Running friends key in Sutton’s longest challenge

Glenn Sutton will get by with help from his friends when he tackles his longest ultra-marathon running challenge — 580km non-stop from Milford Sound to Mt Cook.

"It’s a team effort. I can’t do it by myself," the Dunedin ultra-marathon runner said yesterday.

"It’s a beautiful part of the country."

Five running club friends will take turns running beside him when he leaves Milford Sound on May 6.

Dunedin ultra-marathon runner Glenn Sutton (47, centre) prepares yesterday for his longest...
Dunedin ultra-marathon runner Glenn Sutton (47, centre) prepares yesterday for his longest running challenge, Milford Sound to Mount Cook, with Otago Community Hospice chief executive Ginny Green and challenge support co-ordinator Bruce Adams. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
He continues for four days, largely non-stop, via Mossburn and over the Crown Range Rd and via Omarama to The Hermitage and on to Mt Cook.

He plans to walk the mountain sections and snatch a few 20-minute power naps.

Over the past 10 years, Mr Sutton has tackled many ultra-marathons, including "The World’s Toughest Foot Race", encountering temperatures up to about 55degC during a 217km non-stop run from Death Valley to Mt Whitney in California in 2019.

Last September, heavy snow near Naseby and "very, very cold" conditions led him to abandon his own planned ultra-marathon event after a mere 175km.

He has created the Milford Sound to Mt Cook event, and aims to run his longest ultra-marathon, bettering his previous effort of about 420km, from Haast Beach to St Clair Beach.

He will also raise money for the Otago Community Hospice.

Every year the hospice faced a fundraising shortfall of $2.5million and he was keen to both raise funds and awareness of the hospice and its fundraising needs, he said.

After receiving a great deal of help from the community and friends for his many running events, he was keen to give something back.

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