Becky goes for sunny 18-hour jog
Queenstown hairdresser Becky Nixon had the perfect race on Saturday to set a new women’s record in the 100 Mile Great Naseby Water Race.
She knew from her training she would likely do a good time and felt strong and positive throughout the race.
‘‘I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. My nutrition was spot-on, my support crew was amazing – they just did everything they could to help me. I didn’t really have any low points. I had so much energy, the atmosphere was so good, I was on a high.’’
At one point she thought she was running so fast she should slow down but didn’t need to, crossing the finish line in second place overall in a time of 18 hours and 15 minutes.
The 33-year-old from Yorkshire only started long-distance running after moving to Queenstown five years ago.
The weekend’s event is her third ultra-distance event, having competed in the 100-mile and 100-kilometre events at Northburn previously.
She had her sights set on the Kepler Challenge in December next, before Northburn again next year.
Dunedin runner John Bayne won the men’s 100 mile in a time of 16 hours and 48 minutes, short of the 15-hour, 30-minute record set by Christchurch teacher Marty Lukes last year.
Alexandra woman Kendra Breen won the women’s 80km race in 9 hours and 46 minutes.
About 150 runners competed in 100 mile, 100km, 80km and 50km individual events as well as a 60km event for teams of two. They run a 10km, figure-eight circuit in Naseby forest, half along a gravel track and half next to the water, which gives the event its name.