Youngest Routeburn winner
The fact he had never set foot on the Routeburn Track didn’t deter New Zealand mountain running champion Jack Beaumont from blitzing the field in the Routeburn Classic Adventure Run.
The Queenstown 19-year-old not only became the youngest ever winner of the race, but he did it in 2 hours, 37 minutes and 51 seconds, shaving six minutes off the previous record held by Queenstown’s Hywel Dinnick.
Beaumont, who started mountain running just two years ago, said the 32km race was ‘‘just right’’ for him.
‘‘I’d planned to do a training run on the track but didn’t get around to it,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s the most amazing race I’ve ever done.’’
In the lead from the start, Beaumont said he had no idea how close the field was behind him and only struggled with one rocky downhill section after the Harris Saddle.
‘‘I’ll definitely be back some time to improve on my record. It’s a pretty well-planned event with a really nice community feel to it.’’
The first placed woman was Italy’s Cecilia Flori, 36, of Hamilton, in a time of 3:25:30.
Behind Beaumont in the open male section was Ryan Carr, of Lumsden, in second and Dom Channon, of Wanaka, in third. The second placed woman was Tania McWilliams, of Christchurch, and in third was Anna Fischer, of Dunedin.
Jack Beaumont crosses the line in the Routeburn Classic.