Wednesday October 11 2017
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First Crater Rim Ultra a unique marathon By Gordon Findlater SOME OF the country’s top long distance and trail runners will tackle a picturesque yet unforgiving 50km course from Diamond Harbour to Hansen Park on Sunday. The inaugural Crater Rim Ultra will be a unique event. It will be one of the few ultramarathons in the world were the athletes are taken to the start line not only by bus but also by boat – cruising from Lyttelton to Diamond Harbour. The Crater Rim Ultra will see competitors start at the Diamond Harbour rugby grounds at 7.15am and head to the summit of Mt Herbert, 919m above sea level. They will then continue on a track to the top of Gebbies Pass and along the summit through to the top of Briddle Path. They will then loop back to the top of Rapaki Track before descending Rapaki to the finish line at Hansen Park. “We recognised that there’s so much potential there because we have the crater rim trail track which is already there and it’s such an iconic view to see all the different scenery from different angles the whole way around,” said event organiser Jamie Hawker. This year’s event is somewhat of an experiment. From next year, the event has hosting rights
BATTLE: Competitors will be tested by the Port Hills undulating trails in all three races on Sunday. The 50km ultra-marathon promises spectacular views of Mt Herbert (above).
from Athletics New Zealand to call it the New Zealand trail running championships. “They are also going to use the 2018 event as a trial to assist with the selection of the New Zealand men’s and women’s team to
compete at the 2019 world trail running championships,” said Hawker. “The potential for this is huge. We can see the country’s top runners and a large number of internationals competing in the
future.” The event also has 10km and 21km distance races which both start and finish at Hansen Park. There will also be two children’s events at Hansen Park. The inaugural ultra-marathon has more than 60 entrants signed up to compete, while the more traditional 21km and 10km events have close to 200. The 50km event on Sunday will also act as a build-up to the 60km Kepler Challenge through
Fiordland National Park in December. The Kepler Challenge has become the country’s premier trail run and attracts about 500 athletes, including a large number of international competitors. The top runners in the 50km ultra-marathon are expected to finish in under five hours. The event will be followed by a presentation with place prizes, spot prizes and a great morning tea for all competitors.
Sumner, Taylors Mistake teams off to lifesaving pool champs A 16-STRONG team from Sumner and a team of three from Taylors Mistake travel to Auckland this week for the 15th annual Surf Life Saving New Zealand pool championships. The championships, which start on Friday, will be the first national event of the 2017/18 surf lifesaving season. The event at Sir Owen G Glenn National Aquatic Centre, Albany, has attracted entries from 687 athletes – 70 more than last year. A total of 31 New Zealand clubs have entered, along with a team of 19 representing Surf Life Saving Australia and another 12 from Surf Life Saving New South
Wales. There will be about 400 races contested across age groups from 10 years through to the masters section. Specific team events will provide an opportunity for the teams to go head-to-head in the 4x50m obstacle relay, 4x25m manikin relay and 4x50 medley relay. “Unlike being out in the surf, competitors can watch the action more closely and clubs can compete together and cheer each other on in a stadium-like environment,” said Surf Life Saving New Zealand sport manager Mike Lord. “Many of our members spend
the cooler winter months training for surf-based rescues in a more controlled environment and this is a great way to demonstrate where they’re at ahead of the new summer patrol season.” Points will be allocated for each individual and team race and will then be added together to show the top clubs.
WARMER WATERS: Sumner and Taylors Mistake surf lifesaving members will hit the pool this weekend to take on the country’s best.
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