Runners race the Kingston Flyer during the second Race the
Train event. Photo by Christina McDonald.
Defending champion Oska Inkster-Baynes recorded a clear
win over both the Kingston Flyer vintage steam train and his
closest rival, Daniel Balchin, yesterday.
The 21-year-old Wanaka athlete finished the Race the Train
12km in 38min 9sec, well ahead of the train's time of nearly
Despite the sizable lead, Insker-Baynes said this year was a
lot tougher because of the faster competitors.
An achilles tendon injury four months ago meant the week
immediately before Race the Train event was his first ''100km
week in a long time''.
Having matched Inkster-Baynes for 8km of the race, second
placegetter Daniel Balchin, originally from Dunedin, said
finishing within a minute of Inkster-Baynes
was ''not too bad''as he had raced the Lovelock Mile in
Timaru on Saturday, where he also finished second - by 0.06
His legs were ''feeling it today'' but he just ''could not
resist'' giving Inkster-Baynes a bit of competition and
running the unusual race.
With clear skies and the mercury in the mid-20s, Balchin said
it was ''pretty hot out there''. Thijs Hubber was third man
Olympic triathlete Nicky Samuels (Wanaka) surprised herself
when she won the women's ' 12km race, coming home ahead of
Joanne Saxton and Renee Saxton.
The race featured a 5km and 12km division in which
competitors raced parallel to the train in a bid to beat the
Organiser Adrian Bailey, of Active QT, said about 300
competitors raced, down a little on the inaugural race last
year due to the Kingston Flyer being out of action for almost
Inspiration for the event was drawn from the original Race
the Train in Wales, Mr Bailey's home country, and he expects
the race to grow in popularity.