‘‘Bru­tal’’ CO race pushes run­ners

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Un­re­lent­ing rain saw com­peti­tors drop out of the Great Naseby Wa­ter Race, and some even bat­tle near hy­pother­mia at the weekend.

The Great Naseby Wa­ter Race or­gan­iser Jamie Sin­clair said con­di­tions were ‘‘hor­ri­ble’’ and ‘‘crap’’ for com­peti­tors en­tered in the gru­elling 160km race.

‘‘It was hor­ri­ble. We started at 10am Fri­day morn­ing and by 3.30pm it had started to driz­zle and it didn’t let up un­til 10am Satur­day morn­ing so con­di­tions were crap for every­one.’’

There was a high at­tri­tion rate with 42 en­tered in the 100-mile event, and only 23 fin­ish­ing. De­spite the wet con­di­tions, a new record was set by Aus­tralian com- pe­ti­tor Paul Munro who fin­ished with a time of 14 hours and 37 min­utes. The pre­vi­ous record of 15hr 30min was set by Christchurch run­ner Marty Lukes.

Alexan­dra’s Ken­dra Breen won the 100-mile event with a time of 28hr 04min 28sec.

‘‘To be hon­est, it was the tough­est thing I have ever done, it was bru­tal. For me, there wasn’t re­ally an op­tion not to fin­ish. It was just a mat­ter of get­ting through as best I could. You do walk, and I did a lot of shuf­fling.’’

She would have strug­gled without the amaz­ing sup­port from friends and fam­ily who helped make de­ci­sions for her dur­ing the race, and even ran with her.

‘‘If it wasn’t for them I’d prob­a­bly still be out there now.’’

Anti-1080 cam­paign­ers are wor­ried about the ef­fect the poi­son will have on na­tive birds and live­stock when drops start on Monday.

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