Elite athlete looks to expand horizons

21:20, Mar 17 2014
CONFIDENCE BUILDING: Christine (Grover) Worsfold and Lisa Tamati get in some training ahead of a new retreat for women, Running Positive Expand your Horizons, which they will be holding at Topec next month. 

Many elite athletes are reluctant to share training tips but Taranaki's Lisa Tamati is bucking the trend.

Ultra-distance runner Tamati, who has run the equivalent of three times around the world through some of the hottest, highest and harshest environments on the planet, has teamed up with the Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits and Education Centre (Topec) to run women's running and adventure retreats - Running Positive Expand your Horizons.

The first retreat will be held from April 11 to 13 and has attracted 10 entrants, aged from 15 to their late 50s, of varying levels of fitness from around New Zealand.

The weekend will combine motivational seminars, documentary screenings of ultra-distance races Tamati's tackled, training advice on form, technique, nutrition and how to overcome obstacles, as well as adventure activities including climbing, rafting, high ropes and river bugging.

Ms Tamati told the Taranaki Daily News she was excited about holding the retreats.

"My vision really is to encourage women to go beyond their perceived limits," she said.


"I hope that when they walk out the door that they've had a hell of a good time, for starters, and have learnt some new skills and are prepared to push the boundaries of what they think that they can do."

Topec senior instructor Christine Worsfold, who has 20 years experience in outdoor education, described the treats as inspirational.

"That's what it is all about, motivating and getting women to believe in themselves and to just get out there and do it," she said.

"I'm totally stoked to get amongst it."

Taranaki Daily News