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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.

Rotorua Marathon Results 2019

The event calendar 2 weeks ago was chocka block with Rotorua Marathon and associated events, T42 and The Kauri run all being held. Hawks decided not to have a club race on the weekend due to this. My workplace has a couple of tragic running nerds who regularly analyse and study results so needless to say the  smoko and lunchtimes the Thursday and Friday beforehand  filled with predictions, and Monday and Tuesday after with back slapping and congratulations on how well we predicted.

Rotorua was the highest profile race having its 55th running, including the infamous washout year in 1999. While everybody has their own goals and aspirations, our run of the day went to Cecilia Flori, putting Hawks on the open winners podium for the first time in a few years. With her high weekly workload  in preparing for Western States 100 miler, Cecilia has a huge base and from all accounts could have kept going for another lap. The other outstanding efforts went to Kevin Knowles winning the MM60 title in 3.13 who was 8 minutes ahead of his nearest rival, and Hawks Charli Miller and William Taylor winning the mens and womens in the 10k.

There are way too many names to scroll through to find all the Hawks so apologies to those not mentioned and well done all.

Place Name Time Division Division Place
16th Cecilia Flori 2:51:54 F 35-39 1st
18th Rodrigo Jaca Gonzalez 2:54:47 M 16-34 7th
38th Kevin Knowles 3:13:57 M 60-64 1st
58th Nathan Campbell 3:22:38 M 35-39 10th
167th Vaughan Swale 3:53:35 M 60-64 11th
322nd Wendy Fox 4:22:23 F 60-64 2nd

If anyone is missed in the above results table, please let us know via the contact us page – website admin

Rotorua Marathon 2018 Results

Report by Mudlark

54th Rotorua Marathon was held in ideal conditions on Saturday and 3500 athletes took part in in this well run event which included 1500 running a lap of the lake and many others in the half marathon quarter marathon and the 5.5 km fun run. Many Hawks members took part but as clubs are not listed in the official results it was a mission to sort out accurate Hawks placings. Kevin Knowles was 57th in 3.11.31 to be 2nd in the M60’s.

In the half marathon over a new course that included some off road running through the Redwoods John Bowe had a good one to finish 7th in 1.22.02 and be 1st in the M45’s. Past member Erin Furness was 36th and 2nd F35 with her 1.38.32. Maureen Leonard was 82nd in 1.47.31. although times were slower in the half it must have been pleasant running on off road trails rather than among the traffic. In the 10.55 quarter marathon Emerson Deverell a late entrant was 2nd woman in a pleasing 42.11 while Helen Hall-King was 5th woman in 50.34. In the 5.5km fun run 2nd woman was Karyn McCready in 26.57.

Report by Sandra Jensen
What  way to make yourself feel better about your current crappy running level but to offer to pace at an event? While i admit the free entry part was definitely a draw card i have discovered that i like pace running and it is an important part of a lot of events. The chance to help people is actually very rewarding ( yeah i know) and after recent lackluster running performances i needed that ego boost.
Despite running at many a rotovegas event i had not yet been involved in the Rotorua marathon festivities before. I offered to pace the half at 2:20 which was the same pace id previously done for Auckland half so knew physically how i was going to fare. My co pacer Viviene was great and towards the end we ran together encouraging people in the last 2 km to pass us, not let us beat them.”You can do eet”.
The new half course is great, at a slow easy pace. The hills are pretty darn epic and one in particular almost made you feel like a ladder was needed but at 6 min 38 second KM its was all so easy. We did not walk a single hill and the whole time we were able to chat to people which you normally wouldn’t do during a “race”. I had a blast. And funnily enough it felt like it went very quickly. We had people thanking us along the way and towards the end being announced how well we paced and finishing like all the other runners with a medal felt like we had achieved what we were meant to do. 2 hrs 19 mins and 51 seconds. Not bad really. I gladly signed up again for next year and not just for the free entry but because it was fun and hugely rewarding.

Reubin Tomlinson 2.55.34
Martin Ferry 2.56.57
Kevin Knowles 3.11.30
Chris Smith 3.14.27
Dave Gunn 3.30.02
Evan Primmer 4.43.44
Half Marathon
Vaughan Swale 1.52.29
Talia Horgan 2.12.55
Sandra Jensen 2.19.50 – Pacer
Emerson Deverell 42:11 – 2nd
Helen Hall-King 50:33 – 5th
Wendy Fox 58.25
Penny Burkhardt 58.44
Wendy Harris 1.00.30
Kim Jameison 1.04.57
Emily Fyfe 1.07.57
Robyn Smith 1.20.09

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

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.

T42 Marathon 2015 Results

I had no idea, really.

No idea of the terrain, no idea of the route, no idea how to adjust my borrowed race pack and no idea whether my obligatory pre-race injury would actually allow me to start, let alone finish.

I didn’t even know we were supposed to bring sheets and towels to the Book-a-Bach (thanks Kevin).

What I did know was that this was a trail marathon, and there would be a good party afterwards.

And about 25km into T42, that was still all that mattered. Things were pretty sweet. Lots of downhill. Lots of bush and trees and valley. A few stream crossings. Birds singing.

And, hills. Near-vertical hills. Lots of sludgy brown clay; deceptively firm until you landed and saw your feet take off in petrifying directions. And a motionless mountain biker, bleeding from the head, being carried off on a stretcher.

The 15km-to-go sign appeared just as I was getting uncomfortable. Great, it’s just around the corner!

No. No, it’s not.

Some hundred kilometres later, I was still running. I had passed some folk, so at least I knew I was still on the right trail. But it kept going.  Where was the bloody end? My guts were a churning mess of coloured sugar, my strained groin muscles were screaming, my pack had claimed several epidermal layers and I really, really wanted a burger. Or a beer.

Finally, a sign.

4km to go. Cruel, cruel.

I owe my final ounce of strength to Black Cherry Chomps (free in our goody bag), which allowed me to drag my moaning butt up the not-quite final hill. And, a billion years later, over the finish line in a time of 3.43 and third woman overall. To a burger and a beer and a zip-lock bag of ice cubes to shove down my shorts.

Hawks did a good job of cleaning up the top spots, with the amazing Katy Dawson finishing in fourth place overall and second woman. Kevin Knowles sneakily jumped into the 60+ age group for the day to claim first in his age group (??) and fifth overall. Spectacular running in the 24km as well, with Glenn Sexton taking out first place overall, Hooge third, and Orlaith Heron 8th (and second woman). Lisa Joblin, Ellie Broadbridge and Shona Dewson also ran brilliantly in the 24km, which was apparently even tougher than the marathon itself.

Oh, and the party. What a party. One to remember (if slightly hazy). And absolutely worth the bumps, bruises and burning muscles.

Report by Katie Stone

As the cliche goes ‘what happens on tour..’ – so here’s the edited version of T42 events.

It was a pretty epic weekend! Weather was perfect and the 24km (plus some) was in good condition instead of the renowned mud bath. The markers went a bit astray for the marathon but there were no other major hiccups.

Kerry Suter showed he was part-human by blowing up at 35km – but not fully human as he finished first (yet again) in just over 3 hours. Katy Dawson battled it out front, coming in second to Jo Johanson. Kevin Knowles finished 5th overall, so was only chicked twice. Katie Stone was the real star of the show, finishing strongly as third woman home. Dan finished without turning the colour of death (rewind to Tarawera photos), Ceana sauntered across the line, and Glen Larson finished injury free. There was mountain bike carnage on the course, with helicopter evacuations needed, but Ash stayed clear of the danger.

In the 24km, Glen Sexton had a great race leading the whole way and finishing just shy of course record time. Hooge had a great day out embracing competitiveness to come 3rd. I finished with a smile (2nd female – Ed.), Lisa Joblin looked like she had fun, and Elsbeth Broadbridge had a sprint finish battle. Gary Clare represented Hawks over in the 11.5.

We rehydrated well that night. And we learned a few things like who has the best dance floor moves, the strength of Clive Start’s hugs, not to wear open toe sandals if waltzing with Kev, Buddy (Curly Jacob’s dog) is the biggest chic magnet and that wine still tastes nice straight up from the bottle. Thanks everyone for making it such a fun weekend x

Report by Orlaith Heron

Full T42 results here

Rotorua Marathon 2015 Results

Every Monday night a group of ladies meets under the coaching of Helen Hall-King to run and train together.  We aren’t particularly fast, and will probably never take a place on the podium stand, but we are motivated and we do have goals.  One such goal was to run in the Rotorua Half Marathon event this past Saturday.

We had done the training, including the hills, the speed work and of course the long runs and, as Mike so eloquently said to me the day before – ‘You have done the work so it is now just a matter of execution. Keep calm and you can do it’.

Despite having some pre-race niggles in my leg all week I was surprisingly calm on the day and after some last minute motivation from Helen I lined up next to my fellow Monday night runner Michelle Greenwood, knowing that Robyn Smith would be lined up a little further back and hopefully as ready as we were to get started.  The starting gun went off and away we went, feeling pretty glad to get the first kilometre completed and settle into a good race pace.

I was feeling really good and it was great to see Helen at the 6km point cheering us on and again as we came through the 9km point and headed off towards the airport.  The pace felt comfortable and Michelle and I were feeling great.  It was about the 11km mark that things started to go a little wonky for me and I knew that I was going to have to adjust my pre-race time goal.  I just wasn’t feeling right and no matter how much I tried to focus I couldn’t shake an awful dizziness that had come over me.  At 12km I suggested to Michelle that she go for it and leave me as I was struggling and didn’t want to hold her back.

The next 9km were some of the most difficult kilometres I have ever done.  I knew I couldn’t make my sub 2 hour goal anymore but I was damn well going to finish even if I had to crawl over the finish line.  I was grateful to have Helen run alongside me for a little bit at the 15km point and calm me down and try to keep me focused. At one point I passed an ambulance and was extremely tempted to crawl inside it but I knew I could finish and I kept thinking of all the training I had done and all the support I had received from Helen and Mike and it kept me going step by step to the finish.  I even managed to do a (semi) sprint down the finishing chute.

Despite the disappointment of my run I can celebrate in the fact that I didn’t give up. I finished and I still did a PB over that distance. To top it all off it was awesome to find out that Michelle had done a sub 2 hour race and that Robyn had run much better that she had anticipated and was thrilled with her finishing time.

So as I write this I can think that in just over an hour I will be back out on the streets with the Monday night running ladies and we will put one foot in front of the other no matter how slow and we will set new goals….and I will plan how I can be back in Rotorua a year from now and not let it get the better of me.

Report by Wendy Harris
The Rotorua marathon was on and several Hawks ran in it. My mat time was 3:30:52 – all times can be found on the website. There was quite a strong headwind after the last hill around 30km which may have contributed to a few people not being too happy with their results. Me, well, I’m happy with my time but was in damage control pain for the last 8km.

Report by Dave Melville

Above: Paul Nobilo, Vicki Parkin, Amie Sutherland, Dave Melville

Some Hawks spotted by Glenn:

Chris Smith 2.59.43
Jason Cameron 3.00.21
Sam Le Heron 3.00.50
Kovo MacDonald 3.04 14
Hadley Craig (pacing) 3.06.13
Dion Hardy 3.08
Ants Hancy (pacing) 3.14
Troy Flavell 3.27
Martin Ferry 3.29
Dave Melville 3.31
Evan Primmer 3.52
Clare Montgomery 3.52
Brian Halford 3.56

Half Marathon
Tim Stewart 1.08 (1st, above)
Ryan Stacey 1.15
Mike Brightwell 1.38
Jean Dorrell 1.45
Wendy Harris 2.07

Brooke Shepherd Wright 42m (1st female)
Shanel Cornille 43m (2nd female)
Vicki Parkin 55:48

Full results of Rotorua Marathon events here.

Tim Stewart winning the half in 1.08

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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Rotorua Marathon 2014 Results

We hope you enjoy the collection of Rotorua Marathon thoughts from the day that have been contributed from some of our members completing the marathon.  As spectators on the day we were proud to be part of the Hawks running club and watch many of our members tough it out on the course.

See over 150 photos by clicking on one of the photos below and the Hawks results are at the bottom of this post. 

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Rotorua  Marathon
by Graham Dudfield

The Marathon is unlike any other event.  You can sometimes bluff your way through a half marathon but the marathon will find any little chink in the  armour . It can be anything from not enough training – Nutrition mistakes , hydration, over estimating pace , effects of a virus and bang!  You are confronted with the dreaded wall – normally around the 30- 35 K – A lot of marathoners would have experienced it – some never have.

Your legs  start to cramp and refuse to function normally  – each step is a major effort. You run on memory and  you just want to walk. Basically what has happened is that you have run out of fuel.  Your muscles have used up all the stored fuel and have switched to standby mode and are now using  slow burning fats to keep going.

Your training has prepared your body to run efficiently and has improved the cardio vascular system but  just like a car uses more fuel when going fast – if your pace is a little faster than what you are capable of you burn up all your stores before the finish.
The Rotorua Marathon is with its hills , is even more testing on  runners. Running up the hills can use up your fuel reserves faster,  and because they come earlier in the race when you are normally feeling good,  you don’t know  you are doing it.

On the other hand – get it just right and you almost float to the finish line – Trish Stockman and Ryan Stacey probably experienced this – Saturdays marathon had a great turnout of Hawks runners and it was good to see the huge crowds and the excitement at the start.

Unfortunately the results don’t mention the club so looking for Hawks runners amongst the 4000 odd runners is a mission.  Well done to all the Hawks Marathoners – Those that experienced the ecstasy –  those that experienced the agony – and all the others in between.

Don Willoughby’s Report

Rotorua was the place to be last Saturday with the running of the 50th marathon and associated events.
Hawks had a great participation rate and checking through the results these efforts caught my eye.  Apologies for those missed but some 8000 names had to be checked.
In 31st and fastest Hawk? was Anthony Hancy 2.56.28.
10th woman was Kovo (Louise Kowalewski) with an outstanding 3.04.25
93rd spot saw consistent Kevin Knowles cross the line in 3.06.51
103rd place was Lance Brew 3.08.47
He was just two seconds ahead of Marion Millward who won the W55 title with her 3.08.49. A brilliant effort. She was tracked most of the way by former Hawk and Olympic walker Craig Barrett who was given the same time.Trish Stockman 3.23.49 made up the third member of the Hawks women’s team that placed a creditable third in the teams race. As Marion said after 15 years running Rotorua she was chuffed the club had a team.


Trish was 3rd in the W50 grade which was a mighty effort.
Maureen Leonard 3.43.13 completed her first marathon.
Brian Smith 6.24.39 – 3rd in the M80 grade.MIkayla Nielsen won the Womens half marathon with 1.26.11 and it was good to see former W16 road champ Rachel Smith back running with 4th in 1.28.23.  Sign her up quick as she could be a strong contender for the National Road relay team.Jenni Hoogeveen with 44.53 was third woman in the quarter marathon.


Anthony Hancy – Little Brown Runner

Tis was the morning of the big one, not a creature was stirring not even my brats….ok so that was a lie they where up before the sun…. we scurried to get ready, in the car we all popped , the ducklings the wife and the LittleBrownrunner.  Adrenalin was pumping as I met with my coach Mr Hadley himself.. With his inspirational talk , to kick my 3hr time to the curve, i was ready and craving this run for my PB time…….Keeping to my splits I was feeling like a sprit-lie wee thing then at 20k  a quick wave to the Fam as I pumped up the speed…. through the clearing of runners, is that the finish line i see….common legs this is what we have been working for…. Stepping it up a gear i brought us home the LittlebrownRunner and his legs in tow…2.56 PB YES i did it all the hard work defiantly showed….So a big thank you to the coach with the most Hadley you are the bomb ….

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Kovo Kowaleswski

Another beautiful, sunny yet freezing day in Rotorua at the start of the marathon. My body has weather confusion. It is not sure if I should be sweating or shivering. But, you are not here for a meteorological report. You are here for a race report.  I set off up the front due to Coach Dudfield telling me to “move on up” (with a shake of his arm) in front of the 3 hour pacer – with the elites! Ekkkk. But the start line is like artery to the heart – they are never big enough for the job that has to be done, so it was shoulder to shoulder, but the best place to start (I figure only now).  I set off with an end time in mind and a pace that I was going to stick to. It was only four 10km time trials with a cool down, right?  I got to half way: spot on, the next 7km was feeling good, great time, caught up with Hadley and got some wise words (and loads of them).   At the 30km mark the headwind kicked in, (very minute but still a good reason to slow down?) my legs just didn’t want to move.  At the 40km mark, I gave myself a stern warning to stop mucking around and picked up the pace, finishing strong BUT I had forgotten about my game face! The photos are terrible, but I didn’t feel any better than the photos look. I had achieved a PB marathon time.  It wouldn’t have been possible without the support from all hawks members on and off the field. So thank you all!


Lance Brew
3.08.40 marathon pb after a very tough day at the office facing the dark side of marathon running from 12 km to go.

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Trish Stockman
I am at the start because it is on  my bucket list, Rotorua 50th anniversary Marathon for my 50th  if I am going to do a marathon this is the one. After 7 weeks training and 1x 30km run  I’m off, ok run easy, pace yourself I hear Graham saying, I started nice and easy, Marion catches up to me at 800m  we have a quick hug and a good luck and off she goes. I am  on my own but chat to whoever would listen around me, in the distance I see Oscar and by 4km I have caught up I run with him and some others chatting away, Oscar is really worried that I am  going too fast and I will suffer at 30km. I feel great so on I trundle. Hmmm toilets and a familiar face with Dion running back into the pack from his little rest stop.Dion another 1st time marathoner with a lot more training under his belt, decides to run with me, we run, chat and check each KM with our watches, some seem long, some short and some super fast. It is fun and we were running well. Just before half way Dion decides to run on ahead. I run with my new friends, one guy says gee you are popular Trish, its because I have fantastic encouragement from all the Hawks supporters along the way. At ½ way the clock said 1:44.30 if I kept going I could make 3:30 (my goal was between 3:30 and 3:45). I feel great still, but have those last few killer hills to contend with and have heard they take it all out of you.I run the hills easily and pass people still feeling fantastic but thinking I must be slowing down. Dot and Chris are there on their bikes encouraging me, downhill, then the Airport gradient hill. I had my last gel stop Helen, Mike, Wendy and Colin are there saying what are you stopping for keep going, (it was part of the advice I was given, as a rookie if you have a gel, stop and have a good cup or more of water.(I stopped 3 times)). Off I go again the final few KM’s then the finish, when is the pain going to start? 4kms to go Chris gives me a drink of her magic water, at that point I think if I go faster I’ll get to the finish quicker (Smart advice Trish). My last few KMs are my fastest. I finish feeling great but overwhelmed.  3:23:40 3rd in my age and 2nd in the NZ champs. Icing on the cake  3rd in the teams with Marion and Kovo.Saturday 3rd May has been the highlight of my running, it was just my day. Thank you so much Graham and those who helped me on the training journey, and thank you to the amazing Hawks for the advice and encouragement throughout the day. We are a great bunch of runners.



Marathon Gun Time
Ryan Stacey 2:52:21
Ants Hancy 2:56:28
Kovo Kowalewski 3:04:25
Brendan Woolerton 3:05:29
Kevin Knowles 3:06:42
Lance Brew 3:08:47
Marion Millward 3:08:49
Hadley Craig 3:12:04
Nick Freke 3:17:41
Dion Hardy 3:20:22
Shanel Cornille 3:21:45
Dan Phillpot 3:22:03
Sam Le Heron 3:22:10
Trish Stockman 3:23:49
Oscar Emery 3:30:17
Brooke Shepherd 3:41:12
Maria Oates 4:04:20
Brian Halford 4:11:26
Michael Hoogeveen 4:11:26
Evan Primmer 3:57:02
Maureen Leonard 3:43:13
Darryl Conn 3:49:42
Caleb Koia Hamling 3:51:36
Vaughn Swale 4:07:12
Steve Parsons 4:26:23
Bridget McLaughlin 4:42:26
Garry Wilson 4:44:53
Brian Smith 6:24:39
Half Marathon
Mikayla Neilsen 1:26:11
Jean Dorrell 1:36:30
Vaughn Kestle 1:53:38
Connie Crook 1:56:57
Jason Cameron 0:37:26
Jenni Hoogeveen 0:44:53


Tarawera Ultra Marathon 2014 Results

What a fantastic weekend for the Hamilton City Hawks at the 2014 Tarawera Ultra Marathon held in Rotorua on the 15th of March. The numbers speak volumes for our club’s participation level, with forty-two (minimum) club runners entered in the various events. This number equates to 5% of the total field and made up 18% of the relay teams who participated on the day. In all we had Hawk’s members in twelve (out of 65) relay teams and no less than nine confirmed solo entrants. High fives to our club’s turnout!

Due to the threat of Cyclone Lusi and the associated logistical impact on safety, all courses were shorted, with the long course and relay becoming 69km whilst the short course dropped a mere 1km, to 59km. Some entrants have suggested that the nature of the changes (the addition of the meanest hill on the course) made the short course harder, as well as adding an increased element of difficulty to the long course. That being said, all efforts on the day were praiseworthy, especially given the wet and windy conditions courtesy of the tail end of a cyclone.

An abridged version (see full report via link below) of the honourable mentions for the day includes:

  • Dawn Tuffery’s 3rd Place (female) in the long (69km) course.  With an unfavourable lead-up to the event, Dawn was hoping for a top 10 finish, so one would have to agree that a podium finish in an international event is an absolute triumph. Congratulations Dawn.
  •  Anthony “Little Brown Runner” Hancy came in 13th overall in the long course, placing 3rd in the race for Kiwi supremacy. Antz’s effort placed him high up in the non-pro entrants, with most of those in front of him playing the sponsorship card. Nice work Antz.
  • Kerry Suter, Phil Murray, Jai Davies-Campbell and Garit Read (aka. Team New Balance Hamilton Flyers) reigned supreme with first place honours in the relay. With a less than favourable lead-up (ask Kent) they managed to be the only team to beat the overall solo race winner, Sage Canaday, sneaking ahead of him midway through the last leg to win by five and a half minutes (+17:20 over the second place relay team).
  • The LadyHawks team, comprising of Kirsten Milne, Helen Rountree and Kovo Kowalewski beat up most of the boys in the playground with their 4th Place overall in the relay. Kirsten got the team off to a good start with the first two legs, followed by Helz on “Mountain One” and Kovo on “Mountain Two”. Very impressive time and result.
  • At a gazillion years old (in runners years that is) Brian Smith took out the oldest runner on the course award, but due to his “conserving energy for the finish approach” he missed the cut-off at Okataina and retired gracefully from the race. A smashing effort nonetheless.
  • Dan “the man” Philpott had a smashing race, finishing 10th overall in the short (59km) course. Dan’s effort was well above his expectations of himself, which showed in his finish line photos (which suggest that he could have run harder). Great work Dan!

A big thumbs to all those who competed in the event; I was most impressed by our club’s turnout and subsequent results (on social and competitive levels – nudge nudge, wink wink). I would especially like to congratulate my ”fabulous seven” who all trained hard for the solo events and, by no miracle, all made it to the start line and completed their respective courses. Nice one team.

Editors Note: Big thanks to Hadley for this newsletter article and for all the time put in to upload the photos of our Hawks to our website and flickr account.


Bib #

Name (Team)

Overall Place

Gender Place




Anthony Hancy





Dawn Tuffery





Blair Tupp





Oscar Emery





Dion Hardy







Dan Philpott





Mike Brightwell





Ceana Priest





Brian Smith







NB Hamilton Flyers





Hamilton City Hawks GBM










Four X





Cadence Coaching















52 in 52















Hamilton City Sqwarks





A Hawks





* Includes relay teams, ** Withdrawn at Okataina (40km)

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Rotorua Marathon 2013 Results

Extract from The Don, Hawks newsletter – 8 May 2013 Newsletter:

49th Rotorua Marathon and T42 Challenge dominate news this week. The iconic, picturesque lap of the Rotorua Lake marathon attracted over 4000 participants in four running/walking events. Next year should be a boomer with 50 years being celebrated and Race Director Murray Fleming is already talking it up. Diary it now, set the goal do the background miles and give it a go. Having done 9 marathons myself they do take a huge time commitment so be warned.

This year saw Barry Magee trained Sam Wreford have a runaway win the fastest time since 2001with a 2.22.23 clocking. He won by nearly 12 minutes from Stephen O’Callaghan 2.34.12. After a cautious first half in 74 minutes Wreford flew home with a strong tail NE wind on his back running negative splits for a 68 second half. Such a tail wind past the airport is a most unusual occurrence for Rotorua. Erin Furness Hamilton triathlon coach and personal trainer won the women’s race in 2.57.25 and improved her time by 2 minutes when she placed 4th last year. Gabby O’Rourke who after a drinks mix up was second again in 2.59.50 and Cambridge Candice Hammond 3.03.01 was third.

There were 1153 finishers in the marathon with the tail enders clocking over 7 hours. Dredging through the results to find Hawks connected runners was a mission but I did pick up these names. Apologies for those missed. In 33rd Kevin Knowles 3.08.35 had a good run, Katy Dawson in her first marathon ran a pleasing 3.15.08. Craig Barrett was through in 3.15.27 just one spot ahead of Lance Brew 3.15.43. Darryl Conn ran a pleasing 3.40.10 while Brian Halford 3.50.22, Evan Primmer 3.52.20 and Oscar Emery 3.59.30 were other Hawks noted. Katherine Prumm 1.24.47 was second in the half and her time places her 13th on the club half ranking list for women. Craig McLean won the 5km in 17.57 while Karyn McCready with 21.42 won the women’s section of that event.