Al­lan to de­fend Chal­lenge Wanaka ti­tle


Chal­lenge Wanaka cham­pion Dou­gal Al­lan is feel­ing good.

‘‘It’s the Wanaka ef­fect,’’ he said last week, as he re­laxed in the Al­bert Town home of friends Will and Joy Har­vey.

The mul­ti­sporter, now based in Oa­maru, had brought his fam­ily back to their fa­mil­iar stomp­ing ground for the busi­ness end of his train­ing for Chal­lenge Wanaka.

He had just com­pleted a 45km bike ride and one hour swim and was plan­ning a shake­down in the Sovereign Tri se­ries race the next day (he fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Hay­den Wilde).

‘‘I al­ways


Last year Al­lan moved with wife Amy and son Flynn, 2, to Oa­maru, seek­ing a more af­ford­able life­style so he could be a full-time ath­lete.

They love their new town and are gen­tly find­ing their feet in North Otago’s sport­ing com­mu­nity.

Daugh­ter Matilda, four months, has also joined the Al­lan fam­ily nest.

Al­lan has an Otago Univer­sity Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion de­gree and for some years now has been work­ing un­der en­durance coach Val Burke’s um­brella, of­fer­ing on­line



in coach­ing and per­sonal strength train­ing.

The former South­ern Lakes Mul­ti­sport Club pres­i­dent has joined the Oa­maru Mul­ti­sport Club and is steadily build­ing up his own sta­ble of triath­letes, run­ners and mul­ti­sporters.

‘‘Since be­ing in Oa­maru and be­ing more of a pro­fes­sional ath­lete, I have more time in the day and put a bit more into my coach­ing.

‘‘The funny thing is I coach more peo­ple from South­ern Lakes than I do in Oa­maru. And I coach an ath­lete from Perth.

‘‘Almost all are do­ing a Chal­lenge Wanaka, an Iron­man New Zealand, a Red Bull De­fi­ance or a Coast to Coast event. I would say about 75 per­cent con­tact me through my web­site but how they make that ini­tial de­ci­sion to choose me, I don’t know,’’ he said.

Al­lan says it was not un­til he left Wanaka, where has lived for the best part of 10 years, that he re­alised the town was full of over achiev­ers.

‘‘Wanaka has unique peo­ple. You don’t re­alise it un­til you go away and come back.

‘‘You only have to go for a walk around the lake to see ev­ery­one train­ing like they are a pro­fes­sional ath­lete.’’


The Al­lan fam­ily, from left, Matilda, Dou­gal, Flynn and Amy.

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