Bruce Hillis and Anna Barnes headed home the club members who competed in the popular but hilly Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon and associated 10km event on Saturday.
Bruce Hillis, Jodie Brown and Michelle Harris all tackled the half marathon run while Anna and Bill Hunter contested the shorter distance.
Half Marathon Run (101 finishers):
Bruce Hillis 1hr 45min 48sec. (2nd M50-59)
Jodie Brown 1:57:56 (4th F40-49)
Michelle Harris 2:10:18 (8th F40-49)
10km Run (98 finishers)
Anna Barnes 59min 14sec. (3rd FU18)
Bill Hunter 60:39 (9th M60+)
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The closing night for Summer Runners was held last week with a pack-run/walk from Ron and Debbie’s. This was followed by a prize-giving and BBQ. The Smit Family Trophy awarded for the Summer Runner’s 5km Handicap was presented to Kathryn Mann. Dale Smit accumulated the most points over the season with a total of 85.
A big thank-you to Bill and Julie for organising another successful summer of Thursday runs and walks. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
The weather came to the party for those club members contesting the ever popular Buller Marathon 0n Saturday. Initial overcast conditions and a period of light rain aided in particular the marathon competitors prior to descent into Westport. We were well represented in both the 42.2km and 21.1km distances. Robbie Barnes, Lionel Graham and Jan Curnow all recorded top-three finishes in their respective grades in the half marathon.
Full Marathon Run
Paul Gunningham 3hrs 56min 47sec Tracey Sims 4hrs 22min 39sec
Half Marathon Run
Robbie Barnes 1hr 19min 50sec; 1st M5059 Kevin Bishell 1hr 28min 39sec Lionel Graham 1hr 40min 40sec; 1st M7099 Ron Adams 1hr 42min 07sec Allister Leach 1hr 50min 19sec Jan Curnow 1hr 55min 56sec; 3rd F5564 Steve Olsen 2hrs 07min 02sec
Half Marathon Walk
Judith Hyndman 2hrs 43min 07sec Kay Leach 3hrs 01min 28sec
For full results click here View the You Tube video of the finish here
For some photo’s click here (courtesy of Michelle Fox)
On January 22nd 2015 the new equipment garage was officially opened celebrated with a BBQ and drinks after Summer Runners.
President Bill Hunter welcomed everyone to the event. Special mention of welcome to present Life Members, representatives of Versatile Homes and Buildings Blenheim, Smart Alliances, Simcox Construction, Rick May and ITM, Marlborough District Council, Scouts and Guides.
Project Convenor then gave a brief history of storage of equipment at members homes etc and the Committee thought it was time we had everything together. Now the trailer is parked in the garage, loaded with only the equipment we need for individual events and returned. Club records will also be stored in shelving provided.
The garage was opened debt free with the assistance of sponsors plus:
>Marlborough District Council grant $10,000 plus accrued interest given to the Club when we existed the old building of Marlborough Civil Defence.
> Redwood Trust $5,000.
>Pelorus Trust $5,000.
Sponsors of the garage are:-
>Versatile Homes and Buildings, Blenheim
> Simcox Construction – for the drainage and soak pit
>Smart Alliances – Kenneth Leach for the ground testing and soak pit design
>Rick May & ITM for Brackets and timber for shelves inside the Garage
Other helpers who went above and beyond :
> Other users of Churchward Park for their co-operation.
> Stephen Folster at APL properties – always helpful and approachable, told me who to approach at council about the waiver of the building consent fees
> Lynne Reeves at the Council who organised the consent fee wavier – no problem at all, an e mail did the trick, easiest thing I’ve had to organise at the council.
> Paul Gunningham – organising Simcox for the drainage etc
> Allison Blackmore for all her sterling effort with funding etc.
> Those involved with working bees at the Garage. Bill, Julie, Peter, Paul, Cameron, Megan, Allister Leach
> All club members who have participated in Marshalling for events to help with funding (e.g. Marlborough Marathon)
The Marlborough Harrier Club committee for having the faith to just do it.
This facility is well positioned and will be a valuable asset to the Club.
Near-perfect conditions greeted the 156 competitors who took to the Wither Hills on Saturday morning which included a record field of 33 in the walk. Competitors from as far afield as Australia, Auckland and Stewart Island were entered.
King of the Withers 2015 is: Jeremy McKenzie (41.49 and 1st Veteran Man)
Queen of the Withers 2015 is: Megan Craig (46.43 and 1st Open Woman)
1st Junior Man: Hamish Clark (53.44)
1st Junior Woman: Rebecca Forgesson (65.43)
1st Open Man: James Kuegler (45.47)
1st Veteran Woman: Di Cooper (52.12)
Ashley Toms won the hybrid and Natilde Folis was the first woman home.
Jonathan Martin and Clare Weyers won the walking titles.
The Rose Ag team of John Kennedy, Nick Rayner and Amon McGregor won the business house team event for the second successive year. Scott and Anna McDermid took the married couples title. Jeremy McKenzie was presented with the Dennis Patchett Memorial Trophy awarded to the first Marlborough Harrier Club member home.
Provisional results and photos
Additional photos are available at http://www.shuttersport.co.nz or at Langwoods Photo Centre, 75 Queen Street Blenheim.
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