15 Feb 2009

Walkers wins Coast to Coast

7:37 am on 15 February 2009

Gordon Walker has won the 2009 Coast to Coast longest day race in the South Island.

The Aucklander won the 243km race from Kumara Beach on the West Coast to Sumner Beach in Christchurch in a time of 11 hours and 49 minutes.

It's the second time Walker has won the event - the first was in 2007.

There were 798 competitors this year.

Emily Miazga of Canada won the women's event for the second consecutive year. Four time champion Jill Westernra, 44, was second.

Elina Ussher of Finaldn was third.