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The smell of freshly brewed coffee, the trail
of headlights heading out from Te Anau, the
flash of orange vests, the thump thump of
helicopters, the nervous toilet queues – this
must be Kepler weekend.
Weather forecaster Alistar Pearce boldly
predicted at the pre-race briefing that it
would be fine and sunny throughout the
day. With Alistar’s record, it was no surprise
at all that, as runners left the briefing, a
light drizzle started falling and an hour
later it was raining steadily. After 17 years
of commentating the one thing I’ve learnt
about Alistar is that he’s usually 50 percent
right, 50 percent of the time – now you
work the maths out!
Irene Barnes dropped a real clanger at
check in. Calvin Pedruco has a prosthetic
arm. He got out his gear and called out
each item while Irene checked them off.
Hat, coat, over trou, survival blanket, glove.
“Oh you’ll need a pair of gloves” said Irene
– “it might be cold along the tops”.
“How could I wear two gloves when I will
only be wearing one arm” asked Calvin?
KEPLER CHALLENGE SUMMARY – MEN
In the 2009 men’s Kepler Challenge,
Norman Dunroy led the field through
Luxmore and claimed the King of the
Mountain title. John Winsbury was four
minutes behind in 2nd, Galen Burrell 3rd
and Martin Lukes 4th.
By Forest Burn, Galen Burrell had taken
over 2nd place and by Hanging Valley the
gap between Dunroy, who was still in
the lead, and Burrell had narrowed to two
At Iris Burn, Dunroy still held the lead but
Burrell had closed to within a minute.
John Winsbury and Martin Lukes were
pretty much neck in neck – four minutes
behind the leaders.
Rocky Point and Burrell had taken over first
place from Dunroy. Winsbury still held a
narrow lead over Lukes.
Between Rocky Point and Moturau, Lukes
put on his now characteristic burst of speed
in the second half of the race and moved
from fourth to first.
Through the remaining checkpoints, Lukes
just tightened his grip and won, in what for
him, was a relatively slow time of 4:57. This
was Lukes’ third straight Kepler Challenge
Dunroy held on for 2nd, nine minutes
behind Lukes. Burrell was 3rd and in a
consistent effort Winsbury was 4th – the
same position he finished in 2008.
An interesting fact, at 3pm (long after the
front runners had finished) the temperature
was 24o at Moturau – now that’s hot for
KEPLER CHALLENGE SUMMARY – WOMEN
The women’s race was more
straightforward. Vanessa Haverd from
Canberra had a six minute lead over Deb
Nicholl at Luxmore. Jackie Holley was 3rd
a further 10 minutes behind and Jean
Beaumont another minute back in 4th.
Although Harverd increased her lead
to almost 10 minutes at Iris Burn,
the final result was a lot closer with Harverd
finishing less than 3 minutes ahead of
Nicholl. Interestingly Harverd had predicted
a time of 6:40 and finished almost an hour
ahead of that in 5:53.
Nicholl, also running in her first Challenge,
had predicted a time of (wait for it) 10
hours! She finished in 5:56.
Jean Beaumont took over third place
between Luxmore and Forest Burn. She
then held this position to the finish but
was over half an hour behind 1st and 2nd.
Jean shouldn’t really have been running. A
baby sitting arrangement for her 12-year-
old son Jack fell through – so Jean simply
abandoned him at the start line with a
cheery wave and called over her shoulder
that she’d be back to collect him in six
LUXMORE GRUNT SUMMARY
In the Luxmore Grunt, Matt Pepler led
the field to the Luxmore turnaround but
Matthew Broad caught him
on the way down the hill,
and despite a tumble soon
after taking the lead, held
on to claim the title. Andrew
Middleditch was 2nd and
Glen Campbell (who sang
Rhinestone Cowboy at check
in) came 3rd. Only three
minutes separated the first
In the women’s race Rosara
Joseph from the UK (better
known as an international
cyclist) had a fine tussle
with Fiona Kokich from
Queenstown. Joseph won by
less than one minute, with
Sarah Backler 3rd.
22nd Kepler Challenge resounding success
By Noel Walker
Martin Lukes crosses the finish line to win the
22nd Kepler Challenge in a time of 4 hours 57
minutes and 21 seconds.
Irene Barnes welcomes the first woman home in the Kepler
Challenge, Vanessa Haverd, of Australia.
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