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Three Peaks – Dunedin

3P headerThe Three Peaks is one of New Zealand’s longer running trail/mountain runs , with this years event being the 30th edition. It’s a classic route circumnavigating the Dunedin horizon, taking in Flagstaff (668m), Swampy Summit (739m) and Mt Cargill (676m) before finishing at the Leith Clubrooms in picturesque Chingford Park. This years race, on Sunday the 21st April, sees some growth in numbers partly due to the enthusiasm of  race director Alan Funnel. He’s been running long enough and travelled to enough events to know what people like and how to look after them. The field has grown to 150 and possibly more will start.

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Stewart Paul coming off Mt Cragill during last years three Peaks Race. Photo MattB

Like many regional events there is often a rush of late entries by those who would normally be considered favourites. So running through the current start list is a case of looking for the names that are missing and guessing if they’ll turn up. The men’s field will be missing defending champion Dougal Thorburn but should see Peter Meffan (2011) toeing the line alongside Stafford Thompson (2005) and Campell Garry a former Secondary Schools Cross Country champion and representative. Otago Marathon Champion, Jason Palmer has been talking up a storm but isn’t on the start list and neither is Alistair Richardson a current NZ Orienteering representative.

The woman’s field sees classy triathlon Tamsyn Hayes lining up but no mention of last years top 3 (Louisa Andrew and Anna Yeoman) at this stage. While not quite as competitive these days, expect to see Tararua Mountain race record holder Antonia Wood to be competitive.

The real race however is in the mixed teams, where the Old Men from Team BCR (Andrew Town and Myself) are relying on younger better team mates to carry us to bragging rights glory. I’ve teamed up with Vic Beck as she has a last hit out before the Routeburn next weekend. AT will be doing his best not to get chicked by Vic to Swampy Summit before he hands over to Otago Marathon and  Big Easy champion Mel Aitken. I’m hoping he does because I’ll have my work cut out if I have a big gap to chase down. It’ll be great fun.

Mens Picks – Meffan, Palmer, Richardson,  none of them are entered so expect that to be completely different.
Womans – Hayes, Wood (unless Louisa Andrew or Anna Yeoman start)
Mixed Teams – Beck/Bixley, Daylight, Town/Aitken- take that Andy.

For a short look at the history of  the race see yesterdays Otago Daliy Times

Three Peaks Race website


About Mouth of the South

Matt Bixley has written 24 .

Outspoken and opinionated- which is great cause we never have to guess what is on his mind. “The Mouth of the South” started his love of trail running with a 8hr+ Kepler in 2004. Since then he has run 220+km in 24hr while representing New Zealand and now has 5hr50, top 10 finish to his name. You can follow him HERE on his personal blog

4 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. edit: Louisa Andrew is starting, so expect a good race between her and Tamsyn.

  2. I can confirm that Alistair is going to be on the start line

  3. I will be on the start line but I think my abilities are being well overestimated…

    • Back yourself Alistair. If you get the pacing right I’d expect you to run near 2:15.

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