Last month we were both looking forward to Club Champs, training was going well and we were both anticipating PB’s on the day. Instead we found ourselves on the side lines both injured, happily cheering everyone else on but with a sense of “what could have been”.
The annual Hawks Club Road Champs produced a little bit of everything weather wise with rain, sun and a cold wintry blast of wind throughout the afternoon. This did not seem to dampen enthusiasm with over 100 people turning up to either cheer others on or join the 68 members running across all age categories.
The kids races were well run with many great efforts put in. Well done to Levi Budd who was particularly proud of himself for running the whole distance without stopping and this was topped off with him winning a movie voucher spot prize.
In the Women’s races, Emerson Deverell and Grace Ritchie fought it out until the last lap where Emerson increased the gap to win by 21 seconds. Of particular note was Sandra Jensen, definitely one to watch as she keeps getting faster and faster.
A couple of fierce battles occurred throughout the 10km final race of the day. The first between the younger men of Tim, Jacob and Theunis with Tim coming out as winner not only of this battle but the 10km race overall winner also. The second battle between Kerry, Kent and John finally ended with Kerry over the line first (just) with Kent hot on his heels and John not far behind. Thus proving that age is no barrier. Marc Scott was seeking photographic evidence to support a 35:59 PB.
Check out the great photos online both on the Hawks Facebook page or the Hawks website. Photos thanks to Graham Dufield, Mike Harris, Dawn Tuffery and Nick Freke.
Report by Mike and Wendy Harris
|3||Kristen||Milne||19:31||5 km||MW||1st MW|
|5||Maureen||Leonard||20:32||5 km||MW50||2nd MW|
|6||Sandra||Jensen||20:53||5 km||MW35||3rd MW|
|5||Kent||Hodgson||34:32||10 km||MM||1st Master|
|6||John||Crane||34:49||10 km||MM50||2nd Master|
|7||Jason||Cameron||35:25||10 km||MM||3rd Master|
|18||Kovo||Kowalewski||38:42||10 km||SW||1st Women|
|22||Malesa||McNearney||41:23||10 km||SW||2nd Women|
|25||Beth||Hampton||42:56||10 km||SW||3rd Women|