How’s this for a good news story!
One of our Queenstown team members (Adam Carlson) had been building up to run a long race – when we say long, we don’t mean a marathon, we’re talking ultra-distance, don’t sleep, always keep moving kind of long. Unfortunately it, like many other events, got cancelled.
But Adam, had already done the hard yards of training and mental preparation – so he’d do what any great Holmes employee does, he engineered his own race!
So, on the weekend before any of us knew lockdown was coming, he set out on his epic run in the beautiful Queenstown Lakes District region.
How long you ask? Just a mere 161.3km and around 8,600m of vertical climbs around the hills and mountains. It took Adam, 29hrs and 20mins to conquer this amazing feat of endurance!
But when asked what he though was the best thing about such an incredible achievement? ‘It was the support I got from the people around me. And to be honest, (aside from my family) most of the people who supported me were those who work around me, five days a week’. Adam’s supportive family and friends came out on the weekend to meet him at what he described as the most ‘absurd places, to watch me shovel food or drink something (including even having a beer in Arrowtown!), and then carry on with my run’.
One friend, even went to the trouble of racing up the side of a mountain on his motorbike to see how Adam was getting on, out in the middle of nowhere! Plus, there was other friends and team members who came to join Adam on the run for some of the trail – helping keep him company and to check in on him.
Finally, when it came time to finish at the Queenstown lakefront, the whole support crew were there to cheer him to the end, and of course they had a bottle of Corona for Adam to celebrate with!