12 Feb 2024

Wānaka locals claim Coast to Coast titles

From Morning Report, 8:25 am on 12 February 2024

This year's Kathmandu Coast to Coast multisport race has seen two Wānaka locals claim the championship title.

The gruelling event sees competitors traverse from one side of the South Island, beginning at Kumara beach on the West Coast, to the other, New Brighton in Christchurch on the East Coast.

They race on foot, bikes and in boats with the one-day event taking them anywhere between 10-12 hours.

Wānaka's Hamish Elliot won his first men's race this year with a time of 10 hours 48 minutes 53 seconds, while Simone Maier took her fifth title with a finishing time of 12 hours, 31 minutes, and 8 seconds.

Elliot and Maier spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.