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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

2015 Scottish 5k Series Wellington Waterfront Tue 29 Sep

Oscar Waldegrave 21.59, leads the field home from the first wave of starters 

Results (from Daryl dude)

Daylight saving is upon and so is the new 5K Waterfront series sponsored by Mac’s Brewery (is that right?).  The course is still basically the same as before but with a new start/finish and turnaround mark.  The start will be outside Mac’s Brewery, the new sponsor, on the East side of the footbridge. Hopefully this should eliminate part of the pedestrian congestion that was a problem with the Chicago bar start. 

As expected there was a good turnout for the inaugural run the numbers boosted by a few serious runners needing a blowout before heading to the National Road Relay (Akaroa) this coming weekend.

The event is a highlight for many and when I took a peek at the entries there were a few names from the past who will have some good road relay stories to tell. There are also a number of individuals who have come out of the woodwork to compete which indicates that rewards and inducements have been offered (such as chocolate fish). This includes but is not limited to:

Sam Dobson, Liam Scopes, Luke Hurring, Hayden McLaren, Elliot O’Sullivan, Shaun Farrell, Hassan Noble, Terry Harlan, Margot Gibson, Nicholas Sasse, Brendan Quirke, Jake Tennent, Greg Fraine, Dallas McCallum, Paul Forster, Tony Woodhouse, Jenny Mason, Trevor Ogilvie, John Barrance, Gary Whiting, Tony Good, John Sheddan, Jason Cameron, Joseph Bulbulia, Michael Wakelin, Rob Mulcahy, Colin Earwaker, Brent Halley, Eddie Smith, Allan Williment, Declan Wilson, Alice Feslier-Holmes. 

ANZ National Road Relay Preview

Hugo Waldegrave 22.04

Fred Mwila 23.05

Colin Price and Neil Price

Mary-Ann Moller

Ben Twyman 16.45, current course record holder

Bert Predergast 16.57, deputy course record holder

Joshua Smith

Andrew Ford

John Leonard

Jacqui Wilson. I think she got you John

James Turner

Tim Noble

Matthew Winthrop

Matthew Berg

Tony Wolken

Wesley Warner

Amanda Broughton

Kate Grinlinton

John Plimmer

Ryan Gardiner

Royce Lovelock

Karen Chapman

Sarah Fountain

Matt Harrison

Michael Mitchell

Amy Barnett

Matthew Ross

Andy Falconer

Steve Letts

Hermaleigh Townsley

Taking the easy way home

John Hines, fresh from the world masters games, or something

Hamish Templeton

Paul Rodway

Robert Lockerd

Monday, 21 September 2015

2015 World Mountain Running Champs, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia National Park 9 Sep 2015

Athletics NZ Report

"Jack Beaumont of Winton was the best placed New Zealander at the championships finishing 12th in the junior men’s 8.9km in 37:04. The race was won by Ferhat Bozkurt of Turkey in 33:56. 

Sally Gibbs was 40th in the senior women’s 8.9km in 44:32, with Paula Canning 49th in 46:14, Angela Leck 53rd in 46:53 and Jackie Mexted 56th in 47:43. The women’s race was won by Stella Chesang of Uganda in 37:52. 

Stephen Day celebrated his 40th birthday in style, the leading Kiwi in the senior men’s 13km finishing 54th in 56:25, while Michael Banks was 61st in 57:25 and Tim Hodge 74th in 58:23. The title was won by Ugandan Fred Musobo in 49:00. 

Caitlin McQuilkin-Bell was 25th in the junior women’s 4.7km in 22:33, won by Allie Ostrander of USA in 19:44."

Southland Times Report

"Southland athletics coach Lance Smith has described Jack Beaumont's performance in the junior section at the World Mountain Running Championships as the most impressive in his 13 years in the province.

The Central Southland College 18-year-old finished 12th in a 65-strong field at the event held in Wales over the weekend.

"There was 65 of the best young endurance runners in the world there."

"It is a very impressive effort considering the standard in Europe, parts of Africa, and in America for mountain running. In Europe it is full time professional," Smith said.

"It is not bad for a boy from Southland living on the flat."

The Southlander has had to make regular trips to Queenstown to get the required mountain training he needed to prepare. That is on top of the fundraising he needed to do to get to Wales for the world championships.

Beaumont's challenge was made that bit tougher when officials forgot to allocate New Zealand with a starting grid spot.

It meant Beaumont was stuck at the back at the start of the race.

"He had to go absolutely crazy," Smith said.

"He saw a gap and he said he just sprinted because he needed to get into some space.

They started in the street before the uphill mountain track and he needed get away from the crowds before he hit the narrow tracks, because there is limited passing."

Beaumont was seventh at the first timing point, then on the downhill he was pushed back to 15th, but on the uphill he clawed his way back to 11th before dropping one spot in the last bit to the finish.

The impressive performance is made that more exciting considering Beaumont still qualifies to race in the junior section of the World Mountain Running Championships next year. 

"Next year's course is straight up, no downs, so that will suit him," Smith said.
Before that he has a national title to defend at the New Secondary School Championships in December.

Last year he won the steeple-chase in close to record time.

Beaumont is scheduled to return to Southland on Tuesday."