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.
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