We always knew it was going to be a great weekend. The weather prediction was for fine clear skies with little wind, and Mother Nature didn’t disappoint.
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There is something special about local events. They usually start later, and you get to sleep in your own bed witha quick drive to the start. Bliss. Sunday was especially blissful as it was a crystal clear day that started with a minor frost but it cleared quickly.
The NZ Secondary School team had it’s most successful year for results at the Aussie Champs. The champs were held in Albany WA, 4.5 hours drive south of Perth.
On Saturday, a great contingent of Hawks runners (and supporters) took to the road in search of some shiny glory in the land of the bay. The day saw some amazing accomplishments with many a PB and medal to be had. Lance Brew with an huge 2 mins PB.
“After a minor glitch on Friday at the Hamilton airport, we arrived safely in Christchurch about 5 hours after our original arrival time, with a bonus stop at the Auckland airport. Christchurch was cold, really cold! Emily and I went for a run when we arrived at our accommodation, and about 2mins into the run I had […]
When I arrived at the Horsham Downs hall a few people were already there. I got out of my car to a fresh breeze, best I leave the track pants on for a while. We had the advantage/disadvantage of choosing our own handicap.Shall I use my cross county time? Shall I use my park run time? What […]
A fair bit of wind and a little rain didn’t seem to dent a great turnout and performance by Hawks at Matamata Road Relay. We fielded 9 of the 27 teams and won five of the six classifications we entered.
The day started with a – 4c frost, all signs pointing to a firm track for a new course in Rotorua. The Hawks contingent on arrival were met with the sound of my dear colourful little friend Chris Corney on the microphone ( nice bright red pants ). Off the mike Corney as always talked […]
Well the Saturday king/queen of the mountain was only attended by the very brave. I arrived at the start in the pouring rain and joined the 4-5 other cars that were parked up, with people sitting in their cars thinking ‘what am I doing here’ and ‘do I actually want to get out of the […]
The popular North Island Cross Country was a happy racing ground for Hawks distance runners on Saturday. Run at Spa Thermal Park since 1977 by the Taupo Harrier Club this well-established event is run each year on the same course which enables runners to compare their times from previous years. A feature of this 2014 […]
After a mixed bag of weather throughout the week Saturday dawned fairly clear although somewhat windy and a little bit chilly for the Hawks XC club champs. The grounds were quite sloshy in places although not quite the mud-fest that it has been on previous years. There was a great turnout of both runners and […]
Can I start by saying if you are considering entering your first ½ marathon event – do not choose the Te Awamutu Marathon Clinic event unless you want a particularly challenging experience. I knew it was going to be hilly but I did not anticipate just how hilly – many a folk were heard to […]
The 40th anniversary it was held at Massey University in Palmerston North, who had designed a world class cross country course on the grounds and farmlands surrounding the Sport and Rugby Institute. The championships attracted 950 entrants from 125 secondary schools throughout New Zealand. Comments by Vaughn PriddeyThis years cross country course was held at a fantastic […]
A field of 25 lined up in the School of O held at the lake course.Up for grabs was the Gichrist Rosebowl trophy and the glory of being named top school. After heated discussion whether Fraser, Fairfield or Melville were the best schools in town we set off. We settled on 7 teams with Dave Southwick and […]
Club racing was back at the club rooms this week for a challenging cross country on the Cobham drive course. With great weather conditions a good field of 44 turned out to test out how their training is going with less than 2 weeks before our cross country club champs. It was great to see […]
The Double Rainbow Run is a trail run either 46, 24 or 17km based around Rainbow Mountain, 25 minutes south of Rotorua. Jean, Sandra and I ran the 17km track on a cool yet beautiful winter’s morning.What the run website glossed over was the 3.5km cross country run before the forest track and mountain trails […]
Saturday was our annual clash with the Calliope Club – up in Birkenhead this year, and the 85th year of this fixture. Twelve Hawks runners made the trip up, eleven sharing the minibus, and joined by new member Gilbert who made his own way (eventually arriving just after the race start). After resisting the call […]