Skaters take to Timaru raceway

BUNCH START: Nine speed skaters completed the first ever 100km ultra marathon held in New Zealand at the Timaru International Motor Raceway.
BUNCH START: Nine speed skaters completed the first ever 100km ultra marathon held in New Zealand at the Timaru International Motor Raceway.

Christchurch's Ollie Jones and Hutt Valley's Antony Nalder Hutt scorched around the Timaru International Motor Raceway in the first ever 100km speed skating race held in New Zealand.

The pair fought out a close finish with Jones winning in the outstanding time of 2hr 55min 42.14sec, averaging just over 34kph, with Nalder just a few metres.

Dunedin's masters skater Brett McCormack was third.

Timaru's Guy McDonald was fourth and the only other mens finisher in the tough event was Dunedin junior Mark McCormack.

Nicole Begg won the women's race 3hr 11min 38sec after mixing it with the top men at various times.

Analiese Le Roy and Temuka's Tyla Smith lined up for the sprint to decide second with Le Roy unleashing a powerful burst to sort out the issue.

Ariana Snook was the only other woman to finish.

Junior Jan Kuepper went the first 20 km with the top men and won the cadet 42 km in 1 hr 25m 47 sec with Keaton Swindells second and Kaylum McAuley third.

Unfortunately cadet girls' favourites Jazmyn McAuley and Charlotte Clarke both crashed in the first lap, leaving Ella Benson to take the race in 1hr 30min 45.54sec from Ayla Preston and Erin Hall.

The masters men 42km went to McCormack from Simon McAuley and Bruce Begg, with the women's event going to Leah Caldwall.

Mollie Johnson won the novice and primary event from Amy Baird and Ryan Caldwall.

The Timaru Herald