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Higgins claims the double at ESNZ Endurance South Island Championship

Cannington, Canterbury, New Zealand. Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February 2018. ESNZ Endurance’s South Island Championship event took place this month in the picturesque Canterbury region of New Zealand.

This region is renowned for areas of rough stony ground which is not to be underestimated, and so it was, with two of the six starters completing the event.

Endurance World South Island Championship. Cold weather.Alison Higgins and Northwinds Apollo won the 160km Championship in a gallop finish narrowly ahead of Australian rider Naomi O’Shaughnessy riding Castlebar Party Girl. Higgins’ time across the line was 11:18:33, with O’Shaughnessy a second behind. The two rode the whole ride together, along with junior rider Kate James on Chartei. James, in her first 160km event, safely completed the distance in 11:33:38.

Next up was the 105km championship. Leading from the front Carla Barakat and Nina took the win in 7:12:10. Heidi Bulfin and Stonelea Sparkling Rose finished in second place, also claiming Best Conditioned, 20 minutes later with Lisa Simpson and Summersdale About Time in third.

Sunday for the South Island Championship saw another early start and again it was Alison Higgins, this time on Twynham El Desiree well ahead of the rest of the field taking the win, the first time in some years that a rider has won the double. Their winning time was 9:12:24. Susan Latta and Tkiwa cruised into second place and also Best Conditioned for the distance.

Endurance World South Island Championship. Riding together.The finishing field in this event was well spaced. Ian Gray finished another half hour later in third place. David Marshall on Dahman Madraz finished in fourth place with Australian rider Christine Stomps returning for a repeat performance, completing another 120km, this time on Dahman Al Zayd. Completing the field Kevin James completed successfully on Glendaar Splash of Fire.

In the 80km event Bill Croft finished in first place on Hine Hukatere in 5:55:07, with Jane Neale and Kahuna Whispa one second behind and Helen Graham and Sherwood Volos another second behind them, and also Best Conditioned. The only junior rider at this distance was Caitlin Holmes on Westray Precious, finishing successfully in 7:14:07 for the win.
This event was the second of three in the Championship series for ESNZ Endurance. The final event in the series will be the ESNZ National Championships, being held over Easter Weekend, again in the Canterbury region. The competition for these series is still wide open and the final event in the series will be hotly contested.


Race Report made with the assistance of Daryl Owen

Photo Credit: Country Road Photography

Higgins claims the double at ESNZ Endurance South Island Championship

Cannington, Canterbury, New Zealand. Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February 2018. ESNZ Endurance’s South Island Championship event took place this month in the picturesque Canterbury region of New Zealand.

This region is renowned for areas of rough stony ground which is not to be underestimated, and so it was, with two of the six starters completing the event.

Endurance World South Island Championship. Cold weather.Alison Higgins and Northwinds Apollo won the 160km Championship in a gallop finish narrowly ahead of Australian rider Naomi O’Shaughnessy riding Castlebar Party Girl. Higgins’ time across the line was 11:18:33, with O’Shaughnessy a second behind. The two rode the whole ride together, along with junior rider Kate James on Chartei. James, in her first 160km event, safely completed the distance in 11:33:38.

Next up was the 105km championship. Leading from the front Carla Barakat and Nina took the win in 7:12:10. Heidi Bulfin and Stonelea Sparkling Rose finished in second place, also claiming Best Conditioned, 20 minutes later with Lisa Simpson and Summersdale About Time in third.

Sunday for the South Island Championship saw another early start and again it was Alison Higgins, this time on Twynham El Desiree well ahead of the rest of the field taking the win, the first time in some years that a rider has won the double. Their winning time was 9:12:24. Susan Latta and Tkiwa cruised into second place and also Best Conditioned for the distance.

Endurance World South Island Championship. Riding together.The finishing field in this event was well spaced. Ian Gray finished another half hour later in third place. David Marshall on Dahman Madraz finished in fourth place with Australian rider Christine Stomps returning for a repeat performance, completing another 120km, this time on Dahman Al Zayd. Completing the field Kevin James completed successfully on Glendaar Splash of Fire.

In the 80km event Bill Croft finished in first place on Hine Hukatere in 5:55:07, with Jane Neale and Kahuna Whispa one second behind and Helen Graham and Sherwood Volos another second behind them, and also Best Conditioned. The only junior rider at this distance was Caitlin Holmes on Westray Precious, finishing successfully in 7:14:07 for the win.
This event was the second of three in the Championship series for ESNZ Endurance. The final event in the series will be the ESNZ National Championships, being held over Easter Weekend, again in the Canterbury region. The competition for these series is still wide open and the final event in the series will be hotly contested.


Race Report made with the assistance of Daryl Owen

Photo Credit: Country Road Photography

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