Mount Maunganui multi-sport athlete Anna Barrett is pleased with her performance in taking out the Tauranga Trail Run in yesterday’s hot conditions.
The 25-year-old won the 30 kilometre event with a preliminary time of 2hrs46mins at the TECT All Terrain Park.
Barrett had expected to be challenged by Mount runner Shannon-Leigh Litt, but took an early lead on the hilly Western Bay of Plenty course, which she describes as one of her favourite runs.
She found the main competition came not from the other competitors but from the heat.
“It was so hot,” laughs Barrett.
“I had to take my shirt off during the race and ended up running in just my bra and shorts.”
The effect of the heat was emphasised by Smith Sports Shoes owner and Tauranga Trail Run sponsor Bruce Trebilco.
“They’d recently cut down some pine trees so less of the course was under canopy this year, the runners really felt the heat in those sections,” says Bruce.
Luckily for Barrett, and other competitors, there were extra hydration stations in this year’s event with water available as well as R-Line - an electrolyte sports drink manufactured in the Bay of Plenty.
The victory came less than a month after Barrett’s debut of 3hrs27mins in the iconic 42.2kilometre New York Marathon.
“I was supposed to run the New York Marathon in 2012 but it was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy,” explains Barrett.
Undeterred she returned to New York in 2013 and is particularly enthusiastic when describing her experience.
“It was just awesome. I don’t really know how to explain it – two million people cheering from the side-lines is an amazing experience.”
Even more special was the fact she competed alongside her mother Lyn, who completed the race in 4hrs26minutes.
It turns out Barrett keeps some pretty sporty company as her partner Sam Clark won the men’s 30kilometre division. Clark, 23, is a multi-sport athlete sponsored by Macpac.
He’s previously competed in gruelling events such as the Coast to Coast, The Motu Challenge and the Lake to Lighthouse Challenge.
Next up for Barrett is the Coast to Coast - a multi-sport event featuring running, cycling and kayaking that traverses the breadth of the South Island, a whopping 243kilometres from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean.
Although a daunting task Barrett is buoyed by her long distance experience - having completed the Tarawera Ultra 85kilometre event in March.
“The 85km was not so much a race for me, but more about self-achievement, just getting across the line.”
The Tauranga Trail Run is an annual event held as a fundraiser for Tauranga Boys’ College cross country team.
Preliminary results are below:
- 15km. Men: 1st David Sullivan (1:41:48), 2nd Roger Creighton (1:41:56), 3rd Todd Mardon (1:43:22). Women: 1st Ryo Miyanami (1:49:17), 2nd Michelle Pollard (1:51:05), 3rd Tracey Hay (1:51:30). 10km. Men: 1st Andy Wilson (40:15), 2nd Talon Sneddon (44:39), 3rd Scott Illingworth (44:52). Women: Emma Hyett (46:31 - 6th overall), 2nd Melissa Reid (49:44), 3rd Lyndy Wickham (52:06). 5km. Men: 1st Oliver Brown (21:00 - Under 12), 2nd Mark Crowther (21:01), 3rd Wal Haydock (21:21). Women: 1st Megan Lake (22:02 - Under 12), 2nd Nicola Morrison (23:23), 3rd Sophie McConnell (23:27 - Under 18).