Novice Cup results 7th April 2018

Off “go” athletes into it

Overcast and firm footing conditions prevailed for those that contested the Marlborough Harrier Club’s Novice Cup Handicapped Cross Country event at Taylor Dam on Saturday afternoon. The change in course meant everyone had dry shoes at the end.
The handicap system works so as to give every competitor, no matter what their ability, an even chance of winning their grade. In theory everyone in their respective grade should cross the finish line together. The handicappers did a good job with most competitors coming in within a short time. We had all grades represented from under 7’s to veterans. Great to see so many children getting out and enjoying themselves.
The next race at Taylor Dam is for the Burton Cup which is one of the club’s oldest trophies. This will be held on 7th May and once again all competitors will start off on handicap. However, it will be an extra challenge for seniors, veterans and walkers who will all step up to longer distances on the day.
A full set of Novice Cup results can be found at

Results of the Novice Cup are as follows:
2000 metres

Michael James is flying

Boys 12 and under;
Michael James 1 (11.14), Cullum Rayner 2 (11.37) Connor Pugh 3 (12.03).
Fastest actual time Connor Pugh (8.33)
Girls 12 and under; Katie Pugh 1 (10.58), Leia Shaw 2 (11.02)
Fastest actual time: Katie Pugh (10.58).
3000 metres
Girls 14 and under;
Jorja Bacchus 1 and fastest actual time (17.16)
4000 metres
Boys 16 and under;
Mikey Luff 1 (25.32) Jimmy Luff 2 (28.07)
Fastest actual time Jimmy Luff (23.37)
Girls 16 and under; Lara Bacchus 1 (28.40)
Fastest actual time Lara Bacchus (24.10)
Julie Hunter 1 (29.02) Shona Allen 2 (29.22), Megan Luff 3 (30.22),
Fastest Actual Time: Judith Hyndman (24.17)
Open Women;
Kiri Johnston 1 (31.50) Fleur Jenneson 2 (33.05)
Fastest actual time Kiri Johnston (22.05)
Veteran Women;
Julie Buunk 1 (31.39), Hayleigh Rayner 2 (32.06), Tracey Sims 3 (33.48), Fastest Actual Time Julie Buunk (21.54)
6000 metres
Junior men;
George Varney 1 (44.11)
Fastest actual time George Varney (22.11)
Senior Men;
Thomas Walsh 1 (44.57) Cameron Kain 2 (47.27)
Fastest actual time Cameron Kain (30.57)
Veteran Men;
Chris Kenchington 1 (44.29), Seb Bacchus 2 (46.02), Ed Massey 3 (27.42), Fastest Actual Time: Chris Kenchington  (26.59)


Photos here

Results here.

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2018 Scratch Race 24th March

Waiting on the start!

Marlborough Harrier Club had their Scratch Race at the Taylor Dam on Saturday 24th March. A good field took to the course enthusiastically. Newcomers, including families took part. Ground conditions were described as wet, muddy but ideal Cross Country running/walking. These races are used by the club handicappers to calculate estimated times for up-coming handicapped events starting with the Novice Cup on 7th April.

Any they are off in a blur!

Results were;
1000 metres
Girls 7 and under;
Charlotte Cornelius (age 3) 1 (10.58) and Girls 10 and under; Harriet Cornelius 1 (5.33)
2000 metres
Boys 12 and under;
Connor Pugh 1 (8.31), Michael James 2 (10.18), Callum Rayner 3 (11.05)
Girls 12 and under;
Katie Pugh 1 (13.55)
3000 metres
Girls 14 and under;
Jorja Bacchus 1 (17.13)
Megan Luff 1 (26.55), Lisa Burnett 2 (29.03), Julie Hunter 3 (31.15)
4000 metres
Boys 16 and under
; Hunter Bendell 1 (19.45), Jimmy Luff 2 (24.04), Mikey Luff 2 (28.41)
Junior Women 19 and under;
Anna Barnes 1 (20.25)
Senior Women;
Fleur Jenneson 1 (24.06)
Veteran Women;
Lynne Fitzpatrick 1 (22.01), Tracey Sims 1 (23.13), Julie Buunk 3 (23.38)
6000 metres
Junior Men 19 and under;
George Varney 1 (23.39)
Senior Men;
Dale Smit 1 (28.25), Cameron Kain 2 (29.11), Thomas Walsh 3 (35.46)
Veteran Men;
Robbie Barnes 1 (24.57), Phil Taylor 2 (26.07), Chris Kenchington 3 (27.52)

What a setting for a good day out!

Can you see the runner?


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Churchward Park Harrier sign

New signage at Churchward Park

You Committee of 2017 decided last year we needed to lift our profile telling people where our garage is and also lift the profile of the Club.
Marlborough District Council allowed us to erect the sign and the journey commenced. We started off with a design and wording because Council needed to know what the sign said for their approval.
It was with that design Les McKay approached Liz Valk of Valk Designs to come up with the finished article to produce to BBSigns. Liz very kindly donated her design skills and time to the Club. This donation is really appreciated so if anyone is looking at any design work whether it be signs, website, logos then do phone Liz.

t. +64 3 578 2442
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On Saturday a working bee was held and we now have the sign in prime position.
Thanks go out to the Committee for making this happen. Special thanks to Allister Leach and Bill Hunter for organizing the working bee, Bill Hunter for dealing with BBSigns in making the sign, Les McKay for dealing with approval from council then getting the end result designed by Valk Designs.

Job completed!

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King & Queen of the Withers 2018

View from the top

Start of Hybrid section

A good field came to face the starters gun

Start of the runners section

on Saturday in perfect running/walking conditions. The 10km course took them up to the top of the Wither Hills following the skyline, back down to the Harling Park track then back to the start finish at Riflerange Carpark.
The course record for Junior Men held by Tom Webby in 2005 in a time of 48:09 was broken by George Varney in a time of 44:20. Well done George.
The next closest to come near the course record was Soozie Wood VW in a time of 49:39. Susie Aviss holds this record at 47:41. All other records were safe on the day.



Chris Morrisey (number 80) flanked by Billy Hebberd (39) and George Varney (19) at the start of the climb.

Chris Morrisey (VM) took out the King of the Withers crown in 43.28.
Soozie Wood (VW) took out the Queen of the Withers crown in 49:39.

Soozie Wood getting near the end

Robbie Barnes claimed the Dennis Patchett Memorial Trophy for the 1st Marlborough Harrier Club member home.

Results are:
Children’s 1.5 run: 1st Michael James in 8.31.20; 2nd Hunter Marfell in 8.43.05; 3rd Zoe Marfell in 9.00 2nd Hunter Marfell in 8.43.05; 3rd Zoe Marfell in 9.00.53
Run: 10km
Junior Men: 1st George Varney in 44.20; 2nd Edan Fitzpatrick in 48.46; 3rd Hamish Trembath.
Junior Women: 1st Anna Barnes in 1.08.07
Senior Men: 1st Scott Waterman in 44.24; 2nd Sean Martin in 49.58; 3rd Matthew Hellriegel in 50.00

First drink station

Senior Women:
1st Nikita Watkins in 54.11; 2nd Josie Maher in 58.31; 3rd Grace Binnie in 1.01.12
Veteran Men: 1st Chris Morrisey in 43.28; 2nd Billy Hebberd in 43.49; 3rd Brian Kemp in 47.30
Hybrid walk/run:
Junior man: Callum Rayner in 1.11.22
Junior women: 1st Katie Foley-Taylor in 1.10.17; 2nd Siobhan Keay in 1.48.42
Senior Men: 1st Phillip Johnson in 1.03.11; 2nd Nick Rayner in 1.11.23; 3rd Greg Slatter in 1.14.28
Senior Women: 1st Colleen Pask in 1.11.01; 2nd Carrie Wilson in 1.32.l54; 3rd Sarah Shearer in 1.53.44
Veteran Men: 1st John Urlich in 1.00.48; Ian Buunk in 1.12.05; 3rd Graeme Stenhouse in 1.12.13
Walkers 10km:
Senior Women: 1st Elyse Wadsworth in 1.42.17
Veteran Men: 1st John Baxter in 1.29.53; 2nd Ron Milbanke in 1.30.51; 3rd Philip Hardaker in 2.22.13

Great excitement at prizegiving

Veteran Women: 1st Helen Crampton in 1.24.41; 2nd Joy Crump in 2.23.02; 3rdMeryl Penchev in 1.56.48

Last but not least – making it their run.


Full set of results can be found here

Action photos of this event kindly provided by David Smit can be found here
Action photos of this event kindly provided by various contributors can be found here

A big thank you goes to competitors and sponsors making this one of Marlborough’s Iconic event.
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Ed Massey in Chile

Received an email today from Ed who is holidaying in Chile.

Representing Marlborough Harriers on the top of Saint Cristobal hill in Santiago Chile…..

Nice to see Marlborough Harrier Club within the International scene. Thanks Ed.



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