Elite runners on Moonlight drive

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Top ultra-runners have signed up to this Saturday’s Shotover Moonlight Marathon.

Athletes include 2016 champ, Australian Lucy Bartholomew, who also smashed the Motatapu Ultra Run race record last year by over an hour.

She goes into the race one week after winning the Tarawera Ultramarathon – a 62km slog in Rotorua.

She admits her legs are a tad fatigued but she’s excited to race.

“This course is a lot of fun. It has steep sections, scree, river crossings and fast running so it makes it a challenging race to be a part of.”

She says tactics will depend on how her body is feeling.

“Previously I have run too hard at the start and struggled to go on and be fast in the last section which can be super-quick if you have legs left.”

New Zealand defending champ Ryan Carr is also due to compete along with Ayako Nakazawa, of Japan with Dani Cazalla and Joan Gaul from Spain.

The marathon and 30km adventure run both start at the Pipeline Bungy bridge in Skippers Canyon.

Organiser Hamish Foster reminds folk that registration is on tomorrow when competitors will go through a gear check.

On-the-day entries are available at Moke Lake for the half, 10km and 5km.

Foster encourages locals to pop along to support runners as they cross the finish line – he expects that to be around 12.30pm for the top competitors.

See this week’s Mountain Scene for: Over the moon with mountain race – Foster family

louise.scott@scene.co.nz