Brook RUNS Te-Araroa

By Brook van Reenen

Te Araroa

In September 2019 I plan on running the 3000 km Te Araroa trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff

You can follow my progress here, the build up, the training, events I tackle and the journey.

A side project:

At the end of October 2018 I had a week off work and I completed a challenge I set for myself, 7 peaks in 7 days. to get my journey started. This included

. Mount Alpha - Wanaka

. Isthmus Peak – Lake Hawea

. Breast Hill – Lake Hawea

. Corner Peak – Lake Hawea

. Grandview – Lake Hawea

. Mount Maude- Wanaka

. Ben Lomond – Queenstown

As I write this it is Tuesday the 25th of June 2019 and I have had a big year of running to get ready for what will be the adventure of a life time.

Races I have completed were, The Queenstown marathon, The Luxmore Grunt, Crush the Cargill, Tail end charlie in the Big Easy marathon, The Shotover Moonlight mountain marathon and I finally cracked my nemesis

The Mount Difficulty Ascent!

After a couple of weeks off recovering I am now heading into my final month and a half of training which will generally be just ticking up the km's each week so that I have a solid base before I start!

Running hasn’t come easy for me. I have tried the Mount Difficulty Ascent marathon 3 times without success. I finished the Old Ghost Road Ultra last year but it was my 2nd attempt. I pulled out of my 3rd Kepler challenge last year due to the flu. That’s the reality of this sport you never know what will happen on the day you can be 110% prepared. I heard it time and time again I was fit enough for all of these races but it’s the mental side that gets to me! I go away thinking that maybe I bite of more than I can chew, but I always come back for more which is why I want to do this. Pain verse perspective comes to mind.

I would like to raise money for Mental Health because some of my closest friends have been affected by it, Running is great for my own mental health and I will be overcoming massive mental battles within myself when I am running day after day. 

I'm doing this because nearly 50% of New Zealanders will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, and I don’t want them to face it on their own. Your donation will help the Mental Health Foundation of NZ provide individuals, workplaces, schools and communities with the tools they need to build positive mental health and wellbeing. I want to raise $[5000, so please donate to me today! Every little bit counts!


Thank you to my Supporters


Alex Martin

Go Brook! The whole DA Team is behind you mate!


Sean Mcwilliams

Hey Brook, all the best mate! I know it's a long way but you've got this. Cheers, Sean


Crawford Family

Go welll Brooke


Lizzi Yates And Lucy O’hagan

Great work so far Brook. Love the updates, your story. Keep going ! 😊😊


Mal Law

For toughing it out at Mt Difficulty. Remember this and use it when things get tough of the TA run. DO. NOT. GIVE. UP!


Yvonne & Gary Roberts

Supporting you all the way Brooke.


Phil Sale

Go hard mate, said id donate if you completed Mt Difficulty and you rocked it so here you go


George Henderson

"A runner must run with dreams in his heart" Emil Zatopek. Gods speed my friend


Caroline O'neill

Go well



Mt Difficulty. Keep up the good fight.


Sarah Davidson

Good on ya for finishing Mt Difficulty Brook. So proud of you! Best of luck for TA.


Cate S

Mt Difficulty - nailed it! Congrats Brook, on never giving up!!


William Attwell


Sally Law

Congrats on nailing the epic Mt Difficulty Ascent! Fine effort Brookster.


Brook Van Reenen

Wanaka Donations!



Good luck for your adventure for a great cause!


Elizabeth Sommerville


Marge Hurst


Brook Van Reenen

Wanaka Donations


Jo Bailey

Good luck Brook!!


Brook Van Reenen

Wanaka Donation Boxes


Angie & Trev

Go Brook! We really admire what you are doing and have already achieved. More $$ will go in the pot when you reach your goal. We hope to provide logistic support to you during your run.


Lucy Mills

Enjoying following your training journey and looking forward to the start of the adventure. Go well!


Kevin Holland

I look forward to joining you through Canterbury. Keep in touch. Kevin


Paul Lewis

Hey Brookster. Go well mate. Good to see you at Shotover. Paul and Kay




Mary Beth Frezon

In support of those who struggle daily. Good luck with your run!


Jeremy Simpson

Great work!


Pete And Anne Hodgson

Hi Buddy This is from Anne and me. Go like the clappers


Deon De Clercq

Keep up the good fight.


Aimee Perry

Good luck for your adventure! I look forward to following how it goes for you and thanks for supporting such an important cause! 😁



What a great adventure Brook! And for a good cause. Will hopefully be able to meet you on the trail somewhere. Happy training.


Cate S

Brook, I totally believe you can do this! Crush the Cargill next weekend, and keep doing what you're doing to prepare yourself for the big push in September 2019. You got this!!




Emily Oliver



I remember you with those cool shorts on the Old Ghost Road Ultra. All the best on your awesome adventure.


Sally Law

Great cause and what an adventure the run will be! There's a further $100 to come when you cross the finish line at Mt Difficulty. I'm not interested in how long it takes to get there, just that you do :-)


Wendy Hawkes

Haven't met you Brook, but have seen you at a few events. What an adventure, good luck :)



Awesome mission and awesome charity to support! I've had my first DNF this year and pulled out of an event due to sickness also. Wish you all the best!