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What the night brings – amongst the Pursuit course

Monday 27th February 2017

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The Pursuit GODZone competitors are certainly holding their own as they head their way towards the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

With all 15 teams now off the Skippers Canyon rafting section, they are now stretched out between the 38km Stage 5 Seven Mile mountain bike and orienteering, the 21km Stage 6 Mt Crichton alpine trek, and the 18km Stage 7 Wakatipu North kayak.

A slightly shortened course and the ability to have support crews along the way, makes the Pursuit element of GODZone a very approachable one.

Yet, as Ian Edmond, course advisor for GODZone, said, these competitors are still enduring massive tasks, requiring a huge skill set and massive determination.

“At this stage of the race, having their own support team will not only be a huge gastronomical boost, but also a significantly psychological one,” said Ian.

Worst Game of Tag Ever (80) seemed to take their time to refuel well with their support crew at TA5, a huge part of the essence of GODZone Pursuit.

At the top end of the rankings, Taihape/Nelson based team Virbac Animal Health, (74) of Brendan Hickman, Anthony Oswald, Adam Stanyer and Tina Moore enjoyed a very strong downhill section on the alpine hike on Mt Crichton, earning them a solid lead onto the Stage 7 kayak section on Lake Wakatipu.

In second place was Best Food Forward (83), and in third place was Team Silky (79).