Queen Charlotte Relay 16th September 2017

The running of the 36th Queen Charlotte Relay between Picton and Havelock was run on Saturday.
Conditions for the day were ideal with rain during the debrief at Picton School then for the run going from overcast to fine and warm.
We had 7 walker teams competing leaving Waitohi Domain at 11.30am. We had 2 runner teams who had requested they leave with the walkers because their team was going to be slow.

Ed Massey after finishing at Momorangi asking “Am I here yet?”

42 runner teams took to the Queen Charlotte Drive leaving Picton 1pm.

Teams were mainly from Marlborough but we had one from Rangiora, one from Island Bay, 12 from Nelson.

It became quite obvious Athletics Nelson Senior Men team had decided they were going to challenge the field and also go below 2 hours – a time they had been challenging for the past couple of years running as Junior Men. Their time was 1 hr 59 min 47 seconds.

The Athletics Nelson Junior Men came in 2nd in 2 hr 12 min 21 seconds.

Ed Massey passing the baton to Robbie Barnes (Barnstormers Team) at Momorangi with Jim Mercer eagerly looking for his runner.

Marlborough Harrier Club Senior Men came in third in 2 hr 12 min 45 seconds.

The stage is set for prizegiving

Our generous sponsors allowed us to offer great performance prizes for qualifying grades, fastest lap times all grades, excellent 21 spot prize bags.

Ashleigh Weaver with her new bike.

As a special spot prize where we drew a lap number then a team number and whoever that lucky person was won a Trek Mountain Bike from Spokesman Cycles Marlborough This was won by Ashleigh Weaver in the MOB team. We asked her after the prizegiving if she already had a bike. She did but a real old one which she hated so the bike went to the right person who needed it.

Kenneth Leach accepting his voucher

Then we did the same for a family ticket of 2 adults with 3 children on the Pelorus Mailboat Havelock. This was won by Kenneth Leach of Blenheim. He does not have children or a partner so he has something to work on – Don’t tell Kay, his mother.

Our generous sponsors were in no particular order; Spokesman Cycles Marlborough, Pelorus Mailboat Havelock, Yealands Estate Winery, Mitchell Sports, Mediaworks, King Salmon, Crossfit Blenheim, Spy Valley Wines, SBS, Taylor Pass Honey, Havelock Hotel, Subway Picton, Pac N Save Blenheim, Grapelander Tours, Blenheim New World.

Our generous Sub Committee donated their time freely to assist with the running of the event before and during the event. They were Wynnie Wu Cosgrove, Kathryn Mann, Kay Leach, Bill Hunter, Les McKay, Kim Bacchus and Warren Hall. We thank them.

Our officials on the day did a splendid job on the day. They were;
The Ulysses Motorcycle Club Marlborough for Traffic Management.
Timekeepers and recorders and spotters at changeover points Wynnie Wu Cosgrove, Kathryn Mann, Wayne Gee, Bronwyn James (and Michael), Julie Hunter, John Bailey, Kay Leach, Sandra and Dennis Robinson, Leanne Barnes, Judith Hyndman, Warren Hall in the results control room. We owe them all a huge big thanks because without the officials doing their job, you would not get the results at the end.

Thank you to the people of Marlborough and the users of the Queen Charlotte Drive on Saturday for being so considerate to our teams and hoard of supporters.

One last thing is put Saturday 15th September 2018 in your diary now for the 37th running of the Queen Charlotte Relay.


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Fairhall Road Race

Post run refreshments

Marlborough Harrier Club held their Fairhall Road Race on the Ben Morven circuit on Saturday. This is a handicap race giving all Club Members the opportunity to be in the trophy mix. Members were also competing for the oldest trophy in the clubs cabinet.
Conditions were ideal on the course with it being fine, warm and little wind.
Results are:
2000 metres
Boys 12 and under; Andrew Hall 1 (24.49) Jayden Lucas 2 (24.57) Michael James 3 (25.08) Matthew Hall 4 (25.34) Fastest running time Michael James (8.23)
3000 metres
Boys 14 and under; Jimmy Luff 1 (24.21) and Fastest running time (13.36)
Girls 14 and under; Jorja Bacchus 1 (26.32) and Fastest running time (13.32)
4000 metres
Junior Men 16 and under; Hunter Bendell 1 (26.51) and fastest running time 17.51)
Junior Women 16 and under; Anna Barnes 1 (23.50) and fastest running time (18.50)
9200 metres
Walkers; Sheila Waters 1 (1.23.08), Alison Brook 2 (1.25.45), Stephen Hill 3 (1.26.43) Fastest walking time Sheila Waters (1.16.08)
Open Men; Cameron Kain 1 (1.05.25), Dale Smit 2 (1.06.07) Fastest running time Cameron Kain (38.40)
Veteran Men; Allister Leach 1 (1.02.30), Bill Hunter 2 (1.03.28), Jim Luff 3 (1.04.42) Fastest running time Robbie Barnes (34.22)
Open Women; Megan Kain 1 (1.04.35) with fastest running time (51.35)
Veteran Women; Kathryn Mann 1 (1.04.48), Tracey Sims 2 (1.05.00), Linda Hall 3 (1.05.23) Fastest running time Tracey Sims (47.00)

Photos can be seen here
Full results can be seen here

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Marlborough Harrier Club Road Championship 5th August 2017

The 2017 Road Championship Marlborough Harrier Club was held at The Grovetown 10km circuit.
Weather conditions were perfect for road racing and most runners/walkers did personal bests over the course.
We had 4 non- members turn up for a run with one taking 1st Open Men.
Results were:
1000 metres
Girls 7 and under;
Leia Shaw 1 (5.03)
2000 metres
Boys 12 and under;
Michael James 1 (8.56), Jayden Lucas 2 (10.24)
3000 metres
Boys 14 and under;
Jimmy Luff 1 (15.19)
Girls 14 and under;
Jorja Bacchus 1 (12.13)
5000 metres
Girls 16 and under;
Anna Barnes 1 (24.36)
Sheila Waters 1 (42.43), Kay Leach 2 (43.56), Steven Hill Non Member 3 (49.36), Shona Marr 4 (49.53)
Veteran Women;
Tracey Sims 1 (25.18), Margaret Hazelwood  (25.35), Kathryn Mann 3 (32.31)
6000 metres
Men 16 and under;
Gus Marfell 1 (22.18)
Veteran Man;
Mark Elkington Non Member (30.40) Great to see Mark out on the course coming back from injury doing a shorter distance.
10000 metres
Open women;
Megan Kain 1 (56.26)
Open Men;
Stephen Blackwell Non Member 1 (36.08), Adam Baker 2 (39.15), Andrew Mann 3 (49.58) Once again Stephen arrive from North Canterbury to challenge the boys.
Veteran Men;
Robbie Barnes 1 (37.52), Seb Bacchus 2 (44.30), Peter Mann 3 (45.21)
Full results here.


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5km time trial Riverlands Saturday 22nd July 2017

This event was held from Riverlands Community Hall taking in the Bike/Walk track to Cob Cottage plus and return.
Conditions were fine and warm but at times wet under foot.
Michael James and Jayden Lucas battled it out in the Boys 12 and under with Michael winning in 9.13 for 2km.
Leia Shaw who usually runs in the 7 and 10yrs and under ran the Girls 12 and under 2km course coming in at 11.36.
Jorja Bacchus took out the Girls 14 and under 3km in 15.26.
Gus Marfell and Hunter Bendell ran in the Boys 16 and under 5km with Gus in first in 19.20.
Anna Barnes took out the Girls 16 and under 5km in 25.38.
3 walkers took to the track with Alison Brooks coming in first = with Sheila Waters in 43.48.
3 runners took part in the Senior Men. Adam Baker first in 19.34 followed by Dale Smit 20.17 followed closely by Cameron Kain 20.20.
Megan Kain took out the Senior Women in 26.35.
Veteran Men was the largest field with Robbie Barnes 1st in 19.21, Ed Massey 2nd in 20.03 and Seb Bacchus 3rd in 20.56.
In the Veteran Women Tracey Sims came in 1st in 25.30, Serena Ibbotson 2nd in 25.51 and Wendy Gibson 3rd in 29.25.
These times will be used by the Handicappers when assessing times in the future handicapped road races.
Full results can be found here.

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Tasman Centre Cross Country Champs 2017

Saturday 15th July – Jorja and Seb competed today over at Nelson at Branford Park in the Tasman Cross Country Champs. On a near perfect winters day, clear but cold out of the sun, much better than last year when it was raining and very slippery. Jorja won her U13 race, running the 2km in 8.19 min, that was nearly 2 minutes faster than last year. Jorja now holds the Tasman Cross Country and Athletics Champs for her age group. Seb had to run 8km which he did it in roughly 35min and coming in 4th in his age group. Great day for running and these two ran really well.

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