Australian wins Kepler Challenge

Last updated 13:07 07/12/2013
NATHAN BURDON/The Southland Times

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

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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 won the Kepler Challenge and set a new record. 

LATEST: 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.

Race snapshots:

* 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. 

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