Above: Neve Moulai (Heaton Intermediate) winner of the Year 7 girls race at the Inter-Regional Cross Country Champs in Blenheim. (Photo by Mike Walen, KeyImagery.com)
Athletics Otago Meeting, Caledonian Ground – 26 September 2015
No wind readings; 100m Josiah Lesa 12.2H. Hillary Harper 100m 12.4H and 200m 26.82. 100m Para Athlete Liam Malone 12.0H, 200m 24.54. Para Athlete Anna Grimaldi 400m 66.60 LJ 5.00m. William Steadman 60.80, 4.71m. Para seated SP Jessica Hamill 7.10m (F34 NZ record), Hugh McLeod-Jones 5kg SP 15.05m (PB), 7.26kg SP 12.51m, 5kg HT 41.64m. Todd Bates 7.26kg HT 49.18m. Mayce Ballantyne 4kg HT 42.84m. Para Athlete JT Holly Robinson 36.80m, Rory McSweeney 47.34m. Caitlin Dore Para Athlete SP 6.89m, JT 19.39m. William Steadman Para Athlete LJ 4.71m. For the Para Athletes it was competition prior to leaving on 6 October for Darwin before going on to the IPC Athletics World championships in Doha 22/31 October.
The Phil Costley Shield Cross Country, Wither Hills Farm Park – 24 September 2015
The Phil Costley Shield, symbol of Primary and Intermediate Schools’ Cross Country supremacy, was retained by the Wellington Regional team. Over 330 Year 5 to 8 school children from Canterbury, Tasman, Wellington, South Canterbury and the Bay of Plenty took part in dry and windy conditions in the 11th Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships. The Wellington Primary Schools' team were dominant in the younger Year 5 and 6 grades while the Primary Sports Canterbury team showed their strength in the Year 7 and 8 races. The most comprehensive victories of the day were by Canterbury runners. Sam Meecham (Hillview Christian School) won the Year 6 Boys' 2000m by over ten seconds while Laurence Pithie (Cobham Intermediate School) won the Year 8 Boys' title by 17 seconds ahead of AIMS Games runner-up, Finn Seeds (Hutt International Boys' School). Lili Ovendale (Sumner School) worked her way through the field to win the Year 8 Girls' 3000m. Year 7 Girls' champion, Neve Moulai (Heaton Intermediate) recorded the second equal fastest female time of the day, matching runner-up in the Year 8 race, Macey Caughley (Muritai School). The final event of the day saw a commanding Wellington win in the Inter-Regional Relay ahead of Canterbury, Tasman and a plucky South Canterbury team. Next year's event will be held in Wellington with South Canterbury hosting the event for the first time in 2017.
Throws Spring Series, AUT Millennium Stadium – 19 September 2015
Anthony Nobilo 1.5kg DT 41.31m, 5kg HT 53.57m, 6kg HT 48.69m. Nick Hailes same implements 39.82m, 50.31m, 45.35m. Ella Pilkington 4kg HT 50.40m.
42nd Berlin Marathon – 27 September 2015
Nicholas Browne was the leading Kiwi, finishing in 175th place in a time of 2:33.44. Andrew Quirk raising funds for Parkinson’s New Zealand finished 719th in 2:49:45. Kenyan runners won the men’s and women’s titles, Eliud Kipchoge in 2:04:00 and Gladys Cherono in 2:19:25.
Sydney Half Marathon – 20 September 2015
Alexandra Williams was fourteenth in 1:24:38 and Ayesha Shafi ran a PB of 1:27:09 in 20th place.
ROAD AND TRAIL RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY
O’Hagan’s Viaduct 5km, 22 September: Scott Winton 16:26, Chris Wharam 16:31, Daniel Plews 16:34. Claire Macky 19:45.
Rat Race 5km Takapuna, 23 September: Gene Rand 17:10, Euan Grigor 17:28, Mike Judd 18:50. Anna Bramley 19:02.
Cornwall Park Parkrun 5km, 26 September: Sam Thom 17:53, Gene Rand 18:17, Chris Robb 18:27. Olivia Burne 18:33.
Onehunga Half Marathon, 27 September: Sam Thom 1:19:29, Caleb Pearson 1:19:51, Sebastian Kamp 1:22:04. Jo Gosse 1:26:54, Anna McRae 1:27:18, Lynn Dempsey 1:28:05. 10km; Mark Paterson 38:24. Katie Wyrill 37:44.
Lake Parkrun 5km, 26 September: Charli Miller JW 18:45 1.
City to Surf 12km, 27 September: Craig Kirkwood 37:05, Ben Ruthe 37:57, Henry Wallace 38:29. Alice mason 41:35, Ewa Wystepek 46:42, Michelle Mourits 46:50. 5km; Donal Hanratty 15:17, Mathijs Wetzels 16:34, Thibault Bussiere 17:08. Ella Fookes 19:03, Tegan Fookes 19:50, Lourdes Devine 20:18.
Lower Hutt Parkrun 5km, 26 September: Peter Roberts 18:08. Sarah Gardner 19:10.
Porirua Parkrun 5km, 26 September: Laurence Pidcock 17:54.
Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman 36km Coastal Classic, Awaroa to Marahau, 26 September: Chris Dunell 2:33:24, Simon Mardon 2:39:58, Sarwan Chand 2:46:13. Lizzie Wesley-Smith 2:57:01, Tania McWilliams 2:58:48, Fiona Hayvice 3:00:14.
Hagley Parkrun 5km, 26 September: Christopher Dryden 16:42, Malcolm Cornelius 17:54, Neil Christian 18:21.
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent