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The 44-year-old Dunedin joiner claimed victory in the 200km event at the Great Naseby Water Race over the weekend.
He finished the race of 20 10km laps in 23hr 42min, two hours ahead of his nearest opponent.
Sutton had gone out strongly and completed a quick first 100km, holding on for as long as he could.
He faded after that and found laps 13 and 14 tough. However, he came right and was able to finish well to complete the race in under 24 hours.
The race was markedly different from his last outing - an ultra-marathon in South Africa - but it was still enjoyable.
``Naseby's just so close to home. It's nice and handy,'' he said.
``It's easy running in the colder temperatures - perfect wee course, really. You're on forestry roads and round the water, so it's a very beautiful course.
``There's snow on the hills, pine trees all around. It's just a great place to run.''
It was the second time the race was of a 200km distance and it was also Sutton's second victory.
Last year he won in 22hr 10min.
Sutton hoped to run the Dunedin Marathon in two weeks time, although a niggle may prevent him from doing so.
If he is unable to compete there, he will target the Crater Rim Ultra Marathon in Christchurch in October.