Lots of Southlanders Lap the Lake

Lap the Lake competitors setting off from the start line.

After a chilly start, more than 100 runners enjoyed competing in the annual Lap the Lake event over the weekend.

The OneStaff Lap the Lake event was held for the fifth time on Saturday (April 7) with more than 160 runners and walkers taking on the course in perfect conditions, with the sun on their backs and a flat lake reflecting the mountain scenery at Mavora.

The course, just over 10km long and relatively flat, involved participants competing as individuals or teams seeing how many times they could lap the lake in the six-hour time frame.

Race director Darren Frazer said it was great to see families come out and spend the day in one of the most beautiful places in the world. 

"With distances for all fitness levels the event offered something for everyone, and many of the runners commented about how much they enjoyed being able to see those either faster or slower which they didn't get to see in other events." 

Competitor Bridgit Tomlin said she would definitely compete in next year's event.

"What a great event — family and dog friendly, stunning scenery, well organised."

Mr Frazer said a highlight of the day was the school team from Wakatipu High School breaking the team record, coming in for its eighth lap just two minutes and 44 seconds over the six-hour cut off. 

"Once again Dwight Grieve from Te Anau took out the fastest lap of the day, but the boys from Wakatipu were not far behind," he said.

"2019 should see some intense racing as Wakatipu have promised to return a year stronger and faster in the six-hour event."

Mr Frazer said the event was a fundraiser for the Winton Salvation Army and he expected about $4000 to have been raised from the day.


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