Hawke’s Bay Athletes Reach Great Heights in Triple Peaks Adventure Races

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Ainsley Harte smiles and supports him.

“There were wobbles, there were wobbles but it was an epic day.

MCL Construction Triple Peaks spokesman Steve Nicholls summed it up well during the online awards show for the iconic off-road endurance event, held in Havelock North on Saturday.

“What an awesome day, so many smiles on their faces, so much agony on their faces as they crossed the finish line, it was stunning, there were some wobbles, but it was an epic day,” Nicholls said.

“We are so proud, on behalf of MCL Construction, to bring you such an incredible event and to have so many people attending.”

More than 500 people took part, for some it was a particularly long day, ending after 7 p.m. with nearly 12 hours of walking behind them.

Support for the event overshadowed the resolve of organizers and competitors to stage such an event safely amid the Covid-19 crisis.

“Overwhelming,” Nicholls said. “We’ve had positive feedback, and most people have been fantastic to cooperate with the rules we’ve put in place for the event.

“It certainly made life difficult for us, whether it was scanning 500 vaccine passages or having toilet cleaning schedules, but it all came together in the end,” he said.

All proceeds from the MCL Construction TRIPLE PEAKS 2022 will go to Te Mata Park Trust, for the purchase of native trees as part of their revegetation program.

RESULTS

Debbie Larbi finished first in the Mt Erin event, clocking 1:48:39.7, followed by
Shawn Watts (1:50:19.9) and Sarah Lee (2:01:02.7).

Paul McIntyre was home first in the One Peak Explorer event, finishing the race in 58:24.9 on an e-bike.

Daniel Woodhouse was the first mountain biker to clock 1:39:34.0 with Lochlan Bainbridge just 10 seconds behind him.

Jack Stone was the leading home runner in 1:48:00.7, with Belinda Ross the leading runner in 2:19:09.6.

In the Three Peaks main event, electric biker Stewart Taylor finished first in 2:43:32 followed by
Zane Alexander.

Luke Mudgway was the first home mountain biker in 2:49:19.4 and Mcl4 – Bayron Espino, Anjoe Maglasang and Porferio Jr Ortiz – the first home corporate mountain bike team.

Vintage Team Versatile (Steve Short, Steve Mcnamara and Ken Parsons) was the first (non-corporate) home ATV team.

The first home runners were also a team – Sweaty Nuts & Tight Butts which consisted of
Amber Morrison, Piret Klade and Duncan Morrison.

No Scrubs – Sara Woodham, Alistair Denton and Paul Sandkuijl – were the first corporate racing team to return.

Daniel Jones was the first Three Peaks runner to come home in 4:00:09.3, along with Carla Lunt
the first woman home at 5:30:48.o.

Lindisfarne 1 (Harry Brenton-Rule, George Esson and Matt Buckeridge) won the school run/walk relay and Damian Steele took the solo duathlon title in 5:17:22.5.

In the Two Peak Tiki Tour event, the overall winner was Steve Thompson on an electric bike. Steve Nicoll was the first mountain bike rider to return home, Maree Davis the first female mountain bike rider.

Jade Valler was the first woman to go home and also won the overall in 3:43:36.1

The first male runner was Manaia Canterbury in 4:33:47.5

Full results are at https://www.webscorer.com/race?pid=1&raceid=269255

Runners and cyclists mixed it up, with many runners choosing to wear masks.
Runners and cyclists mixed it up, with many runners choosing to wear masks.

Part of the beauty of the event is that it's not always about racing.
Part of the beauty of the event is that it’s not always about racing.

This is Richard Nottage, competing in the solo run/walk.
This is Richard Nottage, competing in the solo run/walk.

Despite the magnitude of the challenge, these competitors are all smiles.  In front are Anna Smith and Marcus Smith, competing in the solo run/walk.
Despite the magnitude of the challenge, these competitors are all smiles. In front are Anna Smith and Marcus Smith, competing in the solo run/walk.

A mountain biker nibbles a slope.
A mountain biker nibbles a slope.

Emma Alexander leads competitors up a slight incline in the solo run/walk.
Emma Alexander leads competitors up a slight incline in the solo run/walk.

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