Christchurch Marathon 2016 Results

Report by Don Willoughby

The annual Airport Christchurch marathon and associated events attracted 4500 entrants and Hawks athletes figured prominently in the National half Marathon section. With 1950 in the half in cool crisp conditions where gloves and beanies were more than useful Hawks women were stand outs with three of them finishing in the top 10 in a very competitive field. 24 year old Olivia Burne Auckland City led out hard and at half way had a good lead. Club mates Rowan Torckler (nee Baird) and Alice Mason led the chase. Over the second half Rowan closed but couldn’t catch Burnes who won in a smart 1.15.31. Rowan picked up a silver medal with a great run in 1.16.05 while Alice held on for a meritorious 4 th in 1.17.25 while Olivia Ritchie was 10 th in 1.21.10. An interesting sideline is that all three are seen training around Lake Te Ko Utu regularly. These three will form the nucleus of a potentially strong club road relay team later in the year.

Sunil Ritchie ran 1.24.15 for 67 th place in the men’s race while Chris Keith had a strong run in the MM55.59 grade to win silver with his 1.26.21. There was drama in the men’s race finish when Oska Inkster- Barnes who had led all the way from a chasing group of five which included two WBOP athletes Aaron Pulford Thames and Lake City teenager Michael Voss ran off course briefly in the run to the line and had to duck under sideline tape to get on course again in the sprint to the finish. He just held off fast finishing Pulford but both were given the same time 1.06.34. Voss with a time of 1.06.50 picked up his first senior medal with a bronze with an excellent time. His future looks bright.

Half Marathon
# BIB# NAME TIME NET TIME PLACE GENDER G/PL DIVISION D/PL
31 1105 ROWAN MARIE TORCKLER 1:16:07 1:16:04 31 F 2 W20-39 2
38 1104 ALICE MASON 1:17:27 1:17:27 38 F 4 W20-39 4
66 1109 OLIVIA RITCHIE 1:21:12 1:21:09 66 F 9 W20-39 6
79 1512 SUNIL FERNANDEZ-RITCHIE 1:24:15 1:23:34 79 M 68 M20-39 33
98 1808 CHRIS KEITH 1:26:22 1:26:17 98 M 84 VM50-59 7
10k
# BIB# NAME TIME NET TIME PLACE GENDER G/PL DIVISION D/PL
15 6222 RHYS MILDON 0:34:33 0:34:28 15 M 15 OM 7
39 6037 SARAH MURPHY 0:39:12 0:39:09 39 F 4 OW 3

NZ 100k Championships 2016 Race Report

By Dawn Tuffery

I decided recently to give the 100k champs a go this year, and flew down to ChCh for 50 laps of Hagley Park. Training had been considerably less than ideal but there’s something about this event that draws me back. It’s an intriguing body-mind challenge. I’m in the middle of a rambling blog report which I’ll link to next week, but here’s a (slightly) summarised version. Photos from the Sri Chinmoy site and my ph.

After all the wondering and waiting and travelling, it was a relief to stand on the startline and set off. It’s a modest field, spread over 50k, 50 mile, 100k, and 100k relay events. You get to know people along the way while passing and getting passed. It was fun to see the speedy Phil Costley taking on his first NZ 100k (he holds 32 or so other NZ titles from 1500m up). Every 10k he’d lap me and chat for a moment, and I’d have a go at emulating his running form for a few hundred metres.

   

The first 40k or so of 100k is pretty fun, by necessity. You’re running within yourself and enjoying the environment. My aim was to stick around 5 minute ks for basically as long as possible, which worked well. You can explore the numbers here if thus inclined, but essentially I held a consistent 4.50 – 5 minute p/k pace until 60k, and then drifted between 5 and 6 until the end.

I don’t go into an ultra to race – it’s more about pacing your own run alongside others. I knew Shannon-Leigh and I would be well matched for the women’s title though, and also that we have different styles of running. She led for some time before slowing for a while in the middle. Around 50k I caught and later lapped her. From there, I just got on with my own focus as the ks became harder and my legs protested. I noticed I hadn’t seen Phil for 20k, meaning he was facing his own challenges. He ended up finishing (and winning) in 7.31.

At 88k, I got a surprise as Shannon whizzed past in an impressive comeback. I knew I had a lap on her, but her pace seemed like it could be 5 minutes per k to my 6, which would see me caught before the end. However, I didn’t have the energy to do much about it except keep up my trudging. As it happened, I crossed the line in 8.47, relieved, and she came in just 6 minutes later. Close, and exciting for the spectators who were carefully timing the splits. Thankfully it wasn’t a 110k.

Against the ‘rules’ I’d tried a couple of new things out. Tailwind was my nutrition for the day (a drink mix) which kept energy even until 75k or so, when I was probably beyond help anyway. I wore fivefingers for the whole thing which also went pretty well for all toes except one. My achilles had no problems on the hard repetitive surface which I was very happy about. Also, I got a tune-up during the week before from Daws Osteopathy and massage from Mary Rogerson (Hukanui Body Therapies) – always good.

   

The Sri Chinmoy team do an awesome job of putting this race on, and support you all day. They then feed you and give you trophies and flowers. Yay. I’d highly recommend this event, if you’re interested in trying a different kind of challenge.

Results and report

Arc Kauri Run 2016 Race Report

Report by Sandra Jensen

Decided to do kauri run. Decided to do the 13km cos I’m on a tight budget and fitness isn’t that great. Well, I think I did ok.

Despite it only being 13km it was tough, but fun. Had a little of everything and, despite my usual cry of “never ever again”, yeah, I’ll do that for sure next year.

The lady who won led from the start (despite the heavily strapped shoulder she sported). I’m not sure I could have gained much more on her.

It was a new 13km course and it was a goodie. Hills, steps, gravel, road, steps, more steps, camping ground, steps..did I mention steps? Kauri trees, fence, mud, steps, ropes, hill, stream and then 3km of pavement before grass and finish.

    

I was second in my age group and second female overall  1:13:41 and came in 4th runner overall in the 13km. Other Hawks who ran at Kauri were Matt Scott (below), who took out the 23km in 1:58:16, Cecilia Flori (above) who took out the 32km in 3:43:43  (though I think it was more like 36km due to a course adjustment.) Stefan Wagner 3rd in the 32km, in 3:06:13, Marc Scott 5th in 3:17:45  and Kevin Knowles 6th 3:26:15.

The overall 36k was won by Sjors Corporaal winning by less than a minute from Chris Morrisey in a time of 2:53:21.

Feeling pretty stoked overall 🙂

 

It’s a walk not a run!

Oxfam Trailwalker 100k (Whakatane 2016)
Report by Paul Klein

Here I am riding along the river bank (due to injuries) when my phone pings “hey Paula do you want to join us for the Oxfam Trailwalker 100k in April? We are a team member down.”

After a few minutes and a quick discussion with my running buddies I think “How hard can it be?” So with about 7 weeks training with three other fabulous ladies I ended up at the start line at 7am Saturday 2nd of April.

Rain and thunderstorms were predicted but our spirits were high and we were pleased to be chasing the 6am starters. Our goal was to be in the top three women’s team over the line finishing with all four of us so we could be eligible for a prize.

Each leg had its own challenges, from hills, beach, water, never ending hills, blinding rain every hour, more water, mud, thunder and lightning, a jet boat ride, lack of signs to show the way at night, a mud slide for about 300 meters, more uphill (the driveway to nowhere), murderous train tracks with gigantic sharp stones,  and then just for fun at about 93k, let’s make you climb some farm gates. This course was way harder than Tarawera Ultra. More hills, more mud, more challenges!

Our time goal disappeared rather quickly and our spirits sunk but we were determined to finish. Our support crew were simply amazing. They were organised and tried to cheer us up. Finally our last checkpoint, a home stretch of an easy 12k. Chowing down on some peppermints helped to settle my tummy but I didn’t want any more food. So off we went chanting away knowing it was just down the road. We met a freshly mowed stop bank with clumps of grass with no clear path to place tired sore feet. It was the longest 12k of our life! My feet had been sore since about 20k along the beach and I knew we had about 3k along a foot path to come. Just when we felt it couldn’t get any worse, we had to traverse three gates.

Finally we arrived at the main bridge and a 97k marker, and some lovely supporters who declared we did not have far to go. We hobbled as fast as we could and regrouped to walk over the finish line chanting loudly, 20 hours 58 minutes later! A very hard event but we placed 14th overall and first lady team with all four finishing.

What an adventure but please can someone remind me that some adventures are best left to other crazy people – and running is far easier than walking!

Kaimai Goat Goes Bush

Report by Dawn Tuffery

“On Thursday, this trail was the driest it’s ever been,” reflected Race Director Jason, as bedraggled runners finished behind hime. “Now it’s the wettest.”

While the other Goat race run by this team is famous for its rugged rocks, this Kaimai version did its best to pour on the short-notice mud. Thanks to Hadley, a team of us travelled over to Old Tauranga Rd in his van – and even made it safely to the start, thanks to (or in spite of) our collective navigation skills.

The Goat Goes Bush kicks off in a relaxed, pragmatic way with waves of runners crossing a mat spread over a gravel track. The only obvious evidence of an event from the road is a good lineup of portaloos (always wise). Gear requirements are on the comprehensive side for a half, but nobody who’s seen the back clouds lurking in the hills protests.

Unlike some races, faster runners start first to reduce congestion. A kilometre into the gravel track I’m breathing hard and feeling like a fraud. At three k, we hit the Wairere Falls track. The legs don’t feel like running up steps today either. Walking it is.

For me, the fun started once we hit the tops. The mud made the trails slushy but runnable – as long as you’re constantly attentive. Water spread throughout, roots hid under overgrown reeds, and little spiky sticks stuck up into my feet if I was lacking concentration. One deceptive puddle gave me a Dr Foster moment up to my middle and I may have gone under. There was frequent sliding down clay banks on my bottom. Suffice it to say, it was all very enjoyable and the focus required tipped me into a great ‘flow’ state. It was technical at times, but not as much so as other races such as Raglan Karioi Trail.

I was in slick comfy five fingers as I couldn’t find my first preference shoes the night before. These were great for 80% of the run but couldn’t handle the clay downhills. A few people came past at that point. I saw Kris, who’d had stomach troubles and decided to cut the run a bit short. The last few ks of the run are in very runnable forest, which brought back some mojo.

As a nod to the original Goat, the race finished with a hill. The third-place lady was just ahead. My competitive instinct noted this briefly, and then promptly went back to sleep. There was a great welcoming committee at the Aongatete Lodge and good snacks – nut mix, jerky, fruit, sausages and Goat beer. Hadley and Oscar took the challenge of tail-end-charlie, making for a solid day out. Hawks took out a number of merit and spot prizes, with Kris’ shoe voucher cheering him up significantly. Well done to all runners, and thanks to Hadley, Steph and the Goat team for a great event.

     

Full results here. Photos by Alan Ure here, as pay-what-you-want under ‘Goat Goes Bush).

Raglan Karioi Trail 2015 Results

Hawks made up a significant number of the Karioi Trail’s brave participants last month. It was pointed out that nowhere in this event’s promotion does it actually mention running. Sure enough, for those of us round the midpack, there was a solid lot of walking. The trail is allegedly muddy at the best of times, and this was the rainiest of times. It was oddly glorious though, like being a kid jumping in puddles for four hours.

As we hit the summit (abseiling chains!), the cloud was thick and white. No view today. Going across and down proved as interesting as going up – pretty slippy and technical. We had a good train going, and I followed this very nimble 12 year old for a long time (look out for Sam Loten in the future).

I had new Icebug shoes from Trek’n’Travel which had really great grip, but started giving me bad blisters by 10k. This was probably just due to not being worn in, and the fact I don’t tend to wear hard-backed shoes. I stopped for some soggy first aid and a shoe change, which saw me through – just. They got pretty gory by the end.

Kovo had flow
n through the first half in style in the relay, handing over to Oscar. It was nice to see her and Sandra at the (quiet) changeover point. You then run into the Whale Bay side of Raglan and head up Karioi again. This side was much less muddy but still had some good climbing. The summit arrived again (still white) and it was all downhill from there. I enjoyed the descent. Some people I passed didn’t seem to, so much. Got to the end after taking 4.25 to do 24k – nice adventure in the bush, and killer blisters to show for it. I got asked to re-enact the finish for a newspaper photo but refused to put the sore shoes on again. If you see that photo, I did not in fact run it barefoot. Don’t trust what you see.

Sjors Corporaal won the overall race in 2.49 (bam). I think Kris Moore took Hawks honours in 7th with 3.47, from Dion and Lance. Kovo and Oscar were second team, and Sandra and Lisa 6th. Full results here >>

A great day with excellent company. And I will wear the shoes again, but just with lots of plasters on. This is a cool event to support, so pencil it in if you like a good mud challenge.