Subway Dun Run

Race report by competitor and occasional BCR reporter Gareth Rapley.
Sunny Nelson turned on a shocker for the 2012 edition of the Nelson Events Dun Run. 200mm of rain was forecast for the Nelson Ranges and most fell on the morning of race day. These conditions made it unsafe if the need arose to evacuate a competitor from the higher parts of the course. Thus, the alternate course was used. This was a 13km jaunt up to Third House and back from the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary. The changes turned the event into a mad dash through the rain, with 83 competitors braving the conditions. Access to the old Dun railway was reasonably steep with many forced into a power walk (I speak for myself here), before the gradual climb to the turn at Third House. Speed increased from here with the gradual descent before turning a little more hectic as the gradient increased towards the finish.
The start was in three waves with the fastest runners, based on estimated half marathon times, starting last. The shorter course combined with some runners wildly over estimating their times (you know who you are), meant that some of us in the faster group did not catch as many people as we would have, had the original course been safe to run.
The top four men went under one hour with local speed merchant Kim Hogarth taking the overall win over Christchurch multi-sporter Luke Vaughan, with another local, Simon Leaning, in third. In the women’s field Titahi Bay (via Golden Bay) runner Anne Rose took the win from Shelley Holmes and Tabitha Dickson.
I was placed in the fastest group and quickly found myself near the back as the faster runners took off. As mentioned earlier, I was forced to a walk on the steeper terrain at the start, before the gradient eased allowing a good run up to the turn. The track had a lot of water, both standing and flowing, with more pouring down on our heads. I love the steep, gnarly downhills and started sprinting on the steeper section. Being a 4WD track a high pace was able to be maintained with directions being yelled out as I passed fellow competitors who were taking things a little more cautiously. I was hitting the red-line before the final turn onto the track which led to the finish. In the end I was just over 12 minutes behind Kim in 14th place overall. Another bonus – I didn’t get chicked! (No offence intended.)
Nelson events managed to salvage a good little race in spite of the conditions. A good array of prizes was handed out at the after match to the top runners as well as to other lucky entrants, including me! Credit again to the organizers who had the results available at the prize giving and were able to refund those competitors who had booked a bus ticket.
Kim Hogarth 00:58:56, 1; Luke Vaughan 00:59:40, 2; Simon Leaning 01:00:52, 3.
Anne Rose 1:19:14, 1; Shelley Holmes 1:20:49, 2; Tabitha Dickson 1:21:13, 3.


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