End in sight

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Queenstown’s Jordan Bell eyes up the finish line at Tucker Beach during the Queenstown Hill Challenge last Sunday.

He was one of 110 competitors in the inaugural 13km challenge – billed as a “mini Motatapu” race held to raise money for Wakatipu High’s annual Branches Camp.

Organiser Ken McIntyre says he was thrilled to raise more than $4000 for the running of the adventure camp, which has faced financial pressure.

Queenstown’s Tony Middendorf won the bike section in “about 45 minutes” and 14-year-old Wakatipu High pupil Joel Climo “blitzed” the adult competition by winning the running category in 1hr 10min, McIntyre says.