De­fi­ance Sky­line first for run­ner Forne

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Queen­stown en­durance ath­lete Chris Forne, 39, has been run­ning with maps in hand for 33 years and still hasn’t cov­ered ev­ery inch of the coun­try­side.

But since mov­ing from Christchurch to the Queen­stown Lakes dis­trict with his teacher wife Emily ear­lier this year, he’s made huge strides in gain­ing lo­cal knowl­edge.

On Jan­uary 22 he lines up for his first hit at Wanaka’s 28km Sky­line route, which is part of the Red Bull De­fi­ance two-day course and has been opened up as a sin­gle stage race for the first time.

Forne is tuned to go long so is not rat­ing his chances.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately for me, [the Sky­line] will be a bit of a short run. I need to do some­thing that will take me a bit over four hours to get go­ing now.

‘‘I think it is a com­bi­na­tion of get­ting older and train­ing to go long.’’

Forne is a soft­ware devel­oper and a mem­ber of the Sea­gate adventure rac­ing team, which won Raid in France ear­lier in Septem­ber.

Given Forne has com­peted in God­zone and other races around the dis­trict, it is a sur­prise to learn he is still get­ting ac­quainted with Cen­tral Otago’s moun­tains.

‘‘I have been ex­plor­ing be­hind Ar­row­town, Ben Lomond and in the Queen­stown hills. I’ve ob­vi­ously done a lit­tle around Wanaka and quite a bit on the Pisa, with ro­gaines and ski­ing, but not the [Wanaka] Sky­line tra­verse.

‘‘It is al­ways fun to have a new run­ning race to do. And this year I seem to have got my­self en­thu­si­as­tic with moun­tain sky­lines, with the Moon­light Marathon and the Mount Dif­fi­culty race. So that was the mo­ti­va­tion for do­ing the Sky­line run.’’

The 80-team field for two­dayrace on Jan­uary 21-22 is fully sub­scribed, with reign­ing cham­pi­ons Alex Hunt, of Tas­ma­nia, and Dan Jones, of Whakatane, re­turn­ing to de­fend their ti­tle.

Two sin­gle stage races have been in­tro­duced, the 43km Minaret Burn moun­tain bike stage and the 28km Sky­line moun­tain run.

The Mir­ror has two sin­gle stage en­tries to give away, one for the Minaret Burn bike ride, and one for the Sky­line run.

Please email mir­ror@stl.co.nz with the name of the event you wish to en­ter in the sub­ject line. Remember to in­clude your con­tact de­tails.

KIRSTEN OLIVER

Queen­stown adventure racer Chris Forne nav­i­gates for Sea­gate dur­ing the Raid in France race.

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