Pelorus Interclub 19 May 2018

Marlborough Harrier Club hosted the Nelson Clubs to a cross country event at Pelorus on Saturday. It had been some time since we had Nelson over by invitation. Very pleasing to see approximately 40 people turn up for this mini event.
The event was held as a non-competitive event but we all know when Harriers get together there will always be this element of competitiveness.  Knowing this it was decided between Marlborough and Nelson we take the times of 1st, 5th, 9th, 13th and last from each side of the hill, add them up and it is the least total accumulated times that wins.
Marlborough came in with 5 hours 31 minutes 18 seconds.
Nelson came in with 6 hours 4 minutes 20 seconds.
This made Marlborough the winner.
In the words of David Bendell “Great run on Saturday – pleasant conditions -
Caught up with some of my harrier friends from Nelson/Waimea. A tough run up to the “trig” and around a loop, albeit around 7kms but I was still out for 1hour 23 minutes very pleasant thro lovely beech/punga forest. Good solid run with a good catch-up over afternoon tea.”

Everyone enjoying afternoon tea and a chat at Pelorus

Results can be seen here.

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Burton Cup at Taylor Dam 5th May 2018

They are off.

Dry 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 on go with their finishing times altered according to their sealed handicap. Made for some interesting running and results.
Unfortunately an accident on top of the Dam to one walker meant other walkers coming from behind stopped to assist thus no recorded time for them.
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

1000 metres
Girls 10 and under;
Harriet Cornelius 1 (7.30) Lily McKenzie 2 (7.45) Fast actual time Harriet Cornelius 5.30
2000 metres
Boys 12 and under;
Jayden Lucas 1= (10.25), Callum Rayner 1= (10.25), Michael James 3 (10.46) Fastest actual time Connor Pugh 8.26
Girls 12 and under;
Katie Pugh 1 (10.45) Sophia Dillon 2 (10.51) Zara Jopson 3 (11.06) Fastest actual time Sophia Dillon 10.21
3000 metres
Girls 14 and under;
Jorja Bacchus 1 (16.13) and was fastest actual time 16.13.
6000 metres
Veteran Women;
Tracey Sims 1 (48.00), Hayleigh Rayner 2 (50.33), Julie Buunk 3 (51.07) Fastest actual time Tracey Sims 34.00
Tony Burgess 1 (59.13) and was fastest actual time 39.13.

George Varney enjoying the day out

8000 metres
Junior Men;
George Varney 1 (50.42) with fastest actual time 30.42
Veteran Men;
Jim Mercer 1 (48.26), Rab Rodger 2 (49.20), Russell Lundon 3 (49.24)

Peter Mann followed closely by Rab Rodger

Fastest actual time Ed Massey 36.26






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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
m. 027 243 0356

a. 67a Weld Street, Redwoodtown, Blenheim 7201, New Zealand
graphic design + print solutions + website creation + promotional products
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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