Wairua Warrior Andrew King negotiates the inverse monkey bars. Photo: Chris Symes/Shuttersport.

Warriors hang on

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The Wairua Warrior saw more athletes than ever taking on the notorious obstacle course in Happy Valley on Saturday.

Event director Greg Witika says Saturday’s race was the best in Wairua Warrior history with more than 700 braving the gruelling challenge.

“It was an awesome event, participants were up and it all ran to plan.”

He says he was rapt with the turn out, particularly considering the ever-popular Muddy Buddy was on the following day and the Weet-Bix TRYathlon the previous weekend.
Greg says the 12km course was much harder this year with more elevation added to further challenge athletes.

Taking out the 12km course was Carl Smith in 1:27.36 while Samantha Beale was the first female to cross the finish.

In the shorter 6km course, Danny Guix claimed first place for the men with Samantha Gaddes winning the women’s division.

The day also saw more than 200 kids running in the inaugural ‘Mini Warrior’ for ages 5-13.