Mul­ti­sport ath­letes de­fend ti­tle

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

A Wanaka ath­lete took her fifth win in the coun­try’s long­est run­ning win­ter mul­ti­sport event on Satur­day, while a Queen­stown ath­lete also de­fended his ti­tle.

Hun­dreds of ath­letes com­peted in the Tor­pedo 7 Peak to Peak race in Queen­stown.

The 44km race starts on the top of the Re­mark­ables, fol­lowed by a 17km moun­tain bike ride down the Re­mark­ables ac­cess road. The com­peti­tors then pad­dle 7km on Lake Wakatipu to Queen­stown, run 9km to Arthurs Point and cy­cle 9km up to the Coronet Peak Base build­ing to fin­ish on the snow.

In the women’s field, Wanaka’s Joanna Wil­liams, win­ner in 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2015, was able to make it five wins, with a time of 2hrs 31mins and 33 secs.

Race direc­tor Ge­off Hunt said Wil­liams was rac­ing in the vet­eran’s di­vi­sion, which made her win even more im­pres­sive with the fastest women’s time of the day.

The 41-year-old was more than 12 min­utes ahead of her time from last year and 19th in the en­tire field. Sec­ond placed woman across the line and win­ner of the open women’s di­vi­sion was Wanaka’s Flootje Grim­mett in 2hrs 9 mins and 46 sec­onds.

Queen­stown’s Hamish Flem­ing, 26, won with a time of 2hrs 11mins and 19secs, just over four min­utes from Flavio Vianna who fin­ished al­most seven min­utes ahead of third place get­ter Eryn Cut­ler.

‘‘At the run - bike tran­si­tion my sup­port team told me Flavio was just a hun­dred me­ters back and this gave me ex­tra in­cen­tive to put in a re­ally hard ef­fort on the lower slopes on Coronet Peak to see if I could open up a good gap,’’ Flem­ing said.

The vet­eran men’s di­vi­sion was hotly con­tested by Shaun Port­e­gys and Steve Gur­ney, with Port­e­gys tak­ing the win on the line by just 36 sec­onds.

The largest sec­tion of the race was the team’s di­vi­sion and the hotly con­tested open teams was won by the 2015 win­ners, Dunedin Val­ley Strength and Con­di­tion­ing, who fin­ished in an ‘‘ex­cep­tional’’ time of 2hrs and 47 secs. It would go down as one of the fastest times in the event’s his­tory, Hunt said.

A strong school teams field en­tered with 10 teams. The win­ners for the sec­ond year in a row were the Dislexic Mo­ments Dun­stan High School team, of Alexan­dra, with a time of 2hours 11mins and 12secs.

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