Second time lucky for lively Lizzy
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.