Peak to Peak a real quacker

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Auckland’s Nat Milne (right) didn’t let a few ducks phase him in last Saturday’s Peak to Peak in Queenstown. 

Milne, kayaking into Queenstown Bay for his Wanaka-based team NZ Tri & Multisport Magazine, also completed the 9km road bike leg up Coronet Peak after slogging it out in the 7km Frankton Beach to Queenstown Bay paddle. 

His team, also featuring Queenstown skier Anna Bastin, finished seventh in the mixed teams category and 47th overall.
The popular 44km ski, run, bike and kayak race from The Remarkables to Coronet Peak was won by Christchurch multisport athlete Adam Milne. 

Adam, no relation to Nat, produced the third-fastest time to win. He completed the race in 2hr 09min 31sec, with a 10 minute-plus lead ahead of second-place Gavin Mason and Flavio Vianna, who finished third. 

It’s Milne’s second Peak to Peak title, after previously winning the event in 2010. 

Oamaru’s Where’sGavin? crew won the team category in 2:02.7sec. 

Wanaka’s Joanna Williams reclaimed the title she won in 2009, blitzing more than eight minutes off her previous best time to finish with 2:34.35sec. 

The field attracted 51 individuals, slightly down on the 56 from 2011, but 91 teams started – an eight per cent increase on last year, organiser Geoff Hunt says. 

“Everyone loved the event – conditions couldn’t have been better.”