ASB Auckland Marathon 2015

The ASB Auckland Marathon and associated events were contested by over 12,000 competitors on Sunday morning. A clash with the Rugby World Cup final failed to deter several Marlborough runners from taking part in calm overcast conditions.
Starting at Devonport the first half of the marathon course is best described as ‘rolling’ with a number of hill climbs including the harbour bridge while the second half, other than two small road bridges is flat.
The full marathon doubled as the NZ Championship. These were contested by Robbie Barnes and Tracey Sims who are registered with Athletics Nelson and Marlborough Athletics respectively.

Full results are available through

For NZ Marathon Champs full results and medallists click here

Marathon (1496 finishers)
Robbie Barnes 2hrs 58min 52sec (60th overall ; 1st NZ Champs MM50-54)
Tracey Sims 4.16.48 (3rd NZ Champs MW45-49)
Paul Knight 4.24.21
12km Traverse (1965 finishers)
Anna Barnes 1hr 17min 28sec (585th overall)
Leanne Barnes 1.30.09

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South Island Masters Games & Rabbit Island Rampage 2015

Dale Smit, Robbie Barnes and Tracey Sims collected medals in various events at the recent South Island Masters Games held in Nelson. The Rabbit Island Rampage doubled as the half marathon and was also open to those who weren’t competing in the games. Other club members who took part in the challenging 2-lap off-road course were Margaret Hazelwood and Bill Hunter.

Results as follows:

5 km Run

Dale Smit 19.27 (Gold SIMG – M30-34)

Robbie Barnes 18.02 (Gold SIMG – M50-54)

10 km Run

Dale Smit 40.10 (Gold SIMG – M30-34)

Robbie Barnes 39.15 (Gold SIMG – M50-54)

Rabbit Island Rampage Half Marathon Run

Dale Smit 1.36.28 (Gold SIMG – M30-34)

Margaret Hazelwood 1.55.58

Tracey Sims 2.05.15 (Silver SIMG – W45-49)

Bill Hunter 2.11.24

South Island Masters Games results

Rabbit Island Rampage results

Photos (courtesy of David Smit)

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Prosser Cup & End-of-Season Prizegiving 2015

Ray Waters claimed overall honours in the Prosser Cup on Saturday in the last event on the official club calendar for the 2015 season. The cup was contested on the Hawkesbury circuit over a distance of 8.2km. The event doubles as the Women’s Road Handicap and Megan Kain claimed this title for the second successive year. Alison Brook and Sheila Waters crossed the line together to jointly win the walking category while the children’s grade winners included Gemma Bishell, Luke Jones, Amber Bendell and Hunter Bendell.

Children’s prize-giving followed at Bill and Julie’s. Jayden Lucas and Amber Bendell were named as recipients of the Vulcan and Western trophies respectively, awarded for the Most Promising Midget Boy and the Outstanding Midget Girl.

Senior prize-giving saw Allister Leach receive the President Trophy, awarded for Best Club Spirit. Warren Hall was named as the recipient of the Presidents Supporters Cup and the John Western Memorial Cup for sportsmanship went to Dale Smit. Barry Hyndman was named as the Most Improved Walker. The Anita Neal Trophy for the Most Improved Runner throughout the season was taken out by Tim Hamilton. Margaret Hazelwood was named Marlborough Harrier of the Year and Robbie Barnes as the club nomination for the Marlborough Sports Awards. Bill Hunter, Wynnie Wu Cosgrove and David Cosgrove were recognised for their valuable contribution to the club and were recipients of 20 year service badges.

Full Results

Prosser Cup Photos and Children’s Prize-giving Photo’s (courtesy of Michelle Fox)

Read the Marlborough Express article here


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Queen Charlotte Relay 2015



 The annual Queen Charlotte Relay was contested by 52 teams on Saturday afternoon. 

Starting at the Waitohi Domain in Picton the relay wove a course through Queen Charlotte Drive to finish outside the Havelock Hotel.

Despite the near-perfect conditions, the course record of 1 hour and 50 minutes was never threatened.

Teams from Marlborough, Wellington and Nelson were entered with the latter dominating the top places throughout most of the grades. Particularly pleasing for organisers was that 31 of the teams entered contested the social running grade and many of these 

comprised business house and sponsors teams.

Overall line honours went to the Athletics Nelson Senior Men’s team in a time of 2 hours 04 minutes and 51 seconds, almost five minutes ahead of the Athletics Nelson Junior Men’s team. The Marlborough Harriers Senior Men’s team finished third overall a further five minutes back. The first women’s team across the line was the Athletics Nelson Senior Women’s team who finished 4th overall.

Individual major spot prizes went the way of  Sean Timoney, Bids Taylor, Sam Boyce, Devon Payne and Rae Heta while the teams ones were collected by Marlborough Harriers Veteran Women’s and Waimea Mixed Social.    

Junior Men’s Team results: Athletics Nelson 1st (2 hours, 09 minutes and 47 seconds) (2nd overall) - Sam Mead, Cameron Jones, Max Schneider, Max Meffan, Nick Matthews Hairy A**e School Boys 2 (2.38.46)

Junior Women’s Team results: CrossFit JUNIORS 1st (3 hours 18 minutes and 02 seconds) (47th overall) - Morgan Gurr, Abella Yuen, Jana Sloot, Libby Grigg, Emma McManaway

Senior Men’s Team results: Athletics Nelson 1st (2 hours, 04 minutes and 51 seconds) (1st overall) - Angus Wemyss, Jared Lautenslager, William Wallace, Thomas Littleworth, Kalani Sheridan  Marlborough Harriers 2nd (2.14.12), Victoria University 3rd (2.25.22)

Senior Women’s Team results: Athletics Nelson 1st (2 hours, 18 minutes and 34 seconds) (4th overall) - Beth Versey, Sami Jordan, Sophie Smith, Eloise Beattie, Bridie Edwards Go Girls 2nd (2.37.00), Not Fast But Fabulous 3rd (3.11.00)

Veteran Men’s Team results: Athletics Nelson M60 1st (2 hours, 26 minutes and 21 seconds) (7th overall) - Hans Andersen, Mike Morrissey, Ian Carter, Chris Bolter, Derek Shaw Waimea Men 2nd (2.31.28), Marlborough Harriers 3rd (2.46.04)

Veteran Women’s Team results: Waimea Women 1st (2 hours, 43 minutes and 13 seconds) (20th overall)Liz Coke, Robyn Deane, Fran Kerse, Eileen Beattie, Debbie Bamfield CrossFit Angry Birds 2nd (2.54.30), Marlborough Harriers 3rd (2.59.30)

Social Team results: Average Joes 1st (2 hours, 23 minutes and 42 seconds) (5th overall)Thomas Westend, Todd Nicholas, Patrick Dawkins, Kirk Nicholas, Josh Cody Wire Runners 2nd (2.28.00), CrossFit We Thought They Said Rum 3rd (2.31.23)

Walking Team results: Marlborough Harriers 1st (4 hours, 36 minutes and 55 seconds) – Kathryn Mann, Sheila Waters, Alison Brook, Judith Hyndman, Helen Walshe

Fastest Lap Times – Junior Men: 1st Lap – Sam Mead (19 minutes and 23 seconds); 2nd Lap – Cameron Jones (30.56); 3rd Lap – Max Schneider (33.12), 4th Lap – Max Meffan (22.37), 5th Lap – Nick Matthews (23.39)

Fastest Lap Times – Senior Men: 1st Lap – Billy Hebberd (19 minutes and 35 seconds); 2nd Lap – Jared Lautenslager (28.49); 3rd Lap - William Wallace (29.09); 4th Lap – Thomas Littleworth (23.19); 5th Lap – Kalani Sheridan (23.30)

Fastest Lap Times – Senior Women: 1st Lap – Beth Versey (22 minutes and 35 seconds); 2nd Lap – Sami Jordan (34.06); 3rd Lap – Sophie Smith(32.26); 4th Lap – Eloise Beattie (24.35); 5th Lap – Bridie Edwards (24.52)

Fastest Lap Times – Veteran Men: 1st Lap – Peter Mann (25 minutes and 04 seconds); 2nd Lap – Mike Morrissey (34.07); 3rd Lap - Ian Carter(32.15); 4th Lap – Chris Bolter (26.31); 5th Lap – Don Bate (27.20)

Fastest Lap Times – Veteran Women: 1st Lap – Liz Coke (25 minutes and 15 seconds); 2nd Lap – Robyn Deane (34.50); 3rd Lap - Fran Kerse (38.43), 4th Lap – Rae Heta (29.15); 5th Lap – Debbie Bamfield (33.07)

Fastest Lap Times – Social: 1st Lap – Thomas Westend (19 minutes and 56 seconds); 2nd Lap – Sean Timoney (32.15), 3rd Lap – Ian Courtenay (30.26), 4th Lap – Billy Hebberd (23.27); 5th Lap – Stuart Cottam (24.59)

Provisional Results

Photos (courtesy of Michelle Fox)

Photos (courtesy of David Smit)

Read the Marlborough Express article here

Check out the Athletics Nelson You Tube video here



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Fairhall Road Race 2015

The Fairhall Road Race was contested in difficult conditions around the Ben Morven Circuit on Saturday afternoon. All competitors started on handicap and battled into a biting head wind at the start of their respective races.

Paul Knight won the Annual Road Race 7 Mile Cup which is presented to the first runner

Paul Knight – winner Fairhall Road Race

home overall in the main race. Being the first Veteran Man across the finish line he also collected the Veteran Fairhall Trophy (affectionately known as the Burglars Trophy). Robbie Barnes recorded the fastest actual time over the 9.2 km circuit and Kay Leach won the walking section.

Winners in the children’s grades included Gemma Bishell, Amber Bendell, Jayden Lucas, Hunter Bendell and Sam Hamilton.

Full Results and Photos (courtesy of Michelle Fox)

Read the Marlborough Express article here

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