The Team Behind the Race
Behind the Tarawera Ultramarathon is a team of some of the most experienced and respected event professionals in New Zealand. We are proud to call them part of the ‘Tarawera family’. In a Governance role, we also have an Advisory Board.
Organiser – Paul Charteris
Founder and overall organiser of the Tarawera Ultramarathon. Paul started planning this event in early 2008, although the inspiration behind Tarawera came from an involvement with the Western States Endurance Run many years earlier. Paul is responsible primarily for staffing, overall planning, financials, as well as some media, sponsors, athlete and Ultra-Trail World Tour liaison. The Tarawera Ultramarathon is owned/run by NZ Trail Runs Ltd. Contact
Race Director – Tim Day
Tim is a joint owner and Director of NZ Trail Runs Ltd along with Paul Charteris. They own the Tarawera Ultramarathon, the Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50K walk/run and NZ’s largest trail run, the Waitomo Trail Run.
He is the Race Director for these races. After participating in previous Tarawera Ultramarathons, Tim joined the NZ Trail Runs team in late 2013 to help organise the infamous 2014 Cyclone Lusi race. He hasn’t left since! Tim’s passion is for the outdoors and for adventure. He lives, works and plays in the amazing natural environments New Zealand has to offer. The places he likes to work, run, bike, hunt, fish, tramp & camp with friends and family are the places he professionally helps people to experience, to understand and to protect. Professionally, Tim has spent the past 25 years working with native and pest animals in New Zealand and international conservation projects. Most of his career has been in the commercial sector, where he’s been responsible for large teams and multi-million dollar budgets. In practice, he’s a fun-loving, yet organised and efficient company and project leader, designing world class race courses, overseeing the delivery of NZ Trail Runs event experiences, and providing expert advice. Tim prides himself on building relationships and collaborating with like-minded people. He’s currently exploring ways to better blend event-based recreation with meaningful conservation activities, for the long-term benefit of all. That said, mostly Tim just loves to run! Contact
Operations Manager – Nick Reader
Gidday… I am a bit of an endurance sports event junky in that I love the excitement and buzz created by a whole bunch of people gathering together in one place on one day to take on major challenges in the NZ outdoors.
My role as ‘Ops Manager’ is pretty general. It includes organising the equipment (start lines, fencing, the humble portaloos etc) and the teams of people who set all of this up for race day. I also work closely with Tim Day helping to plan and deliver race day operations, including safety to ensure that we deliver events of exceptional quality and take good care of our staff and athletes.
It is a privilege to be part of the team helping Paul and Tim to deliver a bunch of national and world class events.
Kawerau Coordinators – Edwina O’Brien and Sue Walker
Edwina and Sue coordinate volunteers in Kawerau and Tarawera Forest, Kawerau finish-line coordinator and 60km finish-line coordinator. Liaison with many Kawerau community and recreational groups and suppliers. Edwina is extremely capable in all aspects of people management, Kawerau volunteer management, iwi liaison and coordinating staff. She has held management/coordination roles for: Gravity Sports Kawerau 6-Hour Adventure Race, Kawerau Mountain Race, Kawerau Half Marathon, and has played a leadership role in many Kawerau health and wellness initiatives. She has been with the Tarawera Ultra. since the beginning.
Safety Manager – Henry Worsp
Henry has been managing safety in the outdoor environment for over 20 years. After completing a Diploma in Applied Recreation in Christchurch he became a rafting guide and began ski patrolling a year later. Having gained senior raft guide status he moved to the Abel Tasman where he began sea kayak guiding then progressed to operations manager of a large sea kayaking business the following season. Meanwhile winters involved working as the snow safety officer for Whakapapa Ski Area then patrol supervisor a few years later.
During this time he was also teaching a variety of emergency management courses from first aid to prehospital emergency care. During winter after gaining Avalanche Stage 2 qualification he began tutoring then directing Avalanche Stage 1 courses in the North Island.
Having contracted to Peak for many years, in 2008 Henry became a director of the company with Budgie. He is passionate about providing high quality educational experiences and helping people develop skills useful to the outdoor environment. He is also interested in peoples personal development and has recently completed a diploma in counselling. He absolutely loves family, fishing, skiing, diving and mountain biking.
Safety Coordinator – Budgie
The Peak Safety crew have decades of experience managing risk in the outdoor environment and continue to use the skills and knowledge on a daily basis. Being totally good buggers, they mountain bike, ski, raft, hunt and sea kayak, climb rock, ice and snow, surf, skate, dive, parent and whitewater kayak. They fish in the rivers and oceans and sometimes even catch something. Mark (aka Budgie) has been developing and managing safety systems and emergency response in challenging environments for over 20-years. He has been at the forefront of the development of safety systems in the ski industry and managed the safety services operation for Whakapapa Ski Area, the largest ski area in New Zealand, for two decades. Henry has been managing safety in the outdoor environment for over 10 years. Safety coordinators will be under the guidance of the event doctor and will coordinate with St. John Ambulance services which will be on-hand during the event.
Medical Director – Dr Ben McHale
Finish-line Coordinator – Su Cammell
Definitely not an athlete but I’ve been involved in event and project management for the past thirty odd years. My introduction to the madness of an ultra-marathon was with an Irish entry into the Marathon des Sable and getting live television feeds back to TV3 Ireland.
Logistics and Traffic Management – Andrew Roigard
I feel proud to be part of the TUM team joining them in early 2015, looking after operational logistics and Traffic management. My event experience started in 1982 with the Auto Cycle Union of New Zealand know as Motorcycling New Zealand as an event safety steward. Then joining Epic Events in 2000 to become involved in the set up and management of off road motorcycling, running and mountain bike events. Based in Rotoura I currently contract to three other off road event companies throughout the north island being involved in safety and course management. My role with TUM is to manage and implement the traffic managements plans. Set up pack down event equipment and over see the smooth running of the event, making sure all competitors are safe in their vehicles and have an awesome experience on the day.
Kawerau Liaison – Lee Barton
Lee Barton, Team Leader, Events and Community Activities for Kawerau District Council is your archetypal jack of all ‘event’ trades(man). With a background in performing arts, youth work and community development Lee brings to the team a myriad of skills (Lee was the main man behind the Okataina Aid Station in 2013). He is the organiser of Kawerau Woodfest, Kawerau Christmas in the Park and is a key contributor with the famous Kawerau King of the Mountain and all events Whitewater based in Kawerau, most recently the World Rafting Champs. He is also part of the KDC Civil Defence team, presently filling the Logistics Manager’s role. Lee has been involved with the TUM since 2009 and can be partly blamed for discovering the infamous Loop of Despair; he is a jovial chap who is passionate about his work and welcomes you all to Kawerau for the world renowned Tarawera Ultramarathon.
Rotorua Liaison – Jason Cameron
My main role will be assisting Paul with his relationships with Rotorua Lakes Council. On the day I will be MCing and commentating at various points from start to finish. As a lifelong runner and enthusiast for off road running events that take people into stunning, off the beaten track places.
Timing Manager – Marcus Diprose
Active Timing supplies timing and results services to the event, along with other events owned by NZ Trail Runs. We are a New Zealand based company and the service is delivered by Marcus Diprose and Scott Green. We work closely with the event organisation to ensure all competitors are getting accurate results, but we are also integrated with the health and safety aspects of the event and provide support in that area through athlete tracking. The Tarawera Ultra is one of the most complex events we are involved in considering the area covered and the different events all happening at once. As a company we love the challenge events like this bring. We are looking forward to being involved with the event and the introduction of the new 100 miler event in 2018. Visit us at activetiming.co.nz.
Community Coordinators – Kerry and Ali
Kerry and Ali provide coaching and community support for Tarawera Ultra. These two passionate and highly energetic coaches front the multi-national running community SQUADRUN and are proudly the Tarawera Ultra affiliated training partner. Not only do they support our Tarawera athletes but Kerry has even won the long course ultra – TWICE, and he’s supported the race in some capacity since inception 10 years ago. As a coaching duo Kerry and Ali are some of the most qualified and capable coaches on the continent, generously committing long hours to ensuring their athletes and ours have the best possible ‘Tarawera experience’. Contact