Smith still crisp after a mighty challenge

FORMER ironman champion Nathan Smith was greeted on Saturday by his two-year-old twins Montana and Andie as he climbed out of the water just moments after winning the annual Royal Challenge.

Smith completed the three-stage event — a 12.5-kilometre paddle to Audley Weir, a 21km run through the Royal National Park to Waterfall and back, and a 12.5km paddle to Gunnamatta Bay — in three hours and 18 minutes, to finish 14 minutes ahead of Matt Read.

Kimberley Fleming was the first female in four hours and six minutes.

The charity event raised $40,000 for KIDS Foundation.

Picture: Lisa McMahon

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