Big Easy mountain race record event

Luis Alonso Marcos, of Spain, on his way to winning the Big Easy mountain bike and mountain marathon event on Saturday. Photo from Silver Vision.
Luis Alonso Marcos, of Spain, on his way to winning the Big Easy mountain bike and mountain marathon event on Saturday. Photo from Silver Vision.
Race records tumbled at Saturday's Big Easy mountain bike and mountain marathon event near Wanaka.

The race, from Snow Farm - above the Cardrona Valley, to the Albert Town Tavern, attracted a record 265 competitors.

The women's race winner was Mel Aitken, of Dunedin, who was third overall in a time of 3hr 39min 46sec, knocking an impressive 18min off the previous record held by Whitney Dagg, also of Dunedin.

Luis Alonso Marcos, of Spain, won the men's marathon in 3hr 28min 06sec. He has already run seven marathons on seven continents and the Big Easy was his eighth, which completed his ''grand slam''.

In the mountain bike race, Dunedin man Alex McGregor finished in 2hr 5min 52sec, 19min faster than the previous record held by Mark Williams, of Queenstown.

The female mountain bike race record was also beaten by Kath Kelly, of Roxburgh, who took one and a half minutes off Joanna Williams' record, finishing in 2hr 24min 22sec.