Fast Times At Northburn 100

Wild winds, cold temps on the tops and fast times were the highlights of this weekend’s Northburn 100, held on Northburn Station in the Dunstan Mountains on the outskirts of Cromwell.

Marty Lukes just after finishing. Photo MattB

Marty Lukes just after finishing. Photo MattB

Impressive course records were set in both the men’s and women’s 100mile races. Men’s pre race favourite and 2011 NB100 winner, Marty Lukes, distanced himself from his competition early in the first 50km loop, and held his momentum until he crossed the finish line early Sunday morning, in a blistering 22hr09min, well under his old course record of 25hr44. Also under Marty’s old CR was Keiron Coulter, running his first 100mile race in an impressive 24hr 32min.
Next across the line was Australian Shona Stephenson, who bounced back from dropping at 85km last weekend at the Tarawera Ultra. Shona, who ran in 2nd place overall for most of the race, crossed pre dawn in 24hr46, beating the very solid course record of 26hr45 that Jean Beaumont set last year.
2012 NB100 winner Glenn Sutton ran super solid all day (and night), knocking around 40mins off his winning time from last year, finishing in 25hr 52min, for 3rd male and 4th over-all. Just 3 mins behind was Mike Beaumont in 25hr55
Another who made a huge time improvement was Tracy Woodford. Tracy also ran under the old women’s CR and knocked 6hrs off her time from last year- running 26hr30.
Jo Kruk from South Australia, running her first 100miler finished strong in 30hr47 to round out the top 3 woman in a time that would have won in 2011 and placed her 2nd in 2012.
The other big course record of the weekend was in the 100km, with Chris Gates 2011 time of 14hrs having 2hrs slashed off it by Matty Able from Sydney. It is worth noting that not only was Matty’s 100km time a very solid performance, but he came through the 1st 50km loop in 2nd place overall, behind 50km winner Martin Cox.
Cox, running 5hr08, could have possibly broken a record here also had he not gotten off course for around 5mins.
We will add links to race reports and updates as they come in from different athletes and media sources.

ODT story on Marty Lukes

OTD stroy on Shona Stephenson

Photo Gallery by Lyndon Marceau

Full Results

Northburn Results
100 mile men: Martin Lukes (Christchurch) 22hr 9min, 1; Keiron Coulter (Auckland) 24hr 32min, 2; Glenn Sutton (Dunedin) 25hr 52min, 3.
100 mile women: Shona Stephenson (Sydney) 24hr 46min, 1; Tracey Woodford (Queenstown) 26hr 30min, 2; Joanna Kruk (Australia) 30hr 47min, 3.
100km men: Matty Abel (Sydney) 11hr 59min, 1; Scott Mcnab (Auckland) 14hr 47min, 2; Phill Tetzlaff (Kaitaia) 15hr 45min, 3.
100km women: Johannah Jackson (Gore) 15hr 4min, 1; Shannon Leigh (Christchurch) 16hr 44min, 2; Becky Nixon (Queenstown) and Nicole Harrison (Gold Coast) 19hr 19min, 3 equal.
50km men: Martin Cox (United Kingdom) 5hr 8min, 1; Gary Melhuish (Christchurch) 5hr 14min, 2; Grant Guise (Castle Hill) 5hr 18min, 3.
50km women: Ann Bixley (Dunedin) 7hr 26min, 1; Elizabeth Sebelin (Dunedin) 8hr 29min, 2; Jenny Halliday (Christchurch) 8hr 40min, 3.

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