Kaik­oura team v Ab­so­lute Wilder­ness


Team Sav­i­tar from Kaik­oura per­formed well in the six-hour event of the Ab­so­lute Wilder­ness Ad­ven­ture Race at St Ar­naud ear­lier this month de­spite ‘‘bone chilling’’ tem­per­a­tures and white out con­di­tions.

For Eleta Deal, James Boyd, and Amy Brewer it was their first event to­gether as a team. Deal said they only de­cided to take part in the race in Jan­uary, spurred on by her and Brewer’s ef­fort in the Spring Chal­lenge last year.

With a choice of ei­ther a three, six or 12-hour race Team Sav­i­tar in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult as they climbed the last 8km up­hill to 1548 me­tres.

‘‘It was hard and painful – there was no break, it was long, ar­du­ous and up­hill all the way.

‘‘It was re­ally steep and re­ally hard go­ing.

‘‘We had to get off the bike and push them through some stages.’’

Deal said the tem­per­a­ture dropped quickly and they were in a to­tal ‘‘white out’’ in the alpine con­di­tions. ‘‘It was freez­ing, bone chilling, even though we were hot and out of breath it was still cold.’’

But the steep­est climb and ‘‘big­gest achieve­ment’’ up Mount McRae was yet to come as the team crawled their way on hands and knees through the shin­gle scree to the top.

‘‘It was def­i­nitely a feat climb­ing up,’’ Deal said.

Teams had to stick to­gether for the race and Deal said they couldn’t have done it with­out their sup­port crew, Chris Boyd and Grant Brewer.

‘‘It was sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion and hard work that got us through.

‘‘We had to be re­ally de­ter­mined. It was a great ad­ven­ture and good to have a team you can rely on for sup­port,’’ Deal said.

Next year’s event is al­ready be­ing planned, and will take place in Reefton on March 10 and 11.

Users of the area around the for­mer shin­gle pit near the Caves Restau­rant are warned to take care while work is be­ing done on the re­in­state­ment of Kaik­oura Har­bour. Lime­stone and gravel re­moved from South Bay har­bour will be de­posited at the site. Peo­ple are warned trucks will be en­ter­ing and ex­it­ing from the area near the beach ac­cess and across bike and mo­tor­bike tracks along the high­way. Any dump­ing or il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity should be re­ported to Kaik­oura Dis­trict Coun­cil on 03 319 5026.


Team Sav­i­tar from Kaik­oura, James Boyd, Eleta Deal, and Amy Brewer at the fin­ish of the moun­tain­bike sec­tion of the Ab­so­lute Wilder­ness Ad­ven­ture Race at St Ar­naud ear­lier in March.

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