Fifth Avenue Mile, Manhattan New York – 22 September 2013
Nick Willis the 2008 Fifth Avenue champion regained the title with a sterling performance of 3:52.1 to beat 2011 winner and 2007 1500m and 5000m world champion Bernard Lagat who recorded 3:52.9.
Willis the 2008 Olympic Games 1500m silver medallist ran a time of 3:50.5 in 2008 also just edging out Lagat on that occasion.
Jenny Simpson won the women’s mile in 4:19.3 for the second time following her victory in 2011.
Queen Charlotte Relay – 21 September 2013
Victoria Gold did its best to break Athletics Nelson’s string of victories at the Queen Charlotte Relay. But Nelson saved its best for last and won for the ninth straight year. Mike Lowe overcame a 12 second deficit on the final 6.65km leg and brought his senior men’s team home in the rain-swept 34.65km race from Picton to Havelock in 1:59:12.
Athletics Nelson also won the junior men’s race with Luke Kelly, Allister Meffan, Tom Somerville, Jared Lautenslager, and Angus Weymss finishing fourth overall in 2:14:06 and captured the junior women’s title with Beth Versey, Kirsten Walker, Sami Jordan, Sophie Smith, and Libby Malthius completing the journey in 2:33:45.
The Waimea College Ultimate Warriors team of Ian Trice, Pete Versey, Nathan Chippendale, Tim Wright, and Andrew Ricciardi won the master men in 2:19:06. Marlborough won the master women in 2:44:31.
The Tasman Express team of Eric Verstappen, Ross Mitchell, Raylene Stringer, Pam Barker and Ros D’Agnilli won the race walk in 3:58:50.
Greta Valley Marathon Relay – 21 September 2013
There were ten individual lap records and two race records created.
Records were created by Charlotte Blair, Mark O'Riley, Angela Whyte, Dave Macdonald, Goiteom Gebremedihim, Abby Williamson, Ben Musson, Cameron Avery, Chris Dryden and Harriett Bush,
The Christchurch Avon Junior 2 team of Charlotte Blair, Latham Fairhall, Rainer Pye, Sean Eustcae, Cameron Avery and Harriet Bush broke the junior record recording an overall time of 2:41:22.
The Papanui Toc H Open Men's team created a new open record of 2:37:35. The team consisted of Mark O'Riley, Dave King, Aaron Richardson, Ben Musson, Alex Cowden and Brett Smith.
ROAD RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY
Sri Chinmoy Half Marathon, Auckland Domain, 15 September: Mark Bright 1:25:22, Shaun Cooper 1:25:57. Pip Speedy 1:46:28.
O’Hagan’s Viaduct 5km, 17 September: Adam Mansour 15:55, Teklay Zinaw 16:10, Tom Ashley 16:12.
Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 18 September: Marc Graham 15:58, Brad Luiten 16:32, Joel Martin 16:58. Katherine Prumm 18:14.
Cornwall Park 5km, Greenlane, 21 September: Ian Richards 18:26, David Lear 18:54, Greg Banks 19:03.
Owairaka 70th Jubilee 8km, Sandringham, 22 September: Hamish Carson 25:11, Jono Jackson 25:13, Teklay Zinaw 28:30. Charlotte Young 36:12, Sally Goodall 38:27.
Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Series, 17 September: Dan Hunt 17:31, Andy Ford 17:32, Tristan Burnett 18:15. Andrea Adams 18:53.
Lower Hutt Parkrun 5km, 21 September: Sarah Gardner 18:30, Kent Stead 20:06.
Athletics in New Zealand has lost one of the staunchest supporters of the sport and stalwarts, with the passing of John Smart of Canterbury on 16 September after suffering from cancer, aged 76.
John joined the then University of Canterbury Cross Country and Athletic Clubs in 1957 and was an active participant, particularly in cross country and road events, for many years (as Achilles tendon problems allowed). He was an active jogger or walker until very recently.
John lived for the sport and became heavily involved with administration at Club and Centre levels at an early stage, a commitment which continued until his last days. A highlight of John’s career was managing the New Zealand cross country team to the world championships in Rabat Morocco in 1975 where New Zealand won the world men’s team title and the women’s team were second.
John was president of Athletics Canterbury during the early 1971-74, and was a council member of Athletics New Zealand representing Canterbury during the 1970’s. He was made a life member of his University of Canterbury Club and Athletics Canterbury. He was newsletter editor for his club and his informative newsletters will be sadly missed.
John was the current convenor of the rules committee for Athletics New Zealand and has been on the honours and awards sub-committee since 2008. John was president of Athletics New Zealand 2009-2010. He received an Athletics New Zealand merit award in 1997 and was made a life member of Athletics New Zealand in 2005.
He has been an official both summer and winter months for over 50 years was vice-chairman of the Athletics Control Committee and officials’ controller at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games and chief of officials’ reception at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games.
Bronze medallist at the 1950 Auckland Empire Games Dave Batten died in Christchurch on 11 September aged 86.
Dave, who competed for the Canterbury University College Amateur Athletic Club, was the national junior 100 yards and 220 yards champion in 1945 and went on to win seven national senior titles, 100 yards 1947, 220 yards four years in a row 1948-51 and the 440 yards 1949 and 1950 representing Canterbury, Wellington in 1950 and as an individual in 1951.
He competed in the 220 yards and 440 yards at the 1950 Games. He was third in his heat, semi-final and final of the 440 yards and reached the semi-final of the 220 yards. By winning the bronze he became New Zealand’s first Commonwealth Games medallist over 440 yards. He also won a bronze medal at these Games as a member of the 4 x 440 yards relay team that finished third. He set a New Zealand junior 100 yards record in 1945 and a New Zealand 220 yards record in 1950.
Peter Heidenstrom in his book Athletes of the Century described Dave as one of the nicest people you could talk to and one of the nicest runners you could watch, a smooth stylist whose form and features never betrayed the severest pressure or strain.
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