Sclater takes on Coast to Coast

The Northland Age - - Sport -

One Far North ath­lete has been con­firmed as be­ing reg­is­tered for the Kath­mandu Coast to Coast mul­tisport en­durance event in Can­ter­bury next month.

Twenty-nine-year-old Andrew Sclater from Rus­sell is pre­par­ing to fea­ture in a field po­ten­tially made up of record break­ing num­bers tak­ing on the 35th Coast to Coast from Fe­bru­ary 8-9. Af­ter sell­ing out last year for the first time since 2004, race di­rec­tor Glen Cur­rie said the Coast to Coast has come to be re­garded a rite of pas­sage for mul­tisport ath­letes from around the world, with over 18,000 peo­ple hav­ing taken it on since it was first es­tab­lished.

“In 1983 Robin Jud­kins had some crazy idea about cre­at­ing a race from one side of New Zealand to the other, and in 2019 it seems that New Zealan­der’s and a num­ber of folks from through­out the world are still keen to par­tic­i­pate in the most iconic ad­ven­ture that is the Kath­mandu Coast to Coast.”

Last year’s trend of in­creas­ing in­ter­na­tional and fe­male en­tries has con­tin­ued with Fe­bru­ary’s event now set to eclipse 2004’s largest field ever of 920 com­peti­tors across both teams and in­di­vid­u­als run­ning, cy­cling and kayak­ing across the South Is­land. (Note, DoC re­stric­tions limit the event to 800 en­tries to help pro­tect a pris­tine en­vi­ron­ment. How­ever, two- and three-per­son re­lay teams are only counted as one en­try, which the al­lows the ac­tual num­ber of com­peti­tors to go well above 900 and po­ten­tially ex­ceed 1,000 for the first time.)

The Coast to Coast starts at Ku­mara beach and tra­verses the width of the South Is­land, cross­ing the main di­vide where com­peti­tors reach over 1000m above sea level be­fore fin­ish­ing on the east coast at New Brighton beach pier in Christchurch.

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