Unlikely battlers


Some unlikely Queenstowners pulled off battling performances at this year’s Peak to Peak.

The Reno 111 team from Queenstown police were surprise winners in the Business Team category in 2hr 31min 33sec and organiser Geoff Hunt was delighted he’d persuaded former TV vet Geoff Woodhouse from Remarkable Vets to race for the first time in 19 years – he finished in 3:45:29sec.

“I twisted his arm to do it and although he was near the back of the men’s field it was a great achievement,” Hunt says.

Queenstown bank teller Mary Jane Spring clocked up 3:42.47sec in her first Peak to Peak – despite nursing black eyes and a sore nose after being smacked on the face by the heavy lid of a yoghurt-making machine that fell on her from a kitchen cupboard three days beforehand.

The event attracted 50 individuals and 67 teams. Wanaka’s Dougal Allan won for the second time, finishing the 44km endurance race from The Remarkables skifield to the Coronet Peak base building last Saturday in 2:19:13sec.

Joanne Williams, also from Wanaka, was the first woman home in 2:47:49sec and Outside Sports won the open teams title in 2:32:39sec.