Marlborough Harrier Club had a very successful cross- country event on Saturday 27th April 2019 at the Taylor Dam. This was for the annual Burton Cup. The original W.G. Burton Trophy was first presented in 1933 for a 5- mile Open Handicap. It is now presented for a Handicap Cross Country event in the calendar for all grades over varying distances. This race being handicapped gave everyone a chance to win the trophy.
This year was certainly different because unbeknown to us the Taylor Dam reserve was out of bounds so thanks to Bill Hunter and Marl Kennedy and GPS, 2 new courses were made up to cater for the varying distances.
The feedback at the finish line was “what a great Cross- Country course”
The event was run in very blustery warm conditions testing the competitors to their limit but they all had the same conditions.
It was great to have an increased number turn out for the junior grades with many new comers joining in.
The same went for Veteran Men with 5 new runners. That just added to the competition.
A full set of Burton Cup results can be found at http://www.harriers.net.nz/results
A full set of photos can be found on https://www.harriers.net.nz/photos
Girls 7 and under; Honor McKenzie 1 (6:08) and fast actual time
Boys 7 and under; Joseph Gilhooly 1 (5:00_ and fastest lap time.
Girls 10 and under; Daire Robertson 1 (5:10) and fastest lap time. Hannah Gilhooly 2 (5:55)
Boys 12 and under; Callum Rayner 1 (10:33), Harry MacNeill * (10:52), Billy Hurren 3 (11:01) Fastest actual time Callum Rayner (9:03)
Girls 12 and under; Neve McKenzie 1 (9:00) Bella Rayner 2 (9:10)
Fastest actual time Neve McKenzie (8:30)
Girls 14 and under; Jorja Bacchus 1 (16:53) and was fastest actual time.
Boys 14 and under; Michael James 1 (14:41), Finn McKenzie 2 (15:01)
Fastest actual time Finn McKenzie (12:46)
Walkers; Sheila Waters 1= (44:46), Erin Waters * 1= (44:46)
Women 19 and under; Anna Barnes 1 (38:58) and fastest actual time.
Veteran Women; Tracey Sims 1 (34:09) and fastest actual time.
Walkers; Alison Brook 1 (56:45) Winner of Burton Cup (Walkers)
Senior Women; Gyuri Park 1 (52:59) and fastest actual time.
Veteran Men; Brian Martin 1 (46:45), Graeme Lear 2 (47:54) *, Mark Kennedy 3 (47:58), Robbie Barnes 4 (48:17) Fastest actual time Robbie Barnes 32:47.
*Indicates a non- member of Marlborough Harrier Club.