North Otago athletes produce fine Wanaka performances

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North Otago athletes were in top form at Challenge Wanaka last weekend.

Standout performances from the local contingent came in the form of Male Team, 2MUCH4U, (Mitch McRae, Tim Rush and Jason Palmer) who broke their own record set last year by completing the Half Ironman in 4 hours 7 minutes and 46 seconds, leaving a five minute gap between their nearest rivals.

Mitch McRae produced a solid swim of 1.8km in 26 minutes and 53 seconds while Tim Rush completed the bike leg of 90 kms in 2 hours 18 minutes, notching the day’s quickest time.

Not to be outdone, Jason Palmer ran the 21km run in 1hour 17 minutes.

Speedster Jade Winter also had a standout display placing 4th in the Female 18-24 Half Ironman category.

Wanaka Challenge results of North Otago participants

Full Ironman event

Postman Plod (Kevin & Nicky Kirkman) 8th Mixed Team 11hrs 9min 31s

Half Ironman Individuals:

Jade Winter: 4th Female 18-24: 6hrs 00 mins 58s

Libby McGee: 9th Female 18-24: 6hrs 59mins 11s

Wendy Fallon: 7th Female 50-54: 6hrs 23mins 30s

Half Ironman Teams

Male Teams

‘2MUCH4U’ (Mitch McRae/Tim Rush/ Jason Palmer) 1st Male Team: 4hrs 7 mins 46s (new course record)

‘It’s Business Time’ (Jeremy Tasker/Jeremy Ferguson/Jamie Tasker) 11th Male Team: 4hrs 47mins 32s

‘AGL & the Bag Man’ (Dion Vincent/Mark Frisby/Grant Adamson: 17th Male Team: 4hrs 55mins 38s

‘Team Young Gunz’ (Jared Brenssell/Josh Caldwell/Jake Gawn) 53rd Mixed Team: 5hrs 42mins 54s

Female Teams

‘We KAN do it’ (Karen Ruddenklau/Andrea Ludemann/Nicola Newlands: 58th Female Team:

‘GTS Angels’ (Ainslie Nicol/ Wendy Lawrence/Sania Smit: 71st Female Team 7hrs 15mins 45s

‘Ask Yourself’ (Andrea Naylor/sarah Caldwell/Karen Gawn: 74th Female Team: 7hrs 25mins 14

Mixed Teams

‘Here we go Again’ (Kerry Kakahi/Kelvin Weir/Jane Simpson) 29th Mixed Team: 5hrs 21mins 50s

‘The Wolfpack’ (Simone Ferguson/Joshua Adam/Olivia Hay: 64th Mixed Team 5hrs 55mins 18s

‘The Good, the Bad, the Ugly’ (Carolyn O’Connor/Lyndon McLay/ Nicole Reed: 66th Mixed Team 5hrs 55mins 15s

‘The Pretenders’ (William Brown/Andrew Wilson/Nicky Sinclair) 98th Mixed Team: 6hrs 26mins 50s

‘3 out of 4 aren’t Bad’ (Becky Dennison/Kay Dennison/Harry Dennison: 105th Mixed Team: 6hrs 40mins 41s

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka, one of the satellite events during the challenge – SUPPLIED