Youngest Route­burn win­ner

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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Jack Beau­mont crosses the line in the Route­burn Clas­sic.

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