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Full results >> Spirited Women Marlborough 2021 Medium Course results
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We made it! Siobhan, Lucy, Maggie & Karen take on Spirited Women Blenheim 2021
by Siobhan McKinlay
Last year Team Peace Keepers finished the inaugural Spirited Women South (All women’s adventure race) on a complete high and immediately signed up for 2021 (not really considering how far the drive to the the 2021 venue in Blenheim is!).
The weather on the drive up on Friday was beautiful and sunny, with amazing views of the Coast. But at the briefing on Friday night, along with our first set of maps, we were given a warning “The forecast is for heavy rain. The forecast is for strong winds”.
Taking on the Medium course meant an early start at 4:50 am, a drive to Rarangi Beach, then a bus to the start line for our wave start which was at 7am, just after sun up. So, head torches were put away and we set off for a short run, collecting the first 2 of 40 Checkpoints. Next, a kayak for about an hour collecting check points around a tidal estuary (luckily before it got too choppy), then another short run, then onto our bikes. The mountain bike section was mostly flat (phew!) but hard going through sandy coastal ground, paddocks and then some roads & 4wd track, with lots of fences to get bikes over and two river crossings. The fifth and final section was on foot, tramping up Mount Robertson – a very steep climb/scramble up, followed by a sharp descent which was muddy (think the 3peaks chute) and long – lots of slipping & falling. It would have been very hard for later wave groups as the ground got muddier & muddier. I wore New Balance Gobi, which didn’t do so well in the wet & mud, meaning lots of time on my butt! Once down, there was another hour or so run/walk on the flat, finding check points on the coast (one 20 metres into a cave) and around the vineyards (even after harvest there were still a few grapes on the vines which had us tasting and guessing varieties!) then to the finish line at about 4pm. Along the way, there were 2 mystery challenges for time credits. The first was one shot each at claybird shooting (we all missed!), the second a challenge to light a fire using a flint (we succeeded). All up, after 8 hours and 50 minutes, around 55 km (though I don’t know the bike/run splits as after first couple of stages I just left my Garmin running) and a lot of mud and rain, we were all pretty exhausted but enthused about our great adventure. And yep, ready to sign up for next year! It’s in Wanaka April 2022 and entries open June 1st. Thank you heaps to my team mates Lucy, Maggie and Karen, always positive, practical and focused! And a shout out for compulsory gear lists – I used nearly every layer, hat, gloves, thermal and jacket on this one and was grateful to have the extra dry layers in my pack if needed.
The “Sea 2 Sky Challenge” is a unique sports challenge based in Christchurch, New Zealand. The challenge comprises: an ocean swim, a stunning bike that climbs to the highest roads in Christchurch before concluding with a hilly run along a scenic coastal trail.
For more on this event including results >> Sea 2 Sky Challenge
Leith’s Janus Staufenberg (#115) performed well and finished 4th overall and 4th male in 1 hour 15 minutes 6 seconds. His split times were 00:04:32 (swim) 00:00:43 (T1) 00:37:54 (cycle) 00:31:56 (run)
For more info on this event >> Challenge Wanaka
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Brighton Surf Swim Triathlon & Duathlon, Sunday 17th Jan 2021
Brighton Surf Club – Brighton Beach
For full details and results of this event >> Dunedin Triathlon & Multisport Club
Leith had two athletes competing in the Triathlon – Sprint 750m/20km/5km event where they performed very well.
Richard Campbell finished third overall and second in the Open Men’s grade in 1 hour 8 minutes 7 seconds.
Lee Flowers finished 11th overall and fourth in the Master Men’s 40+ grade in 1 hour 19 minutes 40 seconds.