Backyard ultra runners test their mettle

Spare a thought for some hardy athletes in Arrowtown.

While we enjoyed our weekends - including sleep - a group of runners set off every hour, on the hour, for a 6.7km run, from Butler’s Green towards Bush Creek and back.

They will not stop until there is only one person standing, able to complete the lap within the 60-minute window.

The inaugural Arrowtown Backyard Ultra attracted a full-capacity field of 150 starters when the horn sounded at 9am on Saturday, with just two remaining on Monday morning to secure a new record.

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