Conditions couldn’t have been any better in Saturday’s CHIA Abel Tasman Coastal Classic with 292 finishers footing it from Awaroa to Marahau along New Zealand’s favourite coastal track.
Canterbury’s Chris Dunell led them all home in an impressive 2 hours 33 minutes 24 seconds after shaking off Simon Mardon and Sarwan Chand (Greymouth) halfway along the testing journey.
Chand set the early pace, especially whenever it came to downhill but the equivalent to a marathon course ‘takes no prisoners’ with the real race starting once Torrent Bay passed.
Dunell eased away for his commanding performance, Mardon six plus minutes back and absolutely spent. Chand paid the price...