Team XXX claims victory

(L to R) Anna Dean (Maketu), Laura Pattie (Christchurch) and Emily Wilson (Wānaka)

A Wānaka woman along with her two teammates snagged first place at Spring Challenge Cromwell lafter racing nearly non-stop for a little more than 10 hours. Wānaka’s Emily Watson, Maketu’s Anna Dean and Christchurch’s Laura Pattie raced together for the first time, forming Team XXX just a few days prior to the women’s adventure race.

Team XXX said they were delighted with their win in the nine-hour category. “It was super fun to race with these girls out there today,” said Wilson, team navigator. “Our team came together on Wednesday so it was a very last minute thing. There was some good tricky navigation at times which kept us on our toes, and we loved the hills, some more than others.”

Team XXX crossed the Bendigo Station finish line with a race time of 10 hours, seven minutes and 50 seconds, covering a total distance of 80km. More than 460 teams of three women each took on rafting, biking and hiking stages while navigating across three-, six- and nine-hour courses around Bendigo station.

Spring Challenge founder and race director Nathan Faavae said many of the teams were challenged by the terrain. “It [was] a busy day for our team with many of the six- and nine-hour teams being challenged not only by the terrain but also the navigation,” he said. “The map and compass work was very technical for this year’s event and it meant many teams [had] covered more ground than expected. The strong navigators took their opportunity to move to the front of the field.”
He said despite the teams coming in tired from the race’s challenges, they were positive and remained in good spirits throughout the race.

“The strong winds would have taken their toll, but it [was] a warm and sunny day and the scenery around Bendigo Station was absolutely spectacular,” said Faavae. “We knew this was a challenging course, and we forewarned teams that this year’s event was more about the adventure than the race, and Bendigo Station certainly delivered a great race.”


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