Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka Multi heralded a success


The Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka Multi was heralded a success by competitors on Saturday 31 October 2020. The race proved so popular that the limit of 100 entries had to be opened up in the weeks before the race due to demand and the event did not disappoint. 

Dougal Allan, local multi-sport athlete and coach, Challenge Wanaka Champion and Kathmandu Coast to Coast winner came in first in the men’s Open Field (18-39 years), leading the race from start to finish, yet behind him was a hard fought race amongst the men, with Hamish Elliot from Gore keeping Allan honest gaining on him on the mountain bike and run and local triathlon coach Tim Brazier coming in third after a ten year break from competing. 
Dougal Allan - Photo Credit - Lennon Bright Photography

Allan was thrilled to win the inaugural race, “There was an event which was going to take place earlier this year and didn’t and I was coaching a few athletes who were putting a lot into that event and the rug was sort of pulled out from under them. So huge respect to the Challenge Wanaka crew for stepping up and giving us this opportunity to take part in this multisport event. There are not too many of them to do. And then to persevere through the COVID setback and here we are, as who would have thought in April this year we would be here now racing. So I thought about that a lot today and the gratitude I felt to the team behind the event and thanks to all the competitors who took part and supported it.”

In the women’s race Fiona Dowling from Christchurch won the women’s Open (18-39 years old) followed by Claire Bell from Te Anau and Adele Macgregor from Christchurch. Wanaka based Simone Maier who has also won the Kathmandu Coast to Coast and GODZone amongst her many titles, took the win in the women’s veteran field, with Jo Williams and Alexandra Martin (Queenstown) taking the two other top spots.

Maier who had the fastest overall time in the women’s field, so set the course record, was stoked with her win, “We were lucky with the weather because the front passed through at the end and I think everyone was nervous about that at the start on the paddle. It was an amazing paddle with a high river flow which made it fast. The course is awesome.” 

“We are stoked that we were able to race, especially at the moment. I was really happy with my performance as I haven’t really raced since the Coast to Coast. And what a great turn out and great support from the volunteers. The team put on a great show.”

The race saw 120 competitors enter for the 25km kayak, 43km mountain bike and a 12km trail run. With just over 100 kayakers lining up for the paddle across Lake Wanaka from the new Wanaka Watersports Centre, they then raced down the Clutha River to just before the Red Bridge at Luggate. Where they jumped onto their Mountain Bikes and rode along the Newcastle track to Deans Bank and then along the road into Hawea, across the Damn and back up the Hawea River Track to the Albert Town bridge. They then transitioned onto the run along the beautiful Outlet Track all the way back to the Watersports Centre. 

The race catered for all abilities and allowed for Tandem Teams and well as Team Relay, for mixed as well as men and women’s categories. 

Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka Team are already looking to make this an annual event after the success of this year and the timing in the calendar suits as a kick-off event for the multisport season. 

Full results here