Mission Mt Somers 2020
The trails and associated events around Mt Somers have long been associated with young endurance athletes cutting their teeth early in their endurance sport career, with names such as Jess Simson, Braden Currie, Dougal Allan, Carl Bevins and Sia Svendsen all having early success on this course.
Saturday 31 October was no different with Ben Williams from Greymouth tipping up course record holder and seasoned athlete Flavio Vianna in the half-marathon course, local legend Stephen Blackwell finished close behind in third place.
Meanwhile note the name Emma Wilson, the 17 year old dominated the inaugural Multi Mission which consisted of 30 kilometres of mountain biking before the technical 21 kilometre mountain run. Emma dominated the field and showed she will be a real challenger in this year’s individual 2 Day Coast to Coast division, Sarah Lea-Davidson and Rachel Schmack made sure they kept Emma honest however, finishing second and third respectively. The Multi-Mission proved the ultimate build up to the Summer multisport calendar, with a solid one thirty plus in the saddle followed by two and a half hours of trail running testing athletes early season endurance! In the men’s field it was the older wiser legs of Rhys Bowen who managed to sneak home to take the podium position, although he had an honest battle with Caleb Hill all day both finishing within a minute of each other, Jamie Mountier rounded out the podium in third position.
In the Women’s half marathon event Sabrina Grogan proved that lockdown and a busy career has not taken the edge off her running speed smashing the course in just over 2:30, Claire Le Grice and Catherine Wilson battled it out for second and third with Claire managing to claim second place overall and first veteran.
The iconic marathon course was dominated by some seasoned legs, adventure racer Struan Webb managed to take the men’s division out whilst Alistair McDowell displayed that mountaineering legs can also turn over at a pace required to compete with trail runners, Steve O’Neill took out the Vets category as well as taking third overall. In the women’s division Julia Grant’s pending retirement from endurance sport once again got put on hold, with the call of the mountain marathon being too much and Julia ticking up her third victory in the event taking home the $500- cash, Laura Pattie made sure the money wasn’t guaranteed however finishing less than 3 minutes behind Grant. Emily Harrison rounded out the Womens marathon podium.
400 plus athletes took on the trails across all events including the 5 kilometre and 10-kilometre events at the event. Once again, the event would not have been possible without all the volunteers and local Methven Search and Rescue. We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2021 Mission Mt Somers!