Great Naseby Water Race

Jacob Lamont 

For the last 6 years, at the end of August, on the gravel roads and the water race tracks of the Naseby Forest, runners have lined up in the early hours, in freezing Central Otago, sometimes with snow on the ground, often with mud, and run anywhere from 3 to 10 laps of the Great Naseby Water Race’s 10km course. While there was some mud on the ground this year conditions were near perfect, with more than 1 course record falling. Admittedly I was primarily at Naseby supporting (my wife running her first ultra, like so many that turn up at Naseby) rather than a “BCR/reporting” role. So without a start list it was pretty hard to keep track of all the runners as they came past and the 4 different races going on (100, 80 and 50km solo and the 2x30km relay).

When I arrived at the start/finish line Michael Rodliffe had been leading the 100k for almost 3hrs and went through the marathon in around 3hr25. Close behind Michael was Chris Bisley and Grant Winwood. This order remained for around another 30km before  Chris took over the lead. I was able to chat briefly with Michael, who after a rough 7th lap, was coming right and with 15km to go it seemed there was still some racing left. Chris Bisley, a very classy Iron Man triathlete with Northburn 100mile aspirations, however, held on for a comfortable win in 9hr09, 24mins ahead of Rodliffe.

The women’s 100km race was a contrast to the men’s with 2012 ANZ 100km runner-up Shannon-Leigh Litt leading from start to finish, winning in 10hr10, 1hr20 ahead of 2nd place.

The 50km races seemed to mirror the bigger distance with early men’s leader Dwight Grieve succumbing to Simon Wooding who won his first ultra in 4hr04.  2012 Routeburn Classic winner and new woman’s record holder Whitney Dagg continued her record setting ways leading from the start and setting a new 50km record of 4hr25.

In the 80km a new record of 7hr10 was set by Brad Monaghan, while 2011 Northburn 100mile champ Tracey Woodford took out the women’s race.

Keep an eye on the Great Naseby Water Race web site for full results and photos, or check out the Facebook page which also has a host of photos. The Great Naseby Water race is any excellent mid winter event, in a unique setting- thanks Jamie and Aileen for another great event.

Top finishers below-

Whitney Dagg on her way to setting a new woman’s 50km record

100 k Mens 1st Chris Bisley 9:09:02
2nd Michael Rodliffe 9:33:23
3rd Grant Winwood 9:37:28
100 k Womens 1st Shannon-Leigh Litt 10:10:38
2nd Clare McDonald 11:30:15
3rd Sabina Ledergerber 11:59:03
80 k Mens 1st Brad Monaghan 7:10:33 ( record) 
2nd David Ryan 8:08:53
3rd Glenn McIntosh 8:30:08
80k Womens 1st Tracey Woodford 8:58:20

50k Mens 1stSimon Wooding 4:04:57
2nd Dwight Grieve 4:18:05
3rd Rene Aarsen 4:23:17
50k Womens 1st Whitney Dagg 4:25:33 ( record)
2nd Amy Richmond 5:12:48
3rd Alison Fleming 5:31:38
60k teams Mixed 1st Jason Palmer/Megan Balchin 4:28:52 (record)
2nd Tony Gamble/Maria Gamble 6:09:29
3rd Dan Heine/Lisa Heine 6:15:42
Womens team 1st Ann Bixley/Liz Sebelin 6:04:12 (record) 
Mens Team 1st Juno Wiparata/Ant Roger 4:35:37(record)
2nd Richard Slee/Peter Baker 5:08:01
3rd Aaron Hill/Tim Roy 5:22:36

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  1. Nice writeup Grant!

  2. Thanks Grant for that excellent report. Top effort Simon for that great progress you’re making too. Nice one!

  3. Go Jane too!!

  4. Thanks for doing this Grant. I missed this year so good to hear what went down.
    The result that made me raise an eyebrow was Shannons win in the 100. She is on the up and up.

    • cheers Mark! Yeah was a great day, as always. Yes Shannon is in good form!

  5. WELL DONE SHANNON!!!!!!!!!!!
    From all the girls in the Fishbowl.

  6. I hear a very faint rumour that a 160km race could be in the offering next year, does anyone know if there is much truth in that please??


    • hey Grant, I have picked up on this also. Have not looked into it, but really should!

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