Becky goes for sunny 18-hour jog

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

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.

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