"Throw away your 10-function chronometer, heart-rate monitor with the computer printout, training log, high-tech underwear, pace charts, and laboratory-rat-tested-air-injected-gel-lined-mo-tion-control-top-of-the-line footwear. Run with your own imagination." - Lorraine Moller
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It was a great day for cross-country with a good deal of
sunshine and little wind. The Grenada North Park set-up is the 4th in the
5-event series and was organised by Olympic Harriers who have used the venue for
their own XC champs.
The course marked out was different from last year with a bit
of everything including two hurdles. I would say it is the best course design
for any of the series races and even though it was a tough number it had variety
which the kids seemed to like.
The fields for all 7 races were large which and the norm for
the series. There was good competition which made some of the racing more
exciting than what you would normally see in Centre XC races. This is because
the races are relatively short which results in some close battles to the
It was an odd thing though when after the last race was over
a set of 1km time trials were held to select the relay team from amongst those
representing Wellington at the Year 5-8 Inter-Regional XC Competition to be held
in Hanmer Springs on 25 Sep. Apart from making kids run two races for the
morning, I would have thought that the results from the XC series would have
provided the selectors with all of the information required.
Felix Williamson (Scottish) left the field in the dust to win the year 7/8 race