With around 20 runners competing under blue skies in the first of the official races for the season – the Reduction Relay.
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Report by Dave Gunn
After Kevin and I had a bit of a rushed course marking (I am blaming heavy traffic and catching every red light across town to get there…) – we managed to make it back to the club in time to see Lucie had already very efficiently collated, co-ordinated, and corralled everyone into their respective teams (11 in total).
35 runners arrived (although a couple a bit late eh Rhys?) and all appeared chipper and excited to be there (nervous excitement maybe?).
Eventually we all jogged up to the start of the course on the grass alongside Cobham Drive. The course is a 2km loop on the grass (expertly marked out almost to the metre by Kevin and I – and I am claiming this was not a fluke, but instead expert use of the “eye-crometer”). In due course the teams all lined up and we were off…
The first lap of this event is always a bit of an unknown, with each team having to run together – and so there is lots of glancing around at who is in the other teams, who to look out for, and who will be “laying it down” on the final lap to the finish line…
There are a few pretty good little hills and some longish soft grass to run on, which seems to sap the energy pretty effectively…
Lap one came and went, and the 1-lappers all dropped off to then become team cheerleaders and excited spectators (once they caught their breath…). There was a lot of jostling for position in this second lap, with some of the faster teams at this point moving up the rankings (Chloe and Joe effortlessly breezing past us at this point)…but all could change with the last lap runners pushing hard…
As the teams came through and the 2-lap runners dropped off, the speedsters shifted up a gear and there were a few great times as a result – with Hayden Waddell and Richard Ellison impressing with 2k final lap times of 6:56 and 7:01 respectively…!
However there has to be a winner, and in first place and with a combined team time of 25:31 was Rhys Mildon leading his team of Peter Horan and Garry Wilson. And 35 seconds later in a time of 26:06 was Andrew Wark, Boh Ritchie and Fleur Marillier. 3rd team home in 26:35 was Marc Scott, Layton Mace and Natalie Care.
Great running by all – and just as impressive was the expert (scientifically based) team selection by Lucie (even endorsed by David Southwick!) which meant there was only 3 minutes separating all 11 teams over the finish line..! Well done Lucie.
Final kudos to Kevin and I for the course marking – no one got lost, no controversy, and my Garmin had the final distance of 3 laps at 6.01km…! Not too bad considering we didn’t have course marking gurus Glenn or Andrew directing us…!
Anyway – everyone seemed to have a good time based on the chatter at the club afterwards during the afternoon tea (I even overheard some combined club wisdom dishing out relationship advice…?) Finally, I think this is a fantastic format for a club event as you often end up running with others you would not normally get to run with…Great fun, bring on the next one!
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|Team #||Team Members||2km Time||Time||Place|
….And for those who like to analyse results and all the “what if’s”…Mike has added a table to the results page to compare the order we were all lined up for the team selection (Pre-Race order in the right column), with the actual lap time order (Race Results in the left column)….and has marked the number of spots (dif) this would have bumped you up or down that list…He then re-jigged the team selections based on this revised order, and added up the combined times to determine where every team would have come had we lined up in the order that matched our actual times…And it appears, no matter how we slice and dice the results, that Rhys Mildon still managed to come out on top! Well done Rhys…
|race results||dif||2km time||pre-race order|
|Hayden Waddell||0||6:56||Hayden Waddell|
|Richard Ellison||0||7:01||Richard Ellison|
|Rhys Mildon||0||7:32||Rhys Mildon|
|Mike Harris||↑1||7:34||Rob Townsend|
|Dave Gunn||↑1||7:42||Mike Harris|
|Rob Townsend||↓2||7:55||Dave Gunn|
|Boh Ritchie||↑11||7:56||Joe Mace|
|Sunil Fernandez-Ritchie||0||8:00||Sunil Fernandez-Ritchie|
|Garry Wilson||↑15||8:01||Andrew Wark|
|Joe Mace||↓3||8:03||Marc Scott|
|Chris Keith||↑2||8:08||Iain Rattray|
|Iain Rattray||↓1||8:08||Kevin Knowles|
|Marc Scott||↓3||8:09||Chris Keith|
|Andrew Wark||↓5||8:15||Carenza Elley|
|Layton Mace||↑2||8:27||Nisha Moorfield|
|Chloe McDaniel||↑4||8:31||Lily James|
|Paul Reynolds||↑6||8:52||Layton Mace|
|Kevin Knowles||↓6||8:56||Boh Ritchie|
|Carenza Elley||↓5||9:01||Sue Hunter|
|Lily James||↓4||9:14||Chloe McDaniel|
|Nisha Moorfield||↓6||9:22||Esther Neill|
|Sandra Jensen||↑3||9:31||Vaughan Swale|
|Fleur Marillier||↑6||9:55||Paul Reynolds|
|Esther Neill||↓3||9:57||Garry Wilson|
|Peter Horan||↑10||9:58||Sandra Jensen|
|Sue Hunter||↓8||10:01||Shona Dewson|
|Vaughan Swale||↓6||10:03||Natalie Care|
|Shona Dewson||↓2||10:05||Fleur Marillier|
|Kerry Rattray||↑1||10:13||Nichola McMahon|
|Wendy Harris||↓2||10:18||Kerry Rattray|
|Nichola McMahon||↓2||10:57||Amber Rattray|
|Karen Mumme||0||10:59||Karen Mumme|
|Amber Rattray||↓2||11:02||Peter Horan|
What the teams would have been based on the actual individal laps times:
|Team #||Team Members||2km Time||Time||Place|
|11||Rhys Mildon||07:32||26: 49||1st|
|10||Mike Harris||07:34||27: 00||2nd|
|8||Rob Townsend||07:55||27: 05||3rd|
|7||Boh Ritchie||07:56||27: 05||3rd|
|6||Sunil Fernandez-Ritchie||08:00||27: 06||4th|
|9||Dave Gunn||07:42||27: 10||5th|
|5||Garry Wilson||08:01||27: 20||6th|
|4||Joe Mace||08:03||27: 28||7th|
|3||Chris Keith||08:08||27: 40||8th|
|1||Marc Scott||08:09||28: 04||10th|
|2||Iain Rattray||08:08||28: 02||9th|
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|
Reduction Relay results held on the 2km loop course located between the clubrooms and Cobham Drive.
|Placing||Time||Team||Members of team|
|1st||27.35||228||Sunil Fernadaz-Ritchie, Kevin Burt, Kerry Rattray|
|2nd||27.51||226||Glen Sexton, Olivia Theunissen, Wendy Fox|
|3rd||27.53||231||Chris Keith, Casey Gibbison, Charlie Gibbison|
|4th||27.59||229||Marc Scott, Connie Daws, Toshimi Farrell, Dave Clark|
|5th||28.32||227||Dave Gunn, Lisa Joblin, Zarah Rattray|
|6th||28.51||224||Ross Barnett, Lucy Farrell, Hugo Field|
|7th||28.57||225||Spencer Devine, Jemima Antoniazzi Phoebe Field|
|8th||28.59||234||Lance Brew, Vaughan Swale, Dot Larsen|
|9th||2926||232||Michael Peck, Garry Wilson, Rosie Burt|
|10th||30.33||230||Marcus Daws, Mark Cornaga, Debbie Morris|
|11th||32.01||233||Gemma Horan, Vuaghan Kestle, Sarah Woolerton|
Its not cross country unless its wet, soggy, sodden, muddy, damp, fast , lung bursting and did I mention fast?
This was a fun cross country event where runners were divided into mixed teams and must all run together. One runner drops off each lap. The course is between the club rooms and Cobham Drive – a 2km loop.
Teams (non official times)
__:__ Donovan, Dean, John
25:50 Wendy, Todd, Kent
26:21 Dave S, Lucy, Andrew
26:26 Penny, Gary, Matt
27:10 Vicki, Helen, Marc
27:11 Sophie, Maureen, Mike
27:12 Toshimi, Callum, Glenn
26:52 Ben, Charlie, Kovo
27:28 Paula, Colin, Lance
27:?? Ellie, Evan, Sunil
27:57 Paula, Nick, Grant
28:25 Merina, Darryl, Kevin
__:__ Girbert, Trish, Marcus
Hawks first night time race got off to a shaky start last Thursday night with heavy rain during the day having myself and Andrew considering postponing the event. At 5.15 we had doubts we would have the runners to make up a single 3 person team however by 5.30 we had 12 keen runners assembled and ready to meet 1 more at the gardens. With most adorned in their headlamps a quick reccie lap was run to make sure the new Hawks kicking tees with the shiny reflective tape could be seen. The race started and the team of Karen Hopson, Arianna Lord and Marc Scott lead from go to whoa. The other three teams had a seesaw battle and all finished within a few seconds of each other. The pre race reccie proved inneffective for Nato Campbell who had trouble negotiating the course without his night vision glasses and our Dutch friend Jan who led the final lap runners up the garden path. If he led the long way he would have no followers but he was taking a shortcut so we had no choice.
Thanks to those who turned up to run and made the race a success.
Special thanks to Dawn,Carl and Alba for making a surprise appearance to take photos.