Against all predictions the conditions were perfect for a cross country event.
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The Hawks singlets were prominent at the Waikato Bay of Plenty Cross Country Champs at Waipuna Park in Tauranga on Saturday – with many Hawks runners taking podiums in their respective grades. Well done to all those who raced and congrats to those who placed.
Report by John Crane
It was looking like a nice, warm Saturday afternoon as 30 runners gathered just north of Horsham Downs for the Lake D Relay … or was it 27 runners, or 29 … no it’s 28 … hold on, Kevin’s still warming up and Andrew can run … it’s 30 after all (thankfully!).
A moment of stress for Lucie as she lined everyone up to select evenly matched teams of 3 for the 3 x 3km relay.
The line-up from fastest to slowest was looking a bit suspect in places … Rob using the excuse of an Espresso Martini induced hangover to slip a little lower down the order. He then went on to produce the fastest lap of the day (10:52) … so the Espresso Martini may need to be part of his regular pre-race build up.
Then the sun disappeared, the wind got up and it started to get a bit cooler as the lap 2 and 3 runners grabbed an extra layer to keep warm.
It was clear from the start that teams had opted for different strategies … some ‘front-loading’ with their fastest runner going first in an attempt to build an unassailable lead, whilst others were relying on a glory-lap from their last runners to steal it at the end.
A slight hold up at the start as Gilbert had to go through the unfamiliar exercise of putting shoes on…then we were ready to go.
Teams 26 (Dave Gunn) and 29 (Iain Rattray) got off to good starts with their front-load approach, but it wasn’t to last as team 25 (Hayden Cressy, Dave Clark and Joe Mace) stormed through to take the honours, just 5 seconds ahead of team 28 (Mark Cornaga, Madison Rattray and Chris Keith). Fastest laps were Rob Townsend (10:52), Chris Smith (11:01) and John Crane (11:06) – I had to get my name in the write-up somehow…
A great job by team selector Lucie, with less than 5 minutes separating all 10 teams. Also some close racing all round … less than a minute separating the 10 fastest times.
If you haven’t been for a run around Lake D you should head over for a few laps one day – it’s a great little circuit and running surface.
Thanks heaps to the organisers for the day and to Wendy and Mike Harris for bringing the BBQ and sausages to cap-off an enjoyable event.
|Teams||Time||Fastest Individuals||3k Time|
|Hayden Cressy||12.15||Chris Smith||11.01|
|Dave Clark||14.06||John Crane||11.06|
|Joe Mace||11.20||Sunil Fernandez-Ritchie||11.07|
|Mark Cornaga||12.08||Joe Mace||11.20|
|Madison Rattray||13.49||Dave Gunn||11.26|
|Chris Keith||11.48||Iain Rattray||11.28|
|Iain Rattray||11.28||Chris Keith||11.48|
|Thea Mace||14.24||Mark Cornaga||12.08|
|Kevin Knowles||12.11||Kevin Knowles||12.11|
|Vaughan Swale||15.02||Garry Wilson||12.15|
|Tanja Miller||12.30||Tanja Miller||12.30|
|Rob Townsend||10.52||Monique Spedding||12.39|
|Dave Gunn||11.26||Carenza Elley||13.18|
|Helen Hall-King||14.04||Layton Mace||13.31|
|Carenza Elley||13.18||Madison Rattray||13.49|
|Dawn Tuffrey||13.04||Dave Clark||14.06|
|Colin King||14.41||Thea Mace||14.24|
|John Crane||11.06||Lily James||14.32|
|Garry Wilson||12.15||Vaughan Swale||15.02|
|Gemma Horan||15.07||Gemma Horan||15.07|
|Andrew Wark||11.42||Kerry Rattray||15.48|
|Gilbert MacDonald||16.07||Peter Horan||16.21|
128 runners showed up for the Hawks Cross Country Champs this weekend, gathering from far and wide and attracting an array of talented, determined and committed runners. It was wonderful to see so many kids giving it a go and absolutely smoking it. Congratulations to everyone that conquered the mud, whether you took out the win, the club trophy, set a
new personal best or simply enjoyed testing yourself.
Results are below from this years Cross Country Champs – open event.
|3||Annalies||Kalma||22:17||Te Aroha||U18 G||5km|
Current 2020 Hawks Members Results
Race Report by Joe Mace
The Reduction Relay was held on Saturday with the weather threatening and a great turnout of 44 runners. Upon registering at the clubrooms we formed into three groups… those that wanted to do one lap, two laps, or three laps of a 2km course. We were each then put into a team of three comprising one from each of the three groups. After making sure we had introduced ourselves to our fellow team members we had a nice jog up to the start line near the Cobham bridge to get everyone warmed up for the event.
The course was on the big grassy area beside Cobham drive and included some challenging traversing up and down the slope between the river path and the road, and a section running beside the river path. One part of the course even featured a dead possum to pass on the road verge!
It was a mass start with all runners sticking together in their teams of three. Early in the first lap the teams quickly found their position and worked together to maximise their speed. At the end of each lap, one member from each team dropped out. In the second lap things started to heat up as the pace of the different teams changed. During this lap the field was cleaned up by Boh Ritchie who was running solo doing one easy lap and one fast lap (with the fast lap time of 7:50!!!). At the start of the final lap Sunil (team mates with Layton and Shona) was leading the field with Marc (team mates with Mark and Lillie) in second place and Joe (teammates with Amy and Keri) in third. As the final lap progressed John-Paul (team mates with Amber and Cameron) started coming through the field steadily. Meanwhile, Matt Scott took off at a blistering pace on his last lap coming from near the back of the field. About halfway through the lap John-Paul passed Joe and Marc and went on to run down Sunil within the last few hundred meters to take the win (time 27:56). All teams finished within two and a half minutes of the winner showing how competitive this race was.
Congratulations to the team of Amber, Cameron, and John-Paul for the win.
|Team Number||Team Members||Time|
|John Paul Biladi|
|34||Boh Ritchie (2 Laps)||19:09|
Report by Glenn Sexton
This year Hawks decide to open our champs up to the other clubs in the Centre in an effort to encourage some better racing for our and the other clubs members . The day dawned nice and fine and with Lance leading the team and myself, Jai, Nick Freke helping, getting an early look at the course during the setup. Footing was firm with very little mud, making fast times a possibility.
People started rocking up from about 1pm and the plan of inviting the other clubs looked to have been a success with visitors from a far as Taupo, Thames and Tauranga travelling along with a great turnout from Cambridge. The kids race had the biggest field we have had for years with 14 starters.
In the main race we had one field with the 3k,5k,6k and 9k all racing together. This format gives everyone a better chance of having someone to race, although once someone turns off early it can be a little lonely for a bit after.
A big thanks to Lance and the setup and take down team who once again did a great job marking the course, Graham of course for his timing services and all the other helpers we had on the day. Running down that hill to the turnaround tree it was also great to see so many supporters cheering us runners on and offering helpful encouragement. Hopefully next year the club will again open the race up and have another days great racing.
Report By Glenn S
After a rather grim looking morning the sun came out by lunchtime making for reasonably pleasant conditions for racing. The reasonably dry course allowed for some quicker times than recent years and the customary lake just before the finish was missing this year.
|Steve||rees Jones||30:29||MM40 Guest||2||9||03:23|
Trophy Day went well, with 40 runners. It was nice to see Zane along to watch.
The handicap start had runners guessing their own finish times and setting off accordingly, making for a fast 5k finish.
After making the longest time-difference allowable 30 seconds it was clear half the field would have been disqualified so we went back to 60 seconds, as in previous years.
Congratulations to the Trophy winners.
Cameron Cup 1st existing female – Kay Stockman
Chandler Cup 1st new female – Kerry Rattray
Cotterell Cup 1st existing male – Marcus Daws
Ready Cup- 1st new male – Mike Riley
Carson Cup U14 girls – Zarah Rattray
Upton Cup U14 boys – Hugo Field
Humphries Cup U12 girls – Amber Rattray
Johnson Cup U12 boys – James Nugyen
|Name||Est time||Actual time||Dif (in secs)|
|Sunil Fernadez Ritchie||19:00||19:02||2|
Keep reading down the page for the Hawks official team results or click here to go directly to the results.
Overview report by Mudlark (Don Willoughby)
WHEW!!!! Hawks are the top club in road running and champions of New Zealand. What an amazing weekend in Rotorua and a huge thanks to John Crane and Glenn Sexton for their efforts throughout the year to get nine teams to the start line. 111 teams took part and it is a reflection of what great spirit the club has that even at the last minute we had runners who were upgraded to a higher team and managed to produce outstanding runs. Maureen Leonard was a classic case taking out the fastest lap on her leg. Since 1999 when I was race director on a new course based on Cambridge the Hawks have featured in the top 3 ranking most years. That year the Masters Women won and the Junior Women were third. And now follows a brief history of the club’s record as I know it. In 2000 the event was held on the Motueka Nelson course and MW won again while the JW were first and we were second club overall. As Brett Addison points out it took 17 more years for our JW to win again. 2001 was Takahe Akaroa and the MW team kept on producing wins and one memory I have of that year was the huge skin flaps on Bridget Ray’s feet after a flying downhill leg. Our JM led by the Robertson twins won to great excitement and we were again second club. In 2002 and 2003 the event was based on Fielding and our MW, JW and JM did us proud with medals but still the top club eluded us. It was Nelson again in 2004 and no gold medals but once again MW 2nd, JM 2nd and JW 3rd produced top runs and we were 3rd in the club comp. 2005 the event returned to Takahe Akaroa with no wins but a 3rd in the top club. Then followed Feilding, Timaru and Mosgiel and while we were knocking on the top spot never clinched it. 2009 on the Banks Peninsula we finally “knocked the @#$% off” with MW in first, JW second and MM third. Finally we had done it and a very emotional Don accepted the gold medal. The next year in Inglewood we won again while Hunua 2011 with no golds but plenty of minor placings like seconds to SW, MM and MW we were second ranked club. The next four years I was not fully involved due to poor health but we were still up there. Last year in Rotorua we finished 1st equal and finally in 2017 we cracked it again. What a tribute to those who led the club so ably this year and kept the members focus on aiming for Rotorua. Winning a national relay is all about having every member running to their best on the day. In Rotorua we had replacements in each team that won a medal but they still produced their best. The fact that we had eight runners who scored fastest lap in their race was a measure of how the club has real quality. Nancy Jiang, Marion Millward, Maureen Leonard, Aimee Ferguson, Grace Ritchie, Samantha Corbett, Emerson Deverell and John Crane all ran the quickest times for their lap which was brilliant running. I was privileged to follow and assist Wendy Harris with the Junior Women’s team as a passionate Hawks supporter. Aimee Ferguson gave this team a brilliant start and was 3 minutes ahead after the first lap and this lead was built on successively by Grace Ritchie, Jemima Antoniazzi, Samantha Corbett and Emerson Deverell which meant Charli Miller brought the team home in first more than 7 minutes ahead of second placed Wellington. Giving time splits and encouragement throughout each was a privilege and a thrill for the old fella. I was even happier at the finish when our Masters Women came home in first spot and then our senior women took second behind North Harbour Bays. Pens and rule books came out and Glenn did some hasty calculations. Were two golds a silver and a bronze enough to be top club? I had been given the word early on that we had won but had to keep a lid on it until the prize giving. I am very proud to be a Hawk and viewed the whole day as a wonderful running experience in the club’s history. The fish and chips and red wine back in Cambridge tasted top stuff on Saturday night as Rae and I reflected on a super day.
Junior Women’s NRR
Report by Wendy Harris
Senior Men’s NRR
Report by Lance Brew
With managing to be able to get two senior men’s teams fulled with senior men without having to steal masters or female runners there was some excitement around what might unfold for the Senior Men 1 team who were in the A grade.
With Malcolm King leading us of on the 1st leg he was really wanting to keep us in contact with teams ahead of us going pass him at around 3.5 km mark he looked relaxed but with the hill to come what was going to unfold. Well from all accounts he gave it his all up then down the other side to come in very wobbly and with us screaming for him to sprint in, it was very apparent he had gassed himself and was spent. Making it to the change to hand over to Jai Davies Campbell who shot off like a bullet to run down the guys ahead. Leaving us to deal with a very stuffed Malcolm who we had to leave at the back of his car and we were of to see what Jai was doing he was going just fine gaining in on the Wellington Scottish runner and just as Jai was about over take him he stopped to do his lace up.
Jai smashed his leg gaining some good time on two teams in front to hand over to myself and give me something to chase down and extend on behind. With each km ticking over I could see I was clawing back time on the 2 runners ahead of me. I know going up the hill to the change I was going to pick at least 1 off and get really close to another. Theunis was there waiting and went out quickly having some good competion just a head and Matt Scott chasing behind. To some of us in the van we were starting to think we may of put him on the wrong leg but no he worked really hard to keep a gap on Matt behind but also got us really close to Tauranga Ramblers which got some excitement going as now there was a race on for top Waibop team. Giving the batton over to Russ at the top of the hill a bit of excitement ensued as what was Russ going to do to this leg specially the down hill section by the time we caught up to him he was already past Tauranga and making some great headway although Alice and B(dog) who were our chief supporters started to worry that he was hurting himself and Alice had to grab a beer to calm her down. Russ got to the bottom of the hill and set of to bring home a good run with some little white lies by us in the van saying it all down hill from here and flat we forgot about the last hill (sorry Russ) which he smashed and brought it in for Rodrigo to head out.
Rodrigo set out like he was going to kill his leg and extended the gap on the teams behind for the first time in the day if was now more of Rodrigo doing a time trial and holding our place and seeing if he could take time outa Christchurch Avon to give Jacob a chance. Rodrigo got over the top of the hill and set about trying to pick up the pace down to hand over to Jacob who was just like Rodrigo of consulidating our place in the race. Looking really smooth he ran a great leg to bring us home in 7 placing.
Well Done guys that was one fun team to be involved in and Thanks again to Alice and B for been great supporters
Masters Men 50+ NRR
Report by John Crane
An early rise for the old men .. first race start at 8:00am.
We’d done our research … realistically we knew that the two Wellington clubs were a lot stronger and were likely to take the first two places … so it was looking like we’d be in a three way battle for bronze with Auckland City Athletic and our old mates Papanui Toc H. But then again … anything can happen on the day!
After so many years of running the National Road Relays this was the first time I’d ever done the first leg. I’d been worried about a back injury, but thankfully all went well and we were on our way, with a narrow lead over Wellington Scottish at the first changeover. Chris Keith up next. The big guns from Wellington were starting to fire, but Chris ran a great leg and kept them very much in our sights.
Third leg was Oscar, keeping us in the the battle for bronze with a gutsy run and uphill finish. By leg four the two Wellington teams were having their own battle up front. Auckland had got ahead of us and Papanui were putting us under pressure. Kevin put in a fantastic effort and kept us very much in touch with Auckland in the chase for bronze. Then it was Chris Smith … just a week after running the Rarotonga 32km race. Somehow he’d managed to recover from that and put in a huge performance. In fourth place still, opening the gap on Papanui and still just over two minutes away from Auckland. Leg six was Garry. After many years of running relays with Garry we know what to expect … he puts everything into it, and this year was no exception, running hard out at the start to cut the gap to the Auckland team and holding on grimly to the end of his leg. Never a pretty sight!
Last leg … great to see Tony Olsen back running the NRR after a few years out. He had over two minutes to make up on top Auckland runner Alastair Prangnell, and had to keep an eye on Papanui who were over two minutes behind, but had Richard Bennett on their last leg (and I know how that feels from about 15 years ago!).
Then a bit of drama in the battle up front between Wellington Harriers and Wellington Scottish. The Scottish leg six runner had come to grief, collapsing about 500m short of the handover, resulting in a seven minute penalty and throwing things up in the air for the minor medals. Tony went after Auckland and ate into their lead from the start … it was going to be close. In the meantime we were trying to work out if Wellington Scottish were likely to finish more than seven minutes ahead of us. We gave Tony one last boost of support then into the vans to the finish, fighting the traffic and lights we arrived just in time to see Auckland holding on to third place over the line, with an exceptional run from Tony to put us just over a minute behind in fourth. We still couldn’t work out whether we’d finish ahead of Wellington Scottish once their penalty had been applied … but then the results were announced, confirming us in 3rd place. It never feels quite right to benefit from another team’s misfortune … but that’s all part of the drama of relay running, and it was good to hear later on that the Wellington runner was OK after a short spell in Rotorua hospital.
A great result for the old fellas, and at least we managed one medal for the men . We also realised that all those years of close battles in the MM40 grade that started 10 years ago against Wellington Scottish and Papanui are starting to come round again … same old battlers, just 10 years older! Bring on 2018 in Akaroa!
The Very Hungry (for victory) Relay Team
Report by Kirsten
In the light of the moon a little MW relay team lay on their beds wondering what the next day would bring.
In the morning the sun came up and ‘pop!’, out came the team, hungry for victory.
On leg one Kirsten ran her best, she ate through one runner.
But they were still hungry….
On leg two Helen ran fast and well, eating through TWO runners.
But they were still hungry….
On leg three Karen ran consistently and well, chewing through THREE runners
But they were still hungry…
On leg FOUR Marion the legend got them into second place
But they were still hungry….
On leg five Katy machined in a very quick time through FIVE runners
But they were still hungry….
On leg six Maureen ran reliably well, eating through one Olympic, one composite, one Lake City, one New Brighton MM, one more composite, one Wellington Scottish and (most importantly and truthfully)…..one Wellington Harrier!
That leg we all had a (nervous) stomach ache!
The next runner was Bridget Ray and she did a stunning run in a high pressure situation.
And after that the team felt much better.
Now they weren’t hungry anymore, as they suspected that something great was about to happen.
However they had to stay in a cocoon for more than two hours until results were officially announced.
At prizegiving they went up on stage and……..
They had a beautiful gold medal!!
Postscript: Thanks epic and fabulous team xx
Masters Men 40+
Report by Mark Scott
After medalling the last four years our 7th this year didn’t feel too good, but shows where we’re at with a lot of us late 40’s now. A big thanks to Nick as our hot spare and Hadley coming into the team a fortnight before race day. We were a massive 15 minutes off 1st, 11 minutes of 3rd The top three teams were well ahead of the next five teams that we were competitive with, 4th team finished 3:51 ahead.
Saying that we had a great day and refocused on beating Lake City (fail) and the leading Senior Womans team, North Harbour Bay (win). Our team, in order of legs – Glenn Sexton, Kent Hodgson, Hadley Craig, Marc Scott, John Bowe, Mike Harris and Mike Causer.
Glenn got us off to a good start in contact in 6th and ahead of Bays. We stayed in the 5th to 8th place throughout the relay. A couple of our blokes got “chicked” by our Senior Ladies runners, I could have been one of those. Thanks Cecilia.
So what really mattered… a leg to go, a minute down on Bays. Mike Causer says “no problem”, “walk in the park”. Mike comfortably reels in the Bays runner and we smashed them by 5 seconds! Nice.
Recruitment started on Tuesday with Jason signed up. Need a few more to stop John Bowe and Mike Causer heading off to Tibet for a self-imposed 5 year exile and zen life!
Hawks Relay Team Results
The full official timing results can be viewed here
|Leg1||Aimee Ferguson||Fastest lap||8.3||0:32:19||3:54|
|Leg2||Grace Ritchie||Fastest lap||8.2||0:31:58||3:54|
|Leg4||Samantha Corbett||Fastest lap||6.0||0:23:53||3:59|
|Leg5||Emerson Deverell||Fastest lap||8.4||0:33:02||3:56|
|Leg4||Marion Millward||Fastest lap||8.2||0:37:01||4:31|
|Leg6||Maureen Leonard||Fastest lap||8.4||0:38:04||4:32|
|Senior Women 1||2nd|
|Leg5||Nancy Jiang||Fastest lap||10.1||0:35:12||3:29|
|Leg1||John Crane||Fastest lap||8.5||0:32:08||3:47|
|Senior Men – B Grade||5th|
|Senior Men – A Grade||7th|
|Senior Women 1||2nd|
Results from WaiBOP Road Champs 2017
Hawks photos can be viewed on Flickr via link below:
This last weekend the provincial champs were held locally and there was a big muster of Hawks taking part. A hard road race each week is vital to get our teams ready for the national road champs relay champs. Firstly congrats to Glenn Sexton and his organising team which was a biggee for the club to organise. I must praise the course select ion on a quiet rural road which was largely traffic free and provided a firm smooth running surface. Huge thanks to Graham D for results and to Malesa McNearny, Mike Harris and team on the food stall. Our club members picked up many centre titles so well done to all. Jemima Antionazzi was a clear winner of the 2.5km G15 race with a 8.57 time while Gemma Horan was 5 th in 10.27. Jemima has made herself available for selection to the Junior women’s road relay team which makes it even stronger. Emerson Deverell clocked a quick 17.54 for her 5km W20 race on a course that was exposed to the wind. Sam Corbett picked up silver in the G18 5km with a 19.42 time while Georgia Crane was 3 rd in 22.14.
The Masters Women also raced over 5km and all showed their class winning a bunch of medals. Katy Dawson running her first race for some time was the quickest of the prospective relay team winning the Masters Women 40 grade with 19.43 and being followed closely by Bridget Deverell 1 st MW50 19.51, Bridget Ray 1st MW55 20.16, Marion Millward 2 nd MW55 21.36, Helen Hall-King 2 nd MW50 21.46, Karyn McCready 1 st MW45 21.52. This group who have been perennial medallists at the national road relays in the past once again look in strong shape with six weeks to go. Isaiah Priddey 1 st M20 clocked 24.36 for his 7.5km. The M18 raced over 5km and 2 nd was Connor Tristram with 16.30 Mathijis Wetzels racing up a grade ran superbly and placed 3 rd with 17.02. Sam Montgomerie was 5 th with 17.18 while William Swales was 7 th in 17.58.
The highly competitive Masters Men saw some solid results that auger well for the NRR. Mike Causer had to hustle to head off Gavin Butler to win the MM45 grade by a second 36.20 to 36 21. Andrew Wark was next Hawks member to finish with 36.44 to win silver in the MM50. Chris Smith won the MM55 with 37.02, Marc Scott was 4 th MM45 with a time of 38.06. John Crane with 37.25 took 3 rd in MM50 while Chris Keith took bronze in the MM55 and Kevin Knowles was 4 th MM55 with 40.13. Among the senior men Russ Best ran 32.22 for silver while Lance Brew ran 36.08 for 1 st MM35.
It was great to see Jacob Priddey back from USA and racing again in Hawks colours he took 3 rd in the SM 10km with 32.54. Other Hawks in the same race were 6 th Jai Davis-Campbell 34.23, Malcolm King 7 th 35.41, Reubin Tomlinson 2 nd MM35 with 36.53, Sunil Ritchie-Fernandez 8 th 39.51 and Jack Montgomerie 41.27. In the Senior Women Cecilia Flori ran a PB 39.09 for 4 th a much shorter distance for her than normal. Malesa McNearney took 40.05 for her race and 5 th while Dawn Tuffery was 7 th in 44.45.
All in all an interesting days road racing which was concluded without an approaching thunderstorm dumping its load on the races. The dreaded flu has hit a number and resulted in no shows to club stalwarts. Thanks also to Jai for his free post race Moa beers. Much appreciated by all.
|2||37||32:22||Russ||Best||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||SM||2||10km|
|3||44||32:54||Jacob||Priddey||NOT REG||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||SM||3||10km|
|4||42||33:13||Jonathan||Mckee||N – Visitor||Pakuranga||Male||SM||4||10km|
|5||40||33:22||Craig||Kirkwood||NOT REG||Tauranga Ramblers||Male||SM||5||10km|
|7||98||34:25||Jai||Davies-Campbell||y||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||SM||7||10km|
|11||38||39:51||Sunil||Fernandez-Ritchie||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||SM||11||10km|
|12||39||40:02||Cameron||Hall||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||SM||12||10km|
|13||43||41:27||Jack||Montgomerie||SOCIAL||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||SM||13||10km|
|1||3||36:08||Lance||Brew||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||MM35-39||1||10km|
|3||22||36:53||Reuben||Tomlinson||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||MM35-39||3||10km|
|1||5||36:20||Michael||Causer||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||MM45-49||1||10km|
|2||4||36:21||Gavin||Butler||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||MM45-49||2||10km|
|3||8||37:25||John||Crane||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||MM50-54||3||10km|
|6||14||58:56||Gilbert||Macdonald||SOCIAL||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||MM50-54||6||10km|
|1||20||37:02||Chris||Smith||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||MM55-59||1||10km|
|3||10||39:55||Chris||Keith||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||MM55-59||3||10km|
|4||12||40:13||Kevin||Knowles||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||MM55-59||4||10km|
|3||11||49:58||Colin||King||SOCIAL||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||MM65-69||3||10km|
|4||51||38:09||Jess||Walley||NOT REG||CK Coaching||Female||SW||4||10km|
|5||92||39:09||Cecilia||Flori||y||Hamilton City Hawks||Female||SW||5||10km|
|8||50||44:45||Dawn||Tuffery||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Female||SW||8||10km|
|1||36||24:36||Isaiah||Priddey||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||MU20||1||7.5 km|
|1||24||31:17||Terry||Hannett||SOCIAL||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||MM65-69||1||7.5 km|
|1||34||21:33||Krissy||Tanner||NOT REG||Tauranga Ramblers||Female||MW35-39||1||5km|
|1||30||21:52||Karyn||Mccready||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Female||MW45-49||1||5km|
|1||26||19:50||Bridget||Deverell||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Female||MW50-54||1||5km|
|2||27||21:46||Helen||Hall-King||SOCIAL||Hamilton City Hawks||Female||MW50-54||2||5km|
|1||32||20:16||Bridget||Ray||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Female||MW55-59||1||5km|
|2||31||21:36||Marion||Millward||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Female||MW55-59||2||5km|
|3||35||49:53||Dianne||Barrett-Kendall||SOCIAL||Lake City||Female||MW55-59||3||5 kmWalk|
|3||88||19:42||Samantha||Corbett||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Female||U18W||3||5km|
|4||89||22:14||Georgia||Crane||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Female||U18W||4||5km|
|1||90||17:54||Emerson||Deverell||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Female||U20W||1||5km|
|1||99||36:24||Brendan||Gibbs||Tauranga||Male||MM35-39 Walk||1||5 kmWalk|
|2||82||16:30||Connor||Tristram||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||MU18||2||5km|
|3||83||17:02||Mathijs||Wetzels||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||MU18||3||5km|
|5||79||17:18||Sam||Montgomerie||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||MU18||5||5km|
|7||80||17:58||William||Swales||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Male||MU18||7||5km|
|1||71||08:57||Jemima||Antoniazzi||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Female||U15G||1||2.5Km|
|5||75||09:49||Summar||Tanner||NOT REG||Tauranga Ramblers||Female||U15G||4||2.5Km|
|7||72||10:27||Gemma||Horan||Y||Hamilton City Hawks||Female||U15G||5||2.5Km|
|1||08:32||Jasmine||Davis||Y||Cambridge Harriers||Female||U11G||1||2 km|
|4||11:53||Rachel||Sinclair||Y||Cambridge Harriers||Female||U11G||4||2 km|
|1||07:59||Flynn Speedy||Wilson||Y||Fairfield||Male||U11B||1||2 km|
|2||08:18||Matthew||Sinclair||Y||Cambridge Harriers||Male||U11B||2||2 km|
|3||09:05||David||Sinclair||Y||Cambridge Harriers||Male||U11B||3||2 km|
|4||09:13||Blake||Davis||Y||Cambridge Harriers||Male||U11B||4||2 km|
|1||07:12||Ian||Pugh||Y||Tauranga Ramblers||Male||U13B||1||2 km|
|2||07:16||Liam||Davis||Y||Cambridge Harriers||Male||U13B||2||2 km|
|3||07:19||Elliott||Pugh||Y||Tauranga Ramblers||Male||U13B||3||2 km|
|4||07:52||Daniel||Sinclair||Y||Cambridge Harriers||Male||U13B||4||2 km|
|5||08:44||Ryan||Nelson||Y||Cambridge Harriers||Male||U13B||5||2 km|
|6||09:22||Jack||Charlton||Y||Cambridge Harriers||Male||U13B||6||2 km|
Report by Shona Dewson
The Hawks, thanks to Graham Dudfield, once again managed to set a challenging 8km course around Horsham Downs for this popular and longstanding club event on Saturday, 5th August. Setting the course is getting harder and harder each year as the new expressway cuts through Horsham Downs, and so this year we avoided having to run on Kay Road at all. Instead the course was pretty much out and back along gravel paths and roads down Osborne and Reynolds Roads, and down to Kay Road before returning to the school.
The weather was perfect for a winter run and some very good times were achieved. Each runner must estimate their finish time, and times were staggered to meet this handicap. Of the field of 32, only 5 people went under their estimated time, and these were all within 01:20. Everyone else went over their estimations with times between only 00.02 seconds and 04:59.
Evan Primmer came in first, followed by Jemima Antoniazzi who finished very strongly, and Shona Dewson came in 3rd.
There was the usual jostling between various MM, but fastest overall male was Mike Causer in a time of 28.42. Quickest female was Jemima in 33.50.
Nobody was lost in action this year (for any length of time), however on course shepherd Andrew Wark had to direct quite a few focused runners back up the gravel hill onto Reynolds Road. Also thanks to Dave Southwick and Bryan Mayall for doing the marshalling, and Carla Wetzels for helping out on the registration desk.
Corey Brew took out the kid’s race all by himself and received a nice Ritchie McCaw book (almost bigger than him) for his efforts.
Unfortunately Calliope couldn’t join us as planned. Even more unfortunately, with the new expressway nearing completion, time will tell if we will be able to use this course again. Ideas for a new course would be most welcome if we can’t!
Report by Mudlark
ROAD SEASON STARTS: every weekend from now on there is a road race until the road relay. It is vital that all team members for this pinnacle national event are race hardened so let’s front as often as possible and race hard to prepare for the challenge of trying to be NO 1 club on the road.
The first race was the Sweeney Cup out on at Horsham Downs on a course that is being squeezed out by the urban sprawl north of Hamilton. Helen and Graham had the day organised well so thanks to them. 32 took part on a challenging course and within 6 minutes the self open handicapped field had finished so congrats to you all for honest assessment of your form. There were NO burglars and Evan Primmer was the first to finish chased hard by Jemima Antoniazzi, Shona Dewson and Wendy Harris. Mike Causer took out the fastest time in 28.42 but B13 Mathijis Wetzels showed his promise by clocking the next fastest time of 29.50 ahead of Lance Brew 30.05 and Kent Hodgson 30.06. Jemima was the quickest female 33.50 ahead of Dawn Tuffery 35.45 and Helen Hall-King 37.31. All in all a good days road racing in the spring sun. Detailed results can be found on the clubs website . WANTED a new rural largely traffic free course close to Hamilton to replace our current Sweeney Cup course as urban sprawl gobbles up rural farmland. See Graham if you have any suggestions for 2018.
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The WBOPCCC was held at Waipuna Park in magnificently fine weather on a firm fast surface. Once again a huge thanks to Tauranga for a well organised event. Sadly fields were small but with 27 Hawks taking part our club at least made an impact. Cory Brew started the day for the Hawks and was 8th and youngest in the B11 event. Charli Miller with a 15.27 clocking for the 4km U18 title led from the start and was an impressive winner. Aimee Ferguson took second spot with a 15.48 run while Samantha Corbett was 5th in 16.58. Mathijis Wetzels ran a sensible first 1km in the B15 3km and blitzed the field as the race progressed to win with style in a quick 10.18. In the U15G Kate Bradley and Gemma Horan with 5th and 6th. It was pleasing to see Bridget Ray back to racing and in her first race this winter she won the MW55 from Maureen Leonard 27.00 to 29.37. Karyn McCready was 1st in MW45 with 29.10. In M18 over 6km Connor Tristram took 3rd in 22.17 with Karl Bradley 8th in 27.42.
It was really pleasing to see so many Hawks singlets feature in the Master Men grades. After running half the 8km as a group Mike Causer took off and looked real strong to win the MM45. Kent Hodgson produced his usual gutsy run to place 3rd MM45 in 30.45 just ahead Lance Brew 30.57 1st MM35. In quick succession came John Bowe 31.11, Gavin Butler 31.14, John Crane 1st MM50, Andrew Wark 2nd MM50 32.04. Mike Harris 33.09, Kevin Knowles 33.50 and 2nd in MM55,. Others to take part were Gary Wilson 36.32, Gilbert Macdonald 43.36, Grahame Clarkin 41.44 and Stepen Spackman 47.05. Our new recruit from Yorkshire Russ Best had a strong run in the Senior Mens 10km to place 2nd behind class masters runner Steve Ree-Jones. Russ ran 35.16 and the Waikato Uni lecturer will be a real asset to the club. Malesa McNearney showed the Hawks flag in the senior women’s 10km placing 3rd in 42.12.
On reflection I ask where have all our runners gone? Hopefully once the road season starts there will be a massive turn out.
View full events results in PDF format here:
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Mud Mud Glorious Mud and torrential rain was the scene that greeted athletes running In the Tauranga Open Cross country at Welcome Bay on Saturday. Harrier stalwarts have never seen the course there with so much surface water on it. Despite the trying conditions in torrential rain Tauranga ran their usual efficient event and many Hawks ran very successfully.
Jai Davies-Campbell led from the gun in the senior men’s race. He looked strong throughout and handled the wet conditions exceptionally well. He seemed to run each lap faster and clipped out the 8000 in 28.23. Jack Montgomery, a former cyclist, has joined the Hawks and he ran well in his first senior men’s cross country to place 3rd in 32.16 Ryan Stacey 32.50, Sunil Fernandez-Ritchie 33.15 were other Hawks members to race.
In the masters men John Bowe reveled in the mud and wet to win the MM45 in 32.09 with Glenn Sexton running his first race of the season for 2nd in 33.26. Gilbert MacDonald was 6th in this grade in 45.22. Kevin Knowles won the MM55 in 35.59 while Graham Clarkin was 2nd in MM60 in 46.01.
The combined MW, SE, W20 and W18 race was a Hawks benefit with youngsters Grace Ritchie and Aimee Ferguson taking the lead and with Emerson Deverell they dominated the pace for the first lap. Emerson ran her best race over cross country for some time, led all the way, and won with style in 15.54 for the 4034 distance. Aimee finished fast to pip Grace for 3rd spot but win the W18 grade. Grace was 2nd to Emerson in 16.14. Both Grace and Aimee will race in the WBOP second schools champs at Hamilton Gardens on June 7th.
In the w18 race Jemima Antoaoniazzi was 3rd in 17.23. In the Senior Women’s section of this race Sally Gibbs was 4th to finish behind the Hawks young trio and clocked 16.25 with Malese McNarney taking 3rd in 16.55.
Racing 5978 metres in the M18 grade Sam Montgomery with 21.50 led home his school rivals with a strong showing while younger brother Lochie was 3rd in 22.53. They gave St Peters School good points in the schools teams race.
It was a mudlarkian day for the hardy harriers that showed.
Trophy day is a handicap start, and is our traditional season opener.
Results from the day:
1st Jack Tomilinson 10.55
2nd Cory Brew 10.55
Very close race by these two
Report by Daniel Philpott
This is the second year I have crewed for someone at Tarawera Ultra after supporting Chris Townley all night and some of the day on his Tarawera Triple attempt last year. I had offered to crew Cecilia and had the privilege of following the sharp end of the field around the trails for the day.
The reorientation of the start line was great. There was a lot more room for spectators and you got a really good view of everyone racing down the start chute. Onwards to the water tanks to see a flying Jim Walmsley, followed closely by the other runners. Cecilia was running comfortably in 5th as she flung her headlamp at me.
A little further down the road well into the morning and by the time the runners arrived at blue lake Cecilia was in 4th position running fast and looking comfortable. At the blue lake aid station I gave her replacement water bottles and had her previously beloved ‘power balls’ thrust at me to the comment of “I can’t eat these they are disgusting”. I guess it’s a good thing we packed a lot of GU gels…
With no crew access to Millar road aid station I had enough time to get a takeaway coffee in Rotorua before moving on to the Okataina Boat ramp. Here I nervously waited chatting with a few other people crewing for other runners and the leaders made their way through until Cecilia suddenly arrived in 3rd place and within striking distance of 2nd!! Some confusion as to what we were doing and a quick pack swap and she was off to the falls.
It is a fair drive around the road to get there so it was a hurried affair to pick up a pacer number and get gels and bottles ready for her. Jim came flying through now well ahead of the lead pack and I would not see him again over the last 40km as he was able to run it faster than I could drive to the aid stations!! Crazy!! The lead woman came through followed by second around 8 mins later and Cecilia 12 mins after that.
Cecilia was in a solid position to challenge for 2nd and with Kevin pacing her closed the gap to 6 minutes at Titoki aid station. I took over pacing duties at Fisherman’s Bridge for the final 10k. Cecilia was now right on 2nd places heels and ran her guts out trying to make ground.
Unfortunately 10k wasn’t quite far enough to get ahead, we had made some progress but with 5k to go 2nd place put on her afterburners and despite running sub 5 minute kms for most of the last 10kms Cecilia would finish less than 2 minutes behind her and only 20 mins behind first place who broke the women’s course record.
It was amazing to see how much Cecilia could push herself against Olympic quality competition but I think we still haven’t seen the full potential of Cecilia’s ability as an ultra runner.
The National Road Relays – such a special event! The finale for the winter road and cross country season, always full of drama (especially in the week before the race), where everyone is expected to give 100% and ends up giving 110%, awesome individual performances, team commitment … and most importantly, great fun. This year’s relay in Rotorua didn’t disappoint. It was all of these things … and to cap it off the Hawks finished with a 3 way share of top overall club alongside Wellington Harrier Athletic and Auckland City Athletic (the first time the honour has ever been shared) – a fantastic club result that reflects our depth across all age groups.
All teams performed magnificently on the day, but none more so than the Junior Women. This is a young junior team with most experiencing their first NRR and probably feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all. With some excellent guidance from Wendy and Helen as team managers they put in an exceptional performance to finish second and very nearly snatching the win. With several more years ahead of them, this team are already a force to be reckoned with at a national level.
There were many other great results and performances – too many to single out, but this is how the teams ended up …
Junior Women – 2nd
Senior Women – 2nd
Masters Women – 2nd
Junior Men – 6th
Senior Men – 3rd (B Grade)
Masters Men – 3rd
Masters 50 – 5th
Social Team – 5th
A huge thanks from me to everyone who took part, all those who helped organise, drive vans, support, etc. Thanks also to those people who marshalled a stage on behalf of the club – definitely the best organised change-over and great to see everyone out on the course.
We must also pass on a big thanks and congratulations to Lake City for hosting a very successful event.
Looking forward to next year already!
And from Don – ‘Huge congratulations to all those involved in the national road relay champs over the weekend. To score 50 points in the champion club comp was a brilliant team effort. The fact that four clubs ended up with 50 was historic. Did Athletics NZ have spare gold medals available?
Superb effort to John Crane and his organising team. I was very proud to be a Hawk and was quite chuffed to be able to access Facebook and Twitter on my computer after noon and catch up with information about the many Hawks medal successes. There was some close racing for our teams and I look forward to hearing the many stories. National road relays are FUN!’ – Don Willoughby
NRR report – Junior Womens Team
Report by Wendy Harris
Helen and I were privileged to be able to manage the Junior Women’s team of Sam Corbett, Aimee Ferguson, Monique MacDonald, Rose Dillon, Charli Miller and Grace Ritchie at this year’s NRR champs. As a very young and inexperienced team we had no expectations of them placing and just hoped that they would enjoy the experience and see it as an opportunity to be a part of a national event and set themselves a goal for 2017. The drive around the course on Friday followed by a team chat where Helen gave them instructions on not jumping into bushes and letting us know if they needed to go to the toilet while we were out on the course so we didn’t lose anyone only seemed to assist in increasing the nerves of the girls.
Race day dawned and we all jumped into “Betty” our trusty transport for the day with Sam who was up first looking rather nervous and quite possibly wondering what she had got herself into particularly as her longest ‘race’ previously was 5km and her lap was over 8km ending on a 2km hill. Running a very well thought out and wisely paced lap Sam got the team into a creditable 5th place with the 4th placed runner within her sights as she handed the baton to Aimee. Aimee was well aware that she had the biggest uphill lap and really needed to pace herself so she could do the distance. She set off strongly and very quickly passed Pakuranga JW to gain a place and put us into 4th position. Despite the tough uphill every time we saw her she was smiling and you could see the determination on her face – a really gutsy effort finishing strongly and resulting in being the second fastest JW on her lap.
Monique was next and with the shortest but nastiest lap, being a very steep downhill. Monique maintained a fast even pace throughout and kept us close enough to the 3rd placed Wellington that there was a chance we could catch them. Monique ran so hard her hips almost didn’t want to work anymore when she had done. The very cheerful and bubbly Rose took over the baton at this point for leg 4 of the race and worked hard to close the gap between the Hawks and Wellington. Her lap was a tough 6km of ups and downs but her triathlon training certainly paid off with Rose also ending up the second fastest JW runner for her lap.
With two laps to go and five minutes between the lead JW team of Auckland and our girls Charli took over. She had been given strict instructions to ease off in the first 2kms as it is all uphill before it flattens out for the remaining 6km of her lap. She seemed to have her own race plan though and took off flying up the hill. Helen and I started to get a little concerned that she wouldn’t finish the lap as she couldn’t keep that pace up but she had obviously found a whole new level of speed and energy as she just kept going and going. At this point the volume in ‘Betty’ increased somewhat as the girls realised that maybe, just maybe they might get a podium finish after all and there was much screaming out the windows as we cheered Charli on. She passed the 3rd place, then she passed the 2nd place and by the time she had handed over the baton to Grace at the final changeover the girls were in 2nd place with only a minute and a half between them and Auckland. Grace, the team’s most experienced runner in the team looked focused and calm as she set off (I’m sure she was actually quite anxious as the thought of keeping the team in 2nd place weighed on her mind). We had to leave Grace at the 4km point of her 10.4km lap so we could get to the finish in time to see her but when we left her she was looking strong, determined and fast and we could see the gap between her and 3rd increasing as she made the prospect of a 2nd placing look very secure.
We saw Grace again as she came flying towards the finish having closed the gap between her and Auckland to around 30 seconds. The girls (and Helen and I) were screaming in excitement knowing they were now silver medallists. Charli and Grace also achieved the accolade of fastest runners on their prospective laps. For Helen and I to say we are proud is an understatement. The girls truly displayed guts, comradeship, support, encouragement, determination and I think most of all courage in what was an extremely tough race. Well done girls.
Report by Mudlark
It was clear and cold with a SW wind keeping the temps down but it was a day of good racing for a few from the club with fields small and racing keen.
At long last I can give congrats and credit to Mathijis Wetzels who had his results in the North Island CC and the King of the Mountains last week fouled up so that he never got mentioned. Apologies for that. He was a superb winner of the B14 3km and his time of 10.18 over country was real quick for a guy who spends much of his weekend playing soccer (where he is also a gun).
There were many other Hawks gold winners. Nicolle Mitchell continues to impress in the women’s division where the new 10km distance is a challenge. Kent Hodgson M45, Lance Brew M35, Kevin Knowles M55, Charli Miller G14, Isaiah Priddey M18, Emerson Deverell W20, Bridget Ray W50, Maureen Leonard W55, and David Trow M70 all won golds so that was a pleasing set of results for the club.
Heaps of other medals were also won, with silvers to junior Harry Ewing running up a grade to provide Aaron Pulford with some competition. And where have all our runners gone, I ask, with only 2 in the senior men field? Grace Ritchie won silver in W20, providing Emerson with some opposition, and Paul Ritchie M55 and Gary Wilson M50 were others to score silvers.
All in all a disappointing day of racing, in terms of race numbers on a superb course. The resurgence of the Cambridge Club was noted and is pleasing. They are shaping well for the masters men section of the road relay, as are Lake City. They were also proud to wear the Cambridge ‘Red and Blue’. As a further comment – old fashioned perhaps, but it is important to follow the correct system of paying a WBOP registration and wearing a club singlet if you wish to compete officially and to be included in the results. Hopefully all will take that on board as I would hate to see further decline in numbers of registered athletes taking part in championship races.
On that note PLEASE make sure that your national cross country champs entries go in on time for the August 7 Sunday romp around the Auckland Domain. Knowing the area well after 7 years of training and racing there with the University Club, the surface will NOT be as fast as Spa Park Taupo and could in fact be quite muddy after many winter sports games the day before. However it may be dry as they run around the perimeter. On a more positive note I did run my first sub 2 minute half there at the Labour Day sports when a 17 year school kid from Takapuna Grammar. There was no mud there that day.
More of the event photos can be viewed here
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.
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.
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.
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.”