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Sanitorium Hill 2021 Results

Around 15 Hawks took on the King and Queen of the Mountain….a tough unrelenting 4.8 ks up Maungakawa (Sanitorium Hill) just outside of Cambridge. Good strong runs by Harry Coles (22:38) to take out the Senior Men, and Joe Mace (23:27) to come second in the Masters Men (the largest of the fields by far with 19 runners). Also Tara Sacke running well (26:26) to win the WU18 division.

In the junior divisions, Jack Conder had a good run to win the 3km BU14 race in 18:50, and also Layton Mace winning the BU12 2km event in 9:55.

Well done, looks like it was a great day on the hill!

Looking good Sunil..!

Cambridge Harriers have once again also made a cool video of the event <<here>> – Enjoy!

Sanitorium Hill 2016 Results

Report by Olivia Ritchie

‘It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.’

I found this quote from the great Sir Ed Hillary very well-fitting for last Saturday’s Sanitorium Hill race, which is thankfully over for another year! The last time I ran this race was two years ago, and to be honest, my ‘run’ would probably be more accurately described as a ‘grovel’. I vividly recall reaching the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ sign just over half way up and thinking to myself what a silly spot for such a sign. Already I felt like I was falling backwards, and at that moment I was far from thankful.

Turning corner after corner I was thrilled to reach the farm shed and what I had assumed to be the top, aka finish. But my relief soon turned to devastation as I was directed up two more walk-inducing pinches to the ‘very top’ and actual finish. Thankfully Dad served as a great taxi service that year and I successfully slunk away with him after, absolutely shattered!

This year was mine to redeem myself. And in order to do so, I knew I must be prepared. Thanks to some regular Wednesday arvo run with our famous mountain running champ, Emerson Deverell, and what has now become a handful of Cambridge Hills loops shared with fellow Hamilton and Cambridge running nuts, I felt more ready than I’d ever been to take on the challenge. Although I can honestly admit to being far from a mountain goat, I was thrilled with myself for finishing without walking, to have pulled in a lil time on Gracie (instead of watching her fly away into the horizon like 2years ago!), and to have successfully enjoyed a side-tracked run back down through the forest – no quick getaway this time as Dad had buggered off to sneak in some heat training at Fiji instead!

It was really awesome to see such a strong turn-out from both the Hawks and Cambridge Harriers. Huge thanks also to the Cambridge Harriers for hosting such a well-run event. I hope to see you all back next year, even stronger than ever! And if, like Dad, you conveniently missed (avoided) the event this year, I challenge you to pencil it in for next year. Give it a go and challenge yourself. I promise, it is well worth it!

    Sanitorium Hill 2016

Report by Mudlark

The popular challenge of running up Maungakawa/Sanitorium Hill in Cambridge attracted 28 Hawks club members on Saturday. It was a typical mid winter day, clear with a nippy SW wind and the views of snow clad volcanic peaks beyond Lake Karapiro to the south and the bush clad Kaimais to east more than compensated for the lung searing effort of mastering the mountain run.

Held in combination with host club Cambridge the uphill race proved to be an excellent short sharp blast prior to the WBOP cross country champs next week in Taupo. PhD student John Mering clocked the fastest time for our club of 19.16 to prove he will be a very useful addition to the senior men’s ranks. Next best was Jai Davies-Campbell who despite his heavy head cold made the journey to the top in 22.23 just a few clicks faster than Kent Hodgson’s 21.27. Other pleasing masters runs came from Andrew Wark 22.41 and John Bowe 22.50. Good to see John back running again after an injury break.

Among the women quickest to the summit was W20 national mountain champ Emerson Deverell who at 23.14 was just one second quicker than Olivia Ritchie with younger sibling Grace on 23.25. It was pleasing to see Marian Millward racing again and she appeared to enjoy running injury free. There were querying looks from other club’s members when they noted Kent leading the traditional Hawks 3 lap walk around the World War 2 pill boxes at the top.

Detailed results may be posted on the Cambridge Harrier Club website.

Sanitorium Hill 2014 Results

Well the Saturday king/queen of the mountain was only attended by the very brave. I arrived at the start in the pouring rain and joined the 4-5 other cars that were parked up, with people sitting in their cars thinking ‘what am I doing here’ and ‘do I actually want to get out of the car in this?!’ 

More people turned up and Eventually everyone ventured out with brollies and jackets to figure out their handicap start times and talk about the prospect of ‘warming up’ in such conditions. 

I decided  a warm up was a good idea and by the time I got back to the start line ready to go I had even decided to take off my jacket. It proved to be a wise decision and once I got running the rain didn’t seem so bad and on a hill like that you certainly get warm.

I took off with Kevin knowles, which immediately had me thinking ‘I’ve think I’ve stuffed up my handicap time’. He swiftly took off in front of me. 

I’ve run this hill many a time beforehand so I knew it was going to be tough. Usually we just go to the top of the road though, so by the time I got to the gravel track my legs were screaming! Kent sprinted past, he didn’t seem to realise it was a hill, then came Katie and then Camille. Nearing the end a whole lot of runners started to condense together, as is what happens in a handicap and I was glad to reach the finish.

All in all, I didn’t run an amazing time, but I was glad to get out there and do it when I could just as easily have stayed home on the couch with a blankee and a cup of tea. 

Thanks to the Cambridge club for organising the event and inviting us along.

Report by Shanel Cornille


Position Time Name Start Time Net Time
1 47:09.0 Jenny Brady 15:30.0 31:39.0
2 47:16.0 Lois Rowell 12:30.0 34:46.0
3 47:33.0 Steve Spalding 12:30.0 35:03.0
4 49:50.0 Maureen Foulds 15:30.0 34:20.0
5 50:04.0 Viv Parker 16:30.0 33:34.0
6 50:18.0 Laurie Tims 50:18.0
7 50:49.0 Charli Miller 33:00.0 17:49.0
8 51:06.0 Jean Dorrell 22:00.0 29:06.0
9 52:03.0 Tina Becklay 19:00.0 33:03.0
10 52:09.0 Colin King 24:30.0 27:39.0
11 52:10.0 Grace Ritchie 29:30.0 52:10.0
12 52:15.0 Drew Branje 31:40.0 20:35.0
13 52:19.0 Bob Allwood 20:00.0 32:19.0
14 52:26.0 Jason Mouat 24:45.0 27:41.0
15 52:29.0 John Mackenzie 22:50.0 29:39.0
16 52:30.0 Paul Signal 27:30.0 25:00.0
17 52:30.0 Eliana Slaney 31:10.0 21:20.0
18 52:36.0 Helen Hall­King 26:00.0 26:36.0
19 52:48.0 Kent Hodgson 21:40.0 52:48.0
20 52:54.0 Katy Dawson 24:40.0 52:54.0
21 52:54.0 Lisa Joblin 24:00.0 28:54.0
22 53:18.0 Kevin Knowles 27:00.0 26:18.0
23 53:23.0 Sandra Parker 20:00.0 33:23.0
24 53:26.0 Camille Buscomb 53:26.0
25 53:32.0 Craig Wilson 24:00.0 29:32.0
26 53:51.0 Shanel Cornille 27:00.0 26:51.0
27 54:01.0 John Charlton 54:01.0
28 54:30.0 George Caddie 10:00.0 44:30.0
29 54:35.0 Madison Tims 54:35.0
30 54:41.0 Candice Hammond 54:41.0
31 56:22.0 Kaye Sharp 56:22.0


Sanitorium Hill Run 2013 Results


On the mountain on Saturday it was cold but fine and many club members joined host club Cambridge with Matamata, Hamilton Road Runners and Frankton for the annual blast up Sanitorium Hill. Past best times were not threatened and the 2011 Steve Rees-Jones 18.00 and Sarah Biss ‘s 21.07 remain. However some quick times and intense racing occurred. Helen R ran a PB 21.33 in the middle of a heavy training load while Kent and Kerry had a great battle for fastest club male. Kent’s time was 20.34 but haven’t been able to access other times.

Some members gave themselves a handicap and Dawn was seen walking to the top with her daughter on her back, Lance pushed a pram and 15kg child while Grant Budd rode up on his bike trailing a youngster. All three had great workouts.

Guess who was last to arrive at both the start and the finish??

What’s with the 3 laps around the pill box at the top? Sounds like rather an odd Hawks training tradition.

Did you know that DOC have created a neat bush circuit walking track around the Gudex Memorial. Many checked it out on their warm down.

Sanitorium Hill has always been a great training challenge for local Cambridge distance runners and currently Helen,Camille Katy, Kent and Kerry enjoy weekly sessions here.

For the record Evan Primmer was the first Hawks to the top.

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