WaiBop 2020 Start

WaiBOP Road Champs 2020 Results

Report by Dave Gunn

We were lucky in the Waikato to remain in Level 2 restrictions for this event which meant while entries were limited, and supporters/spectators weren’t able to attend, we were at least still able to hold the event. Conditions were good, with a little wind to keep us all cool while we battled our way around St Peters school on an out and back 2.5km course.

Restrictions meant that the juniors had to complete their race first while the older competitors warmed up around the grass track next to the car park. A shame in some ways we couldn’t support the up and coming wave of runners, but by all accounts (and by the look of the photos) there was some great racing, with Boh Ritchie having another strong run to take out the U14 Girls race.

Next up was the adult races, which for the Senior Men 10k was won is a sharp time of 32:37 by Sam Tanner. That is one of the great things about this event is you get to run alongside some world class athletes!

There were plenty of other strong runs by a number of Hawks including PB’s to Charli Miller (fastest Hawks time of the day!) and Rob T. It was also great to see Bridget D and Dawn racing again – with a great quote by Dawn to me before the start “well you have to put yourself through it every now and then”. Sums it up pretty well I thought. Also a great finish by Grahame Clarkin storming over the finish line in an all out effort…Impressive.

My count makes it 18 medals going to Hawks runners in total…Fantastic effort!

I would also like to say a big thanks to all those who helped organise and run the day in challenging circumstances. We all appreciate your efforts and the fact that we could still get to compete.

Once again congratulations to all those who competed.

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