Who to Watch at the 2017 Tough Guy and Gal Championships

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Who will be New Zealand’s Toughest Runner?

Obstacle Racers New Zealand presents your guide to the top competitors to watch at the 2017 Moa New Zealand Tough Guy and Gal Championship!

Tough Guy and Gal Championship prizes

The Tough Guy and Gal Championship, sponsored by Moa Beer

The Tough Guy and Gal Championship will be held on the 26th August at the last Tough Guy and Gal Challenge of the series in Rotorua.

The series, comprised of the main Loaded Tough Guy and Gal Challenge events, spans six cities across New Zealand’s North Island. The series also encompasses the ITM Junior Tough Guy and Gal Challenge events – open to primary and intermediate aged kids – the Secondary Schools Tough Guy and Gal Challenge events – allowing students to take on other students from around the country in NZQA approved events – and the Moa New Zealand Tough Guy and Gal Championship.

Tough Guy and Gal Championship startline

Participants line up at the start line of the 2016 Tough Guy and Gal Championship

The top 3 men and women from each age division in the 12km distance at each primary Tough Guy and Gal race leading up to the final race have qualified to compete in the Championships, where the New Zealand Tough Guy and Gal champions will be decided.

Course Primer

The course is an extreme off-road running event, featuring technical muddy terrain.

The distance is 12km, comprised of two loops of a 6km course.

The average completion time from last year is 1:19:44 (taken from participants from all divisions), with a winning completion time of 1:03:55.

There are no penalties, as far as ORNZ is aware, for obstacle failure nor penalties for failure to attempt obstacles.

Limitations

In this guide we look at the podium finishers from the 2016 championships who will be competing again in 2017. Only confirmed entrants for the championships, at time of publishing, have been included on this list. In most cases, we have not been in contact with the athletes but are confirming entry based on open entrant information.

This guide has been produced unofficially, and as such we don’t have access to the full competitor data from Event Promotions. But in a situation of imperfect information, we present who to watch at the 2017 championships. We accept there may be limitations in this guide, please contact us if we’ve missed anyone from our list.

Previous championship results have only been reported in this guide back to 2014, as the further we go back the less clear information is.

Who to Watch at the 2017 Tough Guy and Gal Championships

Tough Guy and Gal logo

Nathan Foley

As the reigning champion from last year, will Nathan Foley be able to hold onto the bragging rights of being the toughest of the tough?

Division: Male, under 39

Previous Tough Guy and Gal Championship results:

  • 2016: 1st place – 1:03:55

2017 qualification results:

Angus Mckelvie

While Angus Mckelvie has been present on the podium at the previous three championships, a total win has so far eluded him. Will this be the year he finishes first?

Division: Male, under 39

Previous Tough Guy and Gal Championship results:

  • 2016: 2nd place – 1:04:17
  • 2015: 3rd place – 58:55
  • 2014: 3rd place – 1:01:14

2017 qualification results:

Jan Steenkamp

Third at the Championships last year, Jan Steeenkamp is coming in strong with a sub-1 hour first place finish in the competitive Auckland event.

Division: Male, under 39

Previous Tough Guy and Gal Championship results:

  • 2016: 3rd place – 1:04:54

2017 qualification results:

Andrew Davenport

With a notable absence of 2016’s first place male in the over 40 division, will Andrew Davenport be the new champion and break a two year streak of second place?

Division: Male, over 40

Previous Tough Guy and Gal Championship results:

  • 2015: 2nd place – 1:07:05
  • 2014: 2nd place – 1:07:47

2017 qualification results:

Ian Hinchliffe

After finishing third place in the male over 40 division last year, Ian Hinchliffe will be a threat for the podium once again.

Division: Male, over 40

Previous Tough Guy and Gal Championship results:

  • 2016: 3rd place – 1:20:03

2017 qualification results:

Sue Crowley

As the 2016 champion of the female over 40 division, Sue Crowley will be looking to hold onto her title. With a strong gap of over 20 minutes ahead of the trailing competitor in 2016, Sue will be a race favourite to win again in 2017.

Division: Female, over 40

Previous Tough Guy and Gal Championship results:

  • 2014: 1st place – 1:11:42

2017 qualification results:

Romelia Goodin

Romelia Goodin will be once again competing in the female over 40 division. Will she be able to hold onto her position on the 2017 podium?

Division: Female, over 40

Previous Tough Guy and Gal Championship results:

  • 2016: 2nd place – 1:34:26

2017 qualification results:

Summary

The male under 39 division is going to be very hotly contested, as the top 3 from 2016 are confirmed as returning once again to battle for the 2017 titles!

Over in the women’s under 39 division, the competition is going to be an open game as none of the 2016 champions are confirmed as returning. We will be keeping an eye on who rises to the top.

The male over 40 division will see a new champion, or perhaps a returning champion from a past year, as the first place finisher from 2016 is absent but second and third from 2016 will both have their sights on the top finish.

In the female over 40 division, the 2016 champion is returning to hold onto her title. But so is the 2016 second place finisher.

Darkhorses and newcomers will also no-doubt be competing. Who will be New Zealand’s toughest runner?

The 2017 Moa New Zealand Tough Guy and Gal Championship will be held on the 26th August at the last Tough Guy and Gal Challenge in Rotorua.

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