Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Runners blitz vintage steam train the Kingston Flyer

Runners vesus
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 www.activeqt.co.nz/events/race-the-train/race-results/
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 www.kingstonflyer.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Wellington Rugby Zeroes: Sevens To Move To Hamilton

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester: “The Sevens has been a big part of recent Wellington history but it was time for the event to move on… Wellingtonians have been voting with their feet in the last few years and we’ve seen the result in dwindling crowd numbers and lower ticket sales.” More>>

ALSO:

Matafeo & Dravid: The Billy T And Fred Award Winners For 2017

At the final show of the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. the Festival came to a close after 115 shows in Auckland and 68 shows in Wellington. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: What’s Fair? Tax and Fairness

This is an excellent and timely book, since apart from general statements about increasing or mostly reducing tax, there has been very little comment or debate as to whether we should pay tax at all and how much tax should each of us pay. More>>

Ockham Awards: Globally Lauded Novelist Wins NZ’s Biggest Fiction Prize

Internationally renowned Ngāruawāhia resident Catherine Chidgey has won New Zealand’s richest writing award, the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, for her novel The Wish Child. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland