Strong field for run


Saturday’s third running of a trail race at Queenstown’s Jack’s Point – currently facing an uncertain future – has attracted its strongest field.

The trail run comprises an out-and-back 10km race from the resort’s sportsfield, and a two-loop half-marathon.

Organiser Andy Town’s been warned he mightn’t be allowed the venue again, due to the build-up of Jack’s Point’s population, though he’s still hopeful he’ll win a reprieve.

Last year’s event attracted 320 runners, but this year Town’s capped entries at 200.

Queenstowner Simon Green, who won the first two half-marathons, faces stiff competition from Lumsden-based mountain runner Ryan Carr and visiting Spanish runner Dani Cazalla.

In the absence of last year’s women’s half-marathon winner Mel Aitken, Town’s expecting the frontrunning women to be Tania McWilliams, of Christchurch, Aafke Huisman, of Ashburton, and Southlander Tanya Copeland. The 10km run’s also attracted top guns.

Town expects slower times this year as the course is a bit tougher.

But he’s reassuring weekend warriors that it’s “perfectly achievable”.

He’s keeping the field open for on-the-day entries – from 9 to 9.30am. Both races starts at 10.30am, following a race briefing at 10.

The prize-giving is again hosted by naming sponsor Queenstown’s Smiths Craft Beer House.

The trail run’s main charity is the Dog Rescue Dunedin Charitable Trust.