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Huntly Half Marathon 2021 Results

Huntly turns it on!

Yes…The Huntly Half Marathon was held Sunday in what turned out to be near perfect weather for running.

After a typically cold and foggy start, the sun came out as people gathered at the start line of this iconic event. There were a good number of Hawks up before dawn to make it out there by 7am for pre-race registration duties. All went well and the main event got under way at 9am in bright sunlight!.

Lots of Hawks about in all events, most sporting the blue and yellow! Great representation by the club, and some great results too…

Former Hawk Logan Rodger had a strong showing to finish 2nd, in 1:12:24. behind the overall winner Mark Boyce in 1:10:50. Then a few places later in 15th overall Harry Coles had a blinder to be first (current) Hawk home, in 1:19:46…Followed closely by Les Miller (1:21:28), Brent Nijssen (1:21:55), and John Bowe (1:23:53) – all having strong runs…Dave Gunn and Jono Dawson also pushed hard to come in under 1:30…with Sunil fading early but making up ground to get home in 1:31:44.

In the women’s field Yasmin Campbell was first Hawk home in 1:39:39 (overall women’s winner in a strong field was Kelly Parlane once again in 1:16:54) and then we had Kirsten Milne (1:50) and Sandra Jensen (2:10) selflessly performing pacing duties once again. Thank you ladies!

It was however in the 10k where things really heated up, with Sophie Harris taking the women’s overall win (8th place overall) in a speedy 41:24, followed closely by Chloe McDaniel second (also 10th overall) in 42:28. Congratulations ladies! Great running.

In the men’s 10k event, Rhys Mildon (without a watch) paced it beautifully to come in 3rd in 37:35, then in 5th, 6th, and 7th place we had Pat Gallagher (just out-sprinting Rob) in 38:46, Rob Townsend in 38:48 and Joe Mace 39:45. Then Kevin Knowles just outside the top 10 in 11th with 42:35. So that makes it 7 out of the first 11 in the 10k current Hawks members – well done to you all!

Sophie Harris also managed to pick up a spot prize of a coffee machine to go along with the 10k win! Overall it was a great day that all in all went pretty smoothly, there was a nice vibe, and I think everyone had a great time.

And once again a huge thank you to all those who gave up their time on the day to help out, whether it be registrations, pacing duties or lead bikes, it is very much appreciated. And also to all those Hawks who turned out in the club colours to showcase this great event!

Check out the full Huntly results <<here>>

Report by Sandra Jensen
OMG it wasn’t raining this time!

We just had that familiar Huntly fog which I’ll admit I was sad when it lifted cos it meant the sun beamed down on my runners too far from the finish, and they started to flail.

I paced the 2:10 for the half. It’s hard to maintain a 6min 11 second km when the course is so flat and I felt it was almost harder than pacing 2:20 at Rotorua.

I didn’t have large groups with me and definitely told some folk they were to not hang with me, and I expected much better of them. A party in the back was not what I was about today.

But I had quite a few folk who stuck with me for the majority of the run, they didn’t blink when I yelled at each of the fast Hawks as they sped past after the turn around and weren’t bothered when I got miffed at the Darts tournament fellow getting pissy about being late because of the runners when he chose to take the back road. This is why we use the back road for our running event, cos it’s the BACK ROAD!!

Considering the amount of other running events on this weekend, I think the turn out was good – it can always be better but we are spoiled for choice here in jolly ol’ NZ and shouldn’t really complain.

I enjoyed my time chatting ‘n’ running and one lady who spent about 18km with me was relieved when I mentioned that as this was her first half she was guaranteed a PB! It’s a win/win.

End of the day, I did my job, enjoyed myself, hung with some peeps and would run/pace again if needed.

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.

Whangamata Half 2017 Results

With Saturday morning looking very grim there was a good contingent of Hawks who made their way over to Whangamata for the annual Running Festival whether doing the Half , 10 km , 5 km or just been great supporters of the runners. The weather was not great at all with head winds for a lot of the courses not been fun to run into but you had to just plug away into it and hope you hadn’t done to much into it so you would get some benefit on the tail wind.

It was nice to see other Hawks crossing the line and sharing stories of how their day went in the half we had Lance Brew 4th in 1.18.14 Bridget Deverell 18th 1.30.25 Evan Primmer 53 1.57.31

10 kms  Kent Hodgson 7th with Emerson Deverell 8th both with 38.20 Maureen Leonard 21st 47.01 I’m sorry if I missed anyone out here.

Many of the hawks manage to pick up podiums for different age groups.

Go to here for  full results www.whangamatarunwalk.co.nz/results

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.

Tauranga Half 2017 Race Report

Report By Lance Brew

Sunday morning and the radio clicks on to wake me up but it’s 4.00am. I leap outta bed as fast as I could so not to wake anyone else up in the house. Yep it’s race day – time to have a feed and start switching my mind on to what I’m about to do and that is race the Tauranga Half Marathon. The trip over to Tauranga was very entertaining at the least – I shall leave it at that, as don’t want to upset anyone, haha  – eh Jason Hindrup (one of our new members).

Once rego’ed we head out for a warm up and I catch up with Jess Ruthe and have a chat about what we think may happen today. I’m lining up at the start line thinking I have’t done enough of a warm up and once the gun went it showed as it took me a good 6/7 km to get sorted even though I was moving quickly.

Once I settled myself down I found I was fighting for 3rd place and it was going to be a tough battle for the next 6/7 kms. With a bit of to-ing and fro-ing I decided I was going to have to lay down a quick effort to break away coming out of the the Memorial Gardens and heading back up the hill to town and it worked from there I had a free run home but this was different as now I was the hunted which in turn keep me honest and true. I pushed hard up the last hills to home and to my surprise as I got close to the finish shutte seeing the clock clicking through the 75 minutes  I know I had to push again if I was to go sub 76 minutes and in the end it was close 75.58 boom I was done and had’t fallen over after finishing like I normally do and a 3rd placing as well.

Throwing back some fluid and having a chat with other finishes I look over and see Jason finishing strong in a t time of 88.14 minutes.

Well run event and I’m always happy to do this one and recommend it to all for next year apart from an early start.

Click here to see results and to spot some other Hawks

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
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
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

Wellington Half Marathon 2015 Results


Report by Charlie Evans
My dear mother has been pestering me to check out her new home in Wellington – what better weekend to do just that than the weekend of the Wellington Marathon (I entered the Half Marathon).

Surrounded by Hurricane and Highland supporters I flew down on Saturday afternoon to a fairly fine but cool Capital City.

The Cake Tin (event start) had all been tidied up from the previous nights shock loss and the weather appeared perfect but a little cold. A good field headed off through downtown Wellies and wound around the Harbours edge, way past the airport, to the turnaround then returned along the same stunning route. At the 10k mark things were looking good- after a fairly disjointed training buildup I was on pace for an all time PB. However I was seriously put in my place on the return back to the finish battling against the persistent wind that had pushed me along for the first half of the course. Crossing the finish line in just over 1h 35m I caught up with my sister and niece who had ventured out from assisting at the event help desk to cheer me in.

After some of Mum’s homemade vege soup (nothing beats that) it was on a plane to sit next to another half marathon competitor who I may have persuaded to join our speedwork sessions to enhance her performance before competing in the New York Marathon in October- watch this space!


Report by Rowan Torckler

It’s so good to be back running and racing after a time away from the sport – and also great to be back running for Hawks where it all began a few years ago now! For those who don’t know me, I used to be one of Don Willoughby’s  young high school recruits back in the days of the Tuesday night Rose Gardens squad:)

Having gradually gotten back into running again this past year, thanks to my husbands encouragement and a great group of runners out in our new hometown of Cambridge, I now felt confident to get a half marathon under my belt! So we decided to head down to Wellington for the half marathon event.  Looking at previous times, I knew it would be a challenging course and would surely live up to its name as the “hardest flat half marathon on the planet”…

On race morning we awoke to a bright sunny day – much to our surprise! But soon enough the Windy City delivered, the morning breeze steadily picking up to create a challenging head wind for the second half of the out and back course along the waterfront. Running with the second-placed woman until around half way it was really a matter of digging in for the return journey and trying to keep the boys around me at an honest pace into the head wind! 😉

Running along Oriental parade and the winding waterfront walkway made for a really scenic yet technical last 5-6kms, with the final finishing stretch along the concourse leading up to the Wespac Stadium creating an exciting finish-line atmosphere.
Wellington Marathon really put on a great event, and despite the rare sunny July weather it was still a pretty challenging race! I would recommend it for anyone wanting a solid yet scenic midwinter run in the capital- with the added bonus of great spot prizes and merit prizes through every age group!

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.

Huntly Half Marathon 2015 Results

Huntly Half 2015 Logo

Alex Parlane led a lonely path around the Huntly half marathon course, winning as he liked in 1h 12m 38s. The former national cross country champion clocked a personal best in the windy conditions finishing a minute ahead of his Wesley Club team mate Tom Moyes. Tom Hunt was third in 1h 15m 38s.

The first three runners went the correct 21.1km course but from fourth to eightieth veered off course around the 7km mark and in most cases ran an extra 2km. Lisa Robertson was one of these, but still came through to win the women’s section by five minutes over Esther Keown with a further two minutes to Fiona Love.

Donna Roderick won the half marathon walk in 2:08:49. The 10km went to Sasha Daniels 35:35, from John Bowe 35:49, and Emerson Deverell was the first woman in 39:22. Marcia Soanes won the 10km walk in 1:08:49. The 5km was won by Charli Miller in 17:22, with Hannah Haworth the first senior woman in 19:29. Just on a thousand took part in the half marathon with 1951 competing over all events.

Extract from Athletics NZ weekly update


View the Full Huntly Event Results

Huntly Half Marathon – Report by Mike Harris

I made it to the start line in a general good working state and positioned myself a couple rows back amongst other Hawks.  My plan was to do 4:05 minute kms with some extra allowance for the hills. I managed to not get carried away by going too fast over the first 5 kms and kept Kevin, Paul and Kovo in sight. Did a good pace over the first hill or two and came up alongside them, we started commentating how we didn’t remember the additional hills before the lake and begun to wonder why we weren’t advised of a course change.  It seemed logical to follow the way others were going, especially as there was an abundance of traffic management cones in the middle of the road continuing off into the distance. As we neared the top of a steep hill Kevin and I were greeted by around 20 runners coming towards us like a herd of bulls – most with their nostrils flaring too. Confusion set in as we joined the downhill onslaught to find the road that would lead us on to the lake path. As others were also heading the wrong way they joined us creating a snow ball effect of runners searching for some sense of this half marathon they came to conquer.

The lake path ended up being like rush hour in Auckland’s Queen Street and it was difficult knowing who was going at your pace and how to gain your stride back. I avoided thinking too much about the km markers as I had done close to 2 kms more.  Once I got back on the road I settled into a better stride and felt comfortable running at a good pace up and over the long hill and after a few more dips in the road managed to catch up with Kovo. I enjoyed having Kovo to run with past the quarry and to the most northern point in the course, where we turned around and were greeted with a strong head wind.  Kovo made some attempt to shelter behind me from the wind and quickly realised that my lean frame provided little benefit.  At the 21km mark I hit my target of around 1:26:30 but unfortunately due to the detour still had 2km to go so stopped looking at my watch and ran how I felt – which I thought was a similar 4.05 pace but later discovered my pace had slowed and the last 2km was a tough slog to the end.  With 300 metres to go I ran past Wendy who was yelling at me that Kevin was right behind me and I needed to pick it up so he didn’t beat me.  I tried to pick up the pace and was rewarded with excruciating cramp in my leg which stopped me in my tracks and Kevin went flying past me.  This was enough to force myself to get going again and caught Kevin on the grass who of course sprinted off and beat me by 3 seconds.  Despite the frustration of the extra distance and not truly knowing what my 21.1km time would have been I really enjoyed my day and felt that my race went to plan and I kept a fairly consistent pace throughout.

Look forward to doing it again next year.


Huntly Half Marathon – report by Paula Klein

This is my first Huntly half marathon and I was really excited but
also a little nervous due to various accounts of how many hills there were. The weather looked dodgy but oh well – how hard could it be?

It always takes me a good hour to warm up so by the time I had reached the 10k mark I was starting to feel more relaxed. I really liked this course. No real hills that were taxing and a bit of variety. The out and backs helped me see the people I was trying to catch and pass. Even the strong head wind helped cool me down. This a course I would definitely revisit and hopefully I will be faster next year too.
2km race report by Sophie Harris


I set off about 20 people behind the first runner. The grass was squishy from the recent rain. My shoes slid on the wet and it soaked into my shoes. I ran past a playground full of laughing toddlers splashing in the puddles that had formed on the tarmac. I followed the path forward, almost missing a hidden corner. Mushy grass gave way to slippery concrete and I spotted Haylee ahead of me and I suddenly had a burst of energy. I slipped past her and carried on with growing adrenaline. I charged down the hill and with tired reluctance I carried on around the course once more.

I came down the road for the last time and swerved around the cone towards the finish line. I braced myself and then with the last of my dying energy sped down the hill. The mud splatted onto my legs and I squinted my eyes away from the burning sun. As I came down the finishing shoot I passed a few people. I made it across the finish line and… collapsed!

I had run myself hard and also exhausted myself but I earned myself a new PB of nine minutes and twenty seconds.

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Huntly 10km Event

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Tauranga Half Marathon 2015 Results

Sunday the 12 April was an early start for a few of the Hawks contingent Lance Brew, Kovo McDonald, Brook Shepherd-Wright, Chris Smith, Katy Dawson and Nancy Jiang (sorry if I missed anyone) most of us having a 4.30am leaving time from Hamilton.

Was a cool overcast day and standing talking to Katy (while we were stretching) I pointed out that the horrible looking clouds over the hill behind us didn’t look to good. Luckily for us these were never going to come to anything other than darkness on the horizon as the sun came out right as we set off.

After a brief chat to Kovo at the start line who was running a bit late getting over we were moved to the start line where I lined up next to Jess Ruthe thinking if I stay with her for most of the run I’d do pretty well.

On your marks get set go and up the first incline to the first bend where we turned in to the sun beaming at us which made for some interesting running in the first 8kms. Though the first 6km we had some good inclines, downhills and an early turn around point so we could see how others were going.

Up though the town and passing some of the over keen starters to settle into a controlled pace onto the pavers , cobbles and judder bars of downtown Tauranga main street heading out to another turn around point. After getting up the hill though town I was delightfully informed that the turn around is at the top of the next hill “Bugger” but no time to complain.

At the turn around we had made a good break on the next group so I know I was travelling well specially when Kovo as we passed going in opposite directions she came over for a high 5 with the comment “keep it up your looking strong”. Back down the main street and with people coming towards you it spurred me on to really work the last 6/7 kms and dig deep specially since I’d been dropped by the two others I was running with.

The last hill to climb back up which felt like it was never going to give in till you had 2 km to go and I looked at my watch and knew if I held my pace a PB would be well and truly done and it was 1.18.21 a 1 minute 10 second PB 6 male 7 overall. Sitting throwing down fluids I seen Chris Smith finish strong 1.20.44 10 male 12 overall then Kovo McDonald 1.25.47 4 female 19 overall. Brief chats and Katy Dawson appeared 1.27.30 5 female 23 overall followed in by Brook Shepherd-Wright with a PB also 1.30.38 7 female 31 overall with Nancy Jiang hot on her heels 1.31.06 8 female 33 overall.

Brilliant running by all specially considering most are training hard for Rotorua Marathon in 2 and a half weeks time.

Auckland Marathon 2014 Results

Sunday started early at 4.20am, however today was no normal training day, today was race day. A lot of dedication and training has led me to this day, this opportunity, this challenge and this chance of doing a sub three marathon.

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Whangamata Half 2014 Results

Conditions on Saturday morning saw steady rain and easterly winds.  From the start in the half marathon, Karen Hopson and Fiona Goddard disappeared into the distance, not to be seen until the turn around where they were a long way in front of me.
At the turn around, Cory Whiting was in 3rd place and going strong.  Next was John Bowe, who managed to make the start line on time.   Bridget Ray, who was seen rushing home 10 minutes before the start, had a great race and finished 2nd masters woman.
Antoinette Turton and Kay Jones, both had good runs in the half marathon as well.
Chris Rodgers had a good run in the 10km and finished in 6th place.  Cory Whiting’s mum and dad also competed in the 10km with Kelvin coming in just ahead of Karen. 
Lance Brew, on coaches orders, ran the 5km as speed work and was first home in this event.
Gordon Speirs also competed in the 5km event.
Graham Dudfield and his team did a great job with the time keeping.

Report by Evan Primmer and Gordon Speirs


Hawks Results

Name Place Time
Cory Whiting 3 1.18.59
John Bowe 7    (1st mm) 1.23.33
Bridget Ray 17  (2nd mw) 1.33.36
Karen Hopson 30 1.38.02
Fiona Goddar 32 1.39.41
Evan Primmer 57 1.44.55
Antoinette Turton 143 2.07.19
Kay Jones 169 2.15.43
10km Results
Name Place Time
Chris Rodgers 6 45.33
Kelvin Whiting 142 1.13.52
Karen Whiting 144 1.14.42
5km Results
Name Place Time
Lance Brew 1 17.34
Gordon Speirs 19 24.21

Whangamata 2014 21km – View Full Results

Whangamata 2014 10Km – Full Results

Whangamata 2014 5Km – View Full Results

Cambridge Half 2014 Results

There is something special about local events.  They usually start later, and you get to sleep in your own bed witha quick drive to the start.  Bliss.  Sunday was especially blissful as it was a crystal clear day that started with a minor frost but it cleared quickly.

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Te Awamutu Half Marathon 2014 Results

Can I start by saying if you are considering entering your first ½ marathon event – do not choose the Te Awamutu Marathon Clinic event unless you want a particularly challenging experience. I knew it was going to be hilly but I did not anticipate just how hilly – many a folk were heard to be cursing all manner of words. I did however survive to tell the tale on what turned out to be a beautiful winter’s day with stunning scenery to enjoy along the torturous journey. It was also good to see a number of fellow Hawks members competing in both the quarter and half marathon events. Of particular note was Helen Hall-King who was first woman home, and John Bowe who was third man home – both in the ½ marathon event.

Despite the torture and the resulting black toe nails I have not been put off… I will be back!

Half Marathon Results
John Bowe 1.24.50 3rd Male
Helen Hall-King 1.40.37 1st Female 
Jean Dorrell 1.44.00
Colin King 1.45.20
Annette Turton 2:08
Wendy Harris 2.11.25

1/4 Marathon Results

Brooke Shepherd 46.53 1st Female
Lisa Joblin 51.03
Kaye Sharp 56.00
Dot Podjursky 1:15
Michelle Curnow 1:06
Terry Hannett 1:06

As this was a fun event there was no race timing by the organisers.  If we are missing your name or time please advise

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Huntly Half Marathon 2014 Results

A cool foggy morning welcomed over 1950 participants to Huntly Domain for the 34th running of the Huntly Half, 10 and 5 km running event. It was fantastic to see a strong lineup of over 75 Hawks across all events with many great results.

The fields were very strong for both the ½ and 10 km with the likes of Sam Wreford winning the 1/2 in a great time of 1.06 39, Samuel Murphy 2nd 1.11.25, Sasha Daniels 3rd in 1.14.50 and in 4th place overall and 2nd age group a rejuvenated Corey Hinde 1.16.54 and a solid run from Stephan Wagner placed 3rd in 40 to 49 age group.

Lydia O’Donnel was first woman over the line very close behind Corey with a time of 1.17.02 and following up from solid runs in the Rotorua marathon was Sue Crowley 2nd in 1.23.53 and Kovo Kowalewski 3rd in 1.25.22. Helen Hall-King placed 1st and Kay Stockman placed 3rd in the 50-59 age group.

In the 10km race Jonny McKee had a great run finishing 1st in 32.06 with Ryan McAlister 2nd in 32.38 and a very solid 3rd place for Steve Rees-Jones in 32.40. Jason Cameron had a great run with 35.27 to come 1st in 40-49 closely followed by our own President with a solid 35.35 to take 2nd (after spending a busy morning helping set up the course and pre-race nutrition of a large flat white and a custard slice).

Ross Butler took out the 5km event in 18.02 and Gordon Speirs placed 1st in 60-69 with a good time of 23.02.
There were many impressive individual efforts on the day, too many to put in this report however congratulations to all who competed and achieved on the day. I would also like to thank the many club members that volunteered their time to help make the day a success.

Andrew Wark


Face Book post by Grant Budd – May 18

Today was a very cool day. Competed proudly as a Hawks member in the Huntly Half Marathon. Im very happy with my result and would like to mention that I am also Very happy to have met so many very cool competitors on the course today. The small groups that were formed to help give that extra little push today were amazing, Thank you also to the club support out there today.  When you take a wee moment to think about the Hawks club and its members you realize that your being supported in so many ways.


Huntly Half Marathon 2014     10km
Corey Hinde 1.16.54 Steve Rees Jones 32.4
Stefan Wagner 1.19.36 Cory Whiting 33.5
Brendan Woolerton 1.19.43 Jason Cameron 35.27
John Bowe 1.19.54 Glenn Sexton 35.35
Grant Budd 1.21.34 Sunil Fernandez Ritchie 38.53
Marc Scott 1.21.46 Kirsten Milne 39.39
Lance Brew 1.21.58 Emerson Deverell 41.44
Matt Greenfell 1.23.31 Bridget Deverell 42.08
Kovo Kowalewski 1.25.13 Jean Dorell 43.27
Mike Harris 1.27.03 Trish Stockman 44.54
Nick Freke 1.27.57 Maureen Leonard 45.02
Brent Nijssen 1.29.33 Gary Clare 45.25
Blair Tupp 1.29.46 Colin King 45.37
Ryan Stacey 1.29.56 Pacer Maria Oates 46.11
Mike Brightwell 1.31.37 Chris Rogers 47.32
Sam Le Heron 1.31.39 Grahame Clarkin 49.24
Charlie Evans 1.33.49 Toshimi Farrell 50.1
Michael Hoogeveen 1.35.39 Chris Powell 52.5
Brooke Shepherd 1.36.02 Wendy Harris 54.17
Dan Philpott 1.36.30 Max Field 54.29
Kevin Webb 1.36.33 Connie Crook 1.14.42
Helen Hall King 1.38.32 Aimee Burgess 1.24.09
Kay Stockman 1.39.39
Dawn Tuffery 1.39.50 Pacer 5km
Sandra Jensen 1.40.16 Ross Butler 18.03
Evan Primmer 1.41.41 Gina Butler 18.51
Steve Parsons 1.42.54 Corrina Decker Thorburn 20.31
Dion Hardy 1.42.28 Lucy Farrell 21.47
Darryl Conn 1.43.32 Gordon Speirs 23.02
Sarah Woolerton 1.50.04 Liam McLaughlin 23.3
Ellie Broadbridge 1.50.45 Josh McLaughlin 26.55
Vaughn Kestle 1.53.18 Garth Ritchie 44.31
Brian Halford 1.54.21 Alan Rogerson 1.46.44
Martin Lovell 1.53.37
Marcus Daws 1.53.37 2km
Bridget McLaughlin 1.54.27 Donovan Farrell 8.35
Shona Dewson 1.58.36 Shawn Halford 8.46
Antionette Turton 2.07.18 Haylee Halford 9.34
Terry Hannett 2.07.18 Charlie Hinde 9.58
Vaughn Swale 2.19.39 Pacer
Brian Smith 2.40.10

If anyone missed out please email newsletter@hamiltoncityhawks.co.nz your details.

View the official results website and placings

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Cambridge Half 2013 Results

There were challenging weather conditions for this 2nd event which attracted 496 finishers. The heavy clouds and cold showers kept post entries down to 86. It was not a fast course on Sunday due to the surface water, muddy grass finish and the first 9kms into an easterly wind however there were a remarkable number of PB’s run by Hawks members. The club half marathon ranking list saw a number of changes.

Emerson Deverell won the women’s section of the 5km with 19.07.

It was pleasing to see Steve Rees-Jones running again after struggling all year with an achilles heel problem and he took out the 10km win in 33.52. While his time was not up to his usual best conditions were a challenge and slowed times. Kris Moore 38.08, Oscar Emery 42.11 Trish Stockman 43.51 and Sandra Jensen 47.48 were other Hawks names noted in the 10km.

The club had a big presence in the Half and I was chuffed to see so many Hawk singelets taking part. 2012 race winner Kerry Suter retained his title but found the going tougher than last year when he did 1.12.09. He won comfortably on Sunday after leading all the way and clocked 1.15.25. Evergreen John Crane short on long miles hung on well for a deserved second in 1.16.32. Stefan Wagner was next Hawk to finish in 1.22.39 followed by John Bowe 1.22.39, Anthony Hancy a PB 1.22.46, Mark Scott 1.22.54, Miguel Gomez 1.25.05, Kevin Knowles 1.25.13,Caleb Koia Hamling 1.33.29 and Sunil Fernandez Ritchie 1.27.38. Hadley Craig who was on pace making duties told Sunil to run near Kovo which he did and then beat her by 10 seconds.

Hadley did 1.33.24 and Mike Harris with the Auckland marathon as his goal did 1.38.00

Among the women Sue Cowley Lake City went out fast and won in 1.23.04 which was a new course record beating Candice Hammond’s time of 1.23.54. Kirsten Milne and Katy Dawson ran  together until 9km when Kirsten slowly pulled away to clock a PB 1.24.41. Katy hung on well to record 1.25.53 a PB. Kovo Kowalewski with even paced running did 1.27.48, Dawn Tuffery 1.32.43, and Maureen Leonard a PB 1.38.38.

I felt deeply for the unreal wet muddy conditions the time keeping team had to work in so a huge thank you to Graeme Dudfield and his team who plugged on amongst the tent drips, flowing rain water and gradually deepening mud and got the times out easily by 1 pm.

All in all a well run event that is proving popular and makes some good dosh for the Cambridge Club and the WBOP centre.

Results below photos

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View the full 2013 Cambridge Half Marathon Results


Cambridge Half Marathon 25th Aug 2013 – Hawks Results
Place Race No Event Name Surname Gender Grade Grd Place Time
2 177 Half Marathon John Crane M MM45 1 1:16:32
9 219 Half Marathon Stefan Wagner M MM40 1 1:22:13
11 47 Half Marathon John Bowe M MM40 3 1:22:39
18 34 Half Marathon Ryan Stacey M SM 2 1:24:01
21 96 Half Marathon Miguel Gomez M SM 3 1:25:05
22 110 Half Marathon Kevin Knowles M MM55 1 1:25:13
27 122 Half Marathon Sunil Fernandez-Ritchie M SM 6 1:27:38
39 64 Half Marathon Dawn Tuffery F SW 2 1:32:43
44 224 Half Marathon Hadley Craig M MM40 8 1:33:24
56 137 Half Marathon Dave Melville M MM45 7 1:35:42
60 57 Half Marathon Katie Stone F SW 5 1:37:56
61 97 Half Marathon Mike Harris M MM40 10 1:38:00
63 147 Half Marathon Maureen Leonard F MW50 1 1:38:38
104 153 Half Marathon Clare Montgomery F SW 12 1:47:53
152 217 Half Marathon Kaye Sharp F MW45 4 1:59:30
10 2203 5km Run/Walk Jean Dorrell F MW40 1 0:22:58
14 2210 5km Run/Walk Milly Farrell F G14 1 0:24:11
1 548 10km Run/Walk Steve Rees-Jones M MM35 1 0:33:52
5 610 10km Run/Walk Kris Moore M SM 3 0:38:08
9 599 10km Run/Walk Oscar Emery M SM 5 0:42:11
13 600 10km Run/Walk Trish Stockman F MW45 1 0:43:51
25 439 10km Run/Walk Sandra Jensen F MW35 2 0:47:40
29 428 10km Run/Walk Toshimi Farrell F MW45 3 0:48:59
45 530 10km Run/Walk Janet Dale F MW60 1 0:54:37

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Huntly Half Marathon

The event involves the traditional Half Marathon distance of 21.1km which is officially measured and certified under ANZ standards. There is also a 10km, 5km and RUN kids 2km for Under 16 year olds. All events have the option of either a Run or Walk.

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Cambridge Half Marathon

The Cambridge Half Marathon, 10km and 5km is an annual running and walking event at Cambridge High School.

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Whangamata Half Marathon

The Whangamata Run/Walk Festival has Half Marathon, 10km and 5km events. All three courses take in spectacular views of ocean beach & pristine bush-clad hills along the way. Read more