Queenstowners complete epic race


QUEENSTOWNER Bernard Robinson has finished an impressive seventh in the 30th Coast to Coast.
The 39-year-old multisporter was one of eight athletes from the resort who took on the arduous traverse of South Island over the weekend.
Robinson completed the one-day challenge, The Longest Day, in an overall time of 12hrs 59mins 26secs.
The endurance racer’s best event was the 67km kayak. Trained by Dunedin coach Matty Graham, he finished fifth place in the kayak with a time of 5:18:58.
Champion Richard Ussher again took the overall title – for the fifth time – in 11:33:24. His wife Elena took the women’s title making them the first married couple to win their sections of the Coast to Coast.
Wanaka’s Dougal Allan and Branden Currie finished second and third respectively.
The hugely popular annual competition sees endurance athletes cycle, kayak and run 243km from the West Coast to Christchurch.
There are three ways to complete the race, in one day as an individual or two days as either an individual or part of a team.
Queenstowners Dr Roland Meyer, 49, and Lucas Fornes, 35, also took on The Longest Day.
Respiratory specialist Dr Meyer finished 65th overall and ninth in the veterans category with a time of 15:35:18.
Accountant Fornes finished 86th overall with a time of 16:32:26.
Completing the mountain run, cycles and kayak as individuals over two days were Tanya Bryson, 31, Mark Banham, 35, and Kate Rive, 39.
Massage therapist Bryson was the seventh fastest female in the two-day event, finishing 47th overall.
Rive finished was the 12th fastest female, finishing 84th overall and Banham finished 103rd overall.
Queenstowners Regan Pearce, 34, and Rebekah Winter, 23, competed in the two-day team challenge, although not together.

Pearce’s team placed eighth while Winter was 86th.