Cur­rie has good run to re­cap­ture his ti­tle

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Wanaka multi sport ath­letes again de­liv­ered the dou­ble on Satur­day with Braden Cur­rie and Jess Sim­son win­ning the Long­est Day ti­tles in the Coast to Coast. Cur­rie de­liv­ered a blis­ter­ing moun­tain run per­for­mance to set him on the way to win his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive ti­tle. The 27-year-old was sur­prised to win last year’s event, but was in a league of his on Satur­day. His fin­ish in a time of 11hrs, 18 mins, 37secs, which was 21 min­utes clear of five-time cham­pion Richard Ussher, who was forced to set­tle for sec­ond place. Cur­rie’s el­der, brother, Glen fin­ished in third place in a time of 11.57.29. Cur­rie was al­most lost for words when he crossed the fin­ish line in front of a noisy crowd and said it was a huge mile­stone to de­fend his ti­tle. ’’I don’t re­ally be­lieve it. I just had a re­ally great day and noth­ing re­ally went too wrong. I just felt good,’’ he said. Sim­son shone in the women’s one­day in­di­vid­ual event, win­ning the ti­tle in her first year do­ing the Long­est Day. She had a win­ning time of 13hrs, 12min, 24sec, which was 14 min­utes ahead of sec­ond placed Elina Ussher. Last year, the 29-year-old Sim­son shat­tered the women’s record in the two-day women’s race and opted to test her­self in the gru­elling one-day race this time around but found her­self fight­ing leg cramps and a heav­ing stomach. She col­lapsed over the fin­ish line and had to be car­ried to the med­i­cal tent by her hus­band, Hazen Sim­son. "My legs were in a state of spasm. It was not un­til I got out of the kayak and on the bike for the (fi­nal 70km) ride in to Christchurch that the cramp­ing stopped," she said. "Ev­ery­thing but my eye­lids hurt to­day."

Con­grat­u­la­tions: Braden Cur­rie cel­e­brates win­ning the Coast to Coast with daugh­ter Bell and wife Sally.

Con­cen­tra­tion: Jess Sim­son cross­ing De­cep­tion River on her way to win­ning the Coast to Coast on the weekend.

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