Sec­ond time lucky for lively Lizzy

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Lizzy Bunck­en­burg recorded her first multi- sport win when she dom­i­nated the Porirua Grand Tra­verse on April 12.

Pre­vi­ously she had com­peted only in the chil­dren’s sec­tion of the event in 2007.

The 22-year-old won the women’s sec­tion in out­stand­ing fash­ion.

She han­dled the de­mand­ing run­ning- kayak­ing- moun­tain­bik­ing course around Porirua well, fin­ish­ing the event in just un­der five hours.

‘‘It was a bit of a sur­prise, be­cause it was my first win in a multi-sport com­pe­ti­tion,’’ Bunck­en­burg said.

Bunck­en­burg runs for Scot­tish Har­ri­ers and is a mem­ber of the Mana Kayak and Ti­tahi Bay Surf Life Sav­ing clubs, but lives in John­sonville.

De­spite not do­ing as much run­ning as she had hoped dur­ing sum­mer be­cause of a foot in­jury, Bunck­en­burg was determined to take part and per­suaded her coach to let her en­ter.

She had to en­dure a 9.5km kayak – which was short­ened due to the weather – a 26km moun­tain­bike stage and an 18km run. ‘‘The hard­est part was the cy­cling.’’ She said she was ea­ger to keep go­ing.

‘‘I want to get into a few more se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tions. How­ever, my pri­or­ity is my study.’’

Bunck­en­burg is a third- year Whi­tireia nurs­ing stu­dent who loves surf­ing, run­ning, kayak­ing and any­thing that keeps her ac­tive.

She is now train­ing for the Hutt Val­ley Crazy­man event – a full mul­ti­sport chal­lenge fea­tur­ing a 13km kayak, 30km moun­tain­bike, and 13km trail run that will pit her against com­peti­tors from the South Is­land Coast to Coast event.

She also has plans for cross­coun­try events and an­other mul­ti­sport race, and hopes to have a strong triathlon sea­son this year.

Lizzy Bunck­en­burg in ac­tion.

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