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Crowley Takes Tarawera Crown

Sunday, November 13, 2016

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Rotorua's Sue Crowley overcame tired legs and wet conditions to win her first Tarawera Trail Marathon and 50km women's premier event in Rotorua.

Crowley crossed over Saturday's Hot Water Beach 50km finish line in a time of 5h 00m 23s battling through wet weather conditions to beat second placed Kym Skerman from Bulls by over 26 minutes. Auckland's Ruby Morgan finished in third.

Crowley said she was disappointed in not breaking the five-hour barrier with the addition of two new hill sections on the course made it tough-going.

"There were amazing views up there, I could've just done without those hills," Crowley says.

"It would have been nice to run faster but last year after the buried village I had cramp in my legs and I walked most of it so I was a bit nervous about that and I was very careful early on.

"Also I found I was running by myself for quite a while. For a while I was thinking - is there anyone out there?"

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