In it for the long run: Gavin Murphy and the 100-mile race
DURING one of the toughest 100-mile races in the world Gisborne’s Gavin Murphy overcomes fatigue and pain most of us couldn’t imagine. He runs or walks continuously and sees two sunrises without sleep. What on earth drives a man to move for two days non-stop, and can there really be any enjoyment?
SPOT 44-year-old Gavin Murphy jogging down Wainui Beach and you might not give him a second glance. But consider he’s probably been running since 3am and suddenly you realise this easy-going bespectacled Gisborne business manager is a running extremist.
He’s that breed of athlete that relishes the feel of shredded legs and miles of agony, and embraces the rush of runs that last for hours, even days.
Last month [March 2017] Gavin had a crack at the Northburn 100 that pits athletes against 161 kilometres (100 miles) of barren Central Otago terrain including 10,000 metres of up and down. Read feature article