jen halliday

Instagram handle @jen.runs.trails.nz

Dogs fave trail: My parents dog Buster, loves the beach and Bottle Lake forest.
Favourite outdoor activities: Trail running – MTBing – Hiking – Road Biking and BBQs

Must do adventure in NZ –The Milford Track and Kepler. On my wish list is to do Tongariro Crossing.


About 6 years ago I started running because my partner Jacob loved it and I wanted to spend more time with him. I wasn’t a runner previously and couldn’t even run 1km at that stage. Slowly I managed to build it up and ran my 1st event – 10km Pegasus run in Canterbury. So, with a 10km under my belt, what was the next move? A 50km Ultra Marathon of course haha. I didn’t even know if I could run 50km when I attempted the Naseby 50 but it was one of my proudest moments when I ran over the finish line. Since then running has become a huge part of my life and I’ve run many races throughout the South Island – my biggest run to date was the Northburn 100miler this year. I feel very blessed to have met so many awesome people through trail running, as well as seeing some of the best parts of NZ along the way.


Fave piece of kit from FurtherFasterFF Trucker cap and Montane VIA Dragon 20L Trail Pack
Fun facts - I run so I can eat cake (and ice cream).jen halliday