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Sunday, 5 July 2015

2015 Armstrong Marathon, Half Marathon 10k & Kids Magic Mile Wellngton Sun 5 Jul


Dominion Post Race Report

Cantabrian, Oska Inkster-Baynes 1st male in the Half Marathon 68.26
You could be forgiven for anticipating the weather today would be crap the day after the Highlanders soundly caned the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium. But no it was a great day with plenty of sunshine and relatively calm.  Dan Clendon (who knows a thing or two about this event) thought conditions were the best they have ever been.

I tried to find a preview of the race just to confirm my own quick check of the entry list to identify favourites, but all I could find was a story about some people who would compete in the marathon dressed as a horse.  Gosh, I hope they made it to the finish because I wasn’t hanging around to see if they did. 

Because Wellington Scottish have omitted to do so this is a shout-out to Robert Prendergast who was the first Scottish member home in the full marathon clocking 2.47.58 (PB) to pick up 7th place (and as I figure it the silver medal in the Wellington Marathon Championship).

Training partner and Scottish member Ben Twyman ran a leisurely 3.15.15 for 36th place - basically having a rest after the Christchurch marathon last month where he ran. 2.44.44 for 12th.  

And dare I mention Jason Waite and his 2.57.25.....

In the 5k race another Scottish member Donal Hanratty was first across the line in 17.58.

Teddy bears always get it good
Why run when you can fly

First home in the kids Magic Mile

Donal Hanratty 1st man home in the 5k race 17.58.

Nathan Tse 2nd male home in the 10k 33.00

Gabby O'Rourke 1st female in the 10k 39.24

Nick Horspool 2nd male in the Half Marathon 70.31

Chris Wharham Men's marathon winner 2.40.11

Mark Boyce 2nd male in the Marathon 2.41.40

Takapuna Harriers

Bert Prendergast around 2.47.58 for the Marathon, a PB

Bernie Portenski, a running legend

Michelle Allison, another running legend

Harry Burnard, on the road to becoming a running legend

Vicky Humphries a running legend