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by Alexia Johnston

Hundreds of runners and cyclists converged at Aoraki Mount Cook National Park last weekend, keen to put their skills to the test.
Among the 900 competitors who took part in one of the four running disciplines was Mohan Kandiah, of Singapore, who completed the full marathon. He flew home on Tuesday to prepare for his next marathon, in India this weekend.
Active QT managing director Adrian Bailey, who organised last weekend’s events, said Kandiah was an inspiration.
“Last week, he did a marathon in Colombo.
“He’s world renowned for his motivation and encouragement of others. He doesn’t care where he comes, he’s just out there – it’s amazing.”
A range of nations were represented at the event, which was attended by athletes from as far away as Hawaii and Europe, Bailey said.

Mission accomplished . . .Joris Gall crosses the finish line during the Aoraki Mount Cook Marathon 10km event on Saturday. PHOTO: DOM CHANNON
Mission accomplished . . .Joris Gall crosses the finish line during the Aoraki Mount Cook Marathon 10km event on Saturday. PHOTO: DOM CHANNON

The weekend’s events this year also included the Aoraki Mount Cook Classic Cycle Race.
The cycle event, which comprised a 100km race and 50km race, took place on Sunday, attracting a combined 300 competitors. All events started and ended at The Hermitage Hotel.
Bailey said some of the athletes took part in both the running and the cycling event, including Kandiah.
“He ran in the marathon on Saturday and then did the 100km bike race on Sunday.
“He runs a marathon in a different country every week.”
Bailey said the various events were a great success, with double the number of participants from last year.
The location was one of the main drawcards, he said.
“The sheer nature of the location and running in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park … it’s just sensational.”