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Sunday 4th March 2018

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By Annabelle Latz

“These injuries always happen to somebody else.”
That thought instantly crossed Scott Worthington’s mind as he felt a stick from a submerged log impale itself four centimetres into his left leg, just ten minutes into the first hike on Day One of GODZone Chapter Seven.
“But this time it was me. It’s just one of those things,” said the veteran member of Pure Team 28, Accidental Adventurers, as he reflected on that moment outside race HQ on Sunday morning.
But it was for a very good reason that this 60 year-old GODZoner was paying us a visit.
He was about to head out to TA3 at Hump Ridge Track, to re-join his team after the very challenging 150km packraft and hike section.
His bike was set to go.
“At the time when I pulled out, the first priority was to make sure my team was happy. They are all real good characters, so I’ve just got to make sure I get back in there.”
Scott got them on their way, leaving them at Monowai Power Station to carry on to TA1 without him.
He admitted he had a bit of a moment when he got back to Te Anau.
“I’m sixty years old, this is my third GODZone, I’ve done Iron Man, 100-milers, everything. This is the first time I have not finished a race.
Back in civilisation, he has received some medical attention, had a couple of days’ rest, and now feels ready to go again.
“The swelling has gone down, so I’m ready to get back out there.”
At TA1 they were down to a team of three, then Conal Boland-Bristow, who was originally entered in this race, filled in for the packrafting and hiking section.
Conal will complete the rest of the race.
“So when we finish you’ll see two kayaks and a pack raft,” said Scott.
Will Scott be back for another year?
“I’ve already had a text from a mate asking if I’m keen. I don’t think he knew I was injured. I just texted back and said ‘you bet.’”
Perhaps the Accidental Adventurers weren’t so accidental afterwards.