• Patrick McBride

Fairy tale finish for Greymouth Girl

At just 17 years old Greymouth’s Emma Wilson became the youngest competitor to win the individual women’s two-day Kathmandu Coast to Coast, crossing the finish line in New Brighton in 13 hours 26 minutes and 54 seconds.

Wilson blitzed the course, completing the 243-kilometre course nearly 40 minutes ahead of Zoe MacClure, with Adele MacGregor rounding out the podium in 14 hours 14 minutes and 08 seconds. "I’m absolutely exhausted, but I’m pretty happy with how I went,” said Wilson at the finish line.

“I was so stoked that Goat Pass was open because I had to do the viaduct last year and it was so hard. The kayak was OK, but I died on the bike, especially coming into that headwind (on South Eyre Road). It was the best feeling to cross the finish line!”

Unaware that part of the prize pack for winning the two-day event was an entry into next year’s race Wilson said, “I think maybe I will take one or two years off and then maybe have a crack at the one day.” Perhaps that might change following prize giving.