tanya bottomley

Athlete - storyteller - advocate

Welcome to Run Like Tanya. Happy, limitless and free is my moto. Here I share my adventures both on and off the trails. I aim to inspire, inform and raise awareness and share my story of overcoming domestic violence along the way. Every person deserves to be empowered to live their best life, I am, are you with me?


Check out my Athlete story including my latest challenges, my amazing sponsors and the races I represent.


A born Story-Teller and keen to share my story you will find inspiration, practical advice, product reviews, and more.


I am an Advocate, raising awareness around domestic violence and recovery for victims reclaiming their lives.


WildHer NZ - women in adventure

I am so exciting to be bringing WildHer to the world. A labour of love for the last few years, WildHer is empowerment coaching and adventures for women. If you are ready to unlock your infinite potential both on and off the trails, then check it out!

Yes, I want to be WildHer!

Sponsored By

Ambassador for

Revvies Energy Strips

racing Mt Oxford Odyssey

Where to find Tanya

21 June 22 – Keynote Speaker New Zealand Mountain Film Festival

1 October 22 – Island Ultra, Nelson

26 November 22 – Valley Ultra, Craigieburn

15 April 23 – Mt Oxford Odyssey, Mt Oxford

September 23 – Dragons Back Mountain Race, Wales

More keynote speaking engagements TBC

a story of resilience

I first started to run when I was living in a destructive, abusive relationship. Running was my safe place, an area of my life that I could control. I ran from the pain, depression and anxiety, and I ran to feel powerful and strong. When I first started running it was with a grim determination, but what grew out of that was something much, much more, a love, a passion, a calling.

I found running at a super low point in my life and with and through running I have found a confidence, determination, strength and grit that I never knew I had. I also found friends, joy, nature and a new outlook on life.

Mine, like so many others, is a story of pain, horror and hardship. But it is also a story of love, hope and light. It is a story of resilience, grit and determination. I now run free and happy and limitless and that is the story I want to share.

Latest news

Planning to quit.

In my head, it went something like this….Like something out of transformers the truck rose up like the worst Decepticon, ‘there’s only room for one

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