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Racing for New Zealand at Trail Running World Champs

Closed Cause page created in the Sports category by Andrew Thompson

$1,255 donated

Given by 21 generous donors in 4 weeks


Raising funds to represent NZ in the 2019 IAU Trail Running World Championships in Portugal.

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In June 2019, I will be heading over to Portugal to represent New Zealand at the IAU World Trail Running Championships.

Wearing the NZ racing singlet is a dream come true for me, and I'm currently in the process of getting stronger, fitter and more competent a runner than I have ever been in my life. I will be competing against some of the best trail runners on the planet, and it'll be my honour to show what NZ can do on the world stage.

All this training is making it difficult to fit in enough time to get out and do the usual fund raisers like bake sales and sausage sizzles, so this page is a way to let people chuck in a few bucks to help me get over to Portugal to race.

This trip is not funded at all by NZ Athletics so I'd love it if you could help take some pressure off all the effort and help me afford all the stuff like air fares, uniforms, etc.


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Funds will be used for travel, uniforms and accommodation to compete in the 2019 IAU Trail Running World Championships in Portugal.

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Thanks for all your support - Results  11 June 2019

Posted by: Andrew Thompson

Hi everyone,

Hopefully this note gets to you now the page has closed.

I want to just express my sincere gratitude to you all for supporting me and helping me get to Portugal for the Trail World Champs. The race was an amazing experience, from the opening ceremony with the team until the finish of the race itself, it was my absolute pleasure to wear the NZ Silver Fern and represent you all in this amazing sport.

My day in the race went pretty well overall. I had hoped to run 4 hours 30 mins based on what I knew I was capable of and what I saw of the course, and I was close to that. 4 hours 32 minutes.

I was midpack, 118 out of about 250 entered men, and I had hoped I was going to be top 100, and on another day I think it was achievable, but I had a few issues with getting near the front early on and it was also hard mentally to push for those extra positions in the heat when you're tired.

I was 2nd NZ Man in, and 3rd NZ overall, behind Sam McCutcheon and Ruth Croft (Who was 2nd Woman in the world!).

The rest of the team, Paul Timothy, Will Bell, Tim Rabone, Chris Dunell, Nancy Jiang and Mel Aitken all finished strong not far behind, which is fantastic and while they found it a tough day out like I did - we were all stoked with the experience.

Thank you all once again for helping me achieve a once in a lifetime opportunity - I may try make another world champs team next year, but it's going to be a tough ask to replicate the first one.

Kind regards

Andrew Thompson

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  • Archana

    Archana on 27 May 2019


    Good luck Andrew! Safe travels


  • Danielle

    Danielle on 25 May 2019


    Good luck Andrew. My ultra-marathon loving husband is full of admiration for you!


    • Andrew Thompson

      Hey Danielle, nice to hear haha - thanks so much for donating.

  • Alex

    Alex on 24 May 2019


    Run, Forrest, run!


    • Andrew Thompson

      Cheers dude! Appreciated

  • Blacklock Family

    Blacklock Family on 17 May 2019


    Go get em' mate!!!


    • Andrew Thompson

      Hey crew, thanks so much. I'll give it a good go!

  • Bialys

    Bialys on 17 May 2019


    Super proud of you! Good luck Uncle Andrew


    • Andrew Thompson

      Oh whaaaaat! Guys thanks so much - I'm so grateful.

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