About & contact

Dawn Tuffery mid race
Photo by Photos4Sale

I’m an artist and runner based in Kirikiriroa, Hamilton, New Zealand. Whether it’s via freelance projects or through my day job producing and editing videos at Nimbus Media, I enjoy helping convey ideas in creative ways. It’s satisfying to find a playful and effective form to sum up a complex concept or personal story.

Then there’s the running, offering plenty of thinking time. My first ultramarathon was the NZ 100k champs in Taupo in 2010, which got me hooked. Since then running has taken me further than I could have imagined.

I’m grateful to have the support of Connect Osteopathy, Trek’N’Travel, and my club Hamilton City Hawks, plus event-based support from Curranz.

Autobiographical fun facts:

  • I once won an undead beauty pageant.
  • I have aphantasia, which means I’m unable to visualise imagery in my mind. Until a few years ago, I didn’t know this was unusual, or was a ‘thing’. People are surprised by this because I’ve always drawn pictures, but I wonder if that’s partly a natural urge to externalise concepts.
  • Over the years, I’ve lived in a caravan (in Cornwall near clay mines), a gypsy wagon (briefly, sleeping in a cupboard), a housetruck (in NZ, as a family of 7), and a normal stationary house (that stays in one place, as opposed to a building made of pens.)
  • I love cycling as a form of transport. It’s such an efficient, elegant way to get around. The presence of a recalcitrant tween has seen it take a back-seat lately though.

When not running or drawing, I like writing, stiltwalking, animating, reading, and eating. If you’re interested in working together or just wanting to say hi, drop me a line below.

Running results include:

  • 3 x winner Athletics NZ 100k Championships (2010, 2014, 2016)
  • 3 x winner Athletics NZ 24-Hour Championships (218, 2021, 2022)
  • 3 x NZ representative in ultramarathon running (2018 Asia-Oceania Championships (5th/team bronze), 2019 IAU 24-Hour World Championships, and 2022 IAU 100k World Championships (53rd)).
  • 3rd female, 100 Miler, Tarawera Ultramarathon (2021)
  • 1st female, Ultra-Trail Des Cagous (New Caledonia, 2014)
  • 3rd female, 74k Tarawera Ultramarathon (2014)
  • 4th female, Kepler Challenge (2013)
  • 1st female, and record, Arc Kauri 70k Ultra (2012)

Any questions, feedback, post ideas, or commissions? Get in touch!

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