Club Update – Tuesday 26 June 2012

Wellington Marathon

Superb results from Lisa Brignull and Russ Taylor at Sunday’s Wellington Marathon event.  Lisa placed third female overall in the Marathon (2nd in the W18-39 grade), and Russ won his age group in the 10km (M50-59).  Lisa’s time was 3:11.48, and Russ finished in 39:37 minutes.  Lisa claims she is now an experienced wind resistant runner!

Mud Sweat & Tears

Vivien McCaskey appears to have been our only member who took part in this year’s Mud Sweat & Tears mud run out at Motukarara on Sunday.  She competed in the teams category, where each member of her team had to run/swim/trudge the 10km distance together.  She and her team mates placed 11th in the Mixed grade.

JD Duathlon

Nathan Smith, Graham Harris, Ella Harris and Louis Harris competed at the first JD Duathlon of the three race series on Sunday, out at Ruapuna.  The event attracted its largest field in its three year history with 133 individuals or teams competing across the grades.  The racing was tight between Nathan and Graham with both of them coming off the bike together, but Nathan just edged out Graham on the final run to finish ten seconds ahead (2.4km run, 16km cycle, 2.4km run).  This gave Nathan 4th overall, and Graham the win in the VM40+ grade (6th overall).  Ella won the Girls 15 & under grade (second overall), and Louis was second in the Boys 12 & under grade.

Nathan leading the charge

Junior World Orienteering Championships

Ryan Batin has now departed New Zealand for the World Orienteering Championships which are taking place in Slovakia between 7 and 13 July.  The event website has full details.  Ryan is part of a nine strong team, and is one of two Peninsula & Plains orienteers who will be representing New Zealand (the other being Selena Metherell).  We look forward to following Ryan and the team’s progress.

Gold Coast Marathon

Our best wishes are with Sue Johnson as she prepares to cross the Tasman to run in the Gold Coast Marathon this weekend.  I have climate envy just thinking about it.  Good luck Sue!

Teenage Runs

The first of the scheduled ‘Teenage Runs’ took place on Sunday morning up at Victoria Park.  This was hosted by Sumner (lead by Annette and Marty), and other Clubs will be taking a turn as the season progresses.

The word from one of the runners who went along was that it was “great”, with 23 taking part, and a chance to socialise afterwards over breakfast.

The next run is scheduled for 22 July, out at Bottle Lake.  More information will follow in due course.

South Island Cross Country Championships

This is the last reminder to enter the South Island Cross Country Championships, which are taking place on Saturday 7 July 2012.  Click on the link to take you through to the online entry (which closes Monday 2 July).  Last year we had 51 of our runners entered, so we’re still missing a few!

Greymouth Two Person and Four Person Relays

Message from Tony Gibson, Secretary, Greymouth Harriers Club.  This might be a good opportunity for some of our runners to pop over to the Coast for this particular weekend…

Please note that this year’s relays will be held on Saturday 13 October.

We have slotted back into our previous “second Saturday in October” date, as the third Saturday this year is Labour Weekend. As the cycling event that previously ran on the second Saturday has now moved to a later date, we aim to keep the second Saturday as a permanent date going forward.

This year will be the 60th anniversary, so we are looking to make it a special event. Perhaps not as flash as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but we are looking at extra whitebait spot-prizes and are costing finishers medals.

Entry forms will be sent closer to the time of the event.

Senior Distance Runners

Message from John Gamblin, Chairman of the Cross Country & Road Committee

Just a quick note to advise you that the Cross Country & Road Committee has decided to introduce a Mens 22 (M22) and Womens 22 (W22) title at both Canterbury Cross Country and Road Championships.
Our focus this year is getting 12 to 23 year olds in the sport and keeping them long term.  We recognise that the step up from Grade 19 to Senior can be difficult, so this is one thing we can do to encourage young seniors to participate with distinction in our championships.
It is for all 20, 21 and 22 year old finishers in the Senior races (age as at 31st December 2012).
You will still race and be placed in the Senior event and will still be able to win or place in the Senior titles, but you will also be placed in your own Grade 22 event.
We are having new medals minted at the moment and we hope to have them in time to present to the ten grade groupings at Cross Country Champs.
We are also keen to assist extra young Seniors attend National Cross Country & Road Champs.  Please consider this and  self -nominate for the Canterbury Team, even if you don’t look like you will make the team as of right.
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