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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

2017 Children’s XC Series Event 3 Mt Victoria Sun 25 Jun


It was supposed to rain around the time of the last race, but it didn't. Even so when you get a course that has no flat bits and is rarely dry at this time of the year then you are going to get some spills. 

And we got those by the bucket load especially in those races that utilised the loop in and out of the bush. 

The final run home from the out of the loop was slightly downhill and required a sharp right turn to head up to the finish line. It was here that many who came down too fast got into grief.  

The result was a few extra muddy kids but from what I could see nobody was hurt.  Even so the organisers felt compelled to cut this section out for the last couple of races which in hindsight is a bit unfortunate.   

Saturday, 17 June 2017

2017 Gazley Marathon (Inc NZ Champs), Half Marathon, 10k 5k & Kids Magic Mile Wellngton Sun 18 Jun

Excellent video made by Sam Pietras

and another one

Athletics NZ Preview
Dom Post Preview (not while the America's Cup is on)
Dom Post Report 

early morning marathon start

More Videos at bottom of page

The cool and relatively calm conditions enjoyed by runners contributed to the fast times posted across the various events including a terrific 2.22.42 (Course record) by Dan Lowry in the Marathon and 67.08 by Nick Earl in the Half-Marathon.  In short previous record fell like tenpins..

Alice Mason who has done a lot of running in Wellington managed to fend off a determined challenge from masters legend Sally Gibbs to claim the women’s NZ Marathon title in a time of 2.48.36 (Course record). 

The men’s championship title went to Scottish’s Stephen Day who ran the distance in a snappy 2.32.03. This time would put him well up there for his age group for 2017 performances.

Ruby Muir continues to impress hitting the Half Marathon finish line in 77.40 (Course record) to become the first female to finish. This placed her 13th overall out of field of 1018. Muir is clearly a running star.

Full results can be found on the link just below the first photo at the top of the page.

The WHAC lads out for a 10k training run and SOS promotional tour

Nicholas Sunseri 10k race

Naim Macdonald 10k race - see video interview at bottom of page

Steve Langdon 10k race

Nick Sasse 10k race

Sarah Drought 10k race - first female

Nick Earl half marathon race

Dan Lowry - marathon race - course record

Chris Sanson half marathon - 2nd place 2017 Rotorua marathon

Jono Jackson half marathon - current NZ XC champion
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Lachlan Haitana half marathon

Stephen Day marathon - new NZ marathon champion

Ruby Muir half marathon - first female and course record

Sam McCutcheon marathon

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Alice Mason marathon - first female and course record

Grant McLean marathon - multiple marathon winner on this course 

Julian Picot marathon

Hiro Tanimoto marathon - hit the wall and struggled home

The remarkable Sally Gibbs marathon - current masters women XC champion  

Saturday, 10 June 2017

2017 Dorne Cup Trentham Memorial Park Upper Hutt Sat 10 Jun

Rowan Hooper with the rescued Dorne Cup
This is how it's done

Dom Post Report 

Going into the main race the pressure would have been on WHAC to keep hold of the Dorne title it won last year. But rival Scottish club would have been out to put a spanner in the works and bring the cup home. 

In a display of fine team running club captain Rowan Hooper inspired his team mates to a decisive win by grabbing the first 3 finisher places and packing its team of 6 across the line in the first 13. 

But WHAC made it competitive by fronting up with a team designed to foil anything that Scottish could put up, This included Marcus Karamanolis who must be back from the USA on summer break  But as the results show if anybody has a bad day then it is easy for pre-race strategies to fall apart.  

So in the end the team points were Scottish 36 and WHAC 56. 

In the women's race Ruby Muir showed her class and once into her work progressively wore down her main challengers in the person of, Sarah Drought (WHAC) and former 2014 Dorne winner Kara Macdermid (Palmerston North HC).  

The tsunami of blue across the line easily secured the team title for WHAC with 16 points compared to Scottish’s 31 points.

Race 1 Photos (Senior and Masters Women, Masters Men)

On the morning of the Dorne the walkers do their 5km and 10km racing at the General Motors complex in Trentham.   But this year the start was delayed due to the arrival of 3 replica WWI tanks owned by Sir Peter Jackson.  Like many pieces of military hardware they had names

Perfect Lady
Old Crusty
Spring Chicken

The back story is that the tanks were being moved from Masterton where they had been used on a project to one of Jackson’s storage facilities at the GM complex.  Apart from some initial delay race got underway during the unloading and indoor parking of the tanks which added some interest to proceedings. 

Race 6 Photos (Senior and Masters Men)

Race 2 Photos (Men and Women Under 20 and Under 18)

All Done