Above: Lydia O'Donnell crossing the finish line to take out the NZ half marathon title.
Callan Moody won the New Zealand half marathon title this morning at the Christchurch Marathon.
Moody, from Christchurch, won the title comfortably, in a time of 65min 13sec from Australian Jonathan Peters (65:25) adding to his national cross country and road titles won last year.
The New Zealand championship silver medal went to Malcolm Hicks of Auckland, 26 seconds behind Moody while Daniel Blachin took bronze, a further 14 seconds back.
Malcolm Hicks and Aaron Pulford were early leaders in the race, taking the field through the first 10km. Moody sat behind the early leaders before moving through to take out his first national half marathon title.
The women's title was won by Lydia O'Donnell from Auckland in 74min 40sec, finishing 2nd in the race behind Australian Milly Clark.
Second place in the championship was Rachel Kingsford with Penny Peskett taking bronze.
It was O'Donnell's third national senior title, having won the New Zealand 10,000m championships in 2014 and 2015.
Hirotaka Tanimoto from Japan was winner in the Christchurch Marathon in 2:24:13 with Phil Costley the first Kiwi across the line in 2:27:27.
Alice Mason was winner in the women's section of the full marathon in a good debut time of 2:45:43.
Results NZ Half Marathon Championships
Senior Men 1 Callan Moody (Cant) 1:05:13, 2 Malcolm Hicks (Auck) 1:05:39, 3 Daniel Balchin (Cant) 1.05:53.
Senior Women 1 Lydia O'Donnell (Auck) 1:14:40, 2 Rachel Kingsford (Otago) 1:14:56, 3 Penny Peskett (Auck) 1:18:03.
Full Event Results