Records broken at The Hillary Ultra

14/03/2015 by Steve Knowles

It’s been a record breaking day at the second anniversary of The Hillary ultra run that traverses the entire length of the Waitakere ranges in the epic 80km event.

Photos - The Hillary

The 2015 Hillary got underway at 6am from Arataki visitors center with runners treated to a sun rise over the Manukau harbour as they crested the cliffs dawn Saturday morning. 

As the ultra runners cruised along the wild west coast past Piha and Bethells beaches the 34 and 16km runs set off, all on search for the finish at Murawai.

It may have been the thoughts of getting caught out in tropical cyclone Pam or just the great conditions underfoot that lead to new course records.

First home was Andreas Romanus in an incredible time of  8 hr 24 min, just on 14 minutes faster than inaugural champion Stephan Quentin of France.

The women’s record also fell this time to Australian Beth Cardelli (below), clocking  9 hr 57min, 7 minutes quicker than 2014 champion Joanna Johansen (10hrs 4min) who had earlier that year won the Tarawera Ultra – Rotorua.

More news to come