15th Kepler

Queenstowner Mark Douglas, 59, is picking an age-appropriate time of 7hr 59min 59sec when he runs Fiordland’s gruelling 60km Kepler Challenge mountain run for the 15th time on Saturday.

Douglas’s best time is 7:14. The oldest Queenstowner competing will be 63-year-old Stuart Cochrane, whose entry was nominated by Douglas.

Other locals competing include Mike Davies, Chrissy Schreiber, Tracey Woodford, Martin O’Malley and Sabina Ledergerber.

Teen cricket star

Sixteen-year-old Michael Collins made a telling contribution to Queenstown’s senior men’s cricket team’s 133-run home win over Cromwell last Saturday.

In his first appearance this season, Michael – an under-17 Otago districts rep – hit 59 in Queenstown’s 224 – then took all five catches on offer behind the stumps as Cromwell collapsed for 91.

Cam Fawknor top-scored for Queenstown with 69 not out while home-team bowling honours were shared among Dipan Tandel with 4-15, Sean Windle 3-14 and Sean McCone 3-25.

Queenstown, who still head Central Otago’s Koford Cup competition, play Blackstone Hill at the Events Centre this Saturday.

McLachlan marches on

Up-and-coming Queenstown tennis player Ben McLachlan has reached the doubles semi-finals of a world junior under-18 tournament in Mexico.

McLachlan, 17, and Ireland’s Sam Barry – the third seeds – won three rounds before losing a tight tie-breaker third set 5-7 6-2 10-8 to second seeds Zachary White and Michael Zhu.

McLachlan didn’t fare so well in the singles, losing in the second round to Great Britain’s Ashley Hewitt 6-1 7-5.
No10 and done

Top-placed male in the inaugural 10-race Jack’s Point 5km/10km running/walking series was Alun Williams.

Jodi Currie was leading woman and the Proactive Physio quartet of Rachel Rose, Tracey Woodford, Steve Robb and Chris Langston comprised the top team. Begun in June, The Frontrunner Series’ final race last Saturday also included a half-marathon, won by Marc Ypelaar of Christchurch in 1hr 18min 11sec, ahead of locals Simon Green and Chris Dagg. Organiser Adrian Bailey says the series will return next year.