Cougar Trail Run 2021 Results

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>>

Rotorua Marathon 2021 Results

Rotorua put on a bit of a dreary day for the Rotorua Marathon last Saturday, where a good number of Hawks attended – either competing or pacing in both the marathon and the half. Actually the weather despite being damp was quite warm and so ended up being pretty good conditions for a lap of the lake…or the forest…

Well done to those who competed and to those who once again selflessly gave up their time to pace other runners…I can tell you from experience, the pacers do a fantastic job and are responsible for may runners hitting PB’s… Thank you.

The male winner once again was local Rotorua boy Michael Voss backing up from his win last year in a time of 2:29:29, and the women’s race was won by Ingrid Cree in a time of 2:54:11.

Some nice runs by Hawks past and present with notable results being:
Anthony Hancy – 13th in 2:52:13 (PB)
Kovo McDonald – 4th female (again!) in 3:12:08
Dave Gunn – 57th in 3:15:39 (PB)
Kevin Knowles – 87th in 3:26:43 (despite suffering a bad cold this week)
Evan Primmer – Completing yet another marathon..!
Sue Hunter – perfectly pacing the 4:45 marathon time…

Check out the full results <<here>>

Rotorua Marathon Race Report

Report by Sandra Jensen

It’s not often my Saturdays consist of running with a man dressed as a “super turd” or yelling at Radio personality Mike Puru to “hurry up Mike” and have him scuttle in my direction uttering ” yes master” – but its also not unusual.

My 3rd time pacing the 2hr 20 min at Rotorua half started off damp, solo ( the other dude pulled out, possibly out of fear) and a bit speedy but it can take a couple km’s to settle into the slooooooowwww pace that i need to maintain.

 I actually really like pacing and its definitely a feel good thing to do as you get sweaty hugs and thank yous afterwards from people who were aware that you sacrificed speeding on the down hills screaming “weeeeee” so they could achieve their own PB.

 This time we didn’t quite get to the finish before the lead marathon runner but we made way for him, we slowed down so he wouldn’t feel bad, and clapped as only those of us who are slightly bitter and twisted about our lack of pace can do.

I finished near spot on time.

After getting a special fitting of a Spanish plaid vintage jacket from my personal costumier from Auckland whose husband ran the half, I trundled off to find some mid century German pottery and was back in time to see Sue come in bang on time pacing the 4:45 for the full.

10 out of 10 would re-offend. 

P.S. I’m always down for a free hat and a Hell’s Pizza.  

The Nugget Events 2021 Results

Report by Mike Harris

It started with an early drive from Hamilton to Waihi to meet Marc and then carpool down to Waihi Beach in time for the race briefing at 8:15 am. We then gathered on the beach for the start. Marc and I cruised the beach at a low 4min per kilometre pace for 500 metres to be in the first dozen to enter the Orokawa Bay Track till it reached Homunga Bay Beach. Through out this I was keeping Marc and another seasoned Nuggeter in reach and only losing sight of them both as Marc did his renowned speedy descents through the bush. Then it was up a 9.6% grade climb over 2kms, appropriately named as a Strava segment called “Nugget climb of death”. A good proportion of steeper sections we walked and as I was aiming to keep my heart rate in control at around 90% max I was happy to stay with them. As the climb began to level off a bit I took the opportunity to get ahead and have some buffer against Marc’s speedy descents and needed to prove that my summer of close to PB 5km races under my belt would give me the win against Marc whose been doing a year or more of endurance training for the GodZone event which was held a couple of months ago.
At the first aid station at the top of the hill I grabbed a couple of pieces of pineapple as I was aware I needed something to keep me going and not having my own carry cup I couldn’t grab the electrolytes available. As I was passing through a volunteer told me I was in 5th position and gave me confidence to now start working harder to pick up at least a place or two. The climb continued and I managed to pass the 4th place runner who was clearly already broken and in the distance I could see 3rd place which was good. I decided to keep the constant pace and heart rate by just keeping him in sight until around the 8km to go point where I came up along side and had a friendly chat. In hindsight I may have given away too much intel as he raced off when I gathered some more fruit to assist my water only supplements.

I wasn’t too concerned as I thought I had the 3rd position in the bag… alarm bells started when my heart rate started peaking while not even climbing or pushing the pace. I carried on for a few more kms and then started feeling pretty bad, so much so all I wanted to do was dream about finishing and laying down in a fetal position. It got worse and I was close to complete shut down. I kept telling myself as I saw the 2km to go sign that it was only less then 10 minutes to end the nightmare. As I got onto the final road stretch a volunteer was pointing at me and I stopped in the middle of the road in confusion… had I gone the wrong way… is this only for the multi-sport bikers. I chose to ignore and keep running and came to my senses that the route split into two for bikers and runners.

Finally I got to the last stretch, gave a quick look back and to my horror saw a guy behind who also looked 50+ and could grab the age group win. Surprisingly I managed to give it everything and ran as hard as I could to the finish line where I collapsed on to the chairs in exhaustion. Shortly after Marc came to my aid with Gels and whatever else he could find to get me out of the sugar deficient delirious state that I was in. It ended up only 18 secs between us and Marc finished in 5th place. The other guy didn’t pass and was in the duathlon event anyway. Towards the end I did expect everyone to start pouring past me and I was thankful that I managed to just hold it out to the end. Marc did admit that he often ran close along the tree lines to stay out of my sight and was keeping an account of the decreasing split times between us both.

I ended up with 4th place and 1st in the 50+ grade. The final result helped me forget the final traumatic 30 minutes – even if there was nothing in the seconds between us!

Well done to all the Hawks who competed and Malesa for coming 1st Women and Jono an an impressive time for his longest ever run.

23km Adventure Run
PlaceBibNameGenderAG/DIV (Place)Time
42136Mike HarrisMale (4.)Male 50-59 (1.)2:14:38
52097Marc ScottMale (5.)Male 50-59 (2.)2:14:56
62139Ryan JonesMale (6.)Male 18-39 (4.)2:17:49
72131Malesa McNearneyFemale (1.)Female 18-39 (1.)2:18:03
122138Jono DawsonMale (11.)Male 18-39 (6.)2:23:24
6km Run
PlaceBibNameGenderAG/DIV (Place)Time
15050Carenza ElleyFemale (1.)Female Under 18 (1.)28:57:00
35088Lucy FarrellFemale (2.)Female 18-39 (1.)29:52:00

Coastal Ultra 71k

Sat 10th April 

Report by Dawn Tuffery
Some races prompt a quick decision. Last year I saw this inaugural event was happening down in the Catlins and thought, yep, sounds good. I’m also an ambassador for the Ultra NZ team and had been disappointed to see the Ultra 24 event in Nelson get scuppered by Covid not once but TWICE so I was keen to actually get to one of their events. Happily this one was good to go, and as a bonus, club stalwarts Fiona and Ross were checking it out as well.

Despite the quick entry, I didn’t really know what to expect from the course and this unknown aspect was part of the charm. Having room for one pair of shoes, I chose Inov8s, and carefully crammed everything for the weekend into my carry-on baggage, including the compulsory gear, slightly regretting my frugal booking decision. (And forgot there was a pocket knife in there at the bottom, so security took it alllll back out again.)

A fellow UltraNZ runner Simon offered a ride from Invercargill to the race, and Ross and Fiona kindly shared their extra room – I felt very fortunate all round! I helped check in some runners in the afternoon, ate an extremely large helping of gf pasta at the Curio Bay cafe, and generally marvelled at the cool wild surroundings. At the briefing we got warned about a raft of dangers, including barbed wire, angry sea lions, ladders over electric fences, and cliffs (don’t fall off them).

We caught the bus at 5.45am and I entertained myself by trying to french plait for the first time (on Katie Wright, not Ross) with moderate success. The sun rose and around 7am we set off from a beach, straight into a thigh-deep stream crossing. The first part of the course was moderately runnable, but started to introduce the ubiquitous grassy hills and then a truly impressive stretch of mud wading heading towards knee height at times. Hooray for the Inov8s. 

Overall I felt a little flat in terms of energy, but had expected that might be the case given the 6-hour track run was only 3 weeks ago and I hadn’t really trained since the Tarawera hundred miler in Feb. Recover, taper, 6-hour, recover, taper? No problem if you’re there mainly to enjoy it though. The views were as nice as expected, idyllic sea studded with rugged bluffs and curves. The track kept us guessing, sometimes looping sadistically around a hill when you could see the aid station ‘just ahead’. The surface was a range of farm tracks, lumpy paddocks, less lumpy paddocks, and occasional lovely beach, with markings that required just enough attention to keep you on the ball. 

Organisers had said prizegiving would be happening at the 8 hour mark, which seemed doable for 71k? It became obvious this wouldn’t be happening for me – the repeated straight-up grass hills were testing my wimpy track legs, not to mention the rest of the system. It’s hard to explain why the event felt quite brutal given the farm-based terrain and no single climbs exceeding 200 metres, but the lack of running flow and steepness added up to quite a solid challenge. It also got very windy and rainy. Around 55 or 60k I got unusually dizzy and relinquished the leading woman position I’d accidentally acquired. The dizziness was fixed when I finally found an aid station and sculled some coke (not before trying to wander off course up an extra hill). Able to run again, I came across one last deep muddy section and had to laugh. The final 3k in Curio Bay was a chance to relax, although I did go one second over 9 hours which implies a bit long spent admiring the different types of seaweed on that last stretch. In the end I did make the prizegiving, because they had to wait for three placegetters to make a podium. Ha! Ross had a great run for 8 hours 36, doing the training mahi and getting the result. Will we see him again on the ultra circuit? Fingers crossed. 

I may not be selling it well, but I actually really enjoyed the event. It was different from other recent runs, beautiful, tough, and a unique opportunity to see the southernmost coast from private land. It’d be a cool one to do with friends and take lots of pictures. It’s also a great excuse to see a cool part of the country. Two thumbs up.