"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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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.
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)
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
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)