There's a new Event on the Horizon – the Bob Spence 1500m Classic
The North Island Colgate Games attracts over a thousand children aged seven to fourteen annually making it one of New Zealand’s largest children’s sporting events. The 2015 version hosted at Wellington’s Newtown Park (January 9-11) will see a unique finish to day two of competition with the inaugural Bob Spence 1500m Classic set to take place shortly after the final children’s events.
Named after life member and president of Athletics New Zealand Bob Spence who passed away last May the event features both a men’s and women’s elite 1500m. Still over two months away the event has already attracted interest from some of New Zealand’s top middle distance athletes. New Zealand record holder Nikki Hamblin, NZ 3000m Champion Daniel Balchin and former World Junior representative Ben Moynihan are just a few athletes who have already confirmed.
Race organiser Tim Cornish is excited about the opportunity for our senior athletes to compete alongside our next generation of athletes “the chance for us senior athletes to give back to sport and inspire our school aged athletes is of upmost importance. They (Children Athletics) are the foundation of our sport”.
The 2015 event features a generous prize pool of NZD $3500 across the two races. Wellington based accountancy firm Cornish & Associates Limited have partnered with the event and is proud to support the inaugural Bob Spence 1500m Classic and athletics within the Wellington Region. The Cornish family have a rich history in athletics dating back four generations with the Wellington Harrier Athletic Club (Inc).
Above: Matt Harris leads Ben Moynihan, Callan Moody and Daniel Balchin at Newtown Park. Photo by Rowan Greig.
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