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The NZ Mountain Running Champs in Queenstown was originally supposed to be all uphill, but because of the adverse weather it was changed at the last minute to make the finish safer. This meant the race was run over a circuit which included a downhill section and underfoot conditions described as wet and slippery in parts.
The course change may also have been why the most unlucky man of the day, Rusi Jagose of WHAC, went off course, possibly costing him a medal after ending up a close fourth.Ordinarily a well-marked and marshalled course for a national event would prevent a wrong turn, but not in this case.