The Truth about The Great Naseby Water Race

logo4The Truth about The Great Naseby Water Race, by Matt Bixely            

Jamie Sinclair tells a good story (see his “History of the Great Naseby Water Race” HERE), and is not one to let the truth get in the way of making it better.  So here are some truths about the Great Naseby Water Race.

Jacob Lamont racing the "40k"

Jacob Lamont racing the Naseby in 2012.

Appearances - Only Helen Chignell has started every year (6). Amie Manning, Myself and Grant Koedyk have all started 5. Several Families have been there every year supporting.

Most Laps – Helen 36, Amie – 35

Length – repeated GPS measuring makes the loop about 10.02km long. Ie only about 20m over 10k. In the 1st year the loop was about 10.6km.

Vert – somewhere between 150-250m per lap. Even the water race half which is supposed to be ever so slightly downhill has 3 short down and ups. Naseby is also 2000ft above worry level.

Fastest Lap – Probably Jason Palmer with a 37 minute lap on his way to 1:53 for 30k.

Slowest Lap – Several people have become lost (I don’t know how) and taken nearly 2 hours for the 10k. But I think there has been a few around the 2 ½ hour mark, no naming names though.

Longest day – Darren Tuna in 2012 with 17:05.

Coldest year – maybe 2008, around -5 at the start and the track was frozen solid prior to becoming sloppy mud before refreezing when the sun disappeared.

Hottest – 2010 was warm enough for Grant to run shirt-less, it must have reached double figures.

Entry – There is no 6:30am Kepler stress, no wait list and no one gets a freebie.

Beer – most beer pre-race Anonymous, most beer post-race also Anonymous, although I once saw an extraordinary number of empty bottles in the recycle bin outside Jamie Sinclair’s abode.

DNFs – Several have quit at least twice and you won’t get your finishers beer if you do. It’s too easy when you see your kids having fun to just walk off and go play with them.


The final truth about Naseby comes from Jamie himself. “You are all special!”, and he means that both ways.

Great Naseby Water Race links and info

30th-31st August, Naseby, Otago.

60km relay (2 x 30km), 5okm, 80km, 100k and for the first time 100mile options. It is not too late to enter!

2012 BCR Naseby Race Report


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

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  1. I remembered some other interesting tidbits.
    Unluckiest – Dave Candy, finished 9 loop at 5:59pm but wasn’t able to start loop 10 before the 6pm cut-off, he had no support so wasn’t allowed out.

    Luckiest – was i think in the same year. One lucky bloke was tempted off course by his soon to be wife for an early shower ;-)

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