Australian wins Kepler Challenge
Australian runner Martin Dent has won the Kepler Challenge and set a new record.
He led an exceptional race leading through the major race points.
Dent, an avid Twitter user, has posted a picture of the three winners noting his winning times as 4 hours 33 minutes.
Second place was taken by Christchurch runner Vajin Armstrong - a three-times Kepler winner - at 4 hours 55.
Third place to was taken by Australian Rown Walker at 5 hours 9 minutes.
Dent broke the Kepler's record win of 4 hours 37 minutes set up Phil Costley in 2005.
Ruby Muir successfully defended her title to be the first woman home.
* 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.
Video: Below is the view approaching the Luxmore Hut by helicopter.
The Southland Times