College trio powers up in Coast to Coast

13 Feb 2023

A multi-talented College trio has raced away to claim 2nd spot in the schools division of the Coast to Coast and finish 11th overall (out of 102 teams) in the two-day teams event.

Year 13 students Guy Roadley, Beau Armstrong, and George Rookes have paddled, run, and cycled, respectively, from Kumara Beach on the West Coast to Christchurch’s New Brighton Beach in a remarkable time of 13 hours and 30 minutes.

Taking on New Zealand’s best multi-sport athletes, the College boys stunned many rivals, working seamlessly as a team and encouraging each other every step of the way.

The race traverses the width of the South Island, crossing the main divide and navigating harsh terrain. A 30.5km off-trail run, multiple river crossings, lung-busting mountain climbs and sharp descents are all part of the testing multi-sport event that takes competitors from the heart of the Southern Alps and onto the Canterbury Plains.

Meanwhile, College Biology teacher Kirsty Howatson also braved the endurance event, recording a time of 19 hours 47 minutes in the two-day individual women's open section.