Coast to Coast 2014 live updates

05:24, Feb 14 2014
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SORTING IT: Preparation for this year's Coast to Coast gets underway. Robin Judkins putting up a radio repeater on Mount Rosa.
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BIRD'S EYE: Preparation for this year's Coast to Coast gets underway. Robin Judkins organising his last event.
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GEARING UP: Preparing for the Coast to Coast - family Dad Paul Nichols, (L) twin sisters Anabelle and Gracie (R).
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ROARING START: Robin Judkins race organiser on the horn for the start of the race.
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MIST: Cycling from Kumara to Deception Bridge.
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THE PACK: Coast to Coast. Cycling Taipo River bridge.
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LIGHT RELIEF: John Acker on the accordian entertains Coast to Coast competitors near Kumara.
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HEADING FOR HIGH GROUND: Kristin McNaughton entering Deception River to start the mountain run.
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AIMING FOR DECEPTION: Athletes making their way toward Deception River at the bridge.
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INTO THE SOG: Graham Nielson (L) starts the mountain run.
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BALANCING ACT: Fiona Dowling enters Deception River.
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HEAVY CLOUD: Feeling the burn on Goat Pass.
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KEEPING ON: Miserable weather on Goat Pass.
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ROCK CLIMB: Coast to Coast. Running through Deception River.
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QUICK GUZZLE: Coast to Coast competitor on Goat Pass.
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HOOFING IT: Joanna Williams first woman up Goat Pass in the Coast to Coast.
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GO BRENDON GO: Brendon Vercoe first, two day individual into Klondyke.
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SCENIC PASS: A lone figure heading over Goat Pass.
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PEDALING: Shaun Portegys on the bike leg.
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HELPING HAND: Competitors help each other out at the start of the mountain run.
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HANDS IN THE AIR: Toni Hancock (front) at start of the mountain run.
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HEADING UP: Threading a way up the Deception River.
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POWERING: Fiona Dowling (individual) heading towards the Deception Bridge from Kumara.
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SPLASH: Nathan Facer on the mountain run at Deception Bridge.
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IN STRIDE: Rex De Ryke charges across the river at Deception Bridge.
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NEON SHOES: Paul Massie in the Deception River.
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EARLY START: Coast to Coast Individual One Day event Robin Judkins gives the start signal.
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RACE ON: Richard Ussher (L) cycling from Kumara in the Coast to Coast Individual One Day event.
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GRINDING: Braden Currie (foreground) on the first cycle leg in the Coast to Coast Individual One Day event.
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BOULDERS: Jess Simson Upper Deception River, Coast to Coast One Day Event.
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NEGOTIATING: Elina Ussher Upper Deception River, Coast to Coast.
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CLIMB: Braden Currie Upper Deception River, Coast to Coast.
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GO MIKE: Coast to Coast - Michael O'Brien in the Upper Deception.
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CROSSING: Coast to Coast One Day, Nick Crocker crossing at Deception River Bridge.
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WAIT: Coast to Coast. Waiting for the start of the Longest Day at Kumara Beach.
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OPEN SPACE: Coast to Coast. Jess Simson cycling from Klondyke corner to Mount White Bridge.
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FLYING: Coast to Coast - Elina Ussher leaving Mount White Bridge.
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PADDLE TIME: Coast to Coast Jess Simson setting off in Kayak from Mount White Bridge.
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TRANSITION: Coast to Coast One Day. Richard Ussher coming in to end of Kayak section at Waimakariri Gorge Bridge.
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WAIMAK: Coast to Coast One Day. Braden Currie coming in to end of Kayak section at Waimakariri Gorge Bridge.
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HITTING THE BEACH: Finish of the annual Speights Coast to Coast Race at Sumner Beach. Winner of the two day individual event, Brendon Vercoe, hits the finish.
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GOT YOU DAD: Finish of the annual Speights Coast to Coast Race at Sumner Beach. Winner of the One Day race was Braden Currie. Braden's son, Tarn, 5, was with dad at the finish line.
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LOAD OFF: Finish of the annual Speights Coast to Coast Race at Sumner Beach. Winner of the Women's One Day race was an exhausted Jesse Simson.
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ELATION: Finish of the annual Speights Coast to Coast Race at Sumner Beach. Winner of the One Day race was Braden Currie. Braden's son, Tarn, 5, was with dad at the finish line.
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BRO'S: Finish of the annual Speights Coast to Coast Race at Sumner Beach. One Day winner, Braden Currie, left, congratulates his brother, Glen, who placed third.

The 2014 Coast to Coast looks set to have the strongest international lineup in the event's 31-year history.

We will be following the athletes' progress live with the help of Coast to Coast officials, reporter Brendon Egan and photographer Kirk Hargreaves. Please post your own comments and any updated information you have below.

Organisers are posting results here.

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ON THE RUN: The two day event began in Kumara at 7am.

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The 2014 Coast to Coast looks set to have the strongest international lineup in the event's 31-year history.

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ACTION MAN: Robin Judkins choppers his way over the course during final preparations ofn Thursday.

When the annual multisport race was first held in 1983, there were just three participants from outside New Zealand. Since then, it has attracted more than 1500 international competitors from 30 countries, including several international winners.

Race director Robin Judkins said this year had more than 90 international entrants for the 243-kilometre running, cycling and kayaking race being held across Friday and Saturday.

Interest has come from as far afield as Australia, Canada, Belgium, Brazil, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, the United States, Wales, the United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe.

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START LINE: Robin Judkins starts the 2014 Coast to Coast this morning.

However, Canterbury had more entries than the internationals.

Several overseas names could contend for the men's one-day race title with 25-year-old Australian Alex Houghton, who mixes triathlon and multisport successfully, Christchurch-based Brazilian Flavio Vianna and Swedish-based American Scott Cole potential challengers.

Elina Maki-Rautila, now Ussher, was originally from Finland, but now lives in Nelson with husband and five-time champion Richard Ussher.

She first made an impact in 2006, finishing second, before eventually winning the race in 2010 and 2012. She again looms as a favourite for this year's women's one-day individual prize.

The Coast to Coast traverses from Kumara Beach on the West Coast to Sumner Beach on the Pacific Coast.

We will be following the athletes' progress with the help of reporter Brendon Egan and photographer Kirk Hargreaves. Please post your own comments and any updated information you have below.

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