Winners’ elite victory
Veteran Wanaka multisporters Bob McLachlan and Keith Murray were popular finishers in the Red Bull Defiance two day adventure race last weekend.
Murray, 52, is still the record holder for the Coast to Coast longest day, which he set in 1994.
He and McLachlan, 43, decided to race in the elite category to push themselves.
They ended up giving their younger rivals a kayak lesson on the second day and then pushed the pace on the brutal mountain run.
The men’s second day efforts were enough to advance their overall ranking from sixth to fifth, while they also ascended the elite category by one place to finish fourth.
However, Hamish Fleming and Pete Smallfield, both 21, had enough time in the bank from the first day to finish third, behind Dougal Allan and Braden Currie [first] and Australians Jarad Kohlar and Alex Hunt [second].
The ‘‘veterans’’ arrived on the finish line to a round of excited applause.
Murray immediately lay down leaving McLachlan to do all the talking.
‘‘I was enjoying it until Keith took the lead. Man it was hot,’’ McLachlan said of Team Breen’s pace.
‘‘We did have awee bit of a chuckle out there thinking the combined ages of Hamish and Pete was still younger than either one of us,’’ Murray said.
Race director Patrick McAteer confirmed the race would definitely be held again in Wanaka next year, at ‘‘around the same time of year’’.
The dates would be confirmed once checks had been made with the sponsors and the international racing calendar.
Red Bull Defiance Results
Elite men: Allan and Currie 12:58:24; Kohlar and Hunt 13:33; Fleming and Smallfield 13:43.02; Murray and McLachlan 13:55:14 Elite mixed: Simone Maier and Marcel Hagener 13:52:57; Richard and Elina Ussher 13:59:13; Jacky and Mimi Boissett 15:02:26 Women: Floortje Draisma and Sia Svendsen 17:39:59
Winners: Bob McLachlan and Keith Murray finish the two day Defiance Adventure Race on Saturday.