The 2017 Cross Country Championship Marlborough Harrier Club was held on Saturday at Kemp’s Farm, Seventeen Valley. Unfortunately no photos available.
The course was well received by all competitors as it gave all grades the opportunity to see where everyone was on the course. It was a bit challenging with a stream running through the middle, flat to undulating. Underfoot conditions were a bit greasy and the overhead conditions could not have been better. A real delight for the “hard-core” cross country runners and walkers. Some thought the hills were a bit steep so next year we plan a flat course but undulating (definition hills).
Girls 7 and under; Leia Shaw 1 (6.47)
Boys 12 and under; Connor Pugh 1 (9.42), Michael James 2 (10.39), Matthew Hall 3 (10.51), Andrew Hall 4 (13.22)
Girls 12 and under; Katie Pugh 1 (12.50).
Boys 14 and under; Jimmy Luff 1 (16.13)
Girls 14 and under; Jorja Bacchus 1 (14.54)
Girls 16 and under; Anna Barnes 1 (24.17), Sophia Bendell 2 (25.26)
Men under 16; Gus Marfell 1 (25.46), Hunter Bendell 2 (31.21)
Walkers; Alison Blackmore 1 (53.27), Sheila Waters 2 (53.40), Kay Leach 3 (1.05.45)
Veteran Women; Emily Marfell 1 (29.57) Lynne Fitzpatrick 2 (32.08), Margaret Hazelwood 2 (39.06
Senior Women; Megan Kain 1 (54.54)
Veteran Men; Robbie Barnes 1 (33.59), Ed Massey 2 (36.15), Seb Bacchus 3 (39.33)
Senior Men; Cameron Kain 1 (54.05), Adam Baker 2 (54.34)
We still have 3 hard pack runs cross country to complete a very successful Cross Country campaign. We now prepare for road races commencing 22nd July with a 5km time trial.
A total of 183 competitors crossed the finish line at the Wither Hills Farm Carpark top-end of Redwood Street as the Mount Vernon Grand Traverse and associated events took place on a sunny Sunday.
David Vernon took overall line honours in the Grand Traverse in a time of 1hr 20min 02 sec. and was followed home by Robbie Barnes and Tom Booth. Megan Craig won the women’s section for the second successive year with a time of 1hr 23min 31sec. ahead of Robyn Deane and Kerry Semmens.
In the 11km Fun Run/Walk, Gus Marfell finished ahead of Dave Grono. Emily Dalton claimed third place overall and a new women’s course record of 1hr 00min 09sec. in the process.
The Kids Challenge was won for the second year in succession by Connor Pugh just ahead of Jorja Bacchus who also claimed her second successive title in the girl’s race. Michael James, Matthew Hall and Dylan Gibson rounded out the top five overall places.
A huge thank-you to all competitors, spectators, volunteers, marshals, tail-end Charlie’s, supporters and sponsors for ensuring another successful event.
Full results available here
Read the Marlborough Express article here
Photos by David Smit here
Perfect conditions greeted those contesting the Marlborough Harrier Club’s oldest trophy race, the Burton Cup Sealed Handicapped Cross Country at Taylor Dam on Saturday afternoon. All competitors started at the same time with their finishing times altered according to their recorded handicap. Made for some interesting running and results.
The handicap systems works so as to give every competitor, no matter what their ability, an even chance of winning their grade.
A full set of Burton Cup results can be found at http://www.harriers.net.nz/results
Results of the Burton Cup are as follows:
Girls 7 and under; Leia Shaw 1 (5.09),
Boys 12 and under; Matthew Hall 1 (15.12), Connor Pugh 2 (16.05), Michael James 3 (16.18) Fastest Handicap Time Connor Pugh (9.25):
Girls 14 and under; Jorja Bacchus 1 (17.31)
Boys 16 and under; Gus Marfell 1 (23.19)
Girls 16 and under; Sophia Bendell 1 (23.26) Lucy Bendell 2 (24.38) Anna Barnes 3 (26.43) Fastest Handicapped time Sophia Bendell (22.56)
Senior Women; Kiri Johnson 1 (52.54)
Veteran Women; Lynne Fitzpatrick 1 (53.30), Tracey Sims 2 (54.08), Julie Bunnk 3 (55.07). Fastest Handicapped time: Lynne Fitzpatrick (34.30)
Veteran Men; Peter Mann 1 (53.13), Seb Bacchus 2 (54.07), Ed Massey 3 (54.08) Fastest Handicapped time: Robbie Barnes (35.52)
Senior Men; Adam Baker 1 (56.01), Dale Smit 2 (57.57), Thomas Walsh 3 (66.53) Fastest Handicap Time: Adam Baker (49.31)
After a week of rain this handicap event was held on a revised course at the Taylor Dam Reserve.
This is what they call “shoe deep”
Underfoot conditions was not too wet and proved to be fast. All who competed thought it was a better course than the original because it is fast so will see if the Club uses it again.
Just a little wet for the Club Captain
Results on the day is posted on the results page but can be viewed here.
Girls 7 and under; Honor McKenzie 1 (8.02), Fastest Actual Time: Honor McKenzie (8.02) This was Honor’s first race ever.
Boys 12 and under; Andrew Hall 1 (17.46), Michael James 2 (18.04),
Fastest Actual Time: Michael James (10.44)
Girls 12 and under; Georgia Marfell 1 (17.19) Amber Bendell 2 (18.03) Neve McKenzie 3 (18.12)
Fastest actual time: Neve McKenzie (10.12)
Girls 14 and under; Jorja Bacchus 1 (23.49) Lucy Bendell 2 (25.28)
Fastest Actual Time: Jorja Bacchus (16.09)
Walkers; Wayne Gee 1= (30.19) Savanna Gee 1= (30.19) Barry Hyndman 3 (30.23)
Fastest Actual Time: Wayne Gee and Savanna Gee 30.19)
Boys 16 and under; Angus Kopua 1 (23.33) Finn McKenzie 2 (23.35) Gus Marfell 3 (24.16)
Fastest Actual Time: Gus Marfell (16.56)
Girls 16 and under; Sophie Bendell 1 (22.36) Anna Barnes 2 (22.58)
Fastest Actual Time Sophia Bendell (21.56)
Senior Women; Megan Kain 1 (31.32) Kiri Johnson 1 (33.24))
Fastest Actual Time: Megan Kain (23.17)
Veteran Women; Tracey Sims 1 (33.13) Linda Hall (33.51) Michelle Harris 3 (33.29)
Fastest Actual Time: Michelle Harris (23.29)
Veteran Men; David Bendell 1 (36.41) Warren Hall (37.26) Alan Wilson 3 (38.34)
Fastest Actual Time: Robbie Barnes (25.11)