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Sunday, 21 July 2013

2013 Wellington XC Champ Races Waikanae Sat 20 Jul


This year there were two options at the top of the big hill. You could either go through the open gate or jump the adjacent fence.  Shown above are pics of the four out of five individuals who chose to jump the fence and if I might say with some style. Provisional results

With no shoes it is important to make sure that you get recorded.

Losing a shoe - every competitors nightmare.

The photos below are from the 2006 XC event and show that jumping the fence at the top of the hill has been part of the race in other years.


Monday, 15 July 2013

2013 Children's XC Series Race 2 Grenada North Park Wellington Sun 14 Jul

Gale force winds and driving rain meant that the last 3 races were combined much to the relief of officials who bore the brunt of the awful weather. Despite the terrible conditions over 150 kids competed in the 2nd event of the series which made it very challenging for those not used to muddy and slippery conditions with a number of spills at the finish line. On the other hand some loved it.

Monday, 1 July 2013

2013 Children's XC Series Race 1 Karori Park Wellington Sun 30 Jun

This series has been organised by Athletics Wellington and will be run at various locations between 30 June and 8 September. The races are aimed at primary and intermediate school age kids covering year 3 (8) to year 10 (15).  More details can be found here

The Karori races were held at Karori Park and deployed most of the course used for the Wellington Secondary Schools XC Relay races held in May. The course incorporates flat and hilly sections. For this event Gary Weston-Webb laid out the flags from the water crossing and along the side of the slope on the southern potion of the course. Gary, apart from being part of the jugernaut Wellinton Harriers A Team of the the 1980's, also designed the core of the current Vosseler Shield course and the infamous five-hills training run that could bring elite runner to their knees. And today Gary lived up to his reputation for being a hard man and was not in any mood to be kind to the kids. He made sure that they got their feet wet and ran out of breath on their way to the top of the slope.