English­man’s run scores Boar’s Jaw

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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.

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