First time, first place

16:00, Dec 08 2013

Two Dunedin runners on debut claimed the Luxmore Grunt honours on Saturday.

Geoff Wiliamson, a soft-tissue therapist and athetics coach, managed to overtake New Zealand age-group representative Troy McAlister on the downhill to win the men's 27km race.

McAlister, who is studying geology at Canterbury University, showed he is making a strong return to competition after taking a break from triathlon with second place, ahead of fellow Southlander Richard Ford.

"Troy had about a minute on me when we went into the hill and I just slowly pegged that back and then I got him on the downhill," Williamson said.

Louisa Andrew surprised herself by winning the women's race from Amanda Broughton and Magrethe Helles.

"I only got in a week ago so I haven't really been training properly and I didn't know what to expect," said Andrew, who won the Three Peaks moutain race in Dunedin and several half-marathons this season.

"I normally have a break at this time of the year, but I managed to hang in there."


The Southland Times