Oli Chignell has proven his strong winter was no fluke.
A runner who has been edging his way closer to victory in recent races finally became a marathon champion in Queenstown on Saturday.
More than 11,000 runners pounded the streets of Queenstown across four marathon events today as the sun beat down on the resort.
Runners from around the world have converged on Queenstown, but you need only to look down the road to find one of the stars.
Former Dunedin police officer Mel Aitken has been on the podium at every Queenstown Marathon - something she hopes to continue tomorrow.
A record and several impressive performances were on show in the throwing circle at the Caledonian Ground on Saturday.
Margie Campbell was on track to capture the Auckland Marathon title before she was slowed by something literally out of her control.
Conquering a gruelling 330km trail run in 113 hours is no mean feat - just ask Alexandra athlete Glenn Kelly.
Pupils from around the region put their best feet for forward at the cross country event at Kaikorai Valley College in Dunedin.