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A Te Anau father and son team who entered
the Luxmore Grunt on Saturday for the first
time, exceeded their wildest expectations.
Greg Fauth and his 17-year-old son Patrick,
who attends St Kevin’s College in Oamaru,
both entered the race and along with it
their own challenge to see who could be
home first. Mr Fauth, however, tempered
expectations by declaring that his personal
mission was to ensure he did not finish
more than an hour behind his son.
Patrick roared home in 2 hours 36 minutes,
the second fastest local, leaving many at
the finish line thinking it could be a long
wait for Dad.
However, Mr Fauth crossed the finish line a
mere nine and-a -half minutes later to much
applause from the large crowd.
Patrick said he had run the course before
but never in a race setting and he was
blown away by the early pace, which he
elected to try and match.
“I was having second thoughts when I flew
through Dock Bay. I checked my watch and
I’d done eight minutes, maybe less,” he
As the group out front eventually whittled
down, he chose one person to track – he
still doesn’t know who that was – and set a
goal to keep pace with him.
Having never done the distance in less than
three hours during training, Patrick was
delighted with his result. As was his Dad.
But neither was too keen to commit to a
rerun just yet.
“Not today,” Mr Fauth said.
“Not tomorrow either,” Patrick chipped in.
Grunt brings out family rivalry
Father and son Greg and Patrick Fauth, of Te
Anau, who finished the Luxmore Grunt only nine
and-a-half minutes apart.
Kepler Challenge compere Noel Walker
spills the beans on what went on behind
Everything ran so smoothly but I wonder
who noticed the new finish line structures?
The organsing committee spent many hours
and thousands of dollars designing the new
arrangement. It’s lucky they put it up a few
days earlier, and realised that only people
who were under 5ft 9 would fit under it!
Emma Bone arrived at the start line only
to realise she had left her running shoes
behind. Minutes before the start she
swapped her shoes with those of 71-year-
old race ambassador Irene Barnes. Emma
managed alright but Irene, wearing Emma’s
smart pair of Jimmy Choos, could not
understand why her toes were pointing out
all day. Eventually someone told her that
she had them on the wrong feet!
Matt Hall slept in and started his race
10 minutes after everyone else. Wasn’t a
problem though – Matt still finished in 8:42!
Ruth Grey saw a pink marker that said 50
and automatically assumed she was blitzing
the course and only had 10km to go. A little
later she saw another pink marker that said
106. It was only then that she realised she
was looking at stoat trap markers and still
had 20km to go!
Greg Wilkinson, one of the Kepler
characters, stopped for a dip in Lake
Manapouri. He finished the race with a bad
case of jock strap itch – from the gravel he
picked up during his swim and carried in his
shorts to the finish.
Speaking of itches, Blair Fieldes completing
his 10th Challenge came into Iris Burn
suffering badly from chafing in the groin
region. He couldn’t believe his luck when
the one of the officials not only produced a
bottle of Vaseline – but offered to rub it on
for him. Blair said that before he could say
anything, she had a pair of rubber gloves
on, dealt to his groin and then asked did
he have any other problems that she could
help with. I guess the twang of those rubber
gloves will be ringing in Blair’s ears for his
next 10 challenges.
Ray Willett greeted his wife Helen with a rather sweaty
embrace as he passed through the Luxmore Hut checkpoint
during his 21st Kepler Challenge Mountain run on Saturday.
PHOTO: Barry Harcourt
Te Anau’s Bev Thorne, by far the most capped
female competitor, finished her 20th Kepler
Challenge on Saturday and announced her
retirement from the event.
Te Anau local
home in the
PHOTO: Barry Harcourt
Kepler caught on camera
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