Records fall in Lara­p­inta

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GER­MANY’S FE­LIX WE­BER AND AUS­TRALIA’S Rowan Brookes were the Mal­bunka long course cham­pi­ons in the four-day, four-stage 2018 Run Lara­p­inta Stage Race. Run­ners from across the con­ti­nent and over­seas came in to Alice Springs in the North­ern Ter­ri­tor y for t he race, which fea­tured t wo cour­ses: the Mal­bunka long course with stages from 20-45km each day; and the Na­matjira short course with stages vary­ing from 11-30km. Records fell from the get-go, with We­ber beat­ing the record by over four min­utes in a time of 1:19:02 for the 19km first stage. The Ger­man set an­other record on the third stage (2:58:32) on the way to a de­served vic­tory. Brookes won the Women’s race with a to­tal event time of 19:31:38. On the Na­matjira shorter course, Christo­pher All­day of West­ern Aus­tralia made it three wins in a row, tak­ing the ti­tle in a time of 8:36:05. South Aus­tralia’s Brooke Cup­ples was crowned shorter course fe­male cham­pion in 9:36:58. “It has gone in­cred­i­bly well, t here have been pos­i­tive vibes the whole time, and I was elated to see each run­ner cross the fin­ish line happy, re­lieved and in­cred­i­bly sat­is­fied with their run­ning ef­forts,” said Race Di­rec­tor Sam Maf­fett of Rapid As­cent Ad­ven­ture Sports Event Man­age­ment af­ter­wards. “A b i g h i g h l i g h t w a s w h e n t h e last com­peti­tor crossed t he line, ever yone was there to cel­e­brate with a cor­ri­dor clap­ping and cheer­ing – it was a re­ally touch­ing mo­ment.”

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