Seamus says no stopping despite 16 hours of pain


Think what you could do in 16-and-a-half hours. 

Flying from Queenstown to New York is one option. 

Another, as Queenstowner Seamus Costello (right) discovered last Saturday, is to run, cycle and kayak from the West Coast of the South Island to the east coast. 

Costello, 27, was a novice competitor in the iconic Coast to Coast Longest Day multisport event. 

“There were definitely a lot of ups and downs where you’re feeling good and then bits where you want to stop,” he says afterwards. 

Costello says stopping wasn’t an option, except twice when he fell out of his kayak while on the water for six-and-half hours. 

“You’re paddling along for such a long time you don’t really think you’re moving that fast, but when you dip out you realise that the river’s actually got a bit of flow to it.” 

Another first-time local competitor, Jason Law, 33, completed the two-day Coast to Coast in 15 hours 45 minutes. 

“I rode to the finish area with a blown-out tyre 300m from the end,” he says.