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Monday, 3 June 2013

2013 Dorne Cup Trentham Memorial Park Upper Hutt Sat 8 Jun

The heavy rain that has caused flooding in the South Island will hit the lower North Island on Tueday. The wet conditions are expected to hang around for a couple of days and the bets are on to see what state the Dorne Cup creek will be in by race time.

Grant McLean in 2012
In the senior women’s race Gabby O’Rourke showed her experience by hauling back the leaders on the second lap to win by a comfortable margin.  In the senior men's race Ben Ashkettle visiting from Australia took the lead on lap one but was picked up by an in-form Tim Hodge.   Ashkettle crossed the line in second place but because of a timing chip issue was disqualified.  Interestingly the Scottish Facebook page records Ashkettle as finishing 2nd with Hamish Carson 3rd.  For those that may not know Ben’s dad Pat Ashkettle was a pretty handy runner in his day as I can attest from experience.

Not sure what happened to Stefan Smith who is clearly the start photo below although his dad Wayne Smith would have enjoyed himself in what must have been his umpteenth Dorne Provisional Individual Results  Provisional Team Results