Wairau Express Race report and results

6 11 2012

The 2012 Wairau Express turned out to be a Nelson benefit, with both open titles heading back over the hill. Predictably Dan Busch made light work of the cool conditions and other competitors to finish just outside of last years record time in 1hr 26 mins.

Ian Huntsman from Christchurch and Andrew Martin also of Nelson rounded out the minor placings.

Sophie Hart of Nelson took out the womens open title in 1:36. Olivia Spencer-Bower provided some stiff competion early on but Sophies experience and recent good form (winning the adventure racing world championships) had her in complete control. Sia Svensen who won the Queen Charlotte Classic on the Saturday, backed that up with an impressive 3rd placing.

The Veteran Men’s title was won by local man John Blackmore from John Hart of Nelson by just 15 seconds. Neil Taylor also from Nelson was third.

Last years open winner Wendy Riach claimed the veteran womens title this year in 1:38 minutes from Susie LeCren and Sarah Helmore.

Results are here




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