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Thursday September 24th, 2009

Yvonne's Seat Run

Saturday September 12th was a special day for our Club. We gathered at the home of Mark Sullivan and then ran to the spot in the Bottle Lake Forest where there is now a seat dedicated to the memory of Yvonne Evans, our much-loved member who died of cancer last year. This was a spot that Yvonne often brought her children to and the forest tracks were a regular part of the training regime that made her the top athlete she was. We were joined at the seat by her husband Chris and two of their children, as well as her parents. Phil Costley told us how the Park Rangers had cooperated with them to construct the seat which has a plaque commemorating Yvonne. We then set off on a run through the forest. We ended our day at Mark's house for afternoon tea. The children of some of our members were running about in a way that Yvonne would have thoroughly approved of and Mark's back yard was the perfect venue for. It was a memorable Club run.
Yvonnes memorial seat

Sunday August 23rd, 2009

Canterbury Road Championships


Tuesday August 11th, 2009

Governors Bay to Lyttelton Road Race
President's Report.

The weather this weekend was tailor-made for runners and provided the best excuse for ignoring the gardening in favor of donning running shoes. Well done to the 12 Olympic runners who set out on the Governors Bay to Lyttelton Road Race on a glorious morning. This event is a favourite for many of us, because we know the course and we enjoy the undulations and we can call on our uphill or downhill strengths to provide a good time. I was looking at last year's results and I noticed that one of our members had made a significant improvement. Red Maddock took 1 hr 6 minutes last year and this year completed the course in 1 hr 3 minutes and 47 seconds. Whatever the reason at whatever stage of our running lives, it is always good to claw back some seconds, let alone minutes. Well done, Red.


Tuesday July 21st, 2009

Canterbury Cross Country Championships - Saturday 18th July 2009
Canterbury Champs

16 Olympic runners turned up for the 2009 Canterbury Cross Country Champs on a day that turned out to be a sunny cracker despite the foggy start. The course was a test run for the Nationals due to be run here on August 1st. It was an interesting comparison to the course we ran for our Club Champs 3 weeks ago at Halswell Quarry, having a less steep hill but more of a longer run up a gradual hill. Comments from finishers confirmed that it was a tough course. My observations as chief photographer confirm that. Hats off to all our Club members who fronted up with their spikes. The weather in the next two weeks will determine how slushy the bottom creek turns out to be for the nationals.

Our over 50 runners fared well. Peter Larkin continued his dominance of the age group and the field, coming in first in a time of 30.58 and leading Ron McTaggert, Clive Kitchingman and Alec Hobbs in the first 10, to take the Teams title. Bill Stevens was first O65. Doug Dunn, Alec Hobbs, Greg Harney, Stu Taylor, Murray Smith and Peter Coughlan all ran hard to the credit of the Club.

Judith Taylor led the Masters Women to 2nd Team overall by being 7th overall and 1st in her age group. She was supported by Dianne Davis, Debbie Wilson and Heather North to be 2nd Team. Ronalda and Tessa were not far behind.

This is a great spectators course, so be sure to come out on August 1st and cheer on the locals. Results


Monday July 6th, 2009

Club Cross Country Championships - Saturday 27th June
Margaret's Report:

Club Champs

Solstice Update

It did not take the report in Saturday's Press that we had enjoyed a mere 11 hours of sunshine in the last 2 weeks to convince me that this has been a challenging winter to be a runner, with slush, mud and gloom the order of the training day. So our annual Cross Country Champs, held in conjunction with the Port Hills Club on Saturday 28th June at the Quarry, presented us with the usual Course Design by Committee Challenge. (Thanks to the Olympic Committee members who turned up at 12:30 to help with this.) I think we made a good fist of the 2k Course and the reports from those brave souls who completed the 3 laps for women and the 4 laps for men were that it was a fair course with a mix of hill, flat and muddy bits. It will be interesting to see how different the courses will be for the Canterbury Champs in several weeks and the Nationals on the same Course in August. It was a course that required spikes. There were some small creeks and some muddy turns where people slipped and fell. I had reports that the steep hill became increasingly challenging as the race wore on, so those of you planning on running the Canterbury Champs may need to sharpen your spikes. It was one of the few fine afternoons we have enjoyed in the last month and once again it was enhanced by sharing the race with the Port Hills Club.


Senior Women - 6km: 1 Ruth Love-Smith 23:32

Masters Women - 6km: 1 Dianne Davis 27:27; 2 Ronalda Reid 28:15; 3 Pam Hogarth 29:07; 4 Tessa Holland 30:27.

Masters Men - 10km: 1 Peter Larkin 30:39; 2 David Macdonald 30:58; 3 Clive Kitchingman 31:18; 4 Alex Hobbs 31:47; 5 Ian Faulkner 31:49; 6 Greg Harney 34:31; 7 Stewart Taylor 35:31; 8 Doug Dunn 36:10; 9 Bill Stevens 37:31; 10 Ron Stevens 38:19; 11 Murray Smith 39:49; 12 John Kerrison 41:51.