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The 23rd Kepler Challenge 2010
The 23rd Kepler Challenge will be held on Saturday 4th December, at the Control Gates marking the start of the Kepler Track.
This event has been held annually since 1988, and as in previous years the route follows the 60km Kepler Track, one of the Great Walks in Fiordland National Park. The Kepler Challenge is one of the premier mountain runs in New Zealand and is becoming increasingly well recognized internationally.
Open field in both women and mens
Martin Lukes returns this year to defend his title, but the field is an open one with no obvious names mentioned who will give him a challenge to the finish line.
Photo: Graham Dainty
MALCOLM Law and a group of supporters will be in the starting lineup againfor second consetive year for the Kepler Challenge at 6am on the 4th December – with Malcolm having already run gruelling schedule in the previous 6 days.
For anyone wanting to support this epic and worthy fundraising effort, visit Malcolm’s website www.7in7.org.nz to donate and become a Friend of the Challenge.
This year we will see 63 runners from abroad compete in the Kepler Challenge and 14 in the Luxmore Grunt.
The runners will compete in capacity fields of 400 athletes for the Kepler Challenge and 150 in the Luxmore Grunt.
These athletes have travelled from all corners of the world: Ireland, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, UK, USA, Hong Kong, Germany, France, and of course, our closest neighbours Australia.
Among the Australians is a former Te Anau woman Lynley Sheppard, who along with her bridesmaids, will run the Luxmore Grunt (straight up Mt Luxmore and back) as preparation for her wedding the following weekend.
Several of the other overseas competitors are including this ultra-event as part of their OE.
Te Anau Childcare Centre Race Day Ramble
The Race-Day Ramble takes place on the Control Gates structure and starts at about 9.30am. The little and very little ones get a real buzz from being part of the event - especially as many have family members competing in the races - so please cheer them on full heartedly! The Ramble is also a warm up for the spectators: the first Luxmore Grunt runners are expected through the finish line soon after.
The annual Race-day Ramble is a major fundraising event for the Te Anau Childcare Centre. Local businesses have been very supportive in sponsoring individual children, and some children seek personal sponsorship from friends and family for their effort on the day. We hope to see many of them as future competitors in the years to come. The Ramble is always a lot of fun, and children who do not use the Centre are also welcome to come along and run.
Adrian Braasma - Adrian has been busy burning fat over the winter in preparation for the Challenge, saving on the firewood.
Chris Hankin - Chris is a bit of a dabbler in various multi-sport races including individual Coast to Coast in 2008…This is his first crack at the Challenge.
Marcella Robertson - Marcella did the Challenge last year because Katie told her to. This year she’s doing it again because Katie told her to run faster.
Samantha McBride - Being on the Committee has made Samantha keen to take on the Challenge herself. Now the rush is on to get it in before the big 40.
Holly McLean - Holly has been running for the past 7 years, and in 2009 completed the Ironman in Taupo. After declaring she’d never be that insane again, guess what she’s doing this year…!
James Jones - James is keeping tight-lipped about the race; he doesn’t want to scare the others
Natalie Calder - Natalie completed the Grunt in 2005 and has been wanting to do the full course ever since but life has got in the way. It’s all on this year and she hopes to have a great run. Good luck Nat.
Dayle Stevens - Dayle is a local helicopter pilot, and is used to getting over the mountains fast. It looks easy from the air, but Dayle has done a few Coast to Coasts so he won’t be fooled.
Jason Carter - Jason has been training in the Swedish mountains in preparation for his first Challenge. He’s had a few runs up the Track just to check it out before the big day.
Les Scown - Les has a background of cross country road and mountain running, and has completed 3 marathons. He reckons he’s not so fast these days but has the stamina to finish.
Bradley Foote - Bradley plays rugby for the local club, and thinks it would be good to quieten down a few of the boys by doing the Kepler. Maybe they’ll join you next year Bradley!
Yvonne Green - This is Yvonne’s 2nd Kepler Challenge and she thinks she’s addicted now.
Ray Willett - Ray is back to experience once again the thunderous applause from the remaining half dozen loyal fans who have been waiting since early the day before for his arrival!
Luxmore Grunt Local Entrants 2010
Diana McGlade - Diana completed the Motatapu marathon in 2008 and 2010 and has maintained some fitness since then. Now the focus is on getting through the Grunt with a smile…
Erin Robertson - Erin used to do a lot of running, but now she is on the wrong side of 40, thought she would get fit again and do the Grunt. A half marathon 20 years ago is the longest distance she has run. Some things get better with age Erin!
Kate Norris - Kate thinks that after running after small children for 6 years its now time to run away from them. Training will consist of running until they are out of earshot. Just as well husband Steve is there in a supporting role…
Bridget Speight - Bridget ran the Grunt in 4 hours last year. That was her first try at running, and it obviously didn’t put her off.
Yasuko Oyachi - This is Yasuko’s first time in the Grunt, but in the last five years she’s done the Humpridge, Kepler, Routeburn, Milford and Dusky tracks, so is no stranger to the terrain.
Kathleen Christie - Kathleen has been working out hard playing squash, attending the local gym, and training on the Kepler Track.
Cathy Lewsley - Cathy is keen to improve on last year’s time. This is her 4th Grunt and the track is her main training ground for every event she’s run in the last 20 years. She says the footing is lovely and soft like an old pair of slippers.
Jackie Knowles - For Jackie the Grunt is the highlight of her year, and a goal of a lifetime. This determined lady has lost 50 kg in 50 weeks. Her mantra in life is ‘If you always do what you always did you will always get what you always got’. Go for it Jackie!
Stephanie Bird - Stephanie has completed one Grunt and one Challenge, had a baby so is Grunting again…
Margaret Genge - Margaret’s aim is to beat her previous time. She wanted to sit down and put her feet up at the 23km mark last year so is working on her endurance. She is sure she can get up that hill faster.
Suzanne Carruthers - Yippee! Says Suzanne because husband Paul made it in. She thinks he’ll win going up but she’ll have the last say going down.
Jayne Bevan - Jayne has been training for months and is aiming for a similar time as she achieved in 2008. Good luck Jayne.
Paul Carruthers - Paul is really looking forward to training with Suzanne. He is SURE they will not be competitive towards each other, only encouraging. Watch out on the downhill Paul!
Andy Grant - Andy is a keen outdoors man. And a man of few words, so no predictions of how it will go from him.
Sarah Murphy - Sarah has been looking up at Mt Luxmore daily for 10 years, and has decided that 2010 is the year for her to ‘Knock the bugger off’. Her support team of husband and 3 children will all be waiting at the finish line.
Jo Whitehead - Jo is a local lass keen for a run. There is nothing like looking out your office window to the mighty mountain for a bit of inspiration to get up and out there.
Zara Taylor - Zara runs for fitness and personal enjoyment. She ran 22 km at Outward Bound, the Grunt should be easy after that!
Rachel Tither - Rachel has lived in Te Anau all her life, and feels it is time to take up the challenge to push herself and get up that hill she looks at every day out the window.
Emiko Imahori - Emiko is a first time competitor in the Luxmore Grunt and will be happy just to cross the finish line.
Kieran Stevenson - Kieran has competed in various cross country and multi-sport events, and is looking forward to his first mountain running experience.
Leigh Schuck - Leigh has zero race history but the Grunt is a challenge for the year in which she turns 50.
Melanie Ure - Melanie wants to see if she still can now she is 30! (Talk to Leigh, Melanie…)
Alan Johnston - Alan is back for his 4th Grunt, taking a rest year again after completing the Challenge 6 times!
Gary Jones - Gary has done the Grunt once before, and thinks he can better his time now he knows what its all about.
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