Against all predictions the conditions were perfect for a cross country event.
Report by Garry Wilson
Saturday saw the 51st running of the Tauranga Cross Country. Conditions were mild, firm and dry. Even the dreaded ‘hill’ could be attacked without spikes. Although I did my very best to make it look much harder than it was.
This is an event that at its peak attracted large numbers and quality fields. First run, and won in 1971 by Olympian Mike Ryan, the list of Male winners is a veritable who’s who of Waikato Bay of Plenty Distance runners. From Jack Foster and Paul Ballinger, through to Ben Ruthe and Aaron Pulford. There are also a fair number of Hawks also, with ‘older’ names such as Alan Stock and Euan Robertson alongside more recent winners including John Crane and Jai Davies-Campbell. (Note: John won in 1999 & 2015. An incredible 16 years between victories.
To this list of Champions, we can add the name of Ben Bidois. Ben ran a controlled race to gradually draw away from the field eventually winning comfortably by just under a minute in 27.51. Ben looks in great form for upcoming races.
We can also claim the Women’s Champion, with current NZ Cross Country title holder Kerry White, having to work harder for her win, over her slightly younger rivals. Kerry held on to win by 5 seconds in 15.41.
There were some good results by Hawks athletes in the earlier races:
Jack and Max Stirling 2nd and 3rd in the U14 Boys.
Nisha Moorfield and Carenza Elley 3rd and 4th in the U16 Girls.
Renee Carey and Letizia Hay 3rd and 4th in the W18
Alicia O’Conner 2nd in the W20
Claire Liang 4th in the U10 Girls
Louie Endres 2nd in the M18 (beaten by one second)
Grahame Clarkin 2nd MM65+
Apologies for not listing everyone, including the doddery old men in the Masters section.
I look forward to the rest of the Cross Country season, culminating in the NZ Champs in Taupo. Should be some great racing.
You can also check out the full results here
Well, it was also a busy weekend with lots of Hawks out and about at events around the country – First up, the Hawkes Bay Marathon where over 5000 athletes took park across all distances! The marathon was won by local Rotorua boy Michael Voss in a course record 2:24:02, followed by Hiro Tanimoto (2nd) and Sam McCutcheon (3rd)…with Ingrid Cree taking out first woman in 2:49:34 just ahead of Hannah Oldroyd in second, and Karen Donaldson-Barron in third.
There were 3 Hawks in action in the marathon that I could see and they each did amazingly well…!
Garit Read 2:29:40 4th Overall 3rd M30-39
Peter Moorfield 2:56:47 26th Overall 3rd M40-49
Yasmin Campbell 3:37:15 109th Overall 5th F20-29
In the half marathon, Liam Dooley won the men’s in 1:10:56 ahead of Darian Sorouri in second and Mike Robinson in third. In the women’s race Genevieve Coffey took the win in 1:23:16, ahead of Sophie Dickson (2nd) and Abbey Macfie (3rd)
Also, 3 Hawks in action in the half were:
Harry Coles 1:20:16 19th Overall 9th M30-39
Rhys Mildon 1:27:36 48th Overall 17th M30-39
Chloe McDaniel 1:41:39 224th Overall 17th F30-39
Awesome results all round….! And we are very spoiled this week with Yasmin also providing a race report of her day out!
And for those interested, the full results are available <<here>>
Hawkes Bay Marathon: Feel the fear and do it anyway!
By Yasmin Campbell
I am a serious culprit of the Patagonia logo-esque mileage weeks on Strava. (Link to said graph) I’m either trying to push big weeks or I’ve got a niggle that’s stripped back my kms.
Due to these undulating blue bars, I’ve had some commitment issues about signing up for a marathon, it seems as soon as I’ve clicked ‘register’ in the past, my ITB thinks it’s a sign to flare up, or my calf muscles to seize. So this year I waited, I did some occasional 30k+ runs over lockdown and a small number of speed work sessions thanks to Graham and the Hawks, but didn’t want to temp fate by actually committing to a marathon training plan.
However, a few weeks ago before a Tuesday speed session outside the club, I overhead a discussion about upcoming races. The Hawkes Bay marathon came up, so I piped up…
“I’ve been thinking of doing that…”
“No, the full!” (At this point the race was three weeks away)
Anxious looks were exchanged across the group. Graham gives me some words of wisdom “You can bull^%#t a half, but you can’t bull^%#t a marathon”.
Later that night I’m reading stories about people ticking off ultra-marathons and other huge challenges. I also get thinking about people like Kerry Suter who are facing real challenges. And suddenly the marathon seems like a walk in the park.
So as soon as I see a post from someone selling their ticket due to a bout of illness, I buy it. No turning back now.
I wouldn’t quite say this was a marathon with no training, I am (probably like everyone that reads this newsletter) mildly obsessed with running and seeing how far I can push myself. It’s more the fact I hadn’t completed a training plan or refined my nutrition.
C goal: Finish strong and be able to fathom entering another
B goal: Under 4 hours
A Goal: As close to 3.30 as possible
After two weeks of furiously googling tips and tricks to make race day go well, and a touch of the taper crazies, I arrived in my hometown of Hawkes Bay for one of the most memorable weekends I’ve ever had.
The gun goes off, and I’m focused on ‘relaxing and rolling’ and a multitude of other race mantras I’ve read to ensure I start slow, so the last half of the race is manageable. No less than 5kms in, a fellow runner runs up to me and hands me a gel I dropped a few minutes before. Excellent start. But also how good is our community of runners.
Until half way I’m enjoying having chats with other runners and high-fiving the kids that are standing in the cold with some very cute signs “I can’t believe you’d run all this way for a free banana!” (Try a glass of wine at the Elephant Hill finish line).
My partner Matt meets me multiple times which gives me bursts of energy, I even got to face-time my dad just after the halfway point for a quick bout of encouragement.
I stop looking at my watch at the halfway point and just decide to enjoy it as much as possible, the incredible scenery of Napier, Clive and then into Haumoana was one of the highlights of the race and made every corner worth it. The race was by far one of the most memorable ones I’ve ever had, every quick chat with a runner and every volunteer handing out drinks made me feel so grateful to be able to do an event like this and I know I’m hooked.
Eventually I was on the final stretch past the Haumoana shops and crossed the finish line in 3.37 (Garmin telling me 3.36 so I know what I’ll be claiming). I finished strong and so happy that everything had gone to plan. Without a doubt it was hard and pretty painful, but I’ll always be grateful to be able to run and to have my little support crew to help.
If anyone reading this has been contemplating a marathon, just book it – it’s not as scary as you might think, just plan your nutrition well, be as conservative as possible in the first half and enjoy it! (And try not to drop your gels in the first 5k).
‘Till next time…
Happy running and stay safe!
We had 22 runners (7 teams) all pushing themselves for their team in pretty much ideal running conditions.
A good number of keen folk sporting their Hawks colours zipping around the course, giving it their all…
Beautiful weather once again, and not too hot – perfect conditions for a good hit out.
With around 20 runners competing under blue skies in the first of the official races for the season – the Reduction Relay.
Report by Dawn
Chloe McDaniel – 1st Female
Michael Peak – World Champion!
I was nervous about the idea of taking part in the Dudfield Duathlon, due to traumatic memories of being pulverised on the bike leg by actual cyclists when attempting such things. However, it’s a classic event, possibly in its final year of this format, considering the Peacockes Rd development. So I put on my big-girl shoes and threw the mountain bike in the car.
A small but enthusiastic crew gathered at the Dudfield’s, christened by a short sharp shower of rain en route to the start. There was no small amount of smack talk amongst the frontrunners vying for the world champ jersey. I just tried to work out how to make my watch record something other than ‘run’. Everyone set off on a new keyhole run course down through the trees, except Harry who initially headed off towards Graham’s (and I apparently swum 300m instead, if you ask Strava). This 2.5k course was an interesting variation to the previous flat one, and quite the lungbuster. Pace was hot at the front and they’d disappeared by the time I hit the bike leg.
At 9k, this was a nice doable distance even for those of us without clip pedals or road bikes. My cursory map glance indicated we stayed on Peacockes Rd for this leg – easy! So when Iain gestured questioningly down the Peacockes Rd that turned off Peacockes Rd, we both had a wee detour, but were soon called back on track. After some nice rolling hills heading towards the turn cone, our small group saw Chloe coming back in the lead and marvelled at her bike prowess in coming past the speedy guys’ pack. Wait, where are all those speedy guys? Giving us a handicap catch-up chance perhaps – how generous. As we headed back, this pack trickled past slightly abashed having missed the cone and added a few extra kms for good measure. Although possibly Vaughan added more, after heading out alone for a lap 2 on the bike – keen.
The good part of all this was pulling the field back together a bit for the last few kilometres and improving the spectacle for the mid-pack. Legs were predictably dead on the second run leg, but it was fun to push through and try something new. My nervousness was unfounded – this was a fun relaxed event all round. Congratulations to champs Mike and Chloe, and big thanks to Graham and Lorraine for hosting us all.
Handicap 8km road race whereby each entrant has a starting time based on their estimated 5km time.
Race report to be posted soon.
Sweeney Cup winner Vaughn Kestle
Fastest Man Harry Coles
Fastest Lady Kovo McDonald
Report by Glenn Sexton
Another great day of gravel relay racing out at Lake D. We had 28 Hawks runners as well as 6 visitors from today’s Parkrun volunteer roster coming along. It was great to see Brent, Morris, Seaton, Cherie, Rachel and Bruce boosting our numbers. We hope you enjoyed your afternoon with us. Some hard fought racing with 9 of the teams within 2 minutes 20 seconds and the lead changing 3 times in the final lap. We had a technical issue with the timing but we sorted the best we could. Once again Richard E was the fastest of the day but only just nudging out Harry by 1 second. The extremely wily Kirsten M was the fastest lady closely followed by Dawn, with Toshimi only 1 second back! Thanks to Base Manager Shona, course guy Kevin, Vanessa Mace for being the kids turnaround marshal and the Harris family for bringing the BBQ
|Bib||Name||Time||Lap 1||Lap 2||Lap 3|
|26||Vaughan K, Garry W, Rhys M||38:13||14:35||12:23||11:15|
|32||Dawn T, Kay S, Richard E||38:25||12:56||14:49||10:40|
|33||Esther, Kirsten M, Mike P||38:30||13:56||12:46||11:48|
|23||Kerry R, Peter C, Harry C||39:21||16:22||12:18||10:41|
|22||Wendy H, Kevin K, Will S||39:34||15:50||12:43||11:02|
|25||Iain R, Madison R, Glenn S||39:37||11:50||14:43||13:05|
|31||Paul E, Jack C, Andrew W||39:42||13:19||14:49||11:34|
|27||Pat G, Lily J, Peter H||40:09||11:03||13:30||15:37|
|24||Carenza E, Thea M, Layton M||40:33||13:21||14:28||12:44|
|30||Bruce, Bruce, Bruce Parkrun||49:33||32:46||16:46||–|
|28||Brent, Morris, Seaton Parkrun||51:29||18:04||33:25||–|
|29||Cherie, Rachel Parkrun, Toshimi F||56:58||22:28||21:33||12:57|
Report by Kevin Knowles
Held at Ray Board Park, Rotorua, on a beautiful, sunny, winters day.
About 20 Hawks members made the trip.
We arrived in time for a jog around the 2km course which had some similarities to Tauranga’s Waipuna park, including a fast start around sports fields, some twisty tree sections and lumpy grasslands, plus a hill climb up and back down.
The first race was the start of the great results for our club members with our new members Jack and Max Stirling taking out 1st and 2nd in the U12 boys. This was followed by many other great performances in all grades.
To mention a few memorable moments during the day:
It was great to see Pat Gallagher take out the win in the M50 grade, closely followed into 2nd place by Mike Harris, who paused for a time during the race with a shoe lace malfunction.
The course was quite dry apart from one giant puddle, which everybody managed to avoid, via a slippery off-camber, except Les Miller, who ending up wearing some of the mud and a blood knee. I hope you are all good Les.
Our young members were the stars of the day, many ending up on the podium. (sign them up for NRR in October)
Overall a very satisfying event. Thanks
P.S. Where were our senior men 🙂
Hawks individual results
U12 Boys (2k)
1 – Jack Stirling (7:31)
2 – Max Stirling (7:33)
U12 Girls (2k)
6 – Mckenzie Liang (10:14)
9 – Claire Liang (10:33)
U14 Boys (3k)
3 – Jake Lomas (11:15)
U14 Girls (3k)
4 – Carenza Elley (13:12)
U16 Boys (4k)
4 – Caleb Woodfield (14:15)
U16 Girls (4k)
3 – Letizia Hay (16:30)
U18 Women (4k)
1 – Boh Ritchie (14:40)
4 – Monique Spedding (17:30)
U20 Men (8k)
1 – Ben Bidois (26:55)
U20 Women (6k)
2 – Charli Miller (22:13)
3 – Jemima Antoniazzi (23:25)
5 – Tara Sacke (26:27)
Senior Women (10k)
1 – Kerry White (37:31)
2 – Aimee Ferguson (41:01)
Masters Men 35-64 (8k)
1 (MM50-54) – Pat Gallagher (31:08)
2 (MM50-54) – Mike Harris (31:46)
– (MM40-44) – Les Miller (33:27)
2 (MM60-64) – Kevin Knowles (35:16)
– (MM55-59) – Paul Ewart (38:20)
Masters Women (6k)
1 (MW50-54) – Karen McCready (28:15)
Masters Men 65+ (6k)
3 (MM70-74) – Dave Clarke (31:06)
For all those softies who cosied up to the fire, a hardy wee bunch of runners braved the weather at Waiwhakareke reserve today for our random relay this afternoon. It wasn’t that bad in the end but luckily we had the barn as extra cover which was our start/finish line and transition area. Also a big welcome back to former Hamilton Harrier Andrew Wilson in NZ from Colorado for a couple of weeks. Safe travels home Andrew. Names in red did 3 laps, green did 2 and blue ran 1. Well done to everybody who showed up. Some close racing with Richard Ellison setting a blistering pace and ran 4 laps in total.
Around 15 Hawks took on the King and Queen of the Mountain….a tough unrelenting 4.8 ks up Maungakawa (Sanitorium Hill) just outside of Cambridge. Good strong runs by Harry Coles (22:38) to take out the Senior Men, and Joe Mace (23:27) to come second in the Masters Men (the largest of the fields by far with 19 runners). Also Tara Sacke running well (26:26) to win the WU18 division.
In the junior divisions, Jack Conder had a good run to win the 3km BU14 race in 18:50, and also Layton Mace winning the BU12 2km event in 9:55.
Well done, looks like it was a great day on the hill!
Looking good Sunil..!
Cambridge Harriers have once again also made a cool video of the event <<here>> – Enjoy!
A large group of Hawks who traveled down to Tokoroa to take part in the Total Sport Cougar Trail Run – a really cool (literally!) run around the Cougar Mountain bike park…Unusual in that it is not often you get to run dedicated mountain bike trails!
While it was a very cool start (~2 degs) once the sun came up it was really nice running conditions. Outstanding run of the day (from Hawks perspective) was Andrew Beggs winning the Mid Course 14km event in 1:03:41 – over 3 minutes ahead of second-place….Well done Andrew! And once again Boh Ritchie extending her impressive run of results with an overall win in the Short Course Run.
The winner of the 21km event was Casey Thorby in an almost unbelievable 1:26:13 for the men, and the always impressive Sue Crowley from Rotorua taking the women’s race in 1:40:56 (also 9th overall).
Other commendable results were:
|Dave Gunn||21k||1:47:40||1st MM50-59 (11th overall)|
|Garry Wilson||21k||1:52:45||3rd MM50-59 (22nd overall)|
|Kevin Knowles||21k||1:54:24||1st MM60-69 (29th overall)|
|Wendy Fox||21k||2:26:35||2nd MW60-69|
|Dot Larsen||21k||2:26:38||3rd MW60-69|
|Helen Hall-King||14k||1:27:24||1st MW50-59|
|Mike Riley||14k walk||1:55:21||1st MM60 (2nd overall)|
And of course Sue Hunter and Sandra Jensen taking care of the all-important TEC duties once more – well-done ladies..!
Check out the full results <<here>>
Report by Mike Riley
What a beautiful day following a frosty early start to arrive in Taupo by about 10.00 AM. Why so early you might ask, well to help Mike & Wendy Harris to erect the gazebo when they were kind enough to bring it along, it’s always nice to have a base to find fellow members and leave gear bags there.
As there weren’t a great number of Hawks competing, I’m going to try and mention everyone who did run, they are just as important as those few who manage to place in their grades. If I have missed anyone it’s not intentional although I did notice a couple of names who aren’t recorded as belonging to any centre or club and I’m pretty sure they weren’t members but I have excluded their performances from this report as I assume they currently aren’t members.
First off were the G10 and B10 grades with our only members Claire Liang finish 6th in 5.10.1 for her 1000 metres in the girls race and her brother Austin who was 8th in the boys recording 5.25.0. Next up was older sister McKenzie who competed over 2000 metres finishing 14th in the G12 grade in 10.24.6.
The G14 grade over 3000 metres had two club members competing with Carenza Elley finishing 11th in 12.28.8 followed by Nisha Moorfield close behind in 14th running 12.39.8. That could be 2-2 between these girls this winter so a bit of club rivalry developing here. In the boys G14 race we were represented by Jack Conder who was 15th in 14.22.1 for 3000 metres.
No entrants in the G16 grade but Boh Ritchie who couldn’t make in time for this ran in the W18 grade to take out the NI title recording 14.31.9 for 4000 metres and I’m pretty sure it was a course record for her age and distance. Well done Boh. The only M18 member competing was Jack Murray who was 13th in 17.49.4
The W18 and the W20 grades both started together as both ran 4000 metres. In the W20 grade our first member home was Jemima Antoniazzi who was just back from injury and finished 5th in 15.30.4 and was well backed up by Sophie Harris in 8th who recorded 16.01.3 then Tara Sacke 10th in 16.25.7 and Gemma Horan 13th in 20.30.2. The winner of the W20 race was Hannah Gapes who also recreated a new race record.
We had two members in the keenly contested M20 race with Ben Bidois finishing 3rd in 16.07.3 and the winner recording 16.05.5. Our second member was Alex Brackenbury who was 15th in 18.05.3
In the older ranks of masters and seniors, there was a smattering of club members competing. In the MW50-54 grade, Karen McCready finished 4th in 23.20.3 for her 5000 metre event and in the MW60-64, also over 5000 metres as Wendy Fox who was 6th in 28.09.4.
John Bowe finished 2nd in the MM45-49 grade recording 22.13.0 for 6000 metres supported by Peter Conder in 10th recording 26.57.8. Moving on to the MM50-54 grade saw Mike Harris also finishing 2nd over 6000 metres in 23.42.3, Gary Wilson 2nd in the MM55-59 grade in 25.16.0 and finally Kevin Knowles appears to have been 3rd in the MM60-65 after some confusion at the prizegiving being awarded the silver medal so this may not be finalised yet.
The only senior member who competed was Kerry White in the SW grade where she finished a good 5th placing in 18.21.1 just over 30 seconds from the first placed athlete.
Overall there was some very closing racing, especially in the combined age groups which boosted numbers in many races. It was an enjoyable day of cross-country and it’s such a great course.
|Girls U10 1000m|
|Girls U12 2000|
|Girls U14 3000m|
|Women U18 4000m|
|Women U20 4000m|
|Senior Women 5000m|
|Masters Women 50-54 5000m|
|Masters Women 60-64 5000m|
|Boys U10 1000m|
|Men U18 5000m|
|Men U20 5000m|
|Masters Men 45-49 6000m|
|Masters Men 50-54 6000m|
|Masters Men 55-59 6000m|
|Masters Men 60-64 6000m|
Results from Club Cross Country Champs 2021 held at Minogue Park, Hamilton.
Rotate display on mobile phone to view all results.
The Gilchrist Rosebowl Cross Country event was held on the grass area on the eastern side of Hamilton Lake.
Kids ran 2 x 1k laps and the adults did 2 x 1.92k laps.
Great to see so many turn out (around 45 runners – 44 human and 1 canine) and looking great in the Hawks colours…The weather turned it on and we had a brilliant day – lots of good hard running, a highlight being a great run by Pat Gallagher resulting in a finish line sprint for 3rd overall with Charli Miller….Awesome to watch.
Congratulations to all those competing, you can check out the full results for this event <<here>>
Podium results as below:
Kids race (2k)
|1st||(3rd overall) Charli Miller||15:16.5|