Above: Wellington Scottish senior men's winning team at the Shaw Baton Relays. Photo by Jo Murray.
Southland Centennial Shield Relays, Lovelock Track Sandringham – 25 April 2015
Auckland City Athletic team proved too strong for Wesley by taking out the fastest time honours in the annual cross country relay. Jono Jackson gave the Auckland team a good start heading in Wesley’s Conal Wilson by 11 seconds over the first of five 3000m laps in 9:26. Matt Baxter with the fastest time of 9:21 consolidated the lead, followed by Mike Banks and Hayden Rodger with James Uhlenberg anchoring them home one minute clear of Wesley. Pakuranga were third. North Harbour Bays’ Lydia O’Donnell gave her team the winning edge on the second of the three laps in the women’s relay. The national 10,000m champion recorded the fastest women’s time of 10:39. Pakuranga led after the initial lap with Lisa Robertson in top form running 10:53, to change 27 seconds ahead of Bays’ Annika Pfitzinger. Katie Wright had no trouble with a 10:48 final lap to bring Bays home over a minute faster than Pakuranga. Bays B team were third and ACA were fourth. Bays also won the master women, with ACA taking out the master men over Auckland University. Pakuranga Gold team won the junior relay from University and their Silver team.
Throwers Autumn Series, AUT Millennium Stadium – 25 April 2015
Mackenzie O’Neill (14) threw the 3kg hammer out to 53.83m a personal best and a North Harbour Bays’ U/15 record. Anthony Nobilo 5kg HT 52.07m, 6kg HT 44.83m, 1.5kg DT 37.93m. Mellata Tatola 3kg SP 13.38m, 4kg SP 11.01m, 1kg DT 36.60m and 4kg HT 38.83m. Laini Inivale 7.26kg SP 12.62m. Mackenzie Vitasovich 3kg SP 11.98m, 1kg DT 34.78m, 4kg HT 33.63m.
Shaw Baton Relays, Battle Hill Farm Park, Pauatahanui – 25 April 2015
A flying last lap from Wellington Harriers’ Marcus Karamanolis was not quite enough to stop rival Club Wellington Scottish claiming their twentieth senior men’s Shaw Baton relay title. Scottish arrived at the race as favourites, on a nineteen year-long winning streak. But Wellington, determined to break that run, brought their top junior runners up into their senior team in the attempt. Wellington’s Nathan Tse led his team to a small lead on the first lap. On lap two national mountain running champion Dougal Thorburn claimed the lead for Scottish with the equal fastest lap of 5:52 for the 2km circuit. Scottish held on to that slim lead for the next three laps. On the final lap national junior 5000m champion Karamanolis chased Scottish’s round the bays champion Tim Hodge. Karamanolis closed half of the 16 seconds gap in his first kilometre and was quickly gaining on Hodge. However Hodge rallied on the last hill and held on to the last seven seconds of his lead despite Karamanolis running the equal fastest lap of 5:52.
Scottish team Manager Rees Buck said Wellington Harriers have got a great young team that will soon be a threat to every Club in the country.
“Our guys were under pressure the whole race. The Shaw Baton means a lot to our Club and we were determined to get win number twenty,” he said.
In the other relays Scottish won the senior women’s and master women’s. Kelsey Forman of Wellington Harriers ran the fastest individual lap in the women of 6:59. Host Club Olympic Harriers won the master men and the junior men while Wellington Harriers took out the junior women’s. The boys U/14 and U/12 went to Olympic and Wellington Harriers won the girls U/14 and U/12.
Hagley Memorial Relays, North Hagley Park – 25 April 2015
New Brighton Olympic team of Oska Inkster-Baynes, Dallas Wickman, Nick Burrow, William Sams, Callan Moody and Daniel Balchin won the 6 x 4km event on 1:18:48. University were second in 1:20:30, 13 seconds ahead of Christchurch Avon. Balchin ran the fastest 4km lap in 12:17, Moody ran 12:25, Inkster-Baynes 12:49 and Ben Musson 13:04. Papanui TocH won the masters relay in 1:26:50. Fastest laps in the masters Chris Mardon 13:17, Kerry Faass 13:41, Tom Mayo 13:59. University won the women’s 4 x 4km relay with their team of Rachel Kingsford, Fiona Crombie, Nicki McFadzien and Angie Petty recording 57:21. Christchurch Avon was second in 66:24 and Papanui TocH third in 68:15. Fastest laps Kingsford 13:47, Crombie 14:23, Margot Gibson 14:23, Petty 14:29. Christchurch Tri won the masters women in 1:14:25 from New Brighton Olympic 1:14:35. Fastest laps Lisa Brignull 16:14, Leonie Haywood 16:32, Robyn Perkins 17:00. Best walk times Rosie Robinson 21:43, Kate Newitt 22:19. Papanui TocH won the junior men and University the junior women. Cameron Avery was the fastest junior with 12:42 from Matt Prest 12:46. Rosa Flanagan was the fastest junior woman and fastest woman overall with 13:38. Gabrielle Gray ran 14:23.
London Marathon – 26 April 2015
Mary Davies finished a creditable 17th in 2:34:22 after a first half of 1:14:37. The 32 year old who competed at the 2009 and 2013 world championships has a personal best of 2:28:57. Tigist Tufa of Ethiopia won in 2:23:22, from Mary Keitany of Kenya 2:23:40 and Tirfi Tsegaye of Ethiopia 2:23:41. Paula Ratcliffe (41) ran her last marathon. The women’s world record holder with 2:15:25 from the 2003 London Marathon ran 2:36:55 winning the masters women's section.
Other New Zealand women running were Sophie Grant 2:52:49 (33) and Andrea Hunt 3:02:19 (111).
Paul Martelletti, a week after winning a marathon in Manchester, was 60th in 2:30:12, dressed in a full spiderman suit, breaking the unofficial record for the fastest marathon in a superhero costume. Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won in 2:04:42 by five seconds from compatriot Wilson Kipsang. Other New Zealanders Romain Mirosa 2:54:52 (1108), Aaron Clement 2:55:53 (1213), Richard McCulloch 2:57:49 (1428).
Tim Prendergast in the IPC World Championships run in conjunction with the London race was third in the T13 category in 2:47:23 and 23rd overall. Maria Williams T11/12 in her marathon debut, guided and coached by twice world mountain running champion Melissa Moon, finished eighth in her category in 3:44:00 and 41st overall.
Greater Manchester Marathon, Manchester, 19 April
: Paul Martelletti 2:17:47 (half in 1:08:48), winning by a minute from Eoin Callaghan. Martelletti has a personal best of 2:16:49 from the 2011 Berlin Marathon.
Hapalua Half Marathon, Hawaii, 12 April
: Mel Aitken of Dunedin winner of the Southern Lakes Half Marathon in Wanaka on 28 March in 1:18:21, was seventh overall and first woman in 1:22:06.
Bryan Clay Invitational, Cougar Stadium Azusa Pacific University, Los Angeles California, 16/17 April
: Tom Maslin 100m 11.93 (+1.7) (76), LJ 6.53m (+1.9) (37), TJ 11.66m (0.0) (32). Max Attwell 400m 50.18 (32), LJ 6.39m (+3.5) (41). Tim Cornish 1500m 3:46.67 PB (23). Jeff Lautenslager 1500m 3:55.02 PB (74), Connor Davidson 1500m 4:11.58 (174). Mike Lowe 5000m 14:45.73 PB (27), Harry Delany 5000m 16:04.83 (117), Robbie Delany 5000m 16:06.35 (118). Jemima Tennekoon 100m 12.98 (+1.4) (83), 400m 59.79 (60). Danica Davies 100m 13.12 (+1.8) (88), 100m H 15.99 (+1.7) (49), SP 11.21m (43), HJ 1.58m (22). Delwyn Lewis 200m 25.77 (+3.8) (53). Maddy Spence 200m 26.30 (+3.2) (76), 400m H 64.24 (22).
Beach Track & Field, Norwalk, Connecticut, 18 April
: Marshall Hall DT 56.55m (7). Siositina Hakeai DT 57.45m (2), Te Rina Keenan 55.73m (3).
Boston Marathon, 20 April
: Vajin Armstrong 2:28:18 PB (70). Liza Hunter-Galvan 2:46:44 (21).
Penn Relays, Franklin Field, Philadelphia PA, 23 April.
Julia Ratcliffe wins women's hammer throw with season's best 66.31.
Triton Invitational, UC Sandiego, La Jolla, California. 24 April,
Siositina Hakeai DT58.93 (5), Te Rina Keenan 54.87 (14). 25 April Marshall Hall DT 55.71 (17).
Southland stalwart Reg Clutterbuck died on 17 April 2015 aged 89. He had a continuous association with the Gore Club and Southland athletics for nearly 65 years summer and winter, as an athlete, coach, official and administrator. Reg was a foundation member of the Gore Amateur Athletic and Cycling Club in 1947 joining after returning from overseas war service at the age of 21. He won a number of Southland titles, represented Southland on the track and cross country and held the Southland mile record. He was a foundation member of the Gore Harrier Club in 1949. He received the Athletics New Zealand long service award, was patron and life member of the Gore athletic and harrier clubs and was a life member of Athletics Southland.
ROAD AND TRAIL RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY
O’Hagan’s Viaduct 5km, 21 April: Jay Wallwork 15:30, Ciaran Faherty 15:57, John Mauro 16:41.
Rat Race 5km Takapuna, 22 April: James Brent 16:51, Oliver Trengrove 17:06, Katie Wyrill 17:38.
Lodge Loop the Lake 25km, 18 April: Graeme Taylor 1:46:24, Sarwan Chand 1:46:36, David Fitch 1:47:49. Olivia Bird 2:05:55, Imogene Scott 2:09:50, Nicola Handley 2:09:53.
McCashin’s Autumn 5km, 22 April: Richard Ussher 17:06, Hayden Squance 17:50, Max Schneider 18:43.
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