Chris Bisley with Emma Tinnis and Lydia Pattillo after the 2023 Ponydale Challenge

Chris Bisley, Leith’s Trail & Ultra Captain now considers himself a Dunedin local

Now considering myself a Dunedin local (having lived here for 20+ years), I have competed, self coached, advised others and generally been involved in endurance and ultra endurance sports and events for those 20+ years. Starting out in triathlon and long distance triathlon, then moving to ultra distance running in 2010, there is a clear interest in approaching and pushing endurance based boundaries in a competitive setting.
With a background of exercise prescription from the School of Physical Education, I like to mix the basic principles of endurance training with specific event considerations and requirements to best prepare oneself for an event (to meet the demands of the event and give oneself the best opportunity at peak performance).
This approach has allowed me to be successful in a range of events from 55km mountain races, 100 mile run (mountainous & flat) events to backyard ultra events. Events such as these require overall physical preparation and event specific considerations in pursuit of success (whether that be completion or podium finish).
As the Leith Harrier’s Trail & Ultra Captain I would like to be seen as a contact point for individuals looking to ‘get into’ trail or ultra running from scratch, or generally improve confidence (through preparation advice), or really looking to sharpen one’s chance at peak performance at a target event.
With the popularity of trail and ultra running still on the rise, the Leith Harriers club want to be a support base for those wanting to participate through to wanting to peak perform in these events.
So, if you would like any information or advice about trail or ultra running (and remember ‘there is no such thing as a silly question’ and ‘we don’t know what we don’t know’), then get in touch and we can start moving forward.
Email Chris Bisley