on Dusky till dawn history

Episode 1: Nov 17th-18th, 2018.  Participants: 46  Fatalities: 0  Injuries: 2  Finishers: 39  Helicopters: 2 Oldest participant: 63  Youngest Participant: 13 
A great event involving lots of mud. Only 7 people chose the 'long' course and made the trip to Supper Cove. 5 of them hoped to crack the coveted 24 hour full Dusky mark. No one came close.  The other two went just because they were there and, why not? Fine weather (for fiordland) gave way to a blustering southerly and by the second night snow fell heavily on the passes, stranding 7 at Kintail hut and ultimately necessitating a couple of helicopter extractions. It was a swell test of our SMS and other than the difficulty in deciphering Arno's (our sweeper) cryptic inReach messages, the system worked brilliantly once all the participants turned their trackers on.  Is 24 hours possible?  Quinn Hornblow, the man finishing the full 84 km the fastest (30 hrs 03 min) no longer thinks so.  Tim Farrant, who finished the 53 km short course the fastest (a tad under 16 hours), thinks it is.  Who is right? We'll just have to wait and find out.