Englishman’s run scores Boar’s Jaw
The Boar’s Jaw is UK-bound with Englishman Greg Emans winning the unique sporting trophy in Sunday’s NBS Nelson Striders Half Marathon.
He was 18 seconds outside his estimate, the most in the event’s 23 year history of running or walking 21.1km without the aid of a timepiece.
The supporting 10km was closer with Murchison’s Janne Falkner securing the honours. She was only three seconds off her estimate.
Matthew McMillan was a tick behind and Iona Fitchett the other within 10 seconds.
The idea for the race, where timepieces are left at the start line, began in August 1994 when Maitai Valley Dam caretaker Trevor Ruffell made international press.
A group of Nelson Striders out for their Sunday jog were harassed by a wild boar.
Seeing them in a terrorised state Ruffell rammed the hog with his ute’s bull bar, then grabbed his rifle - but not before his trusted canine had bailed the pig up after chasing him down to the river where he shot him between the eyes.
The incident certainly has gone down in Nelson Striders’ history and every year since runners have competed for the Trevor Ruffell Tusk Trophy, also known as the Boar’s Jaw.
Peter Carey leads a group of runners during Sunday’s NBS Nelson Striders half marathon and 10km run for the Boar’s Jaw up the Maitai Valley.