Nelson Leader : April 11th 2013
36 THE NELSON LEADER, APRIL 11, 2013 SPORT PLUS RECEIVE A FREE NAIL POLISH APPLICATION FROM OUR NEW BEAUTY CONSULTANT, JESSICA WALSH OFFER VAILD TILL 30 APRIL 2013 5268612AB www.impactplants.co.nz Locally grown at delaware bay to view contact Bruce Wilson on 545 2665 Specialist nursery grower of succulents, cactus, architectural plants, cycads & palms for dry garden landscaping or specimen feature plants check out the upgraded website impact plants 5283859AA Adventure organiser bowing out Finale: Chris James at the start of the last Rollo's Adventure Race at Cable Bay in 2011. By SIMON BLOOMBERG After 12 years of getting peo- ple to trek, mountainbike and kayak at high speed through some of the most spec- tacular and remote areas in the Nelson-Tasman region, Chris The Sheriff' James is handing in his badge. Chris organised the first Rollo's Nelson Adventure Race in 2001 and has subsequently staged 10 editions of the popular teams' multisport event. It has been the longest running 12 and 24-hour adventure race in the South Island with up to 150 athletes competing, but this year's race on May 4 will be the last. Although the 12 and 24-hour race is still as popular as ever and the newer six-hour version, star- ted in 2004, has gone viral, Chris said it was time to stop. Organis- ing and running adventure races was a massive task and he said quite simply he didn't have enough spare time to keep the event running. Life has changed for me in the past three years and now I don't have time. The passion is still there but the time isn't -- I could have just stopped now but I owed it to [sponsors] Rollo's to do one last race.'' Chris said this year, in addition to the Rollo's 12 and 24-hour races there would be an eight-hour sec- tion. The eight-hour race would provide a good stepping stone for adventure racers who had done the six-hour version and wanted to take on a slightly bigger chal- lenge. Chris said the 12 and 24-hour adventure races, which include kayaking, will start at Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds while the 12 and 24-hour duathlon will start further down the course''. All three races will finish in Nel- son. I expect the fastest teams to finish in around 16 or 17 hours and the slowest in 24,'' he said. And there will certainly be plenty of teams pushing the 16 hour barrier with world champion Seagate racers Nathan Fa'avae, Sophie Hart and Chris Forne as well as Richard and Elina Ussher all indicating they will be compet- ing. Chris said he had received 28 entries so far and was expecting one of the biggest fields for the final edition of the longest of the Rollo's races. The final six-hour race will be held on September 7 while the last MiGym Musselman, which he also organises, will be on October 6. Go to adventurenelson.co.nz.
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