Forne & Williams claim Peak to Peak titles

Published
12/08/2018

Wanaka athlete crowned 25th Peak to Peak supreme winner

Victory for individuals Chris Forne & Joanna Williams at the Peak to Peak multisport race from the top of the Remarkables to Coronet Peak


Stunning bluebird weather greeted competitors at the 25thannual Torpedo7 Peak to Peak multisport race yesterday (11thAugust).


25thTorpedo7 Peak to Peak individual winners Chris Forne and Joanna Williams


A field of almost 400 competitors, a mix of individuals, mixed teams and school teams skied, biked, kayaked and ran their way from The Remarkables to Coronet Peak (Queenstown).


Wanaka athlete Joanna Williams was the first individual female competitor across the line. It was her sixth win at the event making her the “most winning person” of any division in the event’s 25-year-history – an accolade Race Director Geoff Hunt highlighted at the awards ceremony at Coronet Peak.


Joanna said; “I’m a big supporter of this event, it’s a great race especially when you have beautiful conditions like today.”


“I entered to ‘shock’ me into training for other events… but it’s been hard when the snow has been so good to go running, biking and paddling!”


The multi-sport athlete is due to compete in the Adventure Racing World Championship in Reunion Island later this year alongside Peak to Peak individual male winner Chris Forne. Chris was a late entry into this year’s event, crossing the finish line ahead of Rueben Thompson and three-time Peak to Peak champion Hamish Flemming.


“I knew it would be a close race and I’m a little bit surprised,” said Chris.


“But that’s part of the fun, these races are always a bit unexpected because you don’t know what sort of training everyone’s done. But it’s always laid back with a great atmosphere.”

Competitors slog it up Coronet Peak

The 44km race began with competitors skiing or snowboarding down the Outward Bound run at The Remarkables, followed by a 17km mountain bike ride down the access road to Frankton Beach. Competitors then paddled 7km across a calm Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown Bay, ran 9km to the Swiss-Belresort hotel Arthurs Point and cycled 9km up to the Coronet Peak base building to finish on the snow.


Race director Geoff Hunt has organised and run the event since its inception as part of the Queenstown Winter Festival back in 1993. The event was moved to August to provide a fun mid-winter event for multi-sport athletes but has otherwise remained “almost exactly the same.”


“It’s the perfect training programme for athletes gearing up for longer events like the World Series and the Coast to Coast,” says Geoff.


“There’s always a nice atmosphere with friendly rivalry between individuals and teams challenging each other each year - this year’s event was no different. The weather couldn’t have been better and the feedback has been really positive.


“The school teams and mixed teams bring a whole new element to the race, as it introduces competitors to multi-sport one leg at a time and it hooks you into the sport. Joanne Williams first did the Peak to Peak as part of a business team – now she’s won more races than any other competitor in the race’s history. You never know, maybe there’s another champion in the making in this year’s teams category.”

 

JUNIOR SCHOOL
1st – Inspired Kids 
2nd – The Goddess Five 
3rd – 7Torpedos 

  

HIGH SCHOOL
1st – OBHS OAK Men 
2nd What an adventure 
3rd Kashima 

 

WOMEN TEAM
1st – Team PE
2nd – JK Rolling

 

VETERAN TEAM
1st – Avanti Plus
2nd - Lets Eat
3rd – Team Loki
 

 

MIXED TEAM 
1st – Silver Anniversary of the Famous Five
2nd – Physiomed Mixed
3rd – The Ducklegs

 

BUSINESS TEAM
1st - Fulton Hogan Terminators
2nd – Rationale
3rd – Trojan Soldiers

 

OPEN TEAM
1st – Ryan Shanks Fitness
2nd – Eat a Pie, Be A Better Person
3rd – Vertex Altitude

 

INDIVIDUALS

 

JUNIOR MALE
1st – Will Morshuis
2nd - Joey Vilela

 

VETERAN MALE
1st – Rikki Griffin
2nd – Shaun Portegys
3rd  - Hamish MacKay

 

VETERAN WOMAN
1st – Alex Martin

 

WOMEN
1st – Joanna Williams
2nd – Alisa Rollinson
3rd – Meg Bichard

 

MENS
1st – Chris Forne
2nd – Reuben Thompson
3rd – Hamish Flemming