Tales from the Trail
Rocky Point Run race review 2023
250 competitors and as many spectators turned out for the 2nd Rocky Point Run event and organisers are calling it a “very successful” event in perfect weather conditions, with a great atmosphere. Last year’s inaugural event had 104 competitors and the committee’s goal this year was to double the number – it was great to reach this goal and more! This was in no small way attributed to the Rocky Point Run volunteer committee & their amazing team of helpers. A big thank you also goes out to sponsors; Martins Mitre 10, Buller Electricity, Westreef Services, NBS bank and DWC – without their generosity this event could not have taken place.

With a 25km run, a 12.5 km run/walk and a 5 km fun run/walk, the event provided options for those of varying abilities. Brent Oldham, race director said the day was not only about physical activity but about celebrating what is great about the district – the Kawatiri Coastal Trail, our fantastic Taste of the Buller Ambassadors and the amazing locals that create a welcoming vibe for the event. “We’re absolutely rapt … Everyone seemed to be really enjoying it, the event ran smoothly, and it was just awesome to see so many people making it over the line. It was brilliant.” All the events finished at the Carters Beach Reserve by 1pm, where participants then gathered for the 2pm performance and spot prize awards.

Cath Casey took out first place in the women’s 25km Gut Buster in 2:19:43 and Steve Gibson was first male in 1:42:17. Finishing first in the women’s 12.5 km run was Robyn Deane in 57:17 and in the men’s section Silas Carey raced in, in a time of 49:10. Cath Garlick grabbed first place in the women’s 12.5 km walk, with a time of 1:35:00 and John Roskvist took first place in the men’s walk in 1:30:16. The 5km fun run event saw Brooke Martin from Christchurch finishing first in 26:09, closely followed by her dad Tony, in 30:59.

Oldham said, “It was great to see people achieving their own goals and the relaxed atmosphere on the Carters Beach Reserve after the event made for a fantastic day”.

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