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North Island XC Champs 2021 Results

Report by Mike Riley

What a beautiful day following a frosty early start to arrive in Taupo by about 10.00 AM.  Why so early you might ask, well to help Mike & Wendy Harris to erect the gazebo when they were kind enough to bring it along, it’s always nice to have a base to find fellow members and leave gear bags there.

As there weren’t a great number of Hawks competing, I’m going to try and mention everyone who did run, they are just as important as those few who manage to place in their grades.  If I have missed anyone it’s not intentional although I did notice a couple of names who aren’t recorded as belonging to any centre or club and I’m pretty sure they weren’t members but I have excluded their performances from this report as I assume they currently aren’t members.

First off were the G10 and B10 grades with our only members Claire Liang finish 6th in 5.10.1 for her 1000 metres in the girls race and her brother Austin who was 8th in the boys recording 5.25.0.  Next up was older sister McKenzie who competed over 2000 metres finishing 14th in the G12 grade in 10.24.6.

The G14 grade over 3000 metres had two club members competing with Carenza Elley finishing 11th in 12.28.8 followed by Nisha Moorfield close behind in 14th running 12.39.8.  That could be 2-2 between these girls this winter so a bit of club rivalry developing here.  In the boys G14 race we were represented by Jack Conder who was 15th in 14.22.1 for 3000 metres.

No entrants in the G16 grade but Boh Ritchie who couldn’t make in time for this ran in the W18 grade to take out the NI title recording 14.31.9 for 4000 metres and I’m pretty sure it was a course record for her age and distance.  Well done Boh.  The only M18 member competing was Jack Murray who was 13th in 17.49.4

The W18 and the W20 grades both started together as both ran 4000 metres.  In the W20 grade our first member home was Jemima Antoniazzi who was just back from injury and finished 5th in 15.30.4 and was well backed up by Sophie Harris in 8th who recorded 16.01.3 then Tara Sacke 10th in 16.25.7 and Gemma Horan 13th in 20.30.2.  The winner of the W20 race was Hannah Gapes who also recreated a new race record.

We had two members in the keenly contested M20 race with Ben Bidois finishing 3rd in 16.07.3 and the winner recording 16.05.5.  Our second member was Alex Brackenbury who was 15th in 18.05.3

In the older ranks of masters and seniors, there was a smattering of club members competing.  In the MW50-54 grade, Karen McCready finished 4th in 23.20.3 for her 5000 metre event and in the MW60-64, also over 5000 metres as Wendy Fox who was 6th in 28.09.4.

John Bowe finished 2nd in the MM45-49 grade recording 22.13.0 for 6000 metres supported by Peter Conder in 10th recording 26.57.8.  Moving on to the MM50-54 grade saw Mike Harris also finishing 2nd over 6000 metres in 23.42.3, Gary Wilson 2nd in the MM55-59 grade in 25.16.0 and finally Kevin Knowles appears to have been 3rd in the MM60-65 after some confusion at the prizegiving being awarded the silver medal so this may not be finalised yet.

The only senior member who competed was Kerry White in the SW grade where she finished a good 5th placing in 18.21.1 just over 30 seconds from the first placed athlete.

Overall there was some very closing racing, especially in the combined age groups which boosted numbers in many races.  It was an enjoyable day of cross-country and it’s such a great course.

  Girls U10 1000m 
6210Claire Liang05:10.1
  Girls U12 2000 
14406Mckenzie Liang10:24.6
  Girls U14 3000m 
11522Carenza Elley12:28.8
14521Nisha Moorfield12:39.8
  Women U18 4000m 
1356Boh Ritchie14:31.9
  Women U20 4000m 
5525Jemima Antoniazzi15:30.4
8528Sophie Harris16:01.3
13564Gemma Horan20:30.2
  Senior Women 5000m 
531Kerry White18:21.1
  Masters Women 50-54 5000m 
4438Karyn McCready23:20.3
  Masters Women 60-64 5000m 
6656Wendy Fox28:09.4
  Boys U10 1000m 
8360Austin Liang05:25.0
  Men U18 5000m 
13657Jack Murray17:49.4
  Men U20 5000m 
15711Alex Brackenbury18:05.3
  Masters Men 45-49 6000m 
2307John Bowe22:13.0
11331Peter Conder26:57.8
  Masters Men 50-54 6000m 
2122Mike Harris23:42.3
  Masters Men 55-59 6000m 
2527Garry Wilson25:16.0
  Masters Men 60-64 6000m 
3613Kevin Knowles26:17.1

North Island XC Champs 2019 Results

Good ole’ Taupo XC huh – conditions were perfect and the 18 (apologies if I missed anyone above!) Hawks that rocked on up R.E.P.R.E.S.E.N.T.E.D. Huge congratulations to Bridget for dominating her race and crossing the line first. Ditto to Joseph Morgan especially in claiming the course record! Race of the day had to be the Gentleman’s 50+ category. It was competitive, tight and “business time” from start to finish. Chris, John and Glenn did us proud and had Batman, Shona and I excited running around all over the course cheering them on (i.e. this became the warm-up for my race). I admire you guys so much……although those pain faces really got me nervous for my race. Well done Chris, taking out your age-group win and for edging out Craney ?.  

U14 Boh Ritchie
SW Maria Bentley (3rd), Grace Ritchie
M50-54 Bridget Deverell (1st)

U16 Joseph Morgan (1st – record), Adam Morgan
U18 Ben Bidois (2nd)
U20 William Swales
SM Sunil Fernandez-Ritchie
M50-55 Glenn Sexton (2nd), Michael Peck, Mark Cornaga
M55-59 Chris Smith (1st), John Crane (3rd), Garry Wilson
M60-64 Paul Ritchie, Vaughan Swale
M65-69 Grahame Clarkin

Personally, I’m an XC novice and had reservations about running. I actively avoided XC at school and have ever since! In fact, I remember the Athletics coach drawing me out of history class (way back in 1996) and giving me a right bollocking for failing to participate in the school XC. My excuse, fear avoidance. I was probably recovering from ankle sprain #254 courtesy of netball which was far more important that running was back then. But anyhow, we move on and race experience for road champs in September is required so a run over undulating hills on grass seemed logical?!

As we all know though, XC is brutal. Those little hills that we happily trot over during a long easy run feel like Mt Everest when we try to run fast up them. Lap 1 went well enough (i.e. legs burning but lungs were ok). Lap 2, yeah by this stage I completely doubted any ability I did have to jump the hurdles without face planting and losing my teeth, so I stopped and walked over them instead – much to spectators’ amusement. It cost me time, but I still managed to get on the podium. Happy to take that ?.

North Island XC Champs 2016 Results

Report by Kevin Knowles

The best weather ever.

Running with the frost still on the ground on the shaded areas of the Spa Park course. ( a bit cold on the toes of our bare-foot runner, eh Gilbert). A great number of entries, as usual, meant very competitive racing.

Full results:

20160702 NIXC Mens and Boys Results

20160702 NIXC Womens and Girls Results

Grade medal results for HAWKS include:
Mathijs Wetzel 1st,
Charli Miller 1st,
Isaiah Priddey 1st
Emerson Deverell 2nd
Bridget Deverell 2nd
Bridget Ray 3rd
Maureen Leonard 2nd
John Crane 2nd
Harry Ewing 3rd (upgrading himself to senior men for the day.)
See more podium results over at Athletics NZ

Also nice running by the rest of our Hawks team. Glad to have you all there.
The best way to fill the time between racing and prize-giving was a nice soak in the hot pools at the edge of the river.
A well spent day.

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Report by Mudlark:

The 29th North Island Cross Country Champs were held on Spa Thermal Park in brilliant winter sun with no winds in quite the best conditions I can remember after a long association with this event as a cross country nut. For many North island clubs this is a total club trip so there were some good fields. The Hawks singlet was to the fore in many events which was very pleasing. The stand out Hawks run came from national secondary schools year 9 champion Charli Miller. She led from the gun and maintained good form throughout to finish strongly and set a new race record taking 2 seconds off the Hannah O’Connor 2015 mark by recording a smart 10.40 for 3kms. It was a run of real class and delighted coach John Tylden.

Another Hawks victory went to Isaiah Priddey who won the M18 5km with a front running display. It was great to see Isaiah back running freely and close to his best form again. Clocking 16.06 for 5km cross was very sound run. Emerson Deverell ran a cautious race in the W20 4000 after a wee break through a strained tendon and finished just 4 seconds off a win with  a time of 14.30.

In the masters women race over 5km Hawks were really prominent with training partners Bridget Deverell and Bridget Ray locked together through the early stages to finish 2nd for Bridget D in 20.49 ahead of Bridget R in 20.57.

In the MW55 section Maureen Leonard was 2nd in 22.57. Harry Ewing ran a controlled and sensible race in the senior men’s 9km to come home strongly on the last lap and take 3rd spot with a 29.19 time. He will hit the US high school scene in late August in great shape. Many other Hawks athletes took part and had solid runs and their individual times and places are still awaited. With the WBOP champs to be held there in a fortnight it was a real pleasure to be able to walk around a course with dry shoes despite the heavy rain that fell early in the week. The free draining pumice and ash course provides an excellent running surface and it is to be hoped that a huge turnout of club runners will take part. It is not a mudlark’s heaven.

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Excerpt from Athletic NZ’s newsletter:

“Isaiah Priddey bounced back from his disappointing run of seventh at the secondary schools championship to also win the combined under 18 and under 20 5km in 16:06. Priddey said that he ran a more tactical race than he did two weeks ago.

“It was a completely different race tactically and it shows that tactics really do make a difference and I think that’s what I struggled with at national schools and I did my tactics a bit better this time,” he said.
“We went up the first hill and it was feeling really fast, but my legs weren’t as tight as they usually are so I was feeling good and I thought with 2ks to go we were moving a bit slower and there was going to be a tight finish with everyone sprinting but for some reason I just felt really good today and was able to pull away from the pack and I’m happy with that,” he added.
Hayden Wilde in the under 20 division was second in 16:14 with Angus White, runner up in the schools championship, third overall in 16:16.

Sally Gibbs won the master women’s 5km in 19:25 and Carolyn Smith led in the W55 division in 21:47. Stephen Day was a clear winner in the master men 6km in 20:06 and Dallas McCallum was equally convincing in the 50 plus masters in 21:50. Charli Miller, schools year nine champion, set a record of 10:40 in the girls 14 3km, breaking O’Connor’s record of last year by two seconds.”

North Island XC Champs 2015 Results

Report by Don Willoughby

The popular annual North Island Cross Country races were held at Spa Thermal Park on Saturday.

As always the event was run superbly by the Taupo Harrier Club. Excellently marked and records kept as races run on same course each year. Event first run as a nationals race in 1987 as a trial for World CCC at Ellerslie race course where the NZ team was managed by myself.

Quite excellent running conditions this year under light rain cool but no wind. I was delighted that 27 Hawks took up the cross country challenge as it was always my most enjoyed part of the sport. Chuffed to see Hawks win five firsts, four seconds and two thirds.  As a mudlark from way back I was a little disappointed that more club members don’t try this event as it is clearly NZ’’s best course.

Once again the Hawks tent spot gave us all a good view of races and to be serenaded by bell birds and tuis in the banksia in front of us as we watched the hard fought racing made it a bit special for me.

It was a day for the strong as the Spa Park course is very challenging and a number who didn’t yet have a big training base found out as their races progressed. In the Masters Men’s grades Hawks showed out. Steve Rees-Jones a week old kiwi resident (gained residency earlier in the week) led from the start. He ran within himself and lapped twice at even pace going out to a longer lead  as the race progressed to win very comfortably in a course record 20.22 taking 12 seconds off Todd Stevens (Scottish) record. John Bowe enjoying his retirement from full time dairying was 6th in 21.45. In the same race Glenn Sexton ran cagily but well to be 3rd M45. John Crane was defending his M50 title from last year and led early but had to run within himself in the later stages as the hard course wore him down and he was passed by a Auckland runner. John was a close second as we all witnessed but came out in the official results as first in 22.21. We will claim that as passionate Hawks. Not far back in the same race were Kevin Knowles 6th M55 and John Rudge 2nd MM60 and David Trow also second in MM70

Among the younger grades we also had success with Emerson Deverell winning the W18 race with a very determined run and picking up $100 which will help towards her trip to the Australian CCC in late August in Melbourne in the NZ secondary schools team. There was an excellence Hawks presence in this race with Grace Ritchie 4th and Jesse Speedie 6th. Harry Ewing was second in the M20 race while Charli Miller placed third in her G14

In the Masters Women Bridget Deverell made it a family double win with a determined run to take out the MW45 grade while Maureen Leonard was six seconds further back for 2nd in the MW50.

The most pleasing win of the day was to see new Hawks member and now Cambridge resident Alice Mason take out the coveted women’s title with a front running display. Crowned national marathon titleholder a few weeks ago in Christchurch Alice is revelling in training on Cambridge lake tracks and riverside trails. She went straight to the lead from the gun and was able to maintain her early lead in a confident manner. Her first win in Hawks colours.

All in all a great days winter racing.

View the Full NIXCC 2015 Result in PDF format

Hawks Club Results

B12 2000

14         Mark Keightly                            7.56

G12 2000

5          Corinna Decker-Thorburn           7.58
G 14 3000

3          Charli Miller                               10.54

8          Samantha Corbett                     12.05

B14      3000

5          Lcohie Montgomery                   10.55

B18 5000

7          Isaiah Priddy                             17.03

13         Sam Montgomery                      17.30

17         Connor Tristram             17.40

41         Sam Smith                                21.26

M20 5000

2          Harry Ewing                              16.29

Senior Women 5000

1          Alice Mason                              18.30

Senior Men 9000

6          Tim Stewart                               30.19

7          Jai Davies-Campbell                  30.36

Masters Women 45 5000

  1. Bridget Deverell 21.38


Masters Women 50 5000

2          Maureen Leonard

Masters Men 40 6000

1          Steve Rees-Jones         20.22 Course Record

6          John Bowe                    21.45

Master Men 45

3          Glenn Sexton                21.57

8          Kent Hodgson               22.34

21         Gilbert MacDonald        30.24

Masters Men 50 6000

1          John Crane                   22.21

6          Kevin Knowles              24.43 MM55

2          John Rudge                  24.20 MM60

2          David Trow                   MM70


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North Island XC Champs 2014 Results

The popular North Island Cross Country was a happy racing ground for Hawks distance runners on Saturday. Run at Spa Thermal Park since 1977 by the Taupo Harrier Club this well-established event is run each year on the same course which enables runners to compare their times from previous years. A feature of this 2014 event was the resounding success of many Hawk entrants. I was proud to be a Hawk at Taupo and witness 7 wins by club athletes. Many of these were end to end dominant wins and caused much comment. The form shown here augers well for the national event to be held in Christchurch in August.

Charli Miller started the day with a win in the G12 2000 in 7.32 with Lucy Farrell in 12th with 8.28. The B14’s raced over 3000 and although Isaiah Priddey led all the way Sam Montgomerie tracked him throughout and ran a close second just 2 seconds back. It was a great sight to see two Hawks singlets dominate.
John Crane who turned 50 in March ran his first open race in the new grade and after a cautious first lap then cleared out and won by 40 seconds with a 22.07 clocking for 6kms. Kevin Knowles M55 was 5th in 24.33. Steve Rees-Jones showed fine form in the Masters 35-39 race and set such a fast pace that he won by 73 seconds. His 20.18 for 6km was a huge run while Kent Hodgson won the M45 grade with 21.58.  Maureen Leonard in the Master Women 50 was second in 22.26 for 5km
The M20 race over 5km was another Jacob Priddey win by 10 seconds after running with the leaders for the first lap Jacob cleared out for a good win with Connor Gyde in 10th spot with 17.58. In the senior women Camille Buscomb had a brilliant win with 17.43 over 5km. Camille who openly admits to not liking cross country racing went to the front from the gun and kept the pressure on to win by 31 seconds. Emily Roughan was 9th with 19.27. Tim Stewart ran a cautious first half in the senior men’s 9kms and then poured on the pace on the last lap to gain places and finish 6th in 30.16. Grace Ritchie was 5th in W16 and Emerson Deverell was 13th while Jack Ewing ran a close 4th in the M18 race.
Many consider the Taupo course among the best in NZ and the Taupo Club is presenting a proposal to the NZSS Executive to hold the national schools event there in 2016. There is also a counter proposal from Rotorua to hold the event there in 2016 with a decision to be made later this year. John Tylden has his finger on the pulse and is tracking both proposals. Come what may the event will be held in our centre.

Report by Don Willoughby


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North Island XC Champs 2013 Results

The 26th North Island Cross Country Champs was held on Saturday in mild dry weather on the challenging but fast Spa Park course. One had to search for any sign of mud and there was a strong Hawks presence in numerous events with many successes. John T and I were proud to be Hawks and vocally supporting the blue and yellow singlet. A huge thanks to Mike Harris and his team for establishing the club tent beside a tall in flower banksia from which we were serenaded by cavorting bellbirds and tuis. Was there a touch of early spring? It made the ever special Taupo cross country event even more memorable and it is an event I just love attending. For a cross country nut like myself this event is close to the pinnacle of our winter sport and attracts large numbers.

The coaching work done by Vaughan Priddey in developing our young teenagers with his squad training was clearly evident in the younger grades. Jacob ran a very confident race front running and on the second lap he was dominant and ran a course record of 15.51 compared to 16.27 last year to win the M18 race. Younger bro Isaiah was 3rd in the B14 race with Sam Montgomery 7th and Connor Tristram 8th.

Tim Stewart had a break through run with his impressive 4th in the senior men’s 9000. It was his first run in the open grade and we wish him all the best for his six month track stint in the USA. He departs to the States the day after running the national cross country at Minogue Park.

I was really chuffed with my three athletes Katy running 5th in the masters women placing 1st in W35 grade. Emerson was 4th and Helen R 3rd to make me think that I should spend more time coaching than planting trees. As Helen reminds me however with her name rounTree she is very much part of my tree scene anyway.

Emerson Deverell’s fourth in the U18 grade was an eye catching effort for a first year harrier. Still not used to the fast start that teenagers use she was back in 20th place after the first km but then worked her way through to 4th with a gradual increase in pace to come through the field strongly.


I was impressed with the performance of our three senior women. Helen R was third, a one place improvement on last year when she ran 18.53. This year she ran 18.32 and that was in the middle of a heavy training phase so it was a strong run by Helen. Emily Roughan, our Taranaki track import now doing a Sport and Leisure course at Waikato Uni, was a close up 6th just ahead of barefooted triathlete Mikayla Nielsen who is shortly to depart overseas for some triathlete training and racing.

These three form the nucleus of our senior women’s team for the NRR. Who else will make this team to defend the title they won last year?

Besides Katy our masters runners scored many places with Tony Olsen 2nd M45, Kevin Knowles 3rd M55 and Maureen Leonard 3rd W50 and Helen Hall-King 4th in the same grade.

At least 36 from the club took part.

Provisional results can be viewed here

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