Queenstown multisporters survived snow and stormy weather to claim second and third in the Central Otago 24 Hour Adventure Race pairs.
Southern Traverse founder Geoff Hunt and Skyline Enterprises boss Jeff Staniland were third to cross the line after 22hr 51min of non-stop navigating, kayaking, trekking, mountain biking and abseiling around the Cromwell course.
They were beaten by first-time 24-hour local contestants Aaron Nash and Richard Moran – storming to second, in 21hr 38min.
Eight couples and 10 foursomes started last Saturday at 6am. Only 12 teams finished. It was Hunt’s first adventure race in five years and Staniland’s first ever – the duo had only met twice prior.
“Jeff and I, our combined age is over 100, and some of the four-person teams, we were still older than all four of them,” Hunt says.
“I guess old age and cunning probably helped.”
Hunt says dismal conditions made navigating tough at times – he converted long johns into a thermal top to stay warm.
Race boss Bill Godsall says “horrible weather all day” included snow at higher spots.