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Huntly Half Marathon 2021 Results

Huntly turns it on!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out the full Huntly results <<here>>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rotorua Marathon 2021 Results

Rotorua put on a bit of a dreary day for the Rotorua Marathon last Saturday, where a good number of Hawks attended – either competing or pacing in both the marathon and the half. Actually the weather despite being damp was quite warm and so ended up being pretty good conditions for a lap of the lake…or the forest…

Well done to those who competed and to those who once again selflessly gave up their time to pace other runners…I can tell you from experience, the pacers do a fantastic job and are responsible for may runners hitting PB’s… Thank you.

The male winner once again was local Rotorua boy Michael Voss backing up from his win last year in a time of 2:29:29, and the women’s race was won by Ingrid Cree in a time of 2:54:11.

Some nice runs by Hawks past and present with notable results being:
Anthony Hancy – 13th in 2:52:13 (PB)
Kovo McDonald – 4th female (again!) in 3:12:08
Dave Gunn – 57th in 3:15:39 (PB)
Kevin Knowles – 87th in 3:26:43 (despite suffering a bad cold this week)
Evan Primmer – Completing yet another marathon..!
Sue Hunter – perfectly pacing the 4:45 marathon time…

Check out the full results <<here>>

Rotorua Marathon Race Report

Report by Sandra Jensen

It’s not often my Saturdays consist of running with a man dressed as a “super turd” or yelling at Radio personality Mike Puru to “hurry up Mike” and have him scuttle in my direction uttering ” yes master” – but its also not unusual.

My 3rd time pacing the 2hr 20 min at Rotorua half started off damp, solo ( the other dude pulled out, possibly out of fear) and a bit speedy but it can take a couple km’s to settle into the slooooooowwww pace that i need to maintain.

 I actually really like pacing and its definitely a feel good thing to do as you get sweaty hugs and thank yous afterwards from people who were aware that you sacrificed speeding on the down hills screaming “weeeeee” so they could achieve their own PB.

 This time we didn’t quite get to the finish before the lead marathon runner but we made way for him, we slowed down so he wouldn’t feel bad, and clapped as only those of us who are slightly bitter and twisted about our lack of pace can do.

I finished near spot on time.

After getting a special fitting of a Spanish plaid vintage jacket from my personal costumier from Auckland whose husband ran the half, I trundled off to find some mid century German pottery and was back in time to see Sue come in bang on time pacing the 4:45 for the full.

10 out of 10 would re-offend. 

P.S. I’m always down for a free hat and a Hell’s Pizza.  

Club Road Champs 2019 Results

This years Club Road Champs was held on a private road at 400 Raynes Road.

PlaceNameSurnameGradeGdPlDistNet TimeHouse
5LucieKibblewhiteSW 6kM38:41Tui
1Oscar EmeryMM608Km38:290
14Marc ScottMM50710KM39:11Ruru
PlaceNameSurnameGradeGdPlDistNet TimeHouse
7Kay StockmanMW55+35KM23:37Tui
16Michelle CurnowMW55+55KM29:12Kahu

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.

Club Road Champs 2018 Results

Race Report by Glenn Sexton

This year Club Road Champs was held at the Eastside course.

Surprisingly our humble wee group of mainly townies with the odd cow cockie suddenly because an extreme M Bovis risk at Ruakura so we were unable to have our club champs there this year nor in the future by the looks. Lance, Kris and myself scouted around tow looking for traffic free course with toilets and a hall or somewhere to have the after match function. These are as scarce as hens teeth so we settled on the Eastside course we use for the summers Tuesday night runs. Our main concern was the amount of public that could be potentially on the course, which was compounded on the morning by the traffic chaos getting to the gardens to the Tulip festival. Luckily the flower lovers stuck to the gardens and our pre race brief to be considerate to other users was heeded. Thanks for that, no complaints so far!!
To the racing the kids 2 and 3k had a modest field of 4, All ran well with Alba letting me know with 500 metres to go that she had “left mum behind”

The 5 and 10k had a total of 41 starters which was a little less than previous years but the racing was as keen as usual.From my position mid pack it looked like Logan Rodger led a bunch early and gradually pulled away to finish first. Kirsten led the womens 10k the whole way before trekking up to Auckland to win the new trail race in 3.25 the next day.The 5km was won by Ben Bidios who ran with Logan and Samantha Corbett. By all accounts the finish of the day came from John Bowe who had younger legs for the final downhill dash with Kento.
Big thanks to Lance and Kris for setting up, Fiona, Briar Carr and Shona for doing registrations and timing and Dean Corbett and Gordon Spiers for manning the marshall spots.

I think i got everyone but apologies if i missed. It was also great to see friends, fellow members and family scattered along the course cheering us on.

Photos on Facebook here>>

Hi-Res Photos on Flickr here>>

Race report and photos to be posted here and facebook later.

Place Bib Name Distance Category Time
1 15 Ben Bidois 5km MU16 16:43
2 5 Andrew Carr 5km MU16 17:06
3 3 Sam Corbett 5km WU18 20:24
4 16 Garry Wilson 5km MM50-59 21:09
5 2 Gemma Horan 5km WU16 21:57
6 8 Gary Clare 5km MM40-49 22:17
7 14 Maureen Leonard 5km MW55+ 22:31
8 11 Dawn Tuffery 5km MW35-44 22:50
9 13 Kay Stockman 5km MW55+ 23:23
10 12 Katy Corbett 5km WU18 24:51:00
11 1 Shona Dewson 5km MW45-54 25:02:00
12 7 Kerry Rattray 5km MW45-54 26:02:00
13 6 Kaye Sharpe 5km MW45-54 26:21:00
4 Wendy Harris 5km MW45-54 DNF
9 Helen Hall King 5km MW55+ DNF
10 Mike Riley 5km MM60+ DNF
17 John Crane 5km MM50-59 DNF
1 66 Logan Rodger 10km SM 34:06:00
2 75 Theunis Pieters 10km SM 34:24:00
3 68 Richard Malcolm 10km SM 35:59:00
4 60 Josh Nyika 10km SM 36:37:00
5 79 Simon Kerr 10km SM 36:54:00
6 71 Lance Brew 10km SM 37:06:00
7 55 John Bowe 10km MM40-49 37:13:00
8 61 Kent Hodgson 10km MM50-59 37:18:00
9 72 Andrew Wark 10km MM50-59 37:53:00
10 56 Chris Smith 10km MM50-59 38:14:00
11 76 Rhys Mildon 10km SM 38:46:00
12 50 Glenn Sexton 10km MM50-59 39:01:00
13 52 Kris Moore 10km SM 39:11:00
14 69 Martn Ferry 10km SM 39:25:00
15 54 Marc Scott 10km MM40-49 39:44:00
16 51 Mike Harris 10km MM40-49 40:25:00
17 58 Chris Keith 10km MM50-59 41:03:00
18 57 Kevin Knowles 10km MM60+ 41:42:00
19 73 Kirsten Milne 10km SW 42:05:00
20 59 Sunil Fernandez Ritchie 10km SM 42:26:00
21 62 Iain Rattray 10km MM40-49 42:32:00
22 74 Helen Gavin 10km SW 42:40:00
23 78 Kovo McDonald 10km SW 43:26:00
24 65 Connie Daws 10km SW 48:52:00
25 63 Ray Chrystall 10km MM40-49 50:25:00
26 70 Vaughan Swale 10km MM60+ 50:25:00
27 77 Grahame Clarkin 10km MM60+ 54:54:00
53 Ross Barnett 10km SM DNF
64 Bradley Christison 10km MU20 DNF
67 Colin King 10km MM60+ DNF

Kids Event

Amber  Rattray U10 11:22
Alba Watkins U10 14:22
Zarah Rattray U12 8.39
Maddison Rattray U14 12.48

National Road Champs 2018 Results

Report by Mudlark

The national road champs held at St Peters School on Sunday saw the Hawks club have total involvement either as competitors or organizers. Saturday course set up was done by a Hawks team ably led by Glenn Sexton in sunny still weather. Race day was the opposite with driving rain and wind gusts that proved a challenge to all. Huge congrats to all the many club members who undertook key jobs in trying weather. It was a huge day and Glenn Sexton and his team did a marvelous job in difficult circumstances.

With over 30 Hawks members running a pleasing number of medals came our way. In the BU13 3km Joe Morgan picked up a silver medal with his 9.55 clocking over 3km after a great battle with the winner who was just 3 seconds clear at the finish.  Brother Adam was 7th in 10.42.

In the W18 race over 5kms Samantha Corbett ran a splendid race and was 4th just a tick of a second off winning a bronze medal with her 18.35. Charli Miller was 9th in 19.31, Kimbi Sanders 17th in 20.12, Gemma Horan was 22nd in 20.43 and in 28th was Corrina Decker-Thorburn in 21.57.  The WU20’s also raced over 5km and Hannah Knighton ran a brilliant race to take the gold in 18.18 with Gina Butler in 5th in 20.12. The M18’s raced over 6km and Reuben Thompson was 5th in 19.39 with Ben Bidois 12th on 20.07 and Andrew Carr 18th   with 20.39. The M20 grade raced over 8kms and Lachlan Cairns ran26.58 for 9th, Bradley Christison was 12th with 19.39, Sean Trowern 16th 28.17 and William Swales 18th 28.27. In the Masters Women over 5km Tanja Miller ran well to win a silver medal in MW40 race with her 19.49 while Maureen Leonard won bronze with her 22.13 in the MW55 race.

The combined SM and SW grades hammered out 10kms in very wet and windy weather that saw a large field face the starter. Jake Jackson Grammer was the quickest senior for 17th spot in 33.09 with Logan Rodger 23rd in 33 .25, Rodrigo Jaca 27th in 33.37,Theunis Pieters 32nd in 34.32 and Simon Kerr 37th in 35.20.

Olivia Ritchie placed 12th in 39.306 while Aliana Brent was 20th in 41.47. There was some keen head to head racing among our Masters Men with Kent Hodgson in the MM50 proving to be the quickest placing 4th in grade with 36,41 Lance Brew on 37.08 was next fastest followed by John Crane 37.21, Marc Scott 38.50, Wayne Duckett 39.31 and Kevin Knowles placed 2nd in the MM60 grade with 42.23. Garry Wilson in 43.15 got 12th in the MM55, Colin King on 47.49 was 6th in the MM65 and Grahame Clarkin was 4th in the MM60 in a time of 53.33

From Mudlark who has a track record of full involvement with national events in the past just a sincere congrats and thank you to all those involved with that road nationals. We appreciated your efforts.

Check out the race report on Athletics NZ weekly roundup here: 3rd September

Click here to see the official full results

Sweeney Cup 2018 Results

Report by Charlie Evans

It’s the thick end of a year since I competed in a local club event. With National Road Relays looming up I figured I needed to remind the selectors that I’m still alive and keen to travel down to CHCH with a team. The sun was out and the 8k course set for what turned out to be a modest number of runners given the Taupo Marathon was on the same day. Out, then back half way, then out again and then all the way back to a challenging uphill finish at the Horsham Downs Hall. On the drive out I had carefully calculated that if I based my nominated handicap on 5 minute kilometres, then subtract one minute to apply a little pressure, I should be close.

While waiting nervously for the clock to count backwards to the 39 min mark I observed several runners including  Kovo and Dawn setting off at ‘a very conservative’ 42 minutes. I remembered then, from previous years, that this was not a flat course. Vaughan Swale was set to head off at 40 minutes and since he was hot off the press with some serious marathon competition I figured he would provide a good benchmark. The good news was he was breathing down my neck the whole way which pushed us both to a great time. The bad news was, the time was a few seconds away from my original 39 minutes estimate. (We all know how handicap results work!!)

We all retired, soaking wet, (yep, gone was the sun) up to the hall for the traditional ‘bring a plate’ afternoon tea where among other things someone was asked very nicely by the newsletter CEO to compile a  few words.

Place Name Surname time Net  min/km
1 Kovo MacDonald 39:03 35:30 4:26
2 Leon Govender 40:24 37:08 4:39
3 Charli Miller 41:13 33:00 4:07
4 Dawn Tuffery 42:01 38:28 4:48
5 Maureen Leonard 42:10 37:56 4:45
6 Toshimi Farrell 42:50 37:37 4:42
7 Gemma Horan 43:03 35:47 4:28 Sweeney Winner
8 Peter Horan 43:27 40:13 5:02
9 Marc Scott 43:46 31:22 3:55
10 Kent Hodgson 43:53 29:39 3:42
11 Mathijs Wetzels 43:55 29:40 3:42
12 John Crane 43:58 29:43 3:43
13 Charlie Evans 44:00 38:47 4:51
14 Kaye Sharp 44:02 43:47 5:28
15 Andrew Wark 44:10 29:56 3:45
16 Vaughan Swale 44:25 39:11 4:54
17 Helen Gavin 44:27 32:40 4:05 Fastest Female
18 Lance Brew 44:28 28:43 3:35 Fastest Male
19 Garry Wilson 45:23 35:10 4:24
39 Georgia Crane 45:37 35:23 4:25
40 Gilbert MacDonald 46:50 45:36 5:42
2 Km
Place Name Surname Net
1 Madison Rattray 8:41 4:21
2 Lexi Kowalewski 9:08 4:34
3 Alba Watkins 10:45 5:23
4 Amber Rattray 10:47 5:24
Fastest Times
Place Name Surname time Net  min/km
18 Lance Brew 44:28 28:43 3:35 Fastest Male
10 Kent Hodgson 43:53 29:39 3:42
11 Mathijs Wetzels 43:55 29:40 3:42
12 John Crane 43:58 29:43 3:43
15 Andrew Wark 44:10 29:56 3:45
9 Marc Scott 43:46 31:22 3:55
17 Helen Gavin 44:27 32:40 4:05 Fastest Female
3 Charli Miller 41:13 33:00 4:07
19 Garry Wilson 45:23 35:10 4:24
39 Georgia Crane 45:37 35:23 4:25
1 Kovo MacDonald 39:03 35:30 4:26
7 Gemma Horan 43:03 35:47 4:28 Cup Winner
2 Leon Govender 40:24 37:08 4:39
6 Toshimi Farrell 42:50 37:37 4:42
5 Maureen Leonard 42:10 37:56 4:45
4 Dawn Tuffery 42:01 38:28 4:48
13 Charlie Evans 44:00 38:47 4:51
16 Vaughan Swale 44:25 39:11 4:54
8 Peter Horan 43:27 40:13 5:02
14 Kaye Sharp 44:02 43:47 5:28
40 Gilbert MacDonald 46:50 45:36 5:42


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

National Road Relays 2017 Results

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

I was privileged enough to have the opportunity to drive the Junior Women again this year and was not the only one who felt like we had some unfinished business after last years race.  It was clear from the beginning that although the girls didn’t want to put too much pressure on themselves they were a team that believed they could win!  And win they did.
Aimee Ferguson was our starter with her last words to me being “I have to remember not to start with the boys and do my own thing”.  Obviously that went out the window as when we saw her 1km in she was the lead girl and was running with the boys.  A strategy that worked anyway as she led the JW race from the start and ran 2 minutes under her estimated time to put the team into a healthy 1:20 minute lead.
Grace Ritchie set off up the hill and managed to keep with one of the JM teams and run a really gutsy second leg looking determined and focused all the way.  Lucky the team was well organised in getting to the changeover in time as Grace was also 2 minutes faster than her estimated time.  The lead was extended to 2 minutes and Jemima Antoniazzi, our youngest runner at only 14 took off down the hill with those long legs of hers flying.  At times she was going so fast around the bends that she could hardly stay close to the edge of the road.  At the changeover the baton was passed to Sam Corbett and the lead had extended to 3 minutes.  Sam was pumped and ready to go, focused and prepared to keep the team in front.  Sam’s run was solid and consistent from the word go, she did a PB and gained another minute on Wellington the team behind.  Emerson Deverell then took the baton for the team with Don Willoughby hot on her tail calling out encouragement all the way.  By this point it was extremely windy with big trucks racing past making it not the most pleasant experience for Emerson.  She never gave up and pushed through until the end was finally in sight.  Her first words were “I’m so sorry I’ve let the team down”.  I think she might have been hallucinating a little after giving it everything she had as she had gained a massive lead over Wellington extending the time difference to 7 minutes.  Charli Miller was the last runner for the team with the longest lap to take the team through to the finish.  She was lucky to be in the team due to having a broken arm but complete with cast in tow she headed off with only one job to do – get to the end in front of all the other teams.  Driving past Charli running strong the girls allowed themselves to believe that short of a disaster befalling Charli the win would be theirs. 
Hamilton City Hawks Junior Women – Gold Medal Winners – National Champions.
Congratulations to all the girls for racing so well, giving it their absolute all, showing great sportsmanship and for generally being awesome.  A special mention to Lillie Harris for her great photography, time keeping and navigation skills.  Also a big thank you to the support crew out there on the course, Dean, Megan, Grant, Kevin and the man with the famous milkshakes Don Willoughby.

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

Senior women NRR adventures
Report by Celicia Flori
The morning of the relays started off pretty smoothly. We all met at 7.30am at the lodge with no delays other than Malesa mysteriously disappearing for a 5 long minutes. We then left for the start line to see the first team take off at 8am. We would not start till 8.45 and in that time we sorted out our race numbers, running order, etc. While I was pinning my number to my singlet Kovo looked at me quizzically and said “ I don’t think that is the logo of the front of the singlet” I looked down and indeed it wasn’t: I had been wearing my singlet back to front the whole time. Good start of the day 🙂
The first runner in our team was Kovo. She run in fourth place for some time right behind the 3rd girl, but then, as she put it, “got tired of the view” so took off and got us to 3rd place with a good lead. Our second runner was Malesa which, for the first time in 3 years, was not sick on the day of NRR, and it showed!! She got a PR 5km and, with a 56 seconds improvement over last year’s time, closed the gap with the second girl by over a minute.
Next up was Dawn, she had a good solid run and kept us in third place with a good lead. The first section of leg 3 can’t be followed by van so we didn’t see Dawn for a little while. During this time me and Malesa had a cool down/warm up jog and were surprised at how badly the course was marked until we got to a motorway and realised that we were not on the course at all! Malesa’s excuse was that she had just run her guts out, my excuse…well lets not dwell on that.
I was up next after Dawn. Given that the distance, how did Mike Harris put it, “had a zero less than what I am used to”, I think I did ok. I took 39 seconds off last years time and LITERALLY ran my guts out.. I have to admit that if the course had been a tad bit longer it would not have been a pleasant ride in the van for any of us. Given my state the baton change between me and Nancy was hilarious. I had eyed the portaloos even before the change over and all I wanted to do was get to them as fast as possible, so much so that I went a little too fast and almost ran over Nancy after handing her the baton. Luckily I veered in time and headed for the cones instead….
Nancy’s run was amazing as usual. She took two minutes off the second girl and got us to 2nd place! We heard a lot of ”who the hell is this girl” from the other team..
Then came the turn of Veronica. She struggled a bit at the start due to stitches but then, thanks to Graham’s great suggestion of “open your legs”, she kept 2nd place with a good lead. The final leg was run by our runner of the day Olivia. She ran an amazing final leg and opened the gap from the third place by a few minutes. She said she ran scared the whole time thinking the other runner was right behind her. We didn’t tell her that in fact she was miles away…good strategy team!
After all these adventures we managed to take home Silver!
Great work you all!
Each time I do the relays I am always impressed by the comradery and team work that goes on. For a great chunk of the day we are all out there supporting each other, encouraging each other and giving everything you have to the team. I feel it some how makes you a better you and it is why I find this event so beautiful and inspiring. So proud of you all and of being part of this team and of the best running club in NZ!! We got a trophy to prove it now 🙂

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

Dist Time M/Km
Junior Women 1st 
Leg1 Aimee Ferguson Fastest lap 8.3 0:32:19 3:54
Leg2 Grace Ritchie Fastest lap 8.2 0:31:58 3:54
Leg3 Jemima Antoniazzi 4.1 0:13:59 3:25
Leg4 Samantha Corbett Fastest lap 6.0 0:23:53 3:59
Leg5 Emerson Deverell Fastest lap 8.4 0:33:02 3:56
Leg6 Charli Miller 10.3 0:41:35 4:02
Finish 45.3 2:56:46 3:54
Masters Women 1st
Leg1 Kirsten Milne 8.5 0:35:54 4:13
Leg2 Helen Hall-King 8.8 0:39:24 4:29
Leg3 Karyn McCready 8.3 0:41:03 4:57
Leg4 Marion Millward Fastest lap 8.2 0:37:01 4:31
Leg5 Katy Dawson 10.1 0:40:27 4:00
Leg6 Maureen Leonard Fastest lap 8.4 0:38:04 4:32
Leg7 Bridget Ray 10.3 0:43:51 4:15
Finish 62.6 4:35:44 4:24
Senior Women 1 2nd
Leg1 Kovo MacDonald 8.5 0:35:11 4:08
Leg2 Malesa McNearney 8.8 0:34:03 3:52
Leg3 Dawn Tuffery 8.3 0:38:03 4:35
Leg4 Cecilia Flori 8.2 0:31:32 3:51
Leg5 Nancy Jiang Fastest lap 10.1 0:35:12 3:29
Leg6 Veronika Adams 8.4 0:35:52 4:16
Leg7 Olivia Ritchie 10.3 0:39:25 3:50
Finish 62.6 4:09:18 3:59
Masters 50+ 3rd
Leg1 John Crane Fastest lap 8.5 0:32:08 3:47
Leg2 Chris Keith 8.8 0:34:24 3:55
Leg3 Oscar Emery 8.3 0:38:11 4:36
Leg4 Kevin Knowles 8.2 0:33:38 4:06
Leg5 Chris Smith 10.1 0:36:34 3:37
Leg6 Garry Wilson 8.4 0:34:58 4:10
Leg7 Tony Olsen 10.3 0:38:03 3:42
Finish 62.6 4:07:56 3:58
Senior Men – B Grade 5th
Leg1 Jack Montgomerie 8.5 0:33:57 4:00
Leg2 Martin Ferry 8.8 0:32:19 3:40
Leg3 Sunil Ritchie 8.3 0:34:12 4:07
Leg4 Kris Moore 8.2 0:32:44 4:00
Leg5 Rueben Tomlinson 10.1 0:35:28 3:31
Leg6 Cameron Hall 8.4 0:31:41 3:46
Leg7 Carl Fischer 10.3 0:37:31 3:39
Finish 62.6 3:57:52 3:48
Masters Men 7th
Leg1 Glenn Sexton 8.5 0:32:08 3:47
Leg2 Kent Hodgson 8.8 0:32:27 3:41
Leg3 Hadley Craig 8.3 0:33:57 4:05
Leg4 Marc Scott 8.2 0:32:53 4:01
Leg5 John Bowe 10.1 0:35:30 3:31
Leg6 Mike Harris 8.4 0:33:02 3:56
Leg7 Mike Causer 10.3 0:36:49 3:34
Finish 62.6 3:56:46 3:47
Senior Men – A Grade 7th
Leg1 Malcolm King 8.5 0:31:56 3:45
Leg2 Jai Davis-Campbell 8.8 0:28:52 3:17
Leg3 Lance Brew 8.3 0:31:01 3:44
Leg4 Theunis Pieters 8.2 0:30:49 3:45
Leg5 Russ Best 10.1 0:31:30 3:07
Leg6 Rodrigo Jaca 8.4 0:29:56 3:34
Leg7 Jacob Priddey 10.3 0:34:34 3:21
Finish 62.6 3:38:38 3:30
Senior Women 1 2nd
Leg1 Kovo MacDonald 8.5 0:35:11 0:04:08
Leg2 Malesa McNearney 8.8 0:34:03 0:03:52
Leg3 Dawn Tuffery 8.3 0:38:03 0:04:35
Leg4 Cecilia Flori 8.2 0:31:32 0:03:51
Leg5 Nancy Jiang 10.1 0:35:12 0:03:29
Leg6 Veronika Adams 8.4 0:35:52 0:04:16
Leg7 Olivia Ritchie 10.3 0:39:25 0:03:50
Finish 62.6 4:09:18 0:03:59
Composite 7th
Leg1  Hikaru Mita 8.3 0:32:02 0:03:52
Leg2 Trish Stockman 8.2 0:47:50 0:05:50
Leg3 Brooke Shepherd-Wright 4.1 0:17:37 0:04:18
Leg4 Charlie Evans 6.0 0:27:20 0:04:33
Leg5 Marcus Daws 8.4 0:35:57 0:04:17
Leg6 Nick Freke 10.3 0:43:56 0:04:16
Finish 45.3 3:24:42 0:04:31
Junior Men 7th
Leg1 Lochie Montgomerie 8.3 0:30:46 0:03:42
Leg2 Connor Tristram 8.2 0:27:52 0:03:24
Leg3 William Swales 4.1 0:13:10 0:03:13
Leg4 Ben Prince 6.0 0:20:50 0:03:28
Leg5 Sam Montgomerie 8.4 0:31:53 0:03:48
Leg6 Isaiah Priddey 10.3 0:36:59 0:03:35
Finish 45.3 2:41:30 0:03:34

Club Road Champs 2017 Results

Terrific turnout of 71 in pretty bad conditions for the Club Road champs. Well done all and congratulations to the trophy winners. Big thanks to Shoe Clinic for the spot prizes, Graham Dudfield for doing the timing and all the helpers who set up the course and looked after the afternoon tea.

$50 voucher winners were Gemma Horan and Sam Corbett and $250 shoe voucher Rodrigo Gonzalez.

3k and 5k Results

1 Mathijs Wetzels 10:14 B13 3km
2 Kai Meiklejohn 10:47 B13 3km
3 Jemima Antoniazzi 11:23 GU16 3km
4 Ellie Milina 12:47 GU16 3km
5 Gemma Horan 13:05 GU16 3km
1 Charli Miller 18:09 G16 5km
2 Grace Ritchie 18:11 W18 5km
3 Emerson Deverell 18:31 U20W 5km
4 Olivia Ritchie 18:49 SW 5km
5 Bridget Deverell 19:37 MW50 5km
6 Bridget Ray 19:42 MW50 5km
7 Katy Dawson 19:45 MW 5km
8 Kirsten Milne 19:49 MW 5km
9 Samantha Corbett 19:49 G16 5km
10 Helen Hall-King 21:50 MW50 5km
11 Karyn McCready 22:34 MW45 5km
12 Toshimi Farrell 22:43 MW45 5km
13 Maureen Leonard 22:46 MW50 5km
14 Tracey Greenwood 23:00 MW50 5km
15 Shona Dewson 25:55:00 MW45 5km
16 Penny Burkhart 26:26:00 MW60 5km
17 Mary Rogerson 27:16:00 MW50 5km
18 Wendy Fox 27:51:00 MW50 5km
19 Kathryn Thompson 29:37:00 MW 5km


1 Russ Best 32:44:00 SM
2 Jai Davies-Campbell 32:57:00 SM
3 Jacob Priddey 33:02:00 SM
4 Isaiah Priddey 33:43:00 U20M
5 Theunis Pieters 34:47:00 SM
6 Malcolm King 35:21:00 SM
7 Connor Tristram 35:38:00 U18M
8 Michael Causer 35:48:00 MM40
9 Rodrigo Jaca 36:00:00 SM
10 John Bowe 36:04:00 MM40
11 Reuben Tomlinson 36:42:00 SM
12 Tony Olsen 37:44:00 MM50
13 Martin Ferry 37:44:00 SM
14 Marc Scott 37:46:00 MM40
15 Kent Hodgson 37:51:00 MM40
16 John Crane 37:53:00 MM50
17 Chris Smith 37:54:00 MM50
18 Glenn Sexton 38:58:00 MM50
19 Sam Le Heron 39:14:00 SM
20 Mike Harris 39:17:00 MM40
21 Malesa McNearney 39:19:00 SW
22 Chris Keith 39:31:00 MM50
23 Kevin Knowles 39:40:00 MM50
24 Cameron Hall 39:53:00 SM
25 Sunil Fernandez-Ritchie 39:55:00 SM
26 Dave Gunn 40:15:00 MM40
27 Kovo Macdonald 41:55:00 SW
28 Nick Freke 43:29:00 MM40
29 Oscar Emery 44:56:00 MM50
30 Veronika Adams 46:40:00 SW
31 Charlie Evans 47:05:00 MM50
32 Brooke Shepherd-Wright 47:08:00 SW
33 Craig Peebles 48:54:00 MM60
34 Evan Primmer 49:43:00 MM60
35 Vaughan Swale 49:44:00 MM50
36 Emily Fyfe 51:55:00 SW
37 Grahame Clarkin 52:11:00 MM60
38 Steven Spackman 55:56:00 MM50
39 Gilbert Macdonald 56:17:00 MM50
40 Gordon Speirs 57:37:00 MM60
41 David Southwick 2:43 MM60

Whangamata Half 2017 Results

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

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

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

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

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

Cambridge Half Marathon 2017 Results

Cambridge Half Marathon and associated races proved quite popular with Hawks members on Sunday. In the field of 473 finishers over 30 club members took part. Based on Cambridge High School the day was dull, overcast and quite windy which provided a challenge for those racing for PB’s.

Russ Best raced a hard 5km and looked quite sharp to record 15.54 and set a new course record for senior men  by 41 seconds and win well. Emerson Deverell ran a controlled 5km to win the women’s race in 18.17. Both will benefit from this race as they prepare for nationals next weekend.

Lance Brew was second to finish in the half marathon in 1.18.12 behind new Cambridge resident John McKee who clocked 1.14.11 to win. Kevin Knowles 1.27.42, Kovo MacDonald 1.31.24 first senior women were other club members noted in the half.

Other Hawks noted in the 5km were Samantha Corbett a very good 19.07 ahead of Jemima Antionazzi 20.16. The 10km was very popular for the club with many top places filled by Hawks. Jacob Priddey won this event with 33.11 leading home younger bro’ Isaiah 33.26. Jai Davies-Campbell was next with 33.40 while Mathijs Wetzells was very quick for a 14 year old clocking 34.55 ahead of Connagh Tristram 35.00, Sam Montgomery 35.25 Malcolm King 36.36, John Crane 37.28, Lochie Montgomery 37.58, Charli Miller 39.20, Sam Le Heron 39:.26, Jack Montgomery 39.58, Mike Harris 40.04, Oscar Emery 43.47, Helen Hall-King 45.14, Maureen Leonard 46.08 Georgie Crane 46.44 all were noted. The Farrell family had a good day’s racing with mum Toshimi running  PB 47.21 while Donovan was second to finish in the 2km with 8.23 and Lucy ran 22.20 for the 5km.

It was a real running day out for the Montgomery family as beside the three boys mum was noted among the 10km finishers as well. Great effort. There were many other Hawks who ran but it was quite a mission to note all and their time. Apologies for that. Those who took part all helped their preparation towards the national road relay with another race experience.

Click here to view 2017 Cambridge Half Marathon Results

Or on the official Cambridge Harriers website here

WaiBOP Road Champs 2017 Results

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.


Place RaceNo Time Name Surname Reg Club/Town Gender GRADE GdPl Dist
1 45 32:14 Hayden Wilde NOT REG Whakatane Male SM 1 10km
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
6 41 33:41 Kyle Macdonald Y Tauranga Ramblers Male SM 6 10km
7 98 34:25 Jai Davies-Campbell y Hamilton City Hawks Male SM 7 10km
8 113 35:41 Malcolm King Hamilton Male SM 8 10km
9 96 35:46 Regan Bones Tauranga Ramblers Male SM 9 10km
10 114 37:43 Max Gordon No club Male SM 10 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
4 17 46:14 Mark Searle SOCIAL Cambridge Harriers Male MM35-39 4 10km
1 13 35:56 Adrian Lysaght Y Lake City Male MM40-44 1 10km
2 6 38:15 John Charlton Y Cambridge Harriers Male MM40-44 2 10km
3 19 39:17 Stewart Simpson Y Tauranga Ramblers Male MM40-44 3 10km
4 23 41:57 Andrew Twiddy Y Lake City Male MM40-44 4 10km
5 2 41:58 Zaheer Bhikoo Y Cambridge Harriers Male MM40-44 5 10km
6 21 42:19 Paul Stinton Y Cambridge Harriers Male MM40-44 6 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 7 37:07 Dean Chiplin Y Cambridge Harriers Male MM45-49 3 10km
4 109 38:06 Marc Scott y Hamilton Male MM45-49 4 10km
5 18 41:13 Paul Signal Y Cambridge Harriers Male MM45-49 5 10km
6 25 44:30 Craig Sinclair Y Cambridge Harriers Male MM45-49 6 10km
7 116 54:53 Chris Bycroft Lake City Male MM45-49 7 10km
1 106 36:24 Tony Broadhead Lake City Male MM50-54 1 10km
2 112 36:44 Andrew Wark y Hamilton Male MM50-54 2 10km
3 8 37:25 John Crane Y Hamilton City Hawks Male MM50-54 3 10km
4 107 38:50 Chris Corney Lake City Male MM50-54 4 10km
5 15 41:33 Steve O’Callaghan NOT REG Unaffiliated Male MM50-54 5 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
2 104 37:34 Bruce Edwards Lake City Male MM55-59 2 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
1 94 44:10 Trevor Ogilvie y Lake City Male MM65-69 1 10km
2 1 46:51 Graeme Adams Y Lake City Male MM65-69 2 10km
3 11 49:58 Colin King SOCIAL Hamilton City Hawks Male MM65-69 3 10km
1 16 55:11 Robin Reed Y Whakatane Male MM70-74 1 10km
1 95 1:04:00 Peter Vyver y Lake City Male MM75 1 10km


Place RaceNo Time Name Surname Reg Club/Town Gender GRADE GdPl Dist
1 47 36:27 Sally Gibbs Y Athletics Tauranga Female SW 1 10km
2 46 37:04 Sarah Gardner Y Tauranga Ramblers Female SW 2 10km
3 49 37:16 Alice Mason Y Cambridge Harriers Female SW 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
6 108 40:05 Malesa McNearney y Hamilton Female SW 6 10km
7 48 41:19 Megan Grant Y Lake City Female SW 7 10km
8 50 44:45 Dawn Tuffery Y Hamilton City Hawks Female SW 8 10km
9 100 45:23 Andrea Neal Tauranga Female SW 9 10km


Place RaceNo Time Name Surname Reg Club/Town Gender GRADE GdPl Dist
1 36 24:36 Isaiah Priddey Y Hamilton City Hawks Male MU20 1 7.5 km
2 111 26:53 Hikaru Mita Hamilton Male MU20 2 7.5 km
1 24 31:17 Terry Hannett SOCIAL Hamilton City Hawks Male MM65-69 1 7.5 km


Place RaceNo Time Name Surname Reg Club/Town Gender GRADE GdPl Dist
1 34 21:33 Krissy Tanner NOT REG Tauranga Ramblers Female MW35-39 1 5km
2 115 22:49 Charlotte Bartrum Tauranga Female MW35-39 2 5km
1 101 19:43 Katy Dawson Hamilton Female MW40-44 1 5km
2 33 20:53 Vicki Rees-Jones Y Cambridge Harriers Female MW40-44 2 5km
3 105 23:44 Sian Twiddy Lake City Female MW40-44 3 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
1 28 25:13 Kathy Howard Y Lake City Female MW65-69 1 5km
1 93 18:46 Olivia Cummings n Female U18W 1 5km
2 87 19:26 Gemma Baldey Y Whakatane Female U18W 2 5km
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
1 81 15:41 Samuel Tanner Y Tauranga Ramblers Male MU18 1 5km
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
4 84 17:05 William Sinclair Y Cambridge Harriers Male MU18 4 5km
5 79 17:18 Sam Montgomerie Y Hamilton City Hawks Male MU18 5 5km
6 86 17:28 Zac Bellamy Y Cambridge Harriers Male MU18 6 5km
1 97 17:48 Harrison Fountain N 00:00 Male MU18 1 5 km
7 80 17:58 William Swales Y Hamilton City Hawks Male MU18 7 5km
8 85 19:37 Joseph Sinclair Y Cambridge Harriers Male MU18 8 5km
9 110 21:08 Maysen Greenwood St Peters Male MU18 9 5km
10 78 21:45 Apache Davidson Y Lake City Male MU18 10 5km


Place RaceNo Time Name Surname Reg Club/Town Gender GRADE GdPl Dist
1 71 08:57 Jemima Antoniazzi Y Hamilton City Hawks Female U15G 1 2.5Km
2 73 09:17 Morgan Overington Y Whakatane Female U15G 2 2.5Km
3 70 09:19 James Swan Y Cambridge Harriers Male U15B 1 2.5Km
4 74 09:40 Krystie Solomon Y Frankton Female U15G 3 2.5Km
5 75 09:49 Summar Tanner NOT REG Tauranga Ramblers Female U15G 4 2.5Km
6 69 09:55 Oliver Ashburn Y Whakatane Male U15B 2 2.5Km
7 72 10:27 Gemma Horan Y Hamilton City Hawks Female U15G 5 2.5Km


Place Time Name Surname Reg Club/Town Gender GRADE GdPl Dist
1 08:32 Jasmine Davis Y Cambridge Harriers Female U11G 1 2 km
2 09:06 Bronwyn Rees-Jones Y Cambridge Female U11G 2 2 km
3 09:41 Tyla wallis Y Tokoroa Female U11G 3 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

Rotorua Marathon 2016 Results

Report by Lance Brew

On Saturday morning 10ish of the Hawks lined up at the start of the Rotorua Marathon on a chilly morning. After a brief hi and all the best to Chris Smith, Kevin Knowles, Kovo McDonald and Marion Millward, it was time to go.

Going through the first 9 kms I was in a pack moving nicely feeling relaxed then we hit the first real hill. I found myself cruising off from the pack to be all out by myself – damn it, 32/33 kms running by myself could hurt but it was great as all I worried about was how I felt and picked off a few runners who went out too hard early. It was very pleasing to have Graham riding his bike around and encouraging us along and also giving updates on how others were going.

The last 5/6 km was time to start to work hard and put all the training into practice-  seeing the last corner was a welcoming sight and seeing the timing clock even better – yes a new marathon PB by 20 minutes. 2.48.49 10 overall (2nd Age Group). The joy on Grahams face while I was sitting dead in a chair was fantastic.It was very pleasing to be still hanging around the finishing line seeing all our other club members come in.

Chris Smith sneaking in another sub 3 2.59 (1st AG). Kevin Knowles in a very tight finish in his AG, all top 3 within 40 seconds of each other 3.06 (3rd AG). Kovo MacDonald running after having a cold all week performed really well for 4th female overall 3.09 (3rd AG). Jason Hindrup broke out a very impressive run doing a PB by more than 20 minutes followed closely home by Sam Le Heron in 3.15 who was closely followed home by Marion Millward 3.18 (1st AG). Vaughan Swale 3.53 and Evan Primmer 4.35.

Fantastic running by everyone out there on Saturday – now some relax time before sinking our teeth into something else.

Report by Paula Klein
Your mission should you choose to accept it… is pacing the 5 hours 15 group at Rotorua Marathon. Bright orange t shirt, tutu, hair ties and leg sleeves on and a pacing band, which allowed for the wee hills. So after a coffee and two red balloons in place, we were ready to line up (all of the pacers). An unruly bunch we were (lucky we were herded into a room upstairs for a briefing and photo session).

The day was brisk but we soon warmed up, our biggest mission was keeping pace and we had to slow down  many times. A walk run option helped many people out around us especially up those lovely hills at the back of the lake. The k’s ticked off quickly especially when we were checking our pace band and making decisions on how fast or slow we should go.

There were photos ops along the way and we had many comments about our bright orange attire in support of Ross Steele’s 100th marathon. A fun day out which earnt us a medal and T shirt for our efforts. Oh and we skipped across the finish line after a dramatic pause to ensure we were right on pace.

Photo credit Mike Tennent.

Rotorua Half Marathon

Report by Emily Fyfe

Woke at 5am Saturday morning, still dark and the air was crisp and cool, I knew it was going to be perfect running conditions.  Arrived in Rotorua just before 7, parked and registered ready for an 8am start.  When the starter gun went off I knew I had to pace myself because I always seemed to get swept away with the crowd.  For the first 5 kms I cruised along, warmed into the run, because it was freezing and took in the scenery.  Such a beautiful place to run.  I knew that I was feeling pretty good and at 10ks I started to pick up the pace.  Turning back onto Te Nga road heading back into town and I was feeling strong.  At 16kms I started passing people.  Turning in towards the finish line with the end in sight it was such an amazing atmosphere.  Finished in a time of 2 hrs 26 secs.

Such a great run and watching the marathon winners come across the line was a fantastic way to finish the day.

Thank you so much Helen, for helping me achieve this goal and to Dan for driving me and supporting me.  Congratulations to everyone who ran and especially those who achieved PBs. It really was a spectacular day.

Tauranga Half 2017 Race Report

Report By Lance Brew

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to see results and to spot some other Hawks

Huntly Half Marathon 2017 Results

Report by John Merring

It started with a siren, not a bang. We got off the line, and I immediately went to the front. I hesitated at first. Being the tactical type, I have mild phobia when it comes to leading early. Armed with Tim Stewart’s Garmin watch, I was able to check my pace. I saw we were doing 3:40s. I immediately adjusted to 3:30/k, and kept it even for the remaining 20k.

Overall, racing at Huntly was a great experience, and I feel very lucky to have come away with the win. I’m looking forward to the races over the coming months! On the day, I was especially impressed with Lance Brew’s 1:16, which is a huge breakthrough, and bodes well for his upcoming marathon. Shout out to everyone else who raced and came out to support. It’s the camaraderie of the club that make these events worthwhile. I’m truly happy and proud to call myself a Hawk.

National Road Relays 2016 Results

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

2016 NRR_Full Hawks_Results (PDF)
Full NRR results here

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!

John Crane

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.

Cambridge Half Marathon 2016 Results

The Cambridge Half Marathon and associated events was held in sunny conditions from Cambridge High School on Sunday and attracted a solid club entry among the 670+ finishers. It was pleasing to see the Hawks singlet prominent in many of the events. Here is a selection and brief comment on some club members who caught the eye.

In the half Alice Mason won the women’s section and set a new course record of 1.20.34 to show she is in good shape for upcoming races. John Mering ran second to Steve Rees-Jones of Cambridge in the mens race, 1.15.07 to Steve’s winning time of 1.14.14. Phil Murray was 4th with a 1.18.01 clocking while Kevin Knowles won the MM55 grade with 1.26.41 ahead of Sunil Fernandez-Ritchie 1.27.31. There were 195 finishers in this race.

In the 10 km with 205 finishers, pocket rocket Mathjis Wetzels left the large field in his wake and won very comfortably with a 35.12 time. Cameron Swales, now in Christchurch, was 2nd in 35.35 while other Hawks close up were John Bowe who won the MM40  section with 37.16 despite battling a niggling plantar fascia. It was good to see Kevin Fly 37.41 reaching a fitter level and Cameron Hall reappearing after a break running 39.50.  Kirsten Milne MW40 ran 42.09 while Kovo Macdonald on a light training load recorded 42.14 and Maureen Leonard won the MW 55 with 44.48.

Hawks singlets were to the fore at the start of the 5km with Rhys Mildon placing 2nd in 16.44, and Charli Miller winning the female section with 18.06 and a new course record ahead of the Ritchie sisters who chased her hard to clock 18.25 for Olivia and 18.58 for Grace. Sam Corbett was 10th 20.05 ahead of Lucy Farrell in 21.36 15th. There were many other Hawks scattered through each race so apologies to those missed but full results are on the Cambridge Harrier Club website.

Tag Archive for: road

National Road Championships

Held in Tauriko, Tauranga. Masters Men – 10km, Youth Men (Under 18) – 6km, Junior Men (Under 20) – 8km, Boys and Girls Under 15 – 3km, Boys and Girls Under 13 – 2km, Senior Men and Senior Women – 10km. Entries close midnight Sunday 24 August 2014

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Cambridge Half Marathon

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

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Club Road Champs

Club Road Champs has been held over the years on the slightly undulating 2km Ruakura loop course, which is a traffic free course allowing you to concentrate solely on your running.  This is a major event on the Hawks event calendar and is open to all club members.

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Sweeney Cup

This is a very popular event on the Hawks calendar and brings in many who haven’t attended the earlier cross country races. Handicap Road Race whereby each entrant has a starting time based on their estimated 5km time. Slowest start first.

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Whangamata Half Marathon

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

Dudfield Mile

Just when you thought it was safe – it’s back again!

To celebrate or commiserate the end of daylight saving we are having another Mile – a chance to see how you have improved over the six months of daylight saving vis a vis the Mile.

Hawks club rooms, 6:05pm race start and BBQ after.

The Dudfield 3km Time Trial

The Matamata relay isn’t on this year but the Dudfield  3km time trial is.
Meet at Dudfields – 33 Cromwell Drive, Fitzroy by 11am to collect timing chip and briefing…

11:30 Start / Transition- from Substation Peacockes Road. Near Glenview Club.
3km Run Up Weston Lea Drive and back. (No exit road, very quiet)

You start when you want. We will have a countdown clock. But it’s a time trial – not a race.

Duathlon option for the triathletes
3k – 16K -3K
Bike to end of Peacockes Road and back, 16km.
Repeat first run after the bike.

Dudfield Mile

It’s back folks, start training!

Hawks club rooms, 6:05pm race start and BBQ after.

The Dudfield Duathlon

Meet at Dudfields – 33 Cromwell Drive, Fitzroy by 11am to collect timing chip and briefing…

11:30 Start / Transition- from Substation Peacockes Road. Near Glenview Club.
3km Run Up Weston Lea Drive and back. (No exit road, very quiet)

Please confirm these start time details in the newsletter leading up to this event.

3k – 16K -3K
Bike to end of Peacockes Road and back, 16km.
Repeat first run after the bike.

3km Time Trial


3km Time Trial – Time and location details to be confirmed