Small running on the world stage

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REACHING new heights, Southland runner Buddy Small is set to take on the Argentinian mountains next week.

Representing New Zealand in the 2019 World Mountain Running Championships, Small will fly out on Sunday to the South American country where he will join 14 others from New Zealand.

The race will take place at Villa La Angostura and is a course of about 7.5km. Small said it would begin at a height of 1200m above sea-level, and runners would climb about 800m during the event.

The venue is close to the Chilean border and he said it would not be a dissimilar climate to Invercargill – “It’s recently been similar to what we’ve been experiencing the last few days.”

Aspirations, as well as the Argentinian landscape, are high for Small, who said he wanted to do well.

“Obviously I want to win but I don’t know how many are in the race.”

He will spend 10 days in Argentina, landing in and leaving from Buenos Aires.

Mr Small said he was excited to see the country and spend some time seeing the sights.

His training was usually carried out on Forest Hill and Bluff Hill – while Invercargill was generally quite flat, he said there were plenty of hills if you knew where to look.

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