Win­ners’ elite vic­tory

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

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

PHOTO: ROBYN EDIE/FAIR­FAX ME­DIA

Win­ners: Bob McLach­lan and Keith Mur­ray fin­ish the two day De­fi­ance Ad­ven­ture Race on Satur­day.

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