race in Ireland. I discovered (as is true in many smaller rural races in the US) that only the fast kids run the longer distance if two distances are offered. I was nearly last in the half marathon, but I passed the last runners in the 10K. It was still a great experience!

    • It’s always interesting running a race with different distances running together, you often get such a mix of times.

      Where in Ireland was the race?

      • A small resort town on Achill Island. It was up and around a mountain so one of the harder runs I’ve ever done.

  • I have never run a race outside the US. I would love to, though. It would be so interesting to see how things are done elsewhere. Seeing things other bloggers post about definitely helps!! Congrats to your mom on her race!

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