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The Snow Wilkins Hawke's Bay Adventure Race was tougher than ever with blinding mist making conditions tough on Saturday.
The multi-disciplined race included two run legs, two mountain bike legs (including a descent from 1100 metres), a kayak leg and clay bird shooting. Competitors in the race did not find out the course details, or skills to be tested, until Friday evening.
Over 250 competitors in two person and four person teams competed, but the mystery element and physical obstacles were again irrelevant to local team A Fish Out of Water, which won its fifth title in the race's eight year history.
Glen Yule, Tony Harris, Hayley Davis and Keith Burden blasted their way over the arduous course from the top of the Kaweka Ranges to the mighty Mohaka River at Puketiritiri in four hours and 18 minutes.
Course designer Tim Wilkins said some people claimed last year's course was too easy so he had made it tougher.
"The mixed four team of A Fish out of Water showed why they're the best with some near-faultless navigating," he said. "This race can be won or lost on a couple of poor map reading decisions."
Past activities have included blind four wheel driving and caving.
The Glen Yule-led team beat Team Kaos by more than 20 minutes with Farmlands Fella, Foxy and Founder & Fawn in third place and a further 20 minutes behind.
The closest category was the other major category, the mixed twos, which was won by Taumaranui's Anyika Thomsen and Jonathan Pollard (Don't Follow Us, We're Lost) in 5:03.22, just four seconds faster than Mike Newton and Angela Bennett of Palmerston North (Without a Paddle). Hawke's Bay team Lisa Ellis and Trevor Ennor of Fit Fac was third.