Adventure racers vie for honours
Team Seagate showed why it’s the current world champion adventure racing team, blitzing the field in the Central Otago 24-hour adventure race held in and around Cromwell during the weekend. The team of Nathan Fa’avae, Sophie Hart, Trevor Voyce, all from Nelson and Dougal Allan from Wanaka, who was standing in for Chris Forne from Christchurch, finished the race in 15hr 22min, two and a half hours ahead of its nearest rivals. The event was the team’s last training run before it heads to Costa Rica to compete in the world adventure racing championships. The weekend’s event was organised by the Southern Lakes Multisport Club and was in its fourth year. Race director Gavin Mason from Wanaka said numbers were up slightly on last year, with 23 teams entered in the 24-hour event and nine teams in the 12-hour event. It was pleasing to see several school teams enter, as one of the reasons the club organised the event was to get younger people involved in the sport, Mr Mason said. Competitors had to trek, mountainbike and kayak their way around a course, passing through checkpoints along the way. An abseiling component was also included in the course. Teams only found out at the race briefing what the course was, so only had a couple of hours to plan their route, he said. ‘‘Everyone has good stories to tell about where they ended up.’’ The Cromwell College team of Luke Holden, Carter McAuliffe, Tegan Buchanan and Emma Patton won the 12-hour race. The team finished fifth at this year’s New Zealand Secondary Schools’ event.
Triumphant: The victorious New Zealand Southern Knights Pee Wees. Pictured, back row from left: Harrison Mills (captain), Charlie Lilly, manager Caroline Lilly, Rhet Wilson (goalie), Ben Miller (most valued player), coach Nick Flight , Christian Regan, manager Elisabeth Regan, Billie Sheard and Ollie Gilmour. Front row, Carlin Baumgartner, Taz Hall, Heath Pankhurst, Alexander Regan (best defence award) Lachie Miller and Jackson Flight.