Australian Dent wins Kepler Challenge

Troy McAlister, of Winton, finishes second in the 2013 Luxmore Grunt.
Troy McAlister, of Winton, finishes second in the 2013 Luxmore Grunt.
Setting watches as the favorites get away in the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Setting watches as the favorites get away in the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Vajin Armstrong heads towards the Luxmore Hut during the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Vajin Armstrong heads towards the Luxmore Hut during the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Rowan Walker, of Canberra, heads towards the Luxmore Hut during the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Rowan Walker, of Canberra, heads towards the Luxmore Hut during the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Martin Lukes heads towards the Luxmore Hut during the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Martin Lukes heads towards the Luxmore Hut during the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Competitors during the Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Competitors during the Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Malcolm Law during the Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Malcolm Law during the Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Competitors approaching the Luxmore Hut during the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Competitors approaching the Luxmore Hut during the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Former winner Shireen Crumpton at the Luxmore Hut during the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Former winner Shireen Crumpton at the Luxmore Hut during the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Ruby Muir, of Napier, approaches the Luxmore Hut during the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Ruby Muir, of Napier, approaches the Luxmore Hut during the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
The Luxmore Hut during the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
The Luxmore Hut during the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Flavio Vianna having his bag checked at the Luxmore Hut during the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Flavio Vianna having his bag checked at the Luxmore Hut during the 2013 Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Competitors led by Pete Wilkinson, of Winton, during the Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Competitors led by Pete Wilkinson, of Winton, during the Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Competitors in the mountains during the Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Competitors in the mountains during the Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Competitors in the mountains during the Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Competitors in the mountains during the Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday.
Australian Olympic Marathoner Martin Dent wins the Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday and breaks the race record.
Australian Olympic Marathoner Martin Dent wins the Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday and breaks the race record.
That's my dad. Eight-month-old Layla Dent is pleased to see Australian Olympic Marathoner Martin Dent after he wins the Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday and breaks the race record.
That's my dad. Eight-month-old Layla Dent is pleased to see Australian Olympic Marathoner Martin Dent after he wins the Kepler Challenge at Te Anau on Saturday and breaks the race record.
A close finish to the Ramble at the Kepler Challenge in Te Anau on Saturday, James Wright, 6, left, and Josua Parkinson fight out the finish with Josua taking the win.
A close finish to the Ramble at the Kepler Challenge in Te Anau on Saturday, James Wright, 6, left, and Josua Parkinson fight out the finish with Josua taking the win.
Irene Barnes presents Womans Luxmore Grunt winner Louisa Andrew of Dunedin her 2013 medal.
Irene Barnes presents Womans Luxmore Grunt winner Louisa Andrew of Dunedin her 2013 medal.
Geoff Williamson, of Dunedin, takes out the Luxmore Grunt at Te Anau on Saturday.
Geoff Williamson, of Dunedin, takes out the Luxmore Grunt at Te Anau on Saturday.
Robyn Burns with husband Mark at the Luxmore Grunt at Te Anau on Saturday.
Robyn Burns with husband Mark at the Luxmore Grunt at Te Anau on Saturday.
Ruby Muir, of Napier, wins the womans Kepler Challenge on Saturday at Te Anau.
Ruby Muir, of Napier, wins the womans Kepler Challenge on Saturday at Te Anau.
Vajin Armstrong with Steve Norris after the Kepler Challenge on Saturday at Te Anau.
Vajin Armstrong with Steve Norris after the Kepler Challenge on Saturday at Te Anau.
Place getters in the Kepler Challenge on Saturday from left, Rowan Walker, third, Martin Dent, first, and Vajin Armstrong, second.
Place getters in the Kepler Challenge on Saturday from left, Rowan Walker, third, Martin Dent, first, and Vajin Armstrong, second.
The top three placegetters after the race.
The top three placegetters after the race.
Stunning views from the Luxmore Hut this morning.
Stunning views from the Luxmore Hut this morning.
Runners relax at the end of the Luxmore Grunt.
Runners relax at the end of the Luxmore Grunt.
New Queen of the Mountain Ruby Muir.
New Queen of the Mountain Ruby Muir.
Te Anau identity Ray Willett is interviewed before racing starts.
Te Anau identity Ray Willett is interviewed before racing starts.
Australian runner Martin Dent is the first runner to the Luxmore Hut.
Australian runner Martin Dent is the first runner to the Luxmore Hut.

Australian runner Martin Dent has won the Kepler Challenge and set a new record. 

Race snapshots:

* Martin Dent wins Kepler Challenge.

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

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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