Faces at the Races: Angela Drake

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Faces at the Races aims to provide snapshots of the runners out-there participating in “the fastest growing sport in history”.

Angela Drake – at the Tough Guy and Gal Challenge Palmerston North

Angela Drake and Grant Hansen Tough Guy and Gal Palmerston North

Angela Drake and Grant Hansen in the carpark area, after completing the Tough Guy and Gal Challenge Palmerston North

Bumping into Angela after having just completed the Tough Guy and Gal Challenge in Palmerston North, we learnt she was a local who had decided to enter the event on the day.

The Tough Guy and Gal Challenge series, now held at six locations around the country, started 15 years ago with one location and 400 competitors and now has about 25,000 participants around the country.

ORNZ: What inspired you to enter?

Angela: It was a beautiful day, so I decided to see what was on. It’s not something you get to do everyday, coming out to the Linton Army Base and crawling under barbed wire. I thought it would be a good challenge.

ORNZ: How’d you find it?

Angela: I really enjoyed it! Before the race we were chatting to an army guy, and it turned out he had designed the course. He gave us the advice of making sure to leave something in the tank for the last section of the course.

ORNZ: The section that goes through the army base’s assault course?

Angela: Yea.

ORNZ: How do you feel after completing the course?

Angela: Hungry (laughter).

It was very satisfying, and it gives you that natural high from exercising.


For a full list of upcoming obstacle events in New Zealand, see ORNZ’s upcoming event calendar.

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