Runners in arms

Coast to Coast participants (from left) Andrew Labes (Balclutha), Paul Skipper (Milton), Kevin Wheeler (Australia) and Kalai Lao (China) link up to cross a stream in Deception Valley during their mission to complete the long-running event earlier this month. The Coast to Coast drew hundreds of athletes from New Zealand and further afield to compete in the gruelling journey, which began at Kumara Beach on the West Coast. Seven Clutha locals challenged themselves to complete the journey in their respective categories.


Clutha participants’ results

Mathew Lawlor: 37th in the two-day individual, veteran men’s category with 16hrs 33min. Liam O’Riordan Lawlor: 1st in his category on the mountain run with 4hrs 46mins. Anna Burrell: 31st in the open women’s two-day individual category with 16hrs 47mins. Paul Skipper: 40th in the classic category with 18hrs 53mins. Andrew Labes: 56th in the veteran men’s category with 19hrs 13mins. Jason Dobson: 3rd in the one-day, open men’s category (non-elite) with 13hrs 20mins. Mark Jones: 23rd in the one-day, open men’s category (non-elite) with 14hrs 35mins.