Life membership Maurice Brown Dec 2016


Unbeknown to Maurice a lot of work went into the granting and presentation of Maurice Brown’s life Membership of Marlborough Harrier Club.
The ball started to roll some 12 to 18 months ago when we settled on the process but it has taken to December 6th 2016 to finally get a function where we could do justice to the conferring of this honor.
Originally after the process approvals were given by the club membership at the Club’s November AGM which had to be bought forward 2 weeks to enable the presentation to made at the conclusion of the 2016 Molesworth Run. That had to be cancelled because of the 14/11/2016 Kaikoura earthquake so we had to find another function.
It was decided to have a “Movie” night at “The Garlic Shed” which is run by Maurice and Caroline but we had to keep the secret as to the real reason. Secret held firm and Maurice was presented with his Life Membership.
This honor was conferred on Maurice for his contributions to Marlborough Harrier Club over many years. These included Committee Member, Secretary, President plus he investigated, sought approvals and Managed The Molesworth Run since it first ran in 1995. This event is a huge commitment on Maurice and his small band of committee each year with Maurice’s work starting at the conclusion of each years event.
A worthy recipient joining the ranks of Life Members John Bailey, Ted Lucas, Murray Taylor, Bob Fox, Alison Brook, Les McKay, Ross Logan.
Congratulations Maurice.

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2017 Committee

The Club’s AGM was held on Wednesday 16th November 2016 after it was bought forward so that it did not clash with The Molesworth Run. The Molesworth Run was cancelled because of the 14th November 2016 earthquake that caused considerable damage to infrastructure on the road leading to the race start, damage through the Molesworth. We also had to postpone the AGM from 14th November to 16th November. All in all we had the safety of our members to consider.
The AGM was held and a new committee duly elected for 2017. Your new committee are listed here:
Patron                                                              John Bailey
Honorary Vice Presidents                           Ted Lucas and Les McKay
President                                                        Allister Leach
Senior Vice President                                   Bill Hunter
Treasurer                                                        Alison Brook
Secretary                                                         Leanne Barnes
Club Captain (Co)                                         Peter Mann
Club Captain (Co)                                         Cameron Kain
Race Secretary                                               Neville Marr
Handicapper (Men)                                     Robbie Barnes
Handicapper (Women)                              Bronwyn James
Handicapper (Children)                             Bronwyn James
Handicapper (Walkers)                              Sheila Waters
Children’s liaison                                         Bronwyn James
Webmaster                                                    Warren Hall
Committee                                                     Ray Waters, Dale Smit.

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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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