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Runners blitz vintage steam train the Kingston Flyer

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Kingston Flyer in the Race The Train event 2013
Runners vesus Kingston Flyer in the New Balance Race The Train event 2013

Media Release from The Kingston Flyer
7 January 2013

Runners blitz vintage steam train the Kingston Flyer

Around 300 runners raced vintage steam train the Kingston Flyer on Sunday (January 6) in an event that’s fast becoming a ‘must do’ on the Queenstown holiday season calendar.

Runners took on the Flyer on a steaming12km run from Fairlight to Kingston, with last year’s defending champion 21-year-old Oska Baynes from Wanaka finishing on top of the pack in a time of 38min 9sec, well ahead of the train's time of nearly an hour.

Olympic triathlete Nicky Samuels, also from Wanaka, won the women's 12km race in a time of 45min 36sec, while Northern Southland College pupil Jack Beaumont, 15, won the junior male division in 44min 57sec and 11-year-old Queenstown runner Helena Kennedy won the junior female division in 1hr 11min 37sec. The race also featured a 5km division.

Organiser Adrian Bailey of Active QT said the New Balance Race The Train event “couldn’t have asked for a better day”.

“It was fantastic to see the great mix of international, national and local athletes mixing it up with some fantastic up-and-coming youngsters right down to people running along the course with pushchairs,” he said.

“The weather was perfect, thanks to owner David Bryce the Kingston Flyer did a fantastic job, and all in all it was a great family day out,” he said.

This was the second Kingston Flyer event -- inspiration was drawn from a similar event in Wales, Mr Bailey's home country. The next event will be held on Sunday 5th January 2014.

Full results are available at
The Kingston Flyer is now back up and running full time after temporarily suspending operations in December.

Train lovers can buy a ‘Friends of the Flyer’ card for just $65 to support continued restoration and upkeep of the Flyer and her tracks. The card entitles holders to a 50% discount on up to 10 regular fares, and complimentary tea and coffee on board the train.

For more information on the Kingston Flyer go to


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