Women’s win­ning streak

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By JIM CHIPP

Five years ago two Welling­ton women and an­other from Porirua scratched to­gether a team for the Crazy­man mul­tisport race and they won the women’s team sec­tion of the Crazy­man.

On May 6 kayaker Mar­i­anne Archer, from Porirua, and twins Sally and He­len An­der­son of Welling­ton re­peated the feat, mak­ing it five wins in suc­ces­sion.

Archer said the three didn’t know one an­other be­fore they teamed up.

‘‘I was kayak­ing once with some­one who worked with one of them and he said they were look­ing for a kayaker.’’

The three teamed up first for the Porirua Tra­verse then the Crazy­man.

Archer won the New Zealand Marathon Kayak Cham­pi­onships in Porirua last month and she is in the na­tional flat water kayak­ing team in the 200m and 500m classes, though has not been se­lected for the London Olympics.

Her next chal­lenge will take her to Canada for the World Waka Ama cham­pi­onships and she is look­ing for­ward to the World Kayak­ing Cham­pi­onships next year.

Next May she plans to front up at the Crazy­man start line again.

‘‘It’s a good event,’’ she said. ‘‘The event is al­ways well run. I love it.’’

Maun­garaki ath­lete James Coubrough was fastest in­di­vid­ual man on Sun­day in 3 hours 48 min­utes and 52 sec­onds, 17 min­utes ahead of Dan Moore of Pic­ton.

Jill Westenra, of Pe­tone, a pre­vi­ous women’s race win­ner, turned up af­ter a lengthy ab­sence and showed she still had what it took to win.

Westenra com­pleted the 60km kayak­ing, run­ning and mountainbiking course in 4h 48m 30s, seven min­utes ahead of He­len Chit­ten­den of Nel­son.

Lead­ing up to the event, race or­gan­is­ers Michael Jac­ques and John Cussins had some mis­giv­ings about a new course.

Although the moun­tain­bike course had been ei­ther on public land or fol­low­ing pa­per roads along boundaries, new prop­erty own­ers were less co­op­er­a­tive than past ones.

‘‘We were ac­tu­ally wor­ried about it be­cause it needed so many mar­shalls on the course,’’ Jac­ques said.

How­ever, the event went well and he had re­ceived lots of good feed­back from com­peti­tors.

The new course was com­pletely on public land which boded well for its longevity prospects.

‘‘We weren’t ex­pect­ing the awe­some weather. The Crazy­man [weather] is tra­di­tion­ally okay to crap.’’

Welling­ton’s long au­tumn con­tin­ued to de­liver near per­fect con­di­tions for the first race on the new course, he said.

Photo: DEAN PEM­BER­TON

Tak­ing flight: Mar­i­anne Archer pow­ers through the kayak leg of the Crazy­man on her way to a fifth con­sec­u­tive win in the women’s teams grade.

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