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Coming Up

For more events, please visit www.runningcalendar.co.nz and http://www.coolrunning.co.nz The full Athletics Canterbury 2014 winter calendar is here

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Governers Bay to Lyttelton 10km (13th Sept) Entries Open

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Please fill out the entry form and click the Submit button.

Note: the club pays for the entry fee.
Closing date Friday 5th Sep 9pm.
Youth runners can do also.

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Takahe to Akaroa Road Relay – seeking expressions of interest now

2014 Takahe to Akaroa Road Relay (doubling as the National Road Relay Championships) is taking place on Saturday 4 October 2014. For more race information, please see the Athletics Canterbury website.

We now need expressions of interest from members wishing to run. There are two formats for the event:

  • Senior and Masters Men and Women – 8 legs/runners, 15 years and over (Takahe to Akaroa)
  • Junior (Schools, Grade 19) and 60+ Men and Women – 6 legs/runners (Allandale to Cooptown)

When completing the online expression of interest, please indicate which leg(s) you would prefer (the leg info below was taken from the 2012 race). Also, if you have any other preferences or requirements (ie an early leg), please let us know in the comments field.

Invariably with these sorts of events, reserves are invaluable! If you know of anyone (non-Club member) who might be interested in acting as a reserve in the case of an emergency, please email Simon Wooding at simon.wooding@btconnect.com
Please note that our members will have priority over any non-registered reserves.

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Entries open for U18 Port Hills races Sat Aug 30th – last race for many of the juniors!

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Note: the club pays for the entry fee.
Online entries required to be submitted by club members by Friday 22nd Aug 9pm.

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NZ Cross Country Champs 2014 Report

“Would you please write a report on the NZ Cross Country Champs? You were there all day, ran and got a good feeling for the event. You are allowed to blow your own trumpet too.”

A chance to blow my own trumpet eh? How could one refuse such a request? The problem is that after my “old man’s” event I went and sat on this very comfortable and colourful chair that some thoughtful person brought along and soaked up the warm sun letting the body recover outside the Sumner “office”. People came and went, announcements made over the speakers in the distance, start guns went off and kids pestered their parent for cash for sausages at the sizzle. There was some racing out there too but with most wearing Canterbury uniforms rather than the Sumner one and me being relatively new to the club and often having “senior moments”, it was not that easy to put names to runners. (our gallery page on the web site helps but it is quite out of date – perhaps I should volunteer to update it!)

The Canterbury event at the same venue was so wet and muddy that I was not going to be caught again slip sliding away. I broke out the wallet and bought some flash multi-coloured spikes- each shoe being a different colour. Turns out that it was a top fashion thing as I see the young ones wearing the same thing. One point to me. Despite the rain overnight the course was relatively dry but still the spikes were great.

And despite the forecast of snow and bitter cold conditions – it was calm, windless and warm. Just perfect for the event. The vet men were off the mark first giving them a clean field which was just great. Each age group had a different colour tag pinned to their singlet – a great idea so that you actually knew who you were racing. Mine was yellow and it wasn’t long before I spotted another ahead and making steady progress away from me. I wasn’t surprised about that as you don’t travel all the way from the North Island if you aren’t good. Then at the half way point there was some heavy breathing on my shoulder for a while and it finally passed – I hoped that the tag would be green, blue, red anything but yellow. It was yellow. Damn. Could I up my game without blowing up? Ah no apparently not my body was telling me. How many more yellows were ahead? I had no idea. I hoped not too many as my “coach”, Oliver, had promised to kick my bum if I got fourth. Luckily I was spared of that joy as a little later some kind guy turned up with a bronze ( MM65+) for me to take home as evidence.

I did not see our only other men’s vet runner, David Fitch (MM35+) who was running in the Canterbury Team as he was far ahead. Well about 9 minutes in fact, but at least I was not lapped. What a fine effort he did coming away with the silver and in the winning team for the 35 to 49 group.

The next success for Sumner running for Canterbury team was Karen Muller in the 45 – 49 6k event with a great result of a silver medal.
Jess Fahey running for the Canterbury team in the 4 k under 18 race was the 2nd fastest Canterbury woman and gained 9th place with the team winning the event.

It was great to see our younger members out there giving it a shot in the tougher competition than the usual local events: Beth Hunter (13th girls u13 2k) , Jack Forrest, John Wells, Familio Kennedy (9th, 16, 17 boys u13 2k), Sofia Kennedy, Marisol Hunter (13, 15 girls u15 3k) , Maxwell McLachlan (20th Boys u18 4k) and Ed Corey Wright (39th men u18 6k)

Then came the big event – the senior men who had to contend with the churned up course. It was long, fast and mean. A huge bunch came around for the first lap with a bit of pushing and jostling in the narrower parts of the course. The bunch thinned a little with each lap with a few more being dropped off the back. Then came a big break with our leading Canterbury runner leading out with a kilometre to go finishing the 12k in about the same time as I did the 8k! Oh well youth has its advantages. Our very own runner , Tane Cambridge ran strongly to finished in 42:55minutes.
Finally it is those people behind the scenes that make these events happen and we all thank Chris, Sue, Paul, Katherine, Jo, Cate, Simon, Marty, Al, Ian, and Ann, for volunteering.

Now all that is left to do is to get those dirty, wet new spikes out of the back of the truck and give them a wash so that I can see the orange and blue again and put them away for next season.

Graham Batchelor

Thank you Karen for the photos.

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Start U10

Sofia

Sofia

Marisol

Marisol

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10 and under race for free as part of the NZ Cross Country Champs this Saturday

Just a reminder there is a 10 and under race as part of the NZ Cross Country Champs this Saturday. It is 1.5km and it’s FREE entry.

Parents – bring them out to watch NZ’s best cross country runners.

*Boys & Girls 10 & Under Event.
NO entry fee will be charged for this race.
Canterbury athletes must wear their registration number.
They don’t have to enter, just line up at the start line 5 minutes before their event.
Out of Canterbury Athletes must enter at the Event Caravan. (No entry fee) They will be given a race number to wear on their front.
Line up 5 minutes before their event.
No chips will be worn for this event.
Race numbers will be recorded at the end of the chute.
Results will be published ASAP.

Timetable of Events
Saturday 9th August 2014

9:00 am Course Open for Inspection & Race Pack Collection
11:00 am Event 1 8 km Masters Men 35-49 & 50 plus
11.45 am Event 2 6km Masters Women 35 plus
12:15 pm Event 3 4 km Youth Women
12:35 pm Event 4 6 km Youth Men
1:00 pm Event 5 2 km Girls Under 13
1:10 pm Event 6 6 km Junior Women
1:40 pm Event 7 2 km Boys Under 13
1:50 pm Event 8 8 km Junior Men
2:20 pm Event 9 3 km Girls under 15
2:35 pm Event 10 8 km Senior Women
3:05 pm Event 11 3 km Boys Under 15
3:20 pm Event 12 1.5 km 10 & Under (Non-Championship)*
3:25 pm Event 13 12 km Senior Men

Medals for all Championship events will be presented as soon as possible after each event at the finish arena.
Please be available in the area from 25 minutes after the results are published.

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Entries Open – Canterbury Road Champs 23rd August

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Online entries required to be submitted by club members by Friday 9pm 15th August.

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10 lines about JT#3

Sun, fun, and babes in tight-fitting running gear, but where were the men!!!

JT3 saw an impressive turnout of good looking females on a stunning day in Barnett Park ready to run the third JT race, ably planned and organised by Bee and Chris. Thank fully, at the last minute, Graham and John arrived to help balance things out a least a little.

After pairing up tortoises and hares, we set off on a gentle warm-up up the first part of the East-enders track and each pair chose a stuffed toy as their mascot and baton. Should we choose the lightest? The easiest to hold? The cutest? Decisions made, it was back to the race start where we were given points for the best toy name and for knowing what our partner ate for breakfast that morning.

Race briefing confused a few, but eventually the ‘living cones’, Al and Bee left for their positions, the tortoises headed off down Bayview Rd and the hares across the park, all knowing they would meet somewhere around the end of the football pitches, swap the baton, and return the way they had come.

25 minutes later, it was all over. Winning partnership, Sophie Harrison and Ann Wells, narrowly beating Marisol Hunter and Jan Harrison.

Kudos to Pat Boland for her second run of the day (having run 8km already that morning, she thought she better leave the dog at home for a sleep), and thanks to John Treagar, the man the race is named for himself, for the company at the after-party at the CW’s.

Jan Harrison

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