45 to tackle Croesus

By Tui Bromley

Twenty-five hardy souls will contest the annual Croesus Track run — renamed the Goat Race — on Saturday, while 20 even hardier folk will attack the Mountain Man event, which adds cycling and kayaking legs to the alpine crossing.
Race organiser Phil Lemon said about a dozen two-person or three-person teams had also entered the longer event, which involves a 32km cycle from Blaketown to Barrytown, the Croesus Track run, a 6km bike to the Grey River then a 26km kayak to the finish line in the Blaketown Lagoon.
Lemon said the Goat Race had drawn entrants from Japan and Canada, while a victor from Sweden, Scott Cole, was using the Mountain Man as a training run for the Coast to Coast and was expected to clock a fast time.
Locals runners Matt and Steph Levien are also contesting the individual Mountain Man, along with Ryan O’Connor, who is in the youth section but is expected to show some of his seniors a clean pair of heels.
Greymouth’s Ben Aynsley, fresh from victory in the 2013 Nasbey 50km, is tipped as a front runner for the Goat Race.
The Mountain Man starts at Blaketown at 7am, while the Goat Race begins at 10am.
There is a 12-hour cut-off time for the triathlon, but Lemon expects top competitors to break eight hours.