We arrived at the South Island XCountry Kennett Cup 2014 feeling very tired after 2 weeks of school production rehearsals and finally the actual production this week and very late nights, as well as recovering from a few injury niggles and illnesses. Could our school dances to ,’What does the Fox Say’, ‘Let’s Get Ridiculous,’ and ‘YMCA’ help us with the one question on every runners mind-How to get over those 2 hurdles the quickest and best way to finish the race!
Not sure the Fox could answer this, or even being ridiculous and the actions to YMCA, but every runner was seen practising their own unique style before their race ,or perhaps as my mum decided , to take the easy yet longer route and run around them!!!
It was a cool ,yet sunny day , and the course was very ‘comfortable’ under foot compared to the other races this year. The resistance training on the back of the course proved to be the extra hurdle. The wind was very fresh and against you when you are beginning to feel tired, so required that extra strength to keep going to the end. Well done to the adults who had to do it several times including the hurdles.
Blake Theobald showed his strength throughout the race and looked very comfortable finishing first in the boys age 10 and so did Karen Muller finishing first in the masters women 45 and MW overall. David Fitch finished an excellent first in men 35 as did Graham Batchelor in men 65 also.
Other top placings were Sofia Kennedy 3rd Girls 14, John Wells 3rd boys 11 and Sam Clark 3rd boys 10.
Chris Rowe 3rd MW45 and overall MW, Ann Wells 3rd MW50 and Rachel Clark 3rd MW40
There were a few very close to the top three also.
Aaron Clark 4th boys 9
Millie Edmond 5th girls 10
Beth Hunter 5th girls 11
Abby Theobald 5th girls 13
Tane Cambridge 5th senior men
John Fitch 5th men50
John Fitch 5th Masters men 50
Other Sumner runners showed their great talent over the hurdles and in the wind not far behind.
6th Lara Prince senior women
6th Will Richardson junior men
6th Michael Laird M35
7th Emilio Kennedy boys 11
7th Ella Ballantyne girls 10
8th Nick Smith youth men
8th Millie George girls 11
9th Maxwell McLachlan boys 14
9th Archie George boys 8 and under
9th Marisol Hunter girls 14
10th Simon Wooding senior men
12th Regan Jones boys 11
13th Benita Clark girls 8 and under
13th Jessica Fitch youth women
There were also a few team placings too.
2nd Girls 14 Sofia and Marisol
2nd Open Men Tane, David, Simon and John
2nd MW and 5th open Karen, Chris, Rachel and Ann
Hopefully this family will be better prepared for the next race at Halswell for the Canterbury Champs July 19th. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
As for what the Fox would say to these results, ‘Awesome!’ Go Sumner Running Club.
Sam Clark and family
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