Above: Jared Free on his way to the NZ U20 20km Race Walk title.
Auckland Waikato Bay of Plenty Meeting, Porritt Stadium – 21 November 2015
After knocking on the door over the past year of breaking his own New Zealand junior hammer throw record Matthew Bloxham finally succeeded at Porritt Stadium on Saturday.
The national senior and junior champion hoisted the 6kg ball and chain out to 71.11m to better his national under 20 record of 70.67m set in June last year.
“Finally been able to get that throw out there, it’s been over a year since we’ve got there,” said Bloxham.
“We’ve got a lot more in training so I’ve only got until the end of the year to sort of punch out what we can do. We’re hoping for a little bit more than today’s throw.”
He just missed out by five days on also breaking his under 19 record, having turned 19 last Monday.
Even though it was raining, Bloxham enjoys the circle at Porritt Stadium.
“I enjoy it quite a lot when the surface is wet, so it was good to have that there but it would have been better if the rain had have stopped when the circle was wet but I can’t really complain, I got my record,” he added.
Julia Ratcliffe won the women’s hammer with a throw of 62.06m and Mellata Tatola had a personal best of 57.40m with the 3kg hammer.
Hamish Gill went one step closer to the qualifying time of 21.20 for next year’s world junior championships with a personal best 200m of 21.44.
Theo Quax the 15 year old son of Olympic Games 5000m silver medallist Dick Quax, dipped under four minutes for 1500m for the first time. Harry Ewing won in 3:57.86 with Quax second in 3:58.79.
Adam Ramsdale won the 400m in 48.30 while Daniel Dyet covered the 400m hurdles in 54.51. Louise Jones won the sprint double with times of 12.28 over 100m and 24.71 in the 200m. Brooke Cull won the 400m in 55.92 and Camille Buscomb cruised in the rain to a solo 5000m in 15:56.24.
Athletics New Zealand Long Distance Race Walking Champs, Devonport – 21 November 2015
Corrine Smith of Whangarei celebrated her 49th birthday by collecting her first national title, the New Zealand senior women’s 20km crown in 1:56:03. Kelly Ruddick (42) of Australia won in 1:38:32, five minutes slower than her September 2013 PB. Courtney Ruske did not finish. Jared Free won the U/20 20km title in 1:48:44. The U/18 10km title went to Jamie Shaw of Nelson in 49:58. Laura Langley of Hastings added to her 2014 youth 3000m track and 10km road and 2015 junior 3000m track and 10km road taking the U/20 10km title in 53:31. Tayla-Paige Billington (18) of Australia won in 52:35. Graeme Jones the sole competitor in the senior 50km did not finish.
North Harbour Bays Club Night, AUT Millennium Stadium – 17 November 2015
Nick Hailes achieved three personal best throwing performances, 5kg HT 57.24m, 7.26kg HT 43.18m and 5kg SP 14.43m. Anthony Nobilo also PB’s in the 6kg HT 49.76m and 5kg SP 9.83m, he also had a 57.27m 5kg HT. Ben Chong Wong 6kg SP 16.75m.
Auckland City Athletics Club Night, Mt Smart Stadium – 18 November 2015
Isaac Tatoa 60m 7.02 (+0.7) and 100m 11.26 (+1.7). Maiya Christini 800m 2:19.07, Georgia Clode 2:19.83 PB. Guy Kilmister 800m 1:56.02, Matt Manning 1:56.06 PB, James Uhlenberg 1:56.42 PB, Jonathan Ansley 1:56.79 PB. Jono Jackson 3000m 8:42.29, Conal Wilson 8:44.33, Luke Fielding 8:45.65 PB, James Uhlenberg 8:46.67 PB. Alex Parlane 5000m 15:12.80, Tom Hunt 15:59.84.
Regional League Meeting No 3, Manawatu Community Track – 21 November 2015
Anna Thomson TJ 12.15m (+0.6). Scott Thomson TJ 14.53m (+1.7). Ben Power DT 50.54m, SP 17.44m and HT 50.35m. Briana Stephenson LJ 5.54m (-0.8), HJ 1.60m. Nick Palmer HT 50.39m. Montaya Wharehinga HT 51.16m. Jordan Peters LJ 7.01m (-0.3). Callum Stewart 3000m 8:59.31. Tessa Webb 3000m 10:17.38 mx, Caitlin Bassett 3000m 10:36.59 mx. Harry Symes 200m 22.15 (+0.2). Nick Smith 100m 11.16 (-0.3). Georgia Hulls 100m 12.31 (-0.5), 200m 25.33 (-1.5), 400m 57.11. James Preston 800m 1:52.74. Hannah O’Connor 800m 2:21.82 and 1500m 4:36.48. Alex Haye 400m 49.40. Niam MacDonald 2k St 6:36.46, Jane Lennox 2k St 7:21.73.
Peter Baillie 3000m race walk 16:06.01. Quin Hartley 400m H 54.89. Rowan Anderson 300m H 41.56.
Athletics Otago Meeting, Caledonian Ground – 21 November 2015
Nicole Bradley set an Otago record of 60.11m in the senior hammer. This breaks Debbie McCaw’s 2005 record of 54.58m, however Bradley has a pending performance of 59.16m from October 24. Bradley has a best of 62.32m when competing for an Auckland Club. Todd Bates was close to his best with the 7.26kg hammer throwing 53.49m. Hugh McLeod-Jones (17) 5kg SP 14.32m, 5kg HT 46.22m and 1.5kg DT 40.55m. Samuel Bremer 800m 1:54.20. Felix McDonald 840mm 300m H 42.06 and Madaline Spence 762mm 300m H 44.88. Oliver Chignell 3000m 8:46.73 and Kirsty O’Sullivan 10:53.35. Joccoaa Palmer 200m 26.95 (-1.5). Andrew Whyte 200m 22.31 (-1.3) Terry Collins-Hawkins 100m 11.30 (-0.1) and 200m 23.01 (-2.1). Adriana Mawhinney (17) TJ 10.55m (-1.6) and HJ 1.60m. Allan Andrew (15) TJ 11.86m (-2.4). Jacob Granger (17) LJ 6.13m (-1.8). Laura Overton 600g JT 44.80m.
Queenstown International Marathon and Half Marathon – 21 November 2015
The 2012 national marathon champion Tony Payne, won in 2:30:29 from Graeme Taylor of Nelson 2:35:17 and Australian John Csongei 2:38:23. Victoria Beck formerly Dunedin and now Australia repeated her win of last year running 2:55:52, 32 seconds slower. Mel Aitken was second in 3:03:23 with Danielle Nicolson third in 3:17:50. The half marathon went to Mike Phillips in 1:14:18 from Adam Jaques 1:14:21 and Thijs Hubber 1:14:45. The women’s half was won by Jasmin Patterson in 1:26:07, from Olivia Bird 1:27:08 and Lizzie Spencer 1:27:24. The 10km winners were Archie Ritchie in 37:53 and Julie Wilson in 42:25.
Athletics Southland Meeting, Surrey Park – 21 November 2015
Jordan Rackham won the 800m in 1:54.5. Emma Hopcroft 100m 12.8, 200m 26.7 and LJ 5.20m (+3.4). Sam Stewart 100m 11.2. Tim Baker 200m 23.0. Hannah Miller 800m 2:17.4. Atipa Mabonga LJ 5.58m (+3.3) and 5.40m (+1.7). Emma Ryan U/18 SP 12.35m.
Southland Athlete of the Year.
NZSS and Athletics NZ U17 triple jump record breaker Atipa Mabonga and world mountain running representative and NZSS steeplechase winner Jack Beaumont shared Athlete of the Year top award. Marshall Hall, World University Games rep and national senior discus champion was Throws Athlete of the Year, Patrick Taberner Sprints and Hurdles Athlete of the Year and Sam Stewart Combined Events Athlete of the Year. Beverlee Shepherd awarded Official of the Year trophy.
Wanganui Sports Awards - 20 November 2015
Wanganui Harrier Club won the club of the year award for 2015, which also happens to be their 90th year anniversary.
Middle distance runner Geordie Beamish won the Junior National Sportsperson of the year title.
Melbourne Shield, Aberfeldie, 14 November: Nneka Okpala TJ 13.21m (NWI).
Athletic correspondent for the New Zealand Herald during the Murray Halberg and Peter Snell era, Norman Harris died in London on Friday 20 November 2015 aged 75. He covered the 1962 Perth and the 1966 Jamaica British Empire and Commonwealth Games and the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games for the New Zealand Herald. He was born in Te Kowhai and attended Hamilton High School. He switched from cricket to running and gained third in the 1960 Owairaka handicap marathon. He also competed in the 1961 New Zealand marathon championship. His enthusiasm for athletics was channelled into his work as a journalist and author. Books he wrote included Lap of Honour, The Legend of Lovelock, The Lonely Breed, Beyond Cooks’ Gardens and more recently Scottie a story of ambition, weakness and redemption about Neville Scott. He produced a Silver Fern publication after each of the Games he attended and also a New Zealand Athletics Almanac in 1963.
ROAD AND TRAIL RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY
Kerikeri Half Marathon Okaihau to Kerikeri, 21 November: Harry Linford knocked nearly four minutes off his PB and second placing time last year winning by over 12 minutes in 1:12:07. Brad Luiten was second in 1:12:24 with Simon Yarrow third in 1:15:27. Rachael Kingstone sixth in the recent Auckland half marathon ran an almost identical time to win the women’s race in 1:24:15. Anna McRae was second in 1:24:44 with Ady McKenzie third in 1:25:56.
O’Hagan’s Viaduct 5km, 17 November: Ciaran Faherty 16:26, Chris Wharam 16:33, John Renowden 18:05. Danielle Ingram-Trevis 18:15.
Rat Race 5km Takapuna, 18 November: Gene Rand 16:42.
Cornwall Park Parkrun 5km, 21 November: Sam Thom 17:51, Michael Wood 18:29, Chris Robb 18:43.
Barry Curtis Parkrun 5km, 21 November: Andrew Catley 17:17.
Eastside 5km, 17 November: Matt Scott 17:03, Lance Brew 17:12, Kevin Fly 17:15.
Running Festival. Half Marathon and 10km, 22 November: Craig Kirkwood 1:11:51, William Harris 1:11:58, Kyle Macdonald 1:13:51. Sue Crowley 1:28:50, Sarah Joubert 1:32:07, Kelsey Horne 1:33:45. 10km; Michael Voss 31:52, John Caie 36:18, Carlos Fernandez 37:28. Megan Grant 41:46.
Peak 12.8km Trail Blazer, Te Mata Peak, 15 November: Eric Speakman 46:40 (record), Lucas Duross 51:14, Devon Beckman 51:35. Ruby Muir 55:25 (record).
Waterfront 5km, 17 November: Andrew Wharton 16:17, Nick Sasse 16:24, Adam Steinmetz 17:00. Sophie Dawson 20:31.
Lower Hutt Parkrun 5km, 21 November: Paul Barwick 17:13, Shanon Stallard 17:27, Alastair Willis 17:37.
Hagley Parkrun 5km, 21 November: Thomas Ditchfield 17:20, Brian Law 17:28, Honza Zoha 17:38.
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent