A torturous sounding vertical kilometre was a highlight for Tauranga mountain runner Sabrina Grogan on her global adventure.

The 25-year-old medical student, who has only recently returned to New Zealand, has spent more than a quarter of 2019 in northern Italy on placement in her final year of study, challenging herself with some gruelling running events along the way. On the way to Europe, Grogan stopped in Mexico where she won a 5km race and then placed ninth in the 13.5km Grossglockner Berglauf mountain race in Austria.

But one of her toughest tests came last month when Grogan raced on

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