Fourth title for Fleming

Peak to Peak winner Hamish Fleming paddles on Lake Wakatipu on Saturday. PHOTO: SEAN BEALE
Peak to Peak winner Hamish Fleming paddles on Lake Wakatipu on Saturday. PHOTO: SEAN BEALE
Queenstown's Hamish Fleming is gaining a mortgage on the Peak to Peak event in Queenstown.

Fleming claimed his fourth win at the event on Saturday, coming home in a time of 2hr 15min 46sec.

Fleming has recently returned from adventure racing at the Wulong Mountain Quest in China and was in great form.

He beat his own time of 2hr 16min 7sec, set in 2017, and raced very strongly through all the stages.

Tom Spencer was second in 2hr 19min 49sec and Shaun Travers was third in 2hr 23min 30sec.

Wanaka adventure racer and Godzone champion Emily Wilson was the fastest woman, staying focused throughout to win in a time of 2hr 45min 59sec.

Josie Cederman was less than a minute behind in second place and Katherine Reardon was third.

More than 450 competitors took part in the five-stage 44km event, racing from the Remarkables Skifield to Queenstown and back up to Coronet Peak.

Entries were up by 60%, in conditions which were first-rate for racing.

A new tandem class proved popular. Warwick Tuffnell and Nigel Robertson won the male tandem team event and the first female tandem team was Holly Weston and Sarah Jenkins.

The mixed tandem team winners were Danielle Sherman and Glenn Roberts.

Ten schools from the lower South Island competed.

Wakatipu High School claimed the top female secondary school title and James Hargest College took top male secondary school title.

Mt Aspiring College won the primary school category.

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