A novel race pitting runners against the historic Kingston Flyer train is to become an annual event in the Wakatipu.
Race The Train organiser and Queenstowner Adrian Bailey says he’ll be going ahead with it next year after more than 300 runners turned out for the inaugural race last Sunday.
“Without a doubt – I’m very excited about growing the event for the future. There’s lots of potential.”
Arrowtowner Carole Shuttleworth won the open female section and also beat the train, covering the 12km course from Fairlight station to Kingston in 47 minutes.
“At one stage it was right behind me – I heard the toot and it made me run faster.”
The train, which owner David Bryce had running at slower than its normal speed, crossed the finish line a minute later.
Men’s winner – and first person home – was Wanaka’s Oska Baynes in 38 minutes and 43 seconds.
The race was the brainchild Bailey, who based it on a similar event that’s held in his hometown back in Wales.
Results: (men) Oska Baynes, first, Alun Williams, second, David Keith, third; (women) Carole Shuttleworth, first, Tanya Dromgool, second, Sarah Cole, third.
Baby Ted takes on the train
Queenstown couple Esther Whitehead and Tim Ceci are all smiles after knocking off Kingston’s Race The Train run with son Ted in tow.
The pair took turns pushing eight-and-a-half-month-old Ted in his pram, finishing the 12km course in one hour and six minutes.
“It was pretty rough – we had to carry him through a muddy bit,” Ceci says.
The trio were among more than 300 runners taking part in the inaugural event which pits runners against historic steam train the Kingston Flyer.