A total of 25 club members lined up in the Brooklyn Shield interclub competition at Taylor Dam on Saturday. Joining them were visiting Waimea athletes Craig Harford, Fran Kerse, Maren Harford and Heather Eades. Unfortunately Nelson had nobody take up the challenge.
Of the 12 grades contested Marlborough won nine and Waimea won three. The Mens 16, Mens 19 and Womens 19 and under grades were uncontested due to no entries from either of the clubs.
The Brooklyn Shield is awarded to the club with the best overall result. The first four runners per club in each grade count towards overall points except in the Senior Mens grade when the first six runners count.
Marlborough retained the Brooklyn Shield for the 11th consecutive year. In addition they also kept the Brooklyn Trophy awarded for Senior Mens team competition and won the Charlie Sturrock Cup awarded for Boys 12 and under teams competition. This was not contested last season.
The Don Pederson Cup awarded for Senior Womens team competition was deservedly won by Waimea. In what was a closely fought race Waimea’s Fran Kerse took line honours from local runner Kiri Johnson. Fran’s Waimea team-mate Maren Harford finished third and this was enough to secure the silverware last won by the visitors in 2008.
Brooklyn Shield (overall) points tallies were as follows:
Marlborough 1st - 146 points
Waimea 2nd - 242 points
Nelson 3rd - 261 point
Brooklyn Trophy (Senior Men) points tallies were as follows:
Marlborough 1st - 21 points
Waimea and Nelson 2nd= 63 points
Don Pederson Cup (Senior Women) points tallies were as follows:
Waimea 1st - 13 points
Marlborough 2nd – 17 points
Nelson 3rd – 22 points
Charlie Sturrock Cup (Boys 12 and under) points tallies were as follows:
Marlborough 1st - 10 points
Waimea and Nelson 2nd= 14 points