Australian wins Kepler

Perfect race by Martin Dent

NATHAN BURDON IN TE ANAU
Last updated 06:33 07/12/2013
NATHAN BURDON/The Southland Times

Australian runner Martin Dent crosses the finish line to break the Kepler Challenge record.

Taking on the Kepler Challenge

2013 Kepler Challenge

2013 Kepler Challenge
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Troy McAlister, of Winton, finishes second in the 2013 Luxmore Grunt.

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The 2013 Kepler Challenge has started this morning in Te Anau.

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Australian runner Martin Dent has broken the Kepler Challenge record today.

He led an exceptional race leading through the major race points.

Ruby Muir successfully defended her title to be the first woman home.

Sports editor Nathan Burdon was following the race today.

Race snapshots:

* Ruby Muir first woman home in Kepler Challenge.

* Martin Dent wins Kepler Challenge.

* Martin Dent through Rainbow Reach. Still five minutes up on record pace with 10km to go.

* Leading runners should be in before 10.37am if they are going to break the record.

* Australian runner Martin Dent still leading at Motorau 3.30 and is seven minutes ahead of race record pace.

* Alistair Green first local runner home in the Grunt. Wellington's Amanda Broughton second woman. Mags Helles third.

* Louisa Andrew, from Dunedin, first woman home in the Grunt.

* Geoff Williamson, from Dunedin, wins the Luxmore Grunt from Tony McAlister and Richard Ford.

* Australian runner Martin Dent five minutes ahead of race record pace at Rocky Point: 2.57. Phil Costley holds the record with 4.37 in 2005.

* Australian runner Martin Dent through Iris Burn in 2.21 well ahead of race record pace and 13 minutes ahead of Armstrong. 

* Australian runner Martin Dent has race lead and only one minute off race record pace at Hanging Valley.

* Landline Greyling second woman to Luxmore and Shireen Crumpton third, Dwight Grieve first local.

* Ruby Muir takes Queen of the Mountain title.

* Vajin Armstrong second to Luxmore, trails by about five minutes.

* Australian runner Martin Dent first runner to Luxmore Hut.

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