‘‘Brutal’’ CO race pushes runners
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.’’
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