Above: Michael Voss taking out the Shoe Clinic Half Marathon race at the Wellington Marathon. Photo by Sharon Wray.
Auckland Teams Cross Country Championships, Barry Curtis Park, East Tamaki – 25 June 2016
Jono Jackson handled the wet and muddy underfoot conditions the best with a convincing win in the 10km in 34:23, 36 seconds ahead of Mike Banks with Peter Wheeler third in 35:09. Jackson was second to Matthew Baxter last year in 33:16 and Banks was third in 33:46. Jackson of ACA won the teams race in 2013 in 33:02 and in 2014 in 33:31. Auckland City Athletics with their seven runners finishing in the top 20 won the teams title from Pakuranga and Wesley.
Ashleigh Williams won the women’s 6km in 23:50. Last year she won the same race in 24:23. Esther Keown was second in 24:02 and Fiona Love third in 24:34. North Harbour Bays with their team of five Williams, Keown, Love, Charlotte Gordan and Anna Bramley filling the first five places easily won the teams title from Pakuranga and YMCA. Williams, who is now based in Cambridge at Triathlon New Zealand High performance Centre, will contest the New Zealand cross country championships in August.
Harry Ewing ventured up State Highway one from Hamilton and easily won the under 20 5km in 17:16. Andrew Catley ran a solid race through the mud for second in 17:50 with Cameron Low third in 18:06.
Ewing will get in the New Zealand championships before leaving on 16 August for a four year athletic scholarship at the University of Wyoming. National junior 1500m champion Daniel Hintz will also be taking up a scholarship at Wyoming.
Grace Wood won the under 20 women 4km in 16:12. The under 18 winners were George Cory-Wright and Sophie Atkinson. Zane Powell dominated the under 15 and Dion Wallwork the under 13. Arabella White was a convincing winner of the under 15 women and Sophie Spencer held out Abigail Edwards by three seconds to win the under 13.
Nick Moore was the best of the master men in 37:26 for the 10km, 10 seconds ahead of Brad Luiten. Anna McRae was the fastest master woman in 26:14 for the 6km.
Pakuranga won the combined U/20 and U/18, the U/15, the U/13 and U/11 men’s teams and the master women and U/13 women. ACA won the U/20 and U/18 women, Glen Eden won the U/15 women and NHB the U/11 girls.
Wairarapa 800m – 25 June 2016
Alison Andrew-Paul New Zealand’s 800m representative at next month’s world under 20 track and field championships in Bydgoszcz Poland ran 2:07.66 in a mixed race at the Colin Pugh Athletics Track. The national junior women’s 800m and 1500m champion has a best of 2:06.84. The race was won by fellow world under 20 champs team member and national junior champion James Preston in 1:51.48.
Wellington Marathon, Westpac Stadium – 26 June 2016
Ciaran Faherty continued to stamp his name on the national marathon running scene winning the marathon in 2:36:56. In March he won the Mountain to Sea Marathon in New Plymouth, then finished third in the Rotorua Marathon and just three weeks ago was second in the Christchurch Marathon. In Wellington the Irishman matched strides with local standout, Dave Parsons, for 40 of the 42.2k before the Irishman eased away for a comfortable 36 second. Ed Whiting was third in 2:52:38. Katie Wyrill was the first woman in 3:02:46 from Yumiko Tanaka 3:07:03 and Jo Johansen 3:07:21. Tanaka was in Wellington representing Wellington’s sister City of Sakai. Harry Terwiel won the marathon walk in 4:26:08 with Gabriela Diver the first woman walker in 5:01:49. Michael Voss won the half marathon in 1:10:14 from Chris Sanson 1:12:08 and Brian Garmonsway 1:12:46. Rebecca Elliott won the woman’s half in 1:25:03 from Taryn Ryan 1:26:43 and Charlotte Haina 1:27:36. The half walk went to Eric Kemsley in 2:03:55 with Robyn Wolfsbauer the first woman in 2:23:16. Tim Hodge won the 10km in 33:12, from Nathan Tse 33:41 and Tim Cornish 34:07. Sarah Drought won the women’s 10km in 36:26 well clear of Jean Kozyniak 39:23 and Ariana Harper 39:37. The 10km walk went to Bart Henderson 62:37 and Barb Pauling 66:41.
Andrew Reese Memorial Relays, Woodend Beach – 25 June 2016
Christchurch Avon was the fastest senior men’s team with Team Reese winning on handicap. Chch Avon also won the senior women on time and handicap, the junior women on time and handicap and the master men on time to handicap going to Port Hills. University of Canterbury won the master women, Port Hills the handicap.
Fastest individual 5km laps: SM Ben Musson 15:23, Matt Dryden 15:49, Cameron Swales 15:57. JM Cameron Avery 15:04, Sean Eustace 15:14. SW Elise Sutherland 19:38, Grace Fursdon 19:59, Fiona Crombie 20:23. JW Charlotte Blair 19:53, Natalie Dryden 20:08. MM Chris Mardon 15:59. MW Maggie Chorley 19:26. 2.5km lap; B16 Gregory Coleman 8:06. G17 Navajo Prentice 8:50. G16 Louise Daly 9:07. G14 Neve Moulai 8:34.
Barnes Cross Country, Kettle Park – 26 June 2016
Senior men 5km Kirk Madgwick 16:22, Jake Jackson-Grammer 16:22, Blair Martin 16:25, teams Caversham, Leith, Ariki. Senior women 3.75km Mary Gray 15:04, Shireen Crumpton 15:16, Lia Bezett 15:32, teams Caversham, Caversham B, Hill City University. U/18 men 2.5km Matthew Ogle 8:05, Hamish McKinlay 9:39, Josh Hou 9:56, teams Caversham, Hill City University. U/18 women 2.5km Caitlin O’Donnell 10:48, Sarah Langsbury 11:45, Katie Wong 13:14.
Handicap series 3 Fosbender Park – 18 June 2016
Eighteen year old Hannah Miller (Gore) had fastest time of all runners in the 8km senior race, running 35:41, 12 seconds better than handicap winner Corey Mennell (Riverton). Madi Hamilton (Winton) was first across the line in the junior 3k race with Benjamin Britton (14) taking fastest time, 11:37 and Jacob Boniface (9) 12:45 next. Jacob’s sister Laura was fastest of the girls.
61st Gore Cross Country, Hamilton Park – 25 June 2016
Alan Wilson Woodford (Winton) won the Clutterbuck Cup for first on handicap, starting a near back marker on 11:30 and threading through the field to pass Barrie Sheehy (St Pauls) off 1 minute, on the line. Riley Place and Hamish Kidd actually finished first and second on handicap but being unregistered were ineligible for trophies. Debbie Telfer (Inv) won the Jones Trophy for first woman on handicap. Jack McNaughton (St Pauls) narrowly took fastest time on the 5.4km course with 19:31, just ahead of Alan Wilson Woodford’s 19:35, Buddy Small (St Pauls) 19:39 and Dwight Grieve (Fiord) 19:42. Angela Ryan with 24:19 was fastest woman with Debbie Telfer, 24:47, next. Siblings Jacob and Laura Boniface were fastest boy and girl in the 2km junior race. Noah Mcgarry and Madi Hamilton were the handicap winners.
Stumptown Twilight, Portland OR, 23 June: Lucy Oliver won the High Performance 5000m in 15:24.06, just .06 outside a second Rio Olympics B qualifier.
Brussels Grand Prix, Brussels, 19 June: Brad Mathas 800m 1:58.39 (12rA). Rochelle Coster 100m H 13.60 (+1.1) (4r2). Elizabeth Lamb HJ 1.81m (1).
Belgium Championships, Brussels, 25 June: Michael Cochrane 400m hurdles 50.32 (1h1). 26 June: Michael Cochrane 400m hurdles final 50.67 (1).
Kusocinski Memorial Meeting, Szczecin, 18 June: Nneka Okpala TJ 13.30m (+1.7) (3).
Meeting Madrid, 23 June: Brad Mathas 800m 1:48.58 (6). Angie Petty 800m 2:01.92 (7).
Bilbao International Meeting, 25 June: Eric Speakman 1500m 3:39.86 (1). Camille Buscomb 5000m 15:45.30 (4).
Rhede International Leichtathletik-Meeting, Rhede, 24 June: Nneka Okpala TJ 13.43m (+0.2) (1). 25 June: Julia Ratcliffe HT 66.80m (1).
Hochsprung Meeting, Bühl, 24 June: Elizabeth Lamb HJ 1.84m (6).
IAAF Combined Events Challenge, Ratingen, 25/26 June: Veronica Torr heptathlon, 5623 points (8) Individual events: 100m H 14.20 (-1.2), HJ 1.66m, SP 12.22m, 200m 25.56 (-0.2), LJ 6.05m (+0.9), JT 40.45m, 800m 2:20.71 PB.
French Championships, Angers, 24 June: Alexander Parkinson DT 51.95 (7). Matthew Bloxham HT 60.96m (7). 25 June: Portia Bing 400m hurdles 65.96 (8h1).
Resisprint International, Charriere La Chaux-de-Fonds, 26 June: Joseph Millar 100m 10.56 (+1.7) (4h1), final 11.12 (+2.9) (7). Rochelle Coster 100m hurdles 13.23 (+2.2) (1h1), final 13.34 (-0.2) (1). Cameron French 400m hurdles 50.41 (2h1).
Victoria Track Classic, Victoria, 19 June: Matthew Harris 1500m 3:45.51 PB (8r2). Nikki Hamblin 800m 2:05.72 (6r3).
Lake Burley Griffin Walk Carnival, Canberra, 12 June: Quentin Rew 20 miles 2:21:26 (2), at 30km 2:11:41. Alana Barber 10 miles 1:21:15 (5).
Two former stalwarts of athletics in Auckland passed away during the past two weeks. John Boland (79) on Thursday 9 June and Bruce Connon (87) on Sunday 19 June. Boland competed in the decathlon during the late 1950’s and 60’s. His specialist field event was the javelin, having taken the bronze at the national junior championships and he was regularly placed in the Auckland senior championships. He was the Auckland Centre field event handicapper for many years. Boland was a keen photographer and was the staff photographer for the Auckland Athlete magazine from its inception in 1962. He attended the 1960 Rome Olympic Games as a photographer.
Connon was a past President (1974/75) and six years chairman of the harrier section (1967/73 with the Manurewa Athletic and Harrier Club and was an outstanding chairman of the Auckland Centre Harrier Committee during the 1960’s and 70’s. His son Grant Connon was the New Zealand decathlon champion in 1981 and 1982.
And just last Thursday Frank Smedley died. Smedley was an informative announcer and commentator at the New Zealand long distance walking championships at Devonport over the past few years. He was a top junior runner with the Calliope Club during the late 1960's and was the initial coach of Geoff Shaw. He was also a keen race walker and race-walking judge.
ROAD AND TRAIL RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY
Parkrun 5km, 25 June: Ian Calder 18:19.
Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 22 June: Gene Rand 17:06, Richard Campbell 18:10, Andrew Cave 18:54.
Barry Curtis Parkrun 5km, 25 June: Grant Lincoln 18:58.
Millwater Parkrun 5km, 25 June: Rhys Johnston 18:44. Fleur Walter 19:52.
Western Springs Parkrun 5km, 25 June: Will Alexander 18:14.
Lake Parkrun 5km, 25 June: Benjamin Moody 18:49.
Anderson Parkrun 5km, 25 June: Ruby Muir 18:04, Robert Strong 18:28.
Lower Hutt Parkrun 5km, 25 June: Geoff Ferry 17:42, Craig Baxter 18:27, Joe Morgan 18:42.
Porirua Parkrun 5km, 25 June: Philip Opie 17:11, Laurence Pidcock 17:38.
Hagley Parkrun 5km, 25 June: Angie Petty’s husband Sam won in 16:17, Nicholas Jackson 18:07, Neil Christian 18:11.
Pegasus Parkrun 5km, 25 June: Hamish Hargest 17:57, John Marshall 18:25. Natasha Mitchell 20:41.
Botanic Garden Parkrun 5km, 25 June: Jonah Smith 18:55.
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent