Competing overseas

Robbie Barnes: competed in the Marathon at the World Masters Games in Perth in the weekend.
He came third in the 50 – 55 age group in the time of 2:54:28 – A fantastic effort.
Well done Robbie.

Paul Knight:  Paul is off to Athens or has left for Athens to run his 100th marathon. What an ideal place to run your 100th.
We wish Paul every success and look forward to hearing how you went upon your return.

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2016 Prizegiving held 2nd October 2016

Junior and senior annual prizegiving held at The Harrier Shed, Churchward Park, Taylor Pass Road on Sunday 2nd October 2016.

For the first time we trialed having our prizegiving all together for all grades.

The day started with the prizegiving. Trophies for individual events held during the season were given out. See prizegiving results on

This was followed with special awards presented at the closure of the season namely;

Recipients of annual trophies Marlborough Harrier Club – photo courtesy David Smit

Vulcan Trophy – Most promising midget boys                      Michael James

Western Trophy – Outstanding midget girl                            Jorja Bacchus

Most improved walker                                                            Kaye Leach

Anita Neal Trophy – Most improved runner                          Bill Hunterdsc_0080

President Supporters Cup                                                       Les McKay

John Western Memorial Cup – sportsmanship                        Peter & Kathryn Mann

President’s trophy – best club spirit                                        Tracey Sims

Harrier of the Year                                                                  Margaret Hazelwooddsc_0084

The club recognizes service by individuals by presenting them with a specially struck medal. This year it was Julie Hunter. Julie has over the 20 years been a willing participant in timekeeping and recording at all races within the club plus public events like King & Queen of the Withers, Mt Vernon Challenge, Queen Charlotte Relay and The Molesworth.


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Queen Charlotte Relay 17th September 2016

Eagerly waiting on the days start

The 35th running of the Queen Charlotte Relay over 5 legs of varying distances was held on Queen Charlotte Drive. The start was at Waitohi Domain travelling through Wedge Point (5100 metres), Momorangi (8600 metres) Linkwater (8100 metres), Moenui (6200 metres) ending at Havelock (6650 metres).
dsc_0012Conditions this year were the best experienced for a number of years. Little wind and cloudy but great running temps.
All grades contested the relay with many keenly contested.dsc_0029
As thought Athletics Nelson Senior Men took out line honours travelling the course in 2 hours oo minutes 2 seconds. They were striving to break the 2 hour barrier.
Results are:
Senior Men;dsc_0027

..Athletics Nelson 1st. William Wallace (19.18), Kalani Sheridan (29.13), Jared Lautenslager 27.09), Sam Mead (21.25), Max Meffan (22.57) Total time 2 hours oo minutes 02 seconds, Also 1st overall.
..Marlborough Harriers 2nd Stephen Blackwell (19.44) Robbie Barnes (30.06), Cameron Kain (33.12) Dale Smit (25.00), Adam Baker (26.36) Total time 2 hours 14 minutes 38 seconds. Also 3rd overall.
Senior Women;dsc_0038
Athletics Nelson 1st Hunter Sutherland (26.23), Beth Versey (33.32), Bridie Edwards (31.28), Charlotte Tucker (28.39), Eloise Beattie (26.13) Total time 2 hours 26 minutes 15 seconds. Also 2nd Overall.
Veteran Men;dsc_0082

..Marlborough Harriers 1st Kevin Bishell (22.35), Ed Massey (34.29), Seb Bacchus (35.39), Peter Mann (27.17), Robbie Barnes (24.07) Total time 2 hours 24 minutes 07 seconds. Also 6th overall.
..Athletics Nelson 60 Plus 2nd; Mike Morrissey (22.55), Derek Shaw (34.40), Neil Froude (40.16), Mike Morrissey (26.03), Derek Shaw (28.35) Total time 2 hours 32 minutes 29 seconds.
..Waimea Vet Men 3rd; Andrew Barker, (24.15) TC Chadderton (36.44), Simon Connor (34.04), Craig Harford (30.12), Kendrick Ritchie (30.30), Total time 2 hours 35 minutes 45 seconds.
Veteran Women;

.. Waimea Vet Women 1st Linda Sillery (37.20), Robyn Deane (35.39), Karen Griffith (47.24), Maren Harford (37.21(), Fran Kerse (32.12) Total time 3 hours 9 minutes 56 seconds.
dsc_0229Junior Men;

.. Hairy Ass School Boys 1st Riki Drabsch (23.12), Lachlan Woolf (36.10), Mitchell Payne (41.10), Dylan Hebberd (32.17), Riki Drabsch (28.58) Total time 2 hours 41 minutes 47 minutes.
Unfortunately the team Transition Coaching Under 19 was disqualified for a serious departure from the rules thus denying them the Junior Men title and forth overall placing plus fastest lap time.
Social Grade;dsc_0300

.. Athletics Nelson Social 1st Simon Leaning (21.40), Stu Cottom (33.20), Brian Kemp (30.06), Paula Canning (24.01), Peter Versey (23.32) Total time 2 hours 12 minutes 39 seconds. Also 2nd overall.
.. Wire Runners 2nd John Kennedy (22.59), Billy Hebberd (30.25), Toby Morris (33.58), Billy Hebberd (23.54), Haley Fitzgerald (31.03) Total time 2 hours 22 minutes 19 seconds. (also 4th overall.
.. Athletics Nelson Junior Social 3rd Debbie Lautenslager (26.57), Thomas Littleworth (30.19) Nick Matthews (30.36), Zinnia Price (30.49), Ben Baker (25.19) Total time 2 hours 24 minutes. Also 5th overall.

..No Balance 1st Mark Rounce, Greg Lineham, Sec Lineham, Melani Barr, Eleanor Rounce. Total time 4 hours 18 minutes.
.. Marlborough Maidens 2nd  Caroline Brown, Judith Hyndman, Helen Walshe, Shiela Waters, Kathryn Mann. Total time 4 hours 23 minutes 33 seconds.
.. Waimea Wanderers 3rd Eileen Beattie, Gwen Connor, John Llewellin, Meryl Hague, Elaine Llewellin. Total time 4 hours 24 minutes 57 seconds.


Fastest lap times;

Junior men; Lap 1 Riki Drabsch (23.12), Lap 2 Lachlan Woolf (36.10) Leg 3 Mitchell Payne (41.10) Leg 4 Dylan Hebberd (32.17), Lap 5 Riki Drabsch (28.58)

Senior Men; Leg 1 William Wallace (19.18), Leg 2 Kalani Sheridan (29.13), Leg 3 Jared Lautenslager (27.09), Leg 4 Sam Mead (21.25), Lap 5 Max Meffan (22.57).

Senior Women; Leg 1 Hunter Sutherland (26.23), Leg 2 Beth Versey (33.32) Leg 3 Bridie Edwards (31.28), Leg 4 Charlotte Tucker (28.39), Leg 5 Eloise Beattie (26.13).

Veteran Men; Leg 1 Kevin Bishell (22.35), Leg 2 Ed Massey (34.29), Leg 3 Simon Connor (34.04), Leg 4 Mike Morrissey (26.03), Leg 5 Robbie Barnes (24.07).

Veteran Female; Leg 1 Linda Sillery (37.20), Leg 2 Robyn Deane 35.39) Leg 3 Karen Griffith (47.24), Leg 4 Maren Harford (37.21), Leg 5 Fran Kerse (32.12).

Prizegiving meant most teams came away with something.
The eagerly awaited Special Spot Prizes were drawn.

A well deserving recipient of the Scott bike donated by AvantiPlus Blenheim

A very happy Sean Flanagan who won the family ticket for the Pelorus Mailboat out of Havelock.


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Tasman Cross Country Champs 23 July 2016

A report from Seb Bacchus:

Which way? Have we been there yet?

Jorja, myself and  Don competed at the Tasman champs over in Bradford park Nelson yesterday.  There was a very light drizzle, but apart from being very slippery under foot for most of of the flattish track, it was great conditions for running.

Jorja competed in the under 13s race  and did a very good time of 10 min for two kms, Considering the very slippery surface , a very credible finish  to confirm that Jorja is  the Tasman Cross Country Champ for under 13 girls.



Don and I did the 8km masters race ( My watch recorded 7.6km) and I got in at a time of 36.37min and Don 39.48 min. I think I came fourth in the 35-49 division but will have to wait till results come out.






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Half Moon Bay Okiwi Bay pack run 16th July 2016

A great turn out for the out of town trip with 16 runners and 3 Walkers, another cracker day with awesome views of the snow-capped Inland Kaikoura’s.
Neville won the navigation award being the only runner who didn’t take the wrong turn and getting to the top of the hill first, even though he thought that everyone else was ahead of him.
A really great off road run, with two monster hills to climb and long technical downhill back to the carpark for a sausage and cuppa, to restore the energy levels. Many thanks to Allister for doing the driving and supplying the bus.

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