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By GUY WILLIAMS

Queenstown’s Maureen Stachowicz (pictured) fought through scorching temperatures to win the women’s marathon in 5 hours, 52 minutes and 57 seconds during the 10th annual Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon last Saturday.

The men’s marathon was won by Christchurch’s Kirk Symmes in 5h 24m 27s, while Wellington’s Arran Whiteford (7h 36m 14s) and Brit Rose Alicia Pearson (9h 9m 52s) were the inaugural winners of the 56km Moonlight Ultra.

Defending 30km champion and Queenstowner Julen Moreno flew through the course, taking nine minutes off his 2020 time, finishing in 2h 55m 27s, while another local, Laura Wallis, won the women’s 30km race in 3h 51m 54s.

Co-organiser Anthony Longman says high temperatures proved challenging for the 400 runners who took part in the five events, held on Ben Lomond Station.

This year’s expected field of 500 was reduced after runners from areas in Covid Alert Level 2 were unable to attend, he says.

About 600 competed last year.

guy.williams@scene.co.nz