Competitors lap the lake

LapTheLake winner Andrew Glennie, of Dunedin, crosses a swing bridge during the race on Saturday. Photo: Supplied

SOUTH Mavora Lake was the scene for the LapTheLake event held on Saturday.

About 130 competitors including 18 teams took part in the event.

The race, which is open to teams and individuals, sees competitors try to do as many laps in six hours. There are also the options of single or multi laps with a course for children available.

The first male home was Andrew Glennie, of Dunedin, who completed four laps in 5 hours 4 minutes and 3 seconds.

First female home was Ina Chalmers, of Queenstown, who completed her four laps in 5:47:05. The first team of five laps was Invercargill Hard Core in 5:52:23.

First in the children’s 2.5km race was 12-year-old Lewis Blay, of Invercargill. What made this win more impressive was Lewis ran a full lap of the lake in a team at the start of the day, then entered the children’s race.

First pre-schooler was Timo Fraser, of Winton, who ran 400m.

The event was started by Darren Fraser, of Winton, in 2015.

Fraser said each lap was about 10.5km long with little elevation.

“The course follows the road south from the Mavora Lakes camping area, before crossing the river at the swing bridge returning to the camp area via the track on the opposite side of the lake.

“What I love about the event is how it doesn’t matter who comes, there is a goal for them and throughout the day you see people achieving goals.

“From the winner of the six-hour event on his third attempt, to the lady who wanted to get three laps, to the preschooler in his first event winning a trophy.”

Money raised at the event would be donated to Red Cross Resettlement in Invercargill to help with their work with former refugees.