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Christchurch Half & Marathon 2019 Results

Christchurch is well known for producing great running conditions for their marathon. This time wasn’t one of them. In atrocious conditions running was tough, and stories of hypothermia and the inability of fingers and hands to function were the rule, not the exception. We had Martin Ferry (2.54) and Sue Hunter (3.56) doing the marathon, and Grace Ritchie (1.22), Sandra Jensen (1.49) the half. Paul Ritchie was doing the 10k,  as well as 2018 Hawk and now Canterbury University runner Olivia Ritchie (3.03) also lining up in the full.

Christchurch Half report

By Sandra Jensen

I would seem that I am destined to run rainy half marathons on Queens Birthday weekend. Last year was the Mount Joggers half which was near torrential but I ran a nice time and had fun. By comparison that same event this year was cool but clear blue skies. Why didn’t I do that one again? Because I was doing the Christchurch marathon half instead.

I signed up last year and had not trained at all. Sure I’d run a marathon in that time (badly) and a lot of running in general including pacing a few halves but I hadn’t actually gone out to do a good time for a half in a long time. I’m a chronic under-trainer. I am too busy hence the now swearing off all marathons. I have better things to do.

Christchurch was wet when we arrived and cold. The flooding in the region was still evident as we landed. We checked into race rego and went to find our hotel. The google map lady with the bad pronunciation kept taking us the long way but we found the “Rendezvous” chosen because of the seedy name and settled in.

I had decided that with my lack of training I would hang with the 1 hr 50 pacers but in the end I never saw them, instead keeping ahead of them the whole race. Race day though was cold and wet and cold and a little bit more cold. I probably wore more clothing than I had ever for any race and none was removed during the run. My legs went numb and I worried about chaffing mainly because I couldn’t feel it if it was happening so feared and longed for a hot shower after the finish. 

The 19th km was my slowest, the legs were dead. the last 2 km weren’t so bad but it was almost a km from when you caught site of the finish line and that was a very very long km. The legs could not sprint, and I was numb, cold and very wet. Why I reached for a cold drink at the finish is beyond me.

I finished in 1 hr 49 mins and 25 seconds. By no means my fastest half but given the conditions and lack of training, I’m happy. Sue Hunter managed her sub 4 hr and my husband Mark produced a cold beer for her husband Steve who completed his first half in under 2 hrs. I’ve never seen such a happy face after a beer.
Christchurch marathon would be not a bad run in slightly better conditions as it’s predominantly flat (go figure) and it’s also hard to not contemplate how scarred the city still is. 

I reckon we will be back for that one.

National Road Champs 2018 Results

Report by Mudlark

The national road champs held at St Peters School on Sunday saw the Hawks club have total involvement either as competitors or organizers. Saturday course set up was done by a Hawks team ably led by Glenn Sexton in sunny still weather. Race day was the opposite with driving rain and wind gusts that proved a challenge to all. Huge congrats to all the many club members who undertook key jobs in trying weather. It was a huge day and Glenn Sexton and his team did a marvelous job in difficult circumstances.

With over 30 Hawks members running a pleasing number of medals came our way. In the BU13 3km Joe Morgan picked up a silver medal with his 9.55 clocking over 3km after a great battle with the winner who was just 3 seconds clear at the finish.  Brother Adam was 7th in 10.42.

In the W18 race over 5kms Samantha Corbett ran a splendid race and was 4th just a tick of a second off winning a bronze medal with her 18.35. Charli Miller was 9th in 19.31, Kimbi Sanders 17th in 20.12, Gemma Horan was 22nd in 20.43 and in 28th was Corrina Decker-Thorburn in 21.57.  The WU20’s also raced over 5km and Hannah Knighton ran a brilliant race to take the gold in 18.18 with Gina Butler in 5th in 20.12. The M18’s raced over 6km and Reuben Thompson was 5th in 19.39 with Ben Bidois 12th on 20.07 and Andrew Carr 18th   with 20.39. The M20 grade raced over 8kms and Lachlan Cairns ran26.58 for 9th, Bradley Christison was 12th with 19.39, Sean Trowern 16th 28.17 and William Swales 18th 28.27. In the Masters Women over 5km Tanja Miller ran well to win a silver medal in MW40 race with her 19.49 while Maureen Leonard won bronze with her 22.13 in the MW55 race.

The combined SM and SW grades hammered out 10kms in very wet and windy weather that saw a large field face the starter. Jake Jackson Grammer was the quickest senior for 17th spot in 33.09 with Logan Rodger 23rd in 33 .25, Rodrigo Jaca 27th in 33.37,Theunis Pieters 32nd in 34.32 and Simon Kerr 37th in 35.20.

Olivia Ritchie placed 12th in 39.306 while Aliana Brent was 20th in 41.47. There was some keen head to head racing among our Masters Men with Kent Hodgson in the MM50 proving to be the quickest placing 4th in grade with 36,41 Lance Brew on 37.08 was next fastest followed by John Crane 37.21, Marc Scott 38.50, Wayne Duckett 39.31 and Kevin Knowles placed 2nd in the MM60 grade with 42.23. Garry Wilson in 43.15 got 12th in the MM55, Colin King on 47.49 was 6th in the MM65 and Grahame Clarkin was 4th in the MM60 in a time of 53.33

From Mudlark who has a track record of full involvement with national events in the past just a sincere congrats and thank you to all those involved with that road nationals. We appreciated your efforts.

Check out the race report on Athletics NZ weekly roundup here: 3rd September

Click here to see the official full results

National Road Relays 2017 Results

Keep reading down the page for the Hawks official team results or click here to go directly to the results.

Overview report by Mudlark (Don Willoughby)

WHEW!!!! Hawks are the top club in road running and champions of New Zealand. What an amazing weekend in Rotorua and a huge thanks to John Crane and Glenn Sexton for their efforts throughout the year to get nine teams to the start line.  111 teams took part and it is a reflection of what great spirit the club has that even at the last minute we had runners who were upgraded to a higher team and managed to produce outstanding runs. Maureen Leonard was a classic case taking out the fastest lap on her leg. Since 1999 when I was race director on a new course based on Cambridge the Hawks have featured in the top 3 ranking most years. That year the Masters Women won and the Junior Women were third. And now follows a brief history of the club’s record as I know it.  In 2000 the event was held on the Motueka Nelson course and MW won again while the JW were first and we were second club overall. As Brett Addison points out it took 17 more years for our JW to win again. 2001 was Takahe Akaroa and the MW team kept on producing wins and one memory I have of that year was the huge skin flaps on Bridget Ray’s feet after a flying downhill leg. Our JM led by the Robertson twins won to great excitement and we were again second club. In 2002 and 2003 the event was based on Fielding and our MW, JW and JM did us proud with medals but still the top club eluded us. It  was Nelson again in 2004 and no gold medals but once again MW 2nd, JM 2nd and JW 3rd produced top runs  and we were 3rd in the club comp. 2005 the event returned to Takahe Akaroa with no wins but a 3rd in the top club. Then followed Feilding,  Timaru and Mosgiel and while we were knocking on the top spot never clinched it. 2009 on the Banks Peninsula we finally “knocked the @#$% off”  with MW in first, JW second and MM third. Finally we had done it and a very emotional Don accepted the gold medal. The next year in Inglewood we won again while Hunua 2011 with no golds but plenty of minor placings like seconds to SW, MM and MW we were second ranked club. The next  four years I was not fully involved due to poor health but we were still up there. Last year in Rotorua we finished 1st equal and finally in 2017 we cracked it again. What a tribute to those who led the club so ably this year and kept the members focus on aiming for Rotorua. Winning a national relay is all about having every member running to their best on the day. In Rotorua we had replacements in each team that won a medal  but they still produced their best. The fact that we had eight runners who scored fastest lap in their race was a measure of how the club has real quality. Nancy Jiang, Marion Millward, Maureen Leonard, Aimee Ferguson, Grace Ritchie, Samantha Corbett, Emerson Deverell and John Crane all ran the quickest times for their lap which was brilliant running. I was privileged to follow and assist Wendy Harris with the Junior Women’s team as a passionate Hawks supporter. Aimee Ferguson gave this team a brilliant start and was 3 minutes ahead after the first lap and this lead was built on successively by Grace Ritchie, Jemima Antoniazzi, Samantha Corbett and Emerson Deverell which meant Charli Miller brought the team home in first  more than 7 minutes ahead of second placed Wellington. Giving time splits and encouragement throughout each was a privilege and a thrill for the old fella. I was even happier at the finish when our Masters Women came home in first spot and then our senior women took second behind North Harbour Bays. Pens and rule books came out and Glenn did some hasty calculations. Were two golds a silver and a bronze enough to be top club? I had been given the word early on that we had won but had to keep a lid on it until the prize giving. I am very proud to be a Hawk and viewed  the whole day as a wonderful running experience in the club’s history. The fish and chips and red wine back in Cambridge tasted top stuff on Saturday night as Rae and I reflected on a super day.


Junior Women’s NRR
Report by Wendy Harris

I was privileged enough to have the opportunity to drive the Junior Women again this year and was not the only one who felt like we had some unfinished business after last years race.  It was clear from the beginning that although the girls didn’t want to put too much pressure on themselves they were a team that believed they could win!  And win they did.
Aimee Ferguson was our starter with her last words to me being “I have to remember not to start with the boys and do my own thing”.  Obviously that went out the window as when we saw her 1km in she was the lead girl and was running with the boys.  A strategy that worked anyway as she led the JW race from the start and ran 2 minutes under her estimated time to put the team into a healthy 1:20 minute lead.
Grace Ritchie set off up the hill and managed to keep with one of the JM teams and run a really gutsy second leg looking determined and focused all the way.  Lucky the team was well organised in getting to the changeover in time as Grace was also 2 minutes faster than her estimated time.  The lead was extended to 2 minutes and Jemima Antoniazzi, our youngest runner at only 14 took off down the hill with those long legs of hers flying.  At times she was going so fast around the bends that she could hardly stay close to the edge of the road.  At the changeover the baton was passed to Sam Corbett and the lead had extended to 3 minutes.  Sam was pumped and ready to go, focused and prepared to keep the team in front.  Sam’s run was solid and consistent from the word go, she did a PB and gained another minute on Wellington the team behind.  Emerson Deverell then took the baton for the team with Don Willoughby hot on her tail calling out encouragement all the way.  By this point it was extremely windy with big trucks racing past making it not the most pleasant experience for Emerson.  She never gave up and pushed through until the end was finally in sight.  Her first words were “I’m so sorry I’ve let the team down”.  I think she might have been hallucinating a little after giving it everything she had as she had gained a massive lead over Wellington extending the time difference to 7 minutes.  Charli Miller was the last runner for the team with the longest lap to take the team through to the finish.  She was lucky to be in the team due to having a broken arm but complete with cast in tow she headed off with only one job to do – get to the end in front of all the other teams.  Driving past Charli running strong the girls allowed themselves to believe that short of a disaster befalling Charli the win would be theirs. 
Hamilton City Hawks Junior Women – Gold Medal Winners – National Champions.
Congratulations to all the girls for racing so well, giving it their absolute all, showing great sportsmanship and for generally being awesome.  A special mention to Lillie Harris for her great photography, time keeping and navigation skills.  Also a big thank you to the support crew out there on the course, Dean, Megan, Grant, Kevin and the man with the famous milkshakes Don Willoughby.

Senior Men’s NRR
Report by Lance Brew

With managing to be able to get two senior men’s teams fulled with senior men without having to steal masters or female runners there was some excitement around what might unfold for the Senior Men 1 team who were in the A grade.

With Malcolm King leading us of on the 1st leg he was really wanting to keep us in contact with teams ahead of us going pass him at  around 3.5 km mark he looked relaxed but with the hill to come what was going to unfold. Well from all accounts he gave it his all up then down the other side to come in very wobbly and with us screaming for him to sprint in, it was very apparent he had gassed himself and was spent. Making it to the change to hand over to Jai Davies Campbell who shot off like a bullet to run down the guys ahead. Leaving us to deal with a very stuffed Malcolm who we had to leave at the back of his car and we were of to see what Jai was doing he was going just fine gaining in on the Wellington Scottish runner and just as Jai was about over take him he stopped to do his lace up.

Jai smashed his leg gaining some good time on two teams in front to hand over to myself and give me something to chase down and extend on behind. With each km ticking over I could see I was clawing back time on the 2 runners ahead of me. I know going up the hill to the change I was going to pick at least 1 off and get really close to another. Theunis was there waiting and went out quickly having some good competion just a head and Matt Scott chasing behind. To some of us in the van we were starting to think we may of put him on the wrong leg but no he worked really hard to keep a gap on Matt behind but also got us really close to Tauranga Ramblers which got some excitement going as now there was a race on for top Waibop team. Giving the batton over to Russ at the top of the hill a bit of excitement ensued as what was Russ going to do to this leg specially the down hill section by the time we caught up to him he was already past Tauranga and making some great headway although Alice and B(dog) who were our chief supporters started to worry that he was hurting himself and Alice had to grab a beer to calm her down. Russ got to the bottom of the hill and set of to bring home a good run with some little white lies by us in the van saying it all down hill from here and flat we forgot about the last hill (sorry Russ) which he smashed and brought it in for Rodrigo to head out.

Rodrigo set out like he was going to kill his leg and extended the gap on the teams behind for the first time in the day if was now more of Rodrigo doing a time trial and holding our place and seeing if he could take time outa  Christchurch Avon to give Jacob a chance. Rodrigo got over the top of the hill and set about trying to pick up the pace down to hand over to Jacob who was just like Rodrigo of consulidating our place in the race. Looking really smooth he ran a great leg to bring us home in 7 placing.

Well Done guys that was one fun team to be involved in and Thanks again to Alice and B for been great supporters


Senior women NRR adventures
Report by Celicia Flori
The morning of the relays started off pretty smoothly. We all met at 7.30am at the lodge with no delays other than Malesa mysteriously disappearing for a 5 long minutes. We then left for the start line to see the first team take off at 8am. We would not start till 8.45 and in that time we sorted out our race numbers, running order, etc. While I was pinning my number to my singlet Kovo looked at me quizzically and said “ I don’t think that is the logo of the front of the singlet” I looked down and indeed it wasn’t: I had been wearing my singlet back to front the whole time. Good start of the day 🙂
The first runner in our team was Kovo. She run in fourth place for some time right behind the 3rd girl, but then, as she put it, “got tired of the view” so took off and got us to 3rd place with a good lead. Our second runner was Malesa which, for the first time in 3 years, was not sick on the day of NRR, and it showed!! She got a PR 5km and, with a 56 seconds improvement over last year’s time, closed the gap with the second girl by over a minute.
Next up was Dawn, she had a good solid run and kept us in third place with a good lead. The first section of leg 3 can’t be followed by van so we didn’t see Dawn for a little while. During this time me and Malesa had a cool down/warm up jog and were surprised at how badly the course was marked until we got to a motorway and realised that we were not on the course at all! Malesa’s excuse was that she had just run her guts out, my excuse…well lets not dwell on that.
I was up next after Dawn. Given that the distance, how did Mike Harris put it, “had a zero less than what I am used to”, I think I did ok. I took 39 seconds off last years time and LITERALLY ran my guts out.. I have to admit that if the course had been a tad bit longer it would not have been a pleasant ride in the van for any of us. Given my state the baton change between me and Nancy was hilarious. I had eyed the portaloos even before the change over and all I wanted to do was get to them as fast as possible, so much so that I went a little too fast and almost ran over Nancy after handing her the baton. Luckily I veered in time and headed for the cones instead….
Nancy’s run was amazing as usual. She took two minutes off the second girl and got us to 2nd place! We heard a lot of ”who the hell is this girl” from the other team..
Then came the turn of Veronica. She struggled a bit at the start due to stitches but then, thanks to Graham’s great suggestion of “open your legs”, she kept 2nd place with a good lead. The final leg was run by our runner of the day Olivia. She ran an amazing final leg and opened the gap from the third place by a few minutes. She said she ran scared the whole time thinking the other runner was right behind her. We didn’t tell her that in fact she was miles away…good strategy team!
After all these adventures we managed to take home Silver!
Great work you all!
Each time I do the relays I am always impressed by the comradery and team work that goes on. For a great chunk of the day we are all out there supporting each other, encouraging each other and giving everything you have to the team. I feel it some how makes you a better you and it is why I find this event so beautiful and inspiring. So proud of you all and of being part of this team and of the best running club in NZ!! We got a trophy to prove it now 🙂

Masters Men 50+ NRR
Report by John Crane

An early rise for the old men .. first race start at 8:00am.

We’d done our research … realistically we knew that the two Wellington clubs were a lot stronger and were likely to take the first two places … so it was looking like we’d be in a three way battle for bronze with Auckland City Athletic and our old mates Papanui Toc H. But then again … anything can happen on the day!

After so many years of running the National Road Relays this was the first time I’d ever done the first leg. I’d been worried about a back injury, but thankfully all went well and we were on our way, with a narrow lead over Wellington Scottish at the first changeover. Chris Keith up next. The big guns from Wellington were starting to fire, but Chris ran a great leg and kept them very much in our sights.

Third leg was Oscar, keeping us in the the battle for bronze with a gutsy run and uphill finish. By leg four the two Wellington teams were having their own battle up front. Auckland had got ahead of us and Papanui were putting us under pressure. Kevin put in a fantastic effort and kept us very much in touch with Auckland in the chase for bronze. Then it was Chris Smith … just a week after running the Rarotonga 32km race. Somehow he’d managed to recover from that and put in a huge performance. In fourth place still, opening the gap on Papanui and still just over two minutes away from Auckland. Leg six was Garry. After many years of running relays with Garry we know what to expect … he puts everything into it, and this year was no exception, running hard out at the start to cut the gap to the Auckland team and holding on grimly to the end of his leg. Never a pretty sight!

Last leg … great to see Tony Olsen back running the NRR after a few years out. He had over two minutes to make up on top Auckland runner Alastair Prangnell, and had to keep an eye on Papanui who were over two minutes behind, but had Richard Bennett on their last leg (and I know how that feels from about 15 years ago!).

Then a bit of drama in the battle up front between Wellington Harriers and Wellington Scottish. The Scottish leg six runner had come to grief, collapsing about 500m short of the handover, resulting in a seven minute penalty and throwing things up in the air for the minor medals. Tony went after Auckland and ate into their lead from the start … it was going to be close. In the meantime we were trying to work out if Wellington Scottish were likely to finish more than seven minutes ahead of us. We gave Tony one last boost of support then into the vans to the finish, fighting the traffic and lights we arrived just in time to see Auckland holding on to third place over the line, with an exceptional run from Tony to put us just over a minute behind in fourth. We still couldn’t work out whether we’d finish ahead of Wellington Scottish once their penalty had been applied … but then the results were announced, confirming us in 3rd place. It never feels quite right to benefit from another team’s misfortune … but that’s all part of the drama of relay running, and it was good to hear later on that the Wellington runner was OK after a short spell in Rotorua hospital.

A great result for the old fellas, and at least we managed one medal for the men . We also realised that all those years of close battles in the MM40 grade that started 10 years ago against Wellington Scottish and Papanui are starting to come round again … same old battlers, just 10 years older! Bring on 2018 in Akaroa!


The Very Hungry (for victory) Relay Team
Report by Kirsten

In the light of the moon a little MW relay team lay on their beds wondering what the next day would bring.

In the morning the sun came up and ‘pop!’, out came the team, hungry for victory.

On leg one Kirsten ran her best, she ate through one runner.

But they were still hungry….

On leg two Helen ran fast and well, eating through TWO runners.

But they were still hungry….

On leg three Karen ran consistently and well, chewing through THREE runners

But they were still hungry…

On leg FOUR Marion the legend got them into second place

But they were still hungry….

On leg five Katy machined in a very quick time through FIVE runners

But they were still hungry….

On leg six Maureen ran reliably well, eating through one Olympic, one composite, one Lake City, one New Brighton MM, one more composite, one Wellington Scottish and (most importantly and truthfully)…..one Wellington Harrier!

That leg we all had a (nervous) stomach ache!

The next runner was Bridget Ray and she did a stunning run in a high pressure situation.

And after that the team felt much better.

Now they weren’t hungry anymore, as they suspected that something great was about to happen.

However they had to stay in a cocoon for more than two hours until results were officially announced.

At prizegiving they went up on stage and……..

They had a beautiful gold medal!!

Postscript: Thanks epic and fabulous team xx


Masters Men 40+
Report by Mark Scott

After medalling the last four years our 7th this year didn’t feel too good, but shows where we’re at with a lot of us late 40’s now. A big thanks to Nick as our hot spare and Hadley coming into the team a fortnight before race day. We were a massive 15 minutes off 1st, 11 minutes of 3rd The top three teams were well ahead of the next five teams that we were competitive with, 4th team finished 3:51 ahead.

Saying that we had a great day and refocused on beating Lake City (fail) and the leading Senior Womans team, North Harbour Bay (win). Our team, in order of legs – Glenn Sexton, Kent Hodgson, Hadley Craig, Marc Scott, John Bowe, Mike Harris and Mike Causer.

Glenn got us off to a good start in contact in 6th and ahead of Bays. We stayed in the 5th to 8th place throughout the relay. A couple of our blokes got “chicked” by our Senior Ladies runners, I could have been one of those. Thanks Cecilia.

So what really mattered… a leg to go, a minute down on Bays. Mike Causer says “no problem”, “walk in the park”. Mike comfortably reels in the Bays runner and we smashed them by 5 seconds! Nice.

Recruitment started on Tuesday with Jason signed up. Need a few more to stop John Bowe and Mike Causer heading off to Tibet for a self-imposed 5 year exile and zen life!


Hawks Relay Team Results

The full official timing results can be viewed here

Dist Time M/Km
Junior Women 1st 
Leg1 Aimee Ferguson Fastest lap 8.3 0:32:19 3:54
Leg2 Grace Ritchie Fastest lap 8.2 0:31:58 3:54
Leg3 Jemima Antoniazzi 4.1 0:13:59 3:25
Leg4 Samantha Corbett Fastest lap 6.0 0:23:53 3:59
Leg5 Emerson Deverell Fastest lap 8.4 0:33:02 3:56
Leg6 Charli Miller 10.3 0:41:35 4:02
Finish 45.3 2:56:46 3:54
Masters Women 1st
Leg1 Kirsten Milne 8.5 0:35:54 4:13
Leg2 Helen Hall-King 8.8 0:39:24 4:29
Leg3 Karyn McCready 8.3 0:41:03 4:57
Leg4 Marion Millward Fastest lap 8.2 0:37:01 4:31
Leg5 Katy Dawson 10.1 0:40:27 4:00
Leg6 Maureen Leonard Fastest lap 8.4 0:38:04 4:32
Leg7 Bridget Ray 10.3 0:43:51 4:15
Finish 62.6 4:35:44 4:24
Senior Women 1 2nd
Leg1 Kovo MacDonald 8.5 0:35:11 4:08
Leg2 Malesa McNearney 8.8 0:34:03 3:52
Leg3 Dawn Tuffery 8.3 0:38:03 4:35
Leg4 Cecilia Flori 8.2 0:31:32 3:51
Leg5 Nancy Jiang Fastest lap 10.1 0:35:12 3:29
Leg6 Veronika Adams 8.4 0:35:52 4:16
Leg7 Olivia Ritchie 10.3 0:39:25 3:50
Finish 62.6 4:09:18 3:59
Masters 50+ 3rd
Leg1 John Crane Fastest lap 8.5 0:32:08 3:47
Leg2 Chris Keith 8.8 0:34:24 3:55
Leg3 Oscar Emery 8.3 0:38:11 4:36
Leg4 Kevin Knowles 8.2 0:33:38 4:06
Leg5 Chris Smith 10.1 0:36:34 3:37
Leg6 Garry Wilson 8.4 0:34:58 4:10
Leg7 Tony Olsen 10.3 0:38:03 3:42
Finish 62.6 4:07:56 3:58
Senior Men – B Grade 5th
Leg1 Jack Montgomerie 8.5 0:33:57 4:00
Leg2 Martin Ferry 8.8 0:32:19 3:40
Leg3 Sunil Ritchie 8.3 0:34:12 4:07
Leg4 Kris Moore 8.2 0:32:44 4:00
Leg5 Rueben Tomlinson 10.1 0:35:28 3:31
Leg6 Cameron Hall 8.4 0:31:41 3:46
Leg7 Carl Fischer 10.3 0:37:31 3:39
Finish 62.6 3:57:52 3:48
Masters Men 7th
Leg1 Glenn Sexton 8.5 0:32:08 3:47
Leg2 Kent Hodgson 8.8 0:32:27 3:41
Leg3 Hadley Craig 8.3 0:33:57 4:05
Leg4 Marc Scott 8.2 0:32:53 4:01
Leg5 John Bowe 10.1 0:35:30 3:31
Leg6 Mike Harris 8.4 0:33:02 3:56
Leg7 Mike Causer 10.3 0:36:49 3:34
Finish 62.6 3:56:46 3:47
Senior Men – A Grade 7th
Leg1 Malcolm King 8.5 0:31:56 3:45
Leg2 Jai Davis-Campbell 8.8 0:28:52 3:17
Leg3 Lance Brew 8.3 0:31:01 3:44
Leg4 Theunis Pieters 8.2 0:30:49 3:45
Leg5 Russ Best 10.1 0:31:30 3:07
Leg6 Rodrigo Jaca 8.4 0:29:56 3:34
Leg7 Jacob Priddey 10.3 0:34:34 3:21
Finish 62.6 3:38:38 3:30
Senior Women 1 2nd
Leg1 Kovo MacDonald 8.5 0:35:11 0:04:08
Leg2 Malesa McNearney 8.8 0:34:03 0:03:52
Leg3 Dawn Tuffery 8.3 0:38:03 0:04:35
Leg4 Cecilia Flori 8.2 0:31:32 0:03:51
Leg5 Nancy Jiang 10.1 0:35:12 0:03:29
Leg6 Veronika Adams 8.4 0:35:52 0:04:16
Leg7 Olivia Ritchie 10.3 0:39:25 0:03:50
Finish 62.6 4:09:18 0:03:59
Composite 7th
Leg1  Hikaru Mita 8.3 0:32:02 0:03:52
Leg2 Trish Stockman 8.2 0:47:50 0:05:50
Leg3 Brooke Shepherd-Wright 4.1 0:17:37 0:04:18
Leg4 Charlie Evans 6.0 0:27:20 0:04:33
Leg5 Marcus Daws 8.4 0:35:57 0:04:17
Leg6 Nick Freke 10.3 0:43:56 0:04:16
Finish 45.3 3:24:42 0:04:31
Junior Men 7th
Leg1 Lochie Montgomerie 8.3 0:30:46 0:03:42
Leg2 Connor Tristram 8.2 0:27:52 0:03:24
Leg3 William Swales 4.1 0:13:10 0:03:13
Leg4 Ben Prince 6.0 0:20:50 0:03:28
Leg5 Sam Montgomerie 8.4 0:31:53 0:03:48
Leg6 Isaiah Priddey 10.3 0:36:59 0:03:35
Finish 45.3 2:41:30 0:03:34

Rotorua Marathon 2016 Results

Report by Lance Brew

On Saturday morning 10ish of the Hawks lined up at the start of the Rotorua Marathon on a chilly morning. After a brief hi and all the best to Chris Smith, Kevin Knowles, Kovo McDonald and Marion Millward, it was time to go.

Going through the first 9 kms I was in a pack moving nicely feeling relaxed then we hit the first real hill. I found myself cruising off from the pack to be all out by myself – damn it, 32/33 kms running by myself could hurt but it was great as all I worried about was how I felt and picked off a few runners who went out too hard early. It was very pleasing to have Graham riding his bike around and encouraging us along and also giving updates on how others were going.

The last 5/6 km was time to start to work hard and put all the training into practice-  seeing the last corner was a welcoming sight and seeing the timing clock even better – yes a new marathon PB by 20 minutes. 2.48.49 10 overall (2nd Age Group). The joy on Grahams face while I was sitting dead in a chair was fantastic.It was very pleasing to be still hanging around the finishing line seeing all our other club members come in.

Chris Smith sneaking in another sub 3 2.59 (1st AG). Kevin Knowles in a very tight finish in his AG, all top 3 within 40 seconds of each other 3.06 (3rd AG). Kovo MacDonald running after having a cold all week performed really well for 4th female overall 3.09 (3rd AG). Jason Hindrup broke out a very impressive run doing a PB by more than 20 minutes followed closely home by Sam Le Heron in 3.15 who was closely followed home by Marion Millward 3.18 (1st AG). Vaughan Swale 3.53 and Evan Primmer 4.35.

Fantastic running by everyone out there on Saturday – now some relax time before sinking our teeth into something else.

Report by Paula Klein
Your mission should you choose to accept it… is pacing the 5 hours 15 group at Rotorua Marathon. Bright orange t shirt, tutu, hair ties and leg sleeves on and a pacing band, which allowed for the wee hills. So after a coffee and two red balloons in place, we were ready to line up (all of the pacers). An unruly bunch we were (lucky we were herded into a room upstairs for a briefing and photo session).

The day was brisk but we soon warmed up, our biggest mission was keeping pace and we had to slow down  many times. A walk run option helped many people out around us especially up those lovely hills at the back of the lake. The k’s ticked off quickly especially when we were checking our pace band and making decisions on how fast or slow we should go.

There were photos ops along the way and we had many comments about our bright orange attire in support of Ross Steele’s 100th marathon. A fun day out which earnt us a medal and T shirt for our efforts. Oh and we skipped across the finish line after a dramatic pause to ensure we were right on pace.


Photo credit Mike Tennent.

Rotorua Half Marathon

Report by Emily Fyfe

Woke at 5am Saturday morning, still dark and the air was crisp and cool, I knew it was going to be perfect running conditions.  Arrived in Rotorua just before 7, parked and registered ready for an 8am start.  When the starter gun went off I knew I had to pace myself because I always seemed to get swept away with the crowd.  For the first 5 kms I cruised along, warmed into the run, because it was freezing and took in the scenery.  Such a beautiful place to run.  I knew that I was feeling pretty good and at 10ks I started to pick up the pace.  Turning back onto Te Nga road heading back into town and I was feeling strong.  At 16kms I started passing people.  Turning in towards the finish line with the end in sight it was such an amazing atmosphere.  Finished in a time of 2 hrs 26 secs.

Such a great run and watching the marathon winners come across the line was a fantastic way to finish the day.

Thank you so much Helen, for helping me achieve this goal and to Dan for driving me and supporting me.  Congratulations to everyone who ran and especially those who achieved PBs. It really was a spectacular day.

National Road Relays 2016 Results

The National Road Relays – such a special event! The finale for the winter road and cross country season, always full of drama (especially in the week before the race), where everyone is expected to give 100% and ends up giving 110%, awesome individual performances, team commitment … and most importantly, great fun. This year’s relay in Rotorua didn’t disappoint. It was all of these things … and to cap it off the Hawks finished with a 3 way share of top overall club alongside Wellington Harrier Athletic and Auckland City Athletic (the first time the honour has ever been shared) – a fantastic club result that reflects our depth across all age groups.

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All teams performed magnificently on the day, but none more so than the Junior Women. This is a young junior team with most experiencing their first NRR and probably feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all. With some excellent guidance from Wendy and Helen as team managers they put in an exceptional performance to finish second and very nearly snatching the win. With several more years ahead of them, this team are already a force to be reckoned with at a national level.

There were many other great results and performances – too many to single out, but this is how the teams ended up …
Junior Women – 2nd
Senior Women – 2nd
Masters Women – 2nd
Junior Men – 6th
Senior Men – 3rd (B Grade)
Masters Men – 3rd
Masters 50 – 5th
Social Team – 5th

2016 NRR_Full Hawks_Results (PDF)
Full NRR results here

A huge thanks from me to everyone who took part, all those who helped organise, drive vans, support, etc. Thanks also to those people who marshalled a stage on behalf of the club – definitely the best organised change-over and great to see everyone out on the course.

We must also pass on a big thanks and congratulations to Lake City for hosting a very successful event.

Looking forward to next year already!

Cheers,
John Crane

And from Don – ‘Huge congratulations to all those involved in the national road relay champs over the weekend. To score 50 points in the champion club comp was a brilliant team effort. The fact that four clubs ended up with 50 was historic. Did Athletics NZ have spare gold medals available?

Superb effort to John Crane and his organising team. I was very proud to be a Hawk and was quite chuffed to be able to access Facebook and Twitter on my computer after noon and catch up with information about the many Hawks medal successes. There was some close racing for our teams and I look forward to hearing the many stories.  National road relays are FUN!’ – Don Willoughby


NRR report – Junior Womens Team

Report by Wendy Harris

Helen and I were privileged to be able to manage the Junior Women’s team of Sam Corbett, Aimee Ferguson, Monique MacDonald, Rose Dillon, Charli Miller and Grace Ritchie at this year’s NRR champs.  As a very young and inexperienced team we had no expectations of them placing and just hoped that they would enjoy the experience and see it as an opportunity to be a part of a national event and set themselves a goal for 2017.  The drive around the course on Friday followed by a team chat where Helen gave them instructions on not jumping into bushes and letting us know if they needed to go to the toilet while we were out on the course so we didn’t lose anyone only seemed to assist in increasing the nerves of the girls.

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Race day dawned and we all jumped into “Betty” our trusty transport for the day with Sam who was up first looking rather nervous and quite possibly wondering what she had got herself into particularly as her longest ‘race’ previously was 5km and her lap was over 8km ending on a 2km hill.  Running a very well thought out and wisely paced lap Sam got the team into a creditable 5th place with the 4th placed runner within her sights as she handed the baton to Aimee.  Aimee was well aware that she had the biggest uphill lap and really needed to pace herself so she could do the distance.  She set off strongly and very quickly passed Pakuranga JW to gain a place and put us into 4th position.  Despite the tough uphill every time we saw her she was smiling and you could see the determination on her face – a really gutsy effort finishing strongly and resulting in being the second fastest JW on her lap.

Monique was next and with the shortest but nastiest lap, being a very steep downhill.  Monique maintained a fast even pace throughout and kept us close enough to the 3rd placed Wellington that there was a chance we could catch them.  Monique ran so hard her hips almost didn’t want to work anymore when she had done.  The very cheerful and bubbly Rose took over the baton at this point for leg 4 of the race and worked hard to close the gap between the Hawks and Wellington.  Her lap was a tough 6km of ups and downs but her triathlon training certainly paid off with Rose also ending up the second fastest JW runner for her lap.

With two laps to go and five minutes between the lead JW team of Auckland and our girls Charli took over.  She had been given strict instructions to ease off in the first 2kms as it is all uphill before it flattens out for the remaining 6km of her lap.  She seemed to have her own race plan though and took off flying up the hill.  Helen and I started to get a little concerned that she wouldn’t finish the lap as she couldn’t keep that pace up but she had obviously found a whole new level of speed and energy as she just kept going and going.  At this point the volume in ‘Betty’ increased somewhat as the girls realised that maybe, just maybe they might get a podium finish after all and there was much screaming out the windows as we cheered Charli on.  She passed the 3rd place, then she passed the 2nd place and by the time she had handed over the baton to Grace at the final changeover the girls were in 2nd place with only a minute and a half between them and Auckland.  Grace, the team’s most experienced runner in the team looked focused and calm as she set off (I’m sure she was actually quite anxious as the thought of keeping the team in 2nd place weighed on her mind).  We had to leave Grace at the 4km point of her 10.4km lap so we could get to the finish in time to see her but when we left her she was looking strong, determined and fast and we could see the gap between her and 3rd increasing as she made the prospect of a 2nd placing look very secure.

We saw Grace again as she came flying towards the finish having closed the gap between her and Auckland to around 30 seconds.  The girls (and Helen and I) were screaming in excitement knowing they were now silver medallists.  Charli and Grace also achieved the accolade of fastest runners on their prospective laps.  For Helen and I to say we are proud is an understatement.  The girls truly displayed guts, comradeship, support, encouragement, determination and I think most of all courage in what was an extremely tough race.  Well done girls.

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

National Road Relays 2015 Results

NRR report – Senior Women

Written by Shanel, Hannah, Veronika and Kovo

Kovo got instructions to sort a SW team. Easy! Not really. But we got a team and even had a driver volunteer to drive us – he had no idea what he was getting himself into (thanks John).

The overall day was superb. 8 girls. One John. One van. Lots of food. And a team full of 50+ “old men” to chase. Sarah ran a superb first leg which was not an easy one with a winding uphill section followed by a undulating track. Thanks to strong uphill and speedy downhill running she managed to finish her leg as second senior woman (third fastest SW time overall). Nancy was second with a tough leg – but with an untied shoe lace the whole time.

She still managed she cruise to the finish to hand the baton onto Maddy Brunton, who ran an exceptional leg. This was a 10km flat leg starting at Gebbies Valley and finishing at the Ataahua Domain. Maddy ran strongly and was able to have runners in her sights to be able to stick with and to pass. A delight to hang out with for the day too.

Although a slightly shorter leg, Hannah’s leg was by no means easy! But she stepped up to the challenge and ran so well that she was voted by the team later as Most Valuable Player. And she really was! Having never raced this far before, she made it look easy, and she looked so strong the entire run! Running into a head wind, she pushed on surprising everyone with how fast she arrived at the finish! So much so that Veronika never did make that last minute toilet stop.

Veronika, although a known sprinter, was given the longest leg and absolutely nailed it. She was told to treat it like a rep training session- only this time she had 55x 200 reps with no breaks. She took it in her stride making 10.7k look easy, handing over for the hill leg to Malesa. She may be petite but boy this kid can eat – every time you looked at her she had a mouthful of sugar. Although nervous she was prepared – she was on a sugar high to bust up the hill in 38 mins (faster than the “old man she was chasing”).

Next up was Kovo. She’d seen the previous senior women’s team come in and was timing the gap, so that she knew how much time she had to make up to pass them. (We may not have been gunning for a medal, but any goal’s a good goal, right Kovo!) Malesa came into transition and Kovo was off! She had 6 mins 15 seconds to make up – if anyone can do it Kovo can. The surprise on many peoples faces as this tattooed, female, flying machine came bounding up behind them and passed them in the blink of any eye would have been priceless. She must have flown down that hill because she made up the 6.15 and more. What an amazing run! She was the fastest senior women of the day on that leg, and just 20th overall.

The cool calm collective experienced head brought us to our last runner of the day – Shanel. All day Shanel had supported and witnessed seven runners hit highs and lows before being handed the baton to take us to the finish. It was a very consistent steady run. Shanel took the massive hill and destroyed it, taking us over the line in a total time of 5hrs 31 and something seconds – and still smiling!

A massive high fives to the girls who put their hands up to make this possible and represent the Hawks for the last year (for a while) in ChCh. A bigger high five to John T for all his advice, support, effort, energy and wise calm words throughout the day. You had it harder than us girls! And now you know what we mean when we say we Need! To! Eat. All. The. Time!

 

NRR report – open C team

Report by Wendy Harris

I was privileged to be able to attend this year’s NRR as assistant Team Manager and driver for the Open C team, and it did not disappoint.  The trip down to Christchurch was relatively uneventful, only a quick turnaround for a certain President’s forgotten wallet, a dodgy-stomached MM and a rather bumpy plane ride to dampen the spirits of this year’s Hawks NRR teams who were ready and raring to go.

Along with John Tylden, I attended the Manager’s meeting on Friday night to make a whole raft of changes to our ever evolving teams – would John B’s stomach recover? Which team would win the fight over Dion, who was the least injured in the MW team, and get the hardest lap? After receiving extremely extensive and mind-numbing traffic management instructions and warnings, John T and I headed back to the Hawks team briefing to give them all their packs, pass on the warnings and wish everyone all the best for the next day.

Saturday dawned bright and clear and the Open C team decided to head off early to see the other Hawks teams start, as we were one of the later start times.  It was great to see the blue and yellow singlets standing out amongst the other clubs and to cheer our fellow members as they started off on the first of many steep hills to be faced by different runners throughout the day.

At 9.45am Ellie stood at the start of lap one ready to start the Open C team off.  She did us proud with a strong effort up a 4km long hill and then powered down the other side to pass the baton to Mike who despite some pre-race butt niggles ran an awesome second lap to bridge the gap between us and the team from Sumner and the Canterbury Tri Club.  Gary Clare (a newbie to NRR) did us proud as he stayed within striking distance on one of the long flat hot and windy laps of the day. Clare M (NRR newbie) ran an amazing lap, swallowed a few flying insects along the way, and was two minutes faster than her predicted lap time.  Little did we know at this point that we were about to start an epic battle of who would be the last team home (not the slowest team of the day as everyone had different start times) and the honour of being stalked by the traffic management team as they packed up behind us.

The baton was passed to Orlaith (NRR newbie) who powered away to close a six minute gap between us and the next team and put us into a good position of a minute ahead for Ross Barnett who was to take on the mother of all hills.  Ross (NRR newbie) had been on the reserve list stating that if we were really desperate and had no other options then he would join the team.  Well, Tuesday night the week of leaving things got desperate and Ross came to the party – little did he know that the hill lap was so evil.  As we kept on driving up that hill, Ross kept on running and running and running, never giving up and handed the baton to Michael H who was amped and ready to battle it out with the Canterbury Tri Club on the big downhill lap.

At the last transition point Sumner headed off with Canterbury Tri Club 9 minutes behind them and Hawks another 2 minutes behind. All was to change though on the last lap with Grant B running for his life behind a very fit and young tri club member.  Little by little they closed the gap on Sumner and with 3 km to go Grant closed the 11 minute gap and passed the Sumner runner.

After checking the results, we found our overall time was only 30 seconds behind the Hawks MW team and we had several of our team who had run faster times than anticipated.  It was an awesome day of great team work, camaraderie, gutsing it out when there was no more to give, and great support.  Thanks Open C team for making my first NRR experience such an awesome one.  I can’t wait till next year – hopefully I might even be able to run!

National Road Champs 2015 Results

Report by Don Willoughby
Photos – Athletics NZ & Alison Ewing

The Athletics New Zealand Road Champs were held on the Tauriko industrial estate circuit Tauranga on Saturday in brilliantly fine weather. The smooth tarmac surface provided fast running. A number of club athletes took part and produced classy results, scored medals and made the medal dais and ran PBs. Four won gold and so make the club honours board.

Camille Buscomb was brilliant – she won her third consecutive national senior road title and recorded a PB of 33.55. Camille ran a confident race going to the front from the gun and powering away to a lead that increased as the race progressed. It was a wonderful win by 45 seconds and just reward for the hard working Hawk. Other club senior women result were Sarah Murphy,15th in 40.22, and Vicki Wade, 18th in 42.50.

Emerson Deverell also won gold after a busy last weekend racing in the Australian cross country champs at Moonee Valley raceway. She improved on her silver won on the same course last year. It was Emerson’s first national title. The youth 5 kms started in a combined race with W20 and Masters Women so that ensured a fast early pace. Emerson ran with the leaders for the first part but always leading her age group. The fast start ensured a  determined and well merited win in 18.22. In the second half of the race Hawks club mate Grace Ritchie after a cautious start came powering through the field into second some 11 seconds back in 18.31. Grace deserved her silver with good pace judgement. It was exciting to see Hawks take the first two places and even better to witness Gina Butler clocking 5th spot in 19.04 with her best run this winter. With 3 athletes in  the top 5 a certain team gold was not possible as WBOP did not field a 4th runner which was a shame.

Isaiah Priddey picked up a bronze medal with a gutsy run in the Youth 6km just holding out Theo Quax in a desperate sprint down the finish straight. Isaiah clocked 19.40 while Theo was close behind with 19.44. Tristram Connor was 14th with 20.49.

The third Hawks gold medal was won by Steve Rees-Jones in the Master Men’s 10km. Steve injury free at last was all class and set a fast pace from the gun and always led. His lead increased with each lap and an attack of stitch during lap 3 gave him the buffer to cruise and then recover to power away on the last lap to score an impressive win in 32.49 a full minute clear of second. Steve scored three medals a gold for winning overall a gold for being 1st MM35-39 and a silver for being in the second team. Mark Scott was 9th in the MM45 with 36.51. Auckland champion and Hawks past president Simon Yarrow sends his best wishes to the club and he was 4th in Steves grade with 34.48. Kevin Knowles was 5th in MM55 with 39.05.

In the Masters Womens 5km Maureen Leonard took out gold in winning the 55 grade with a pleasing time of 19.58.

WBOP runners took the first two placings in the M20 race over 8kms. Michael Voss after a cautious first 3 laps made a break and won in 26.07 but Hawks’ Harry Ewing who had led the front bunch for the early part hung on well and had to produce an 800 metres type sprint to hold off Marcus Karamanolis Wellington by a mere second 26.16. to 26.17 to win silver. Matthew Scott was 11th in 28.09.

The senior men’s title was retained by Auckland’s Malcolm Hicks who had to work hard to hold off WBOP Aaron  Pulford 30.41 to 30.50. In the girls U15 race over 3km Charli Miller ran a quick 9.59 to take a silver with Samantha Corbett 5th in 10.58. In the boys U15 over 3km Lochie Montgomrie was 4th in 10.06 just 5 seconds off scoring a bronze.

In a very small field the Wetzel brothers were first (Mathjis 6.37) and third (Tobias 7.21).

When a national champs is held on our home patch I was saddened by the small entry from all WBOP clubs.

In other news, the AIMS GAMES were held at Tauranga last week with the cross country on Sunday at Waipuna Park. At a quick glance Charli Miller (Fairfield Intermediate) picked up a second in her grade. A huge field took part, with 130 + in each race.

National Cross Country Champs 2015 Results

Hamilton City Hawks at National cross country Christchurch: The Halswell Quarry course for nationals provided quite a dry surface for a midwinter race. Hawks runners scored three medals.  Harry Ewing M20 ran exceptionally well to win a silver medal just 5 seconds off gold. He clocked 25.28 for 8km. John Crane M50 also won silver with his 28.11 for 8km in the Masters race. Charli Miller won bronze with her 10.41 over 3km in the G15 grade. In the W18 4km Emerson Deverell edged up to 3rd at the top of the last hill but in the fast downhill to the finish slipped back to a close 5th in 14.42 just 4 sends off 4th. Mum Bridget made it a family double with her 5th in the W45 6km. with 25.07. Ariana Lord was 8th in the W20 6km picking up a silver in the teams race where the WBOP team finished second.

Other Hawks results from Christchurch were as follows:
U18 men 6km
12     Isaiah Priddey  19.59
24     Sam Montgomery  20.37
M50 Men 8km
13     Ross Butler  31.45
W18 4km
21    Ani Gemmill  15.29
22    Gina Butler 15.33
G13 2km
6    Corrina Decker-Thurburn  7.47
W20 6km
13 Morgan Ball  25.45

Christchurch Marathon 2015 Results

Marathon Race Report by Ryan Stacey

Christchurch Marathon day started at a brisk -3 degrees. A lot of buildup to get to today. Would all those hours of training pay off in the result? The two lap course started well heading from Cathedral square out and back around Hagley park, enjoying the company of the 10km and half marathon runners.

The second part of the loop took runners alongside the Avon river and back through the altered landscape of central Christchurch. Running through red zoned, flattened areas that used to be full of hundreds of houses now completely gone was eerie. Uneven roads and potholes meant you had to concentrate harder on foot placement.

As I rounded halfway mark, splits were on track and I had managed to get enough nutrition on board through the aid stations. As I passed through the central city onto the second lap, I was still feeling strong and working in a group. Then as we hit the 33/34km km mark, the point where the race really starts, the legs started to die. The last few kms really tested me mentally and physically as I tried to hold on to my pace and place in the field. When I ran over the line it was such a relief to come away with a 3 minute PB (2:41:54) and a 9th place finish.

Congratulations to Tim Stewart who had a strong race in a stacked half field for the national half marathon champs and to Oliver Mclean who finished 2nd in the Junior Men 10km.

 

Half Marathon Race Report by Tim Steward

After surprising myself with a 1:08:28 half marathon at Rotorua off an injury riddled build up, I flew into Christchurch with high hopes of a good result. While the field was stacked with some of the country’s best I had put together a good few weeks of preparation since Rotorua so decided to take a bold approach and go out hard in pursuit of the Top 5 place prize money.

We went off fast, but my legs didn’t feel it thanks to a solid taper during the week and an overflow of adrenalin which had built up on the start line. after a very fast first kilometre we settled into a rhythm of about 3:06min/km before Aaron Pulford started throwing in surges in a way that was described by another competitor as “a pitbull fighting with his leash”. At about the 7km mark my legs began to feel the pace and I dropped off the leaders alongside young Rotorua athlete Michael Voss. When we went through the 10km mark in 31:45 (my second fastest ever), I realised that my legs were on the path towards imminent meltdown so eased off the pace to a more comfortable 3:20min/km.

When Wellington athlete Nick Horspool came past me at the 14km mark I tried to jump on his shoulder in pursuit of another PB. Unfortunately soon after I lost all strength in my legs while going up a slight rise, so knew it was time switch to plan B and buckled down for a long session in the hurt box. The final 6 or so km in no man’s land can only be understood by someone who has finished a race exhausted, only to be told that they’ve got another lap left. During the long straights parallel to the Avon River I worked hard to regain ground on Michael Voss in the hope that his legs had suffered a worse explosion than mine, but it was a lost cause I eventually trudged home in 1:09:45, which gave me a respectable 12th place.

Overall I was happy to get under 70 minutes and not be too far off some of the guns, but in retrospect felt that I could certainly have flirted with the 68 minute barrier had I calmed the excitement early on and run a more even race.

Christchurch Half Marathon 2015

Photo supplied with permission by Christchurch Marathon.

National Road Relays 2014 Results

Hawks finished the 2014 season with another successful and enjoyable National Road Relay Championship down in Christchurch at the weekend on the best and most challenging road relay course in New Zealand … Takahe to Akaroa.

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National Road Champs 2014 Results

Saturday morning arrived dry but blustery in Cambridge. The forecast was for heavy rain in the Bay of Plenty, so as I drove over the Kaimais I was surprised to see no black clouds looming over the Tauriko estate.

After finding the Waikato tent and selecting a singlet I set out with Maureen for a warm up run. The weather was fine with light winds, almost perfect conditions. All race distances were made up of a combination of small and large laps, throw in a couple of sneaky gradients and some head wind and there you have your course.

With the ten minute call till start time we lined up in our teams, the smell of the sausage sizzle by the start line adding to my queasy pre-race stomach!  Finally we were off, two small laps and one large. Feeling pretty happy on lap one I was hopeful I would creep up the field from 5th place and latch onto Victoria Humphries from Wellington. However, my body had other plans and my race turned into a hard fought battle placing me 6th overall and 4th in my age group.  Bridget was close behind and took bronze in the 45-49 age group and then Maureen with a new PB of 19.47 and a silver in the 50-54 age group. Karyn was on her heels placing 5th in the 45-49 age group which gave us ladies representing the Waikato the bronze team medals.  Trish who has been plagued by injury these past couple of weeks put in a brave appearance but reluctantly called it a day half way round when the injury reared its head again.

My favourite part of race day is throwing some extra clothes on and going for a warm down to cheer on the rest of the races. Trish and I checked out the Hawks form and yelled encouragement as the pained faces of the racers sped by. It was a great spectator course and top marks have to be awarded to the organisers.

The Hawks put in some great performances with several podium places.
In the Women under 18 Emerson Deverall was beaten to second by a mere 60 seconds to take silver and post an impressive time of 17.56. Talia Hogan took bronze in the womens under 20, while Jacob Priddey took silver in the mens under 20 race with Theunis Pieters coming 5th and Oliver Mclean taking 11th. Matthew Scott ran a great race and placed 9th in the mens under 18 race.  Isaiah Priddey winning the Boys Under 15 3km.

In the Masters men John Crane continued his winning ways to take out his 50-54 age group. Kevin Knowles placed 4th in the 55-59 age group and Marc Scott 4th in the 45-49 age group.

Tim Stewart had a hard fought battle in the senior mens race and placed 8th with only seconds separating the group from 4th place.

Camille Buscomb defended her senior women’s title taking gold in a sharp 34.14. Emily Roughan took 6th in 37.42.

And thanks to Mike Harris for catching the action on camera. 

Report by Katy Dawson

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National Cross Country Champs 2014 Results

“After a minor glitch on Friday at the Hamilton airport, we arrived safely in Christchurch about 5 hours after our original arrival time, with a bonus stop at the Auckland airport. Christchurch was cold, really cold! Emily and I went for a run when we arrived at our accommodation, and about 2mins into the run I had to turn back to get my puffer jacket, complete with fluffy hood to get through the run without freezing to death. 

Saturday morning brought beautiful blue skies and light winds, perfect conditions I thought! The race was held at Halswell Quarry, I had never been there before. The course was 4x2km loops totaling 8km for the Senior Women’s race I was to be competing in. My main rivals I thought would be Annie Keown and Rachel Kingsford, and I was right, wow did they put up a fight! In my mind I imagined a lovely grass course, hard underfoot, maybe one or two tiny jumps and some slight undulations. This picture was all wrong! The course was muddy, really muddy. I feel like I was running in a farm paddock with no end in sight. Each loop I ran I would look for a smoother path, one less dug up than the lap before, only never to prevail. For the first 5km it was neck and neck, Rachel, Annie and I. No one was backing down, each wanted the title as badly. Annie dropped back with just under 2km remaining, still no salvation for me, Rachel was in good condition, I was not. With one last acceleration I managed to pull clear with about 1km to run, I pushed hard trying to break free as I knew the sprint finish was not a sure option for me, it was uphill and muddy-I, a track runner couldn’t guarantee a fast finish in these conditions. So happy to finally reach the finish line in first place! My first National Cross Country Title. I was proud of myself, and utterly exhausted. The other Waikato women ran so well, with Emily Roughan finishing in 4th place and Sally Gibbs in 5th, after winning the Masters race earlier in the day.

It was great to see fellow Hawks athletes competing too. Isiaah and Jacob Priddy and Harry Ewing all running extremely well and medaling in their age groups. John Crane winning his age group and Kent just missing out on a medal in his category! (Yes, both Kent and John ran faster than me over the course, another win for you both). Emily ran her best race of the season in the toughest of conditions and Tim Stewart ran a solid race against a very tough field in the Senior Men 12km race. Well done to any hawks members I have missed.

Finally, I would like to thank the Hawks club for helping to fund our athletes to this meet. Without the help of your contribution I wouldn’t have been able to make it down there. Next up road season! Looking forward to having Nationals in our back door step this year”.

Event report by Camille Buscomb

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