Based in the stunning Waitakere Ranges, New Zealand, The Hillary Trail traverses through lush bush, rivers, sanddunes and epic ridge lines! Three years ago Lactic Turkey Events created this stunning, amazing & really special event The Hillary, which was originally named after Sir Edmund Hillary himself. Sir Ed himself said “In some ways I believe I epitomise the average New Zealander: I have modest abilities, I combine these with a good deal of determination, and I rather like to succeed.” These typically modest words were spoken by arguably the most famous New Zealander – a sporting and adventure hero, who scaled heights and reached places where no human being had gone before. And hence the pull of the Hillary Trail for so many today: we all want a challenge!

This short film by Silver Eye Films follows two Pro Trail Runners from Salomon Australia; Lucy Bartholomew & Majell Backhausen who competed in the 34km SkyRace course of The Hillary.
Both the Hillary 80km and 34km events are again part of the Oceania Sky Running Series. The 80km Ultra Sky Marathon course follows the Hillary Trail from the Arataki Visitors Centre West of Titirangi all the way to Muriwai, via Huia, Whatipu, Karekare, Piha and Bethells. There is no denying, this is a tough challenge – mentally and physically. With 3,700m climb, the current fastest time is 8 hours 23 minutes. Many would think this seems a long time for 80km but, those that have done would agree – this is no ordinary 80km.

The 34km SkyRace course follows the Hillary Trail from Piha to Muriwai and the 16km course follows the Hillary Trail from Bethells to Muriwai. The 16km course is also open to walkers.

This film managed to capture the emotions of the runners and the land they run through – such ‘magestical’ glory on Aucklands doorstep!

Filmed & Edited by Silver Eye Films