Above: Action from the NZ Road Race Championships, Cambridge Photo Credit: Alan McDonald
New Zealand Road Championships, St Peter’s College – 2 September 2018
Chris Pilone coached athletes took out the senior honours at the national road championships. Oli Chignell made it a double for the season in his first year as a senior adding the 10km road title to the cross country won four weeks ago in Wellington. Penny Peskett showed that at 41 and with three children (Sophie 8, Jonathan 6 and Sam 2), age is no barrier in collecting a national title. Peskett ran the perfect race in the trying conditions coming from behind to win the senior women’s 10km in a personal best 35:19.
The Waikato pair of Aaron Pulford and Hayden Wilde set a fast pace throughout and only Chignell was able to stick with them. Daniel Balchin, winner for the past two years was unable to hang on and Peter Wheeler, runner up in the cross country champs, drifted back through the field to finish 22nd. Into the final lap the three were well out in front and as in the cross country Chignell was able put the hammer down over the final 150 metres and outsprint Pulford for victory by two seconds in 30:42. Wilde, who is in the world triathlon grand final under 23 race on the Gold Coast in two weeks’ time, was third in 30:47.
Chignell was delighted with the outcome.
“It was fast on the pace, and the plan was to stick in as I knew it was a much tougher ask to the cross country win so I sat in, which one person wasn’t particularly happy about it, but that’s championship racing and you race to win you don’t race for time and that’s how I looked at it. I’m really stoked with that race, three senior national titles out of five races I’ve done so I’m incredibly happy,” said Chignell.
Lydia O’Donnell led the women in the combined 10km with the men, and looked to be in control. However Peskett, who had started conservatively worked her way into the race over the second half and first pegged back Lisa Cross and then O’Donnell to come through to win. O’Donnell was second in 35:23 with cross country champion Cross third in 35:40.
“That was a nice unexpected win,” said Peskett.
“It was windy and up and down, a kind of fun little course for the likes of me.”
O’Donnell said that Peskett proved to be too strong.
“It was pretty tough conditions and I just don’t think I was hundred percent today. It was good to have a good blow out, as I’m in build up for the New York Marathon which is my main focus and these races are stepping stones,” said O’Donnell.
Brian Garmonsway dominated the masters 10km, leading throughout in 33:07. Levente Timar was second in 33:19 with Craig Kirkwood third in 33:23.
Lindsay Barwick was equally impressive in the master women’s 5km winning by over a minute in 18:47.
Samuel Tanner headed in the Canterbury pair of Connor Melton and cross country champion Christopher Dryden in the under 20 8km in 24:54.
Tanner currently has a disease Bell’s Palsy where he has muscle weakness on the left hand side of his face, the reason he wore glasses for the race as he is unable to blink his left eye.
“I didn’t know how much that would have taxed me but I decided to go at a k to go because I was feeling quite good and I managed to hold it off,” said Tanner.
Hannah Knighton won the women’s under 20 5km in 18:28, with the winner of the combined race Isabella Richardson taking the under 18 title in 18:26.
Andres Hernandez won the under 18 6km in 19:00.
“The first lap was to go easy and see how I feel and then on the second lap try to get away, doing little sprints to test them out. After finishing eighth at the cross country where I was low on iron I went on to Australia where I did quite good so I thought I might as well come here and carry on,” said Hernandez.
From Spain he has been in Christchurch for seven years and was fourth last year. On the track he won the New Zealand secondary schools junior boys 3000m in December.
Luke Clements won the under 15 3km in 9:52, Siobhan Balle the girls under 15 3km in 11:04, James Trathen the under 13 2km in 6:50 and Sophie Robb the girls under 13 2km in 7:13.
Commonwealth Games 50km silver medallist Tony Sargisson won the senior 10km race walking title in 55:37, ten years after last winning the title in 2008 in 45:47. This takes Sargisson’s tally of national titles to ten.
Laura Langley won the women’s title in 54:09, while Alexander Brown was the under 20 winner, Daniel Du Toit the under 18, Laura Kehley the women’s under 18. In the masters David Smyth recorded 62:25 for 10km and Clive McGovern 62:45 in the 50 plus.
IAAF Diamond League Final, Weltklasse, Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich – 30 August 2018
Tom Walsh set a Diamond League record of 22.60m in winning the final League meeting of the season. Walsh added four centimetres to American Joe Kovacs 2015 League record and was just seven centimetres short of his New Zealand and Oceania record. His big throw came in round two to beat Darrell Hill by 20cm with Ryan Crouser third with 22.18m. Walsh’s series was 21.06, 22.60, 21.39, 21.87, x, 20.55.
Walsh won the shot put Diamond League with 25 points from Crouser on 23 and Hill on 22.
“I am so happy, things went so well for me,” said Walsh.
“Two years ago I already won the Diamond League here. It was a tough competition today and the result is just so great.
“The crowd was amazing and the competition so awesome,” he added.
ISTAF Berlin Meeting – 2 September 2018
Nick Willis 1500m 3:35.25 for seventh place. Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya won in 3:32.37 from compatriot Ferguson Rotich 3:33.21.
OZB Meeting Ostschweiz, Rapperswil-Jona, 25 August: Hamish Carson 800m 1:52.82 (4).
BMC Regional, Exeter, 28 August: Angie Petty 800m 2:01.93 mx (3R2).
Citta Di Padova, Padova, 2 September: Brad Mathas 800m 1:48.91 (8). Angie Petty 800m 2:02.08 (5). Hamish Carson 1500m 3:38.19 (5).
Australian Race Walking Championships, Lake Kawana, Birtinya Queensland, 26 August: Nelson McCutcheon (15) 10km RW 46:55 (2), New Zealand under 17 record breaking Daniel Du Toit’s record of 53:58 set in Hamilton in March this year.
ROAD AND TRAIL RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY
Whangarei parkrun 5km, 1 September: David Nielsen 18:01, Adrian Earl 18:48, Dennis Langford 19:36.
O’Hagan’s 5km, Viaduct Harbour, 28 August: Rob Humby 16:28, Marcus Robertson 16:34, Liam Templeton 16:37. Hannah Oldroyd 16:57, Rebecca Clarke 19:30, Christine Adamson 19:56.
Barry Curtis parkrun 5km, 1 September: Barry Harrison 18:44, David Brown 19:58, Wayne Handisides 20:48.
Cornwall Park parkrun 5km, 1 September: Will Laery 18:41, Samuel Waldin 19:07, Simon Rea 19:09.
Millwater parkrun 5km, 1 September: Bryan Perrow 18:46, Matthew Peach 18:46, Isaac Kirkpatrick 20:02.
Western Springs parkrun 5km, 1 September: Oscar Mahy 18:15, Keith Burrows 18:24, Jacob Reese-Jones 18:36.
North Shore Marathon, Milford Reserve, 2 September: Brad Luiten 2:54:02. Kate Loye 3:05:24. Half; Andrius Ramonas 1:15:46, Mark Boyce 1:16:27, Frank Dean 1:16:50. Karen Donaldson-Barron 1:29:24, Debbie Donald 1:31:58, Greer Logue 1:34:07. Quarter; Gregory Cater 41:40, Jackson Walker 43:26, Tyler Soljan 43:27. Simone Ackermann 45:11, Kellie Barnard 47:13, Jessica Lane 49:02.
Lake parkrun 5km, 1 September: Glenn Sexton 18:11, Chris Lawrence 18:15, Steve Darby 18:33. Mikayla Nielsen 20:01, Katherine Kabala 20:06, Veronika Adams 20:34.
Kopurererua Valley Reserve parkrun 5km, 1 September: Justin Copeland 17:46, Elliott Pugh 19:36, Terry Furmage 19:48.
Avantidrome parkrun 5km, 1 September: Keegan Williams 18:05, Neil Nelson 20:37.
Puarenga parkrun 5km, 1 September: Matt Parsonage 17:40, Brendon Keenan 18:40, Kerry Robinson 18:46.
Waikanae Beach parkrun 5km, 1 September: Stephen Sheldrake 18:04, Michelle Rennie 19:13, Matthew Ney 19:30, Blake Farrell 20:36. Le’sham Anderson 20:57 (2).
Two Mile Bay Reserve parkrun 5km, 1 September: Jeremy Webber 20:19, Samantha Bradley 20:28, Ryan Newton 20:36.
Hoka ONE ONE Kinloch Off Road Challenge, 1 September: Marathon; Nick Johnston 2:54:39, Phil Murray 3:16:03, Alex McFarlane 3:24:31. Emma McCosh 3:27:19, Jane McAlpine 3:53:42, Debbie Chambers 4:01:06. Half; Cameron Paul 1:30:00, Ashton Witney 1:30:38, Clark Ellice 1:31:29. Sue Crowley 1:41:18, Sasha Antunovic 1:48:10, Rhonda Lee 1:48:56. 10km; George Gwynn 34:21, Cullern Thorby 35:19, Andrew Wark 36:05. Sophie Corbidge 36:40, Holly Sprosen 40:08, Elisabeth Reng 42:15.
Anderson parkrun 5km, 1 September: Jonas Nielsen 16:52, Sam Durrant 17:57, Chey Dearing 18:18. Georgia Dearing 20:51.
Victoria Esplanade parkrun 5km, 1 September: Theodore Purdy 17:44, Thomas Duncan 19:31, Ryan Smith 19:34. Elizabeth Scott 20:55.
Kapiti Coast parkrun 5km, 1 September: Tom Bland 18:00, Steffan Wong 18:52, Daniel Bremner 19:32.
Lower Hutt parkrun 5km, 1 September: Walter Somerville 17:23, Geoff Ferry 18:12, Lars Winther 18:20.
Porirua parkrun 5km, 1 September: Alex Jones 17:41, Wiremu Wineera 18:03, Lukas Pekarek 18:26. Lucy Jurke 20:00, Emma Douglass 20:21.
Blenheim parkrun 5km, 1 September: Jimmy Johnston 19:15, Wayne Nicholson 20:37.
Hagley parkrun 5km, 1 September: Matthew Hobbs 16:18, Daniel Redmond 16:44, Dylan Turner 18:15. Nynke Mulholland 18:07, Nicola Handley 18:39, Sabrina Grogan 18:51.
Pegasus parkrun 5km, 1 September: Ryan Kiesanowski 16:44, Philip Opie 16:52, Nathan Jones 17:09. Natasha Mitchell 20:29, Bex McLean 20:59.
Wanaka Station Park parkrun 5km, 1 September: David O’Sullivan 18:24, Gareth Jones 19:15, Joe Davis 20:30. Billie Crowe 20:37.
Queenstown Gardens parkrun 5km, 1 September: Benjamin Britton 18:30, Tony Phillips 18:39, Seamus Costello 19:44.
Botanic Garden parkrun 5km, 1 September: Hamish McKinlay 19:16, Nathan Shanks 19:31, Casey Pearce 19:35. Bethany Lewis 20:23.
Naish Park parkrun 5km, 1 September: Jonah Smith 17:09, Grant Lincoln 19:20, Hamish Bielski 20:12.
Queens Park parkrun 5km, 1 September: Dan Bennetts 18:40, Adam Eason 18:43, Scott Underhay 20:56.
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent