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Tuesday September 9th, 2008

Greta Valley Marathon Relay
Four teams represented Olympic at the Greta Valley Marathon Relay on Saturday 6 September. Running conditions were ideal, the day was fine and the after effects of recent rain kept the dust away on the unsealed laps.

Olympic runners wore pink bandannas in a show of support for Club mate Yvonne Evans and funds raised from the event will go to Yvonne and her family, to help them with their battle with cancer.

A fun time was had by all and although Cookie had to withdraw from the Coughlan team at the last minute (due to putting his back out), although he still managed to support his team with a cheery smile.

Thank you to Mike Riley and his team at North Canterbury Athletic Club for organising the event. A tough one but a good one. Put it on your calendar for next year.

Thursday September 4th, 2008

Canterbury Road Championships - 16 August 2008

Canterbury Road Champs

The 2008 Canterbury Road Champs were notable for the fine day and the absence of trees on one side of the course. At least that made a change for those runners who find Landfill Road a boring course. One advantage of a loop course is that you can always see who is catching you and you do at least get to see who is winning at regular intervals.

It was terrific to see the large numbers of young runners in the early events. Did any of you spot a little lady with the surname of Molina? She has a great athletic pedigree.

Fields seemed a little down, especially in the Senior Women's race, which had all of two competitors. There were more in the Masters event. The wearers of the red singlet had a good day, all enjoying the fact that they were not running in horizontal rain as they had done on the previous Saturday.

Photos and results

Wednesday August 13th, 2008

Club Road Championships - 8th August, 2008

Women - 5 km                     Men - 10 km
1 Heather North 21:25 1 Carsten Jorgensen 33:44
2 Judith Taylor 21:28 2 Mark Sullivan 35:29
3 Diane Davis 21:59 3 David Macdonald 35:56
4 Toni Taylor 22:12 4 Paul Coughlan 36:51
5 Margaret Flanagan 23:44 5 Clive Kitchingman 38:24
6 Pam Hogarth 21:51 6 Kevin Papps 40:56
7 Paula Duncan 27:30 7 John Clancy 43:54
8 Stewart Taylor 44:19
9 Ron Stevens 46:41
10 John Kerrison 50:45
11 Red Maddock 61:45

Friday August 8th, 2008

National Cross-Country Championships - Waikanae 2008
by Ron Stevens

While track titles can be fluked when your opposition elects to run in other races, there is nowhere to hide in a national cross-country championship. This was again demonstrated in this year's nationals at Waikanae. The course was tough. Flat for the first five hundred metres or so but it soon changed into some deceptively solid little rises, not long but steep enough to make running up them at speed a most interesting exercise. A couple of the downhills were steep enough to make striding fast down them a test of determination too and with two jumps to break up your rhythm no one found it easy. A fortnight before, the Wellington Champs had been run in slush and mud but we were fortunate that that had all dried and some shingle on the steeper uphills also gave a firm footing. The morning was dry with watery sun but a light rain fell in the afternoon.

Organisation for the event was superb. A large marquee was placed in the centre of the park beside the finish, coffee and clothing stalls,the loudspeaker system actually worked and there was even a T.V. camera tower.

In all, fifteen races were held across various age groupings from Under 10 to 75+ and all went smoothly - a tremendous tribute to the organisers.

Olympic had several runners in the Canterbury Teams. Most prominent was Tony McManus (55 - 50 age-group) who secured another national title with a 29:52 - a time which saw him 14 seconds clear of second in his age-group with a further 79 seconds back to the third place getter and which placed him twelfth against all the youths of 35 upwards. We are so used to magnificent performances from Tony that we sometimes forget how outstandingly he compares nationally against all other masters. Ron McTaggart (32:22) and Denis Christmas (33:02) were fourth and sixth behind Tony in a very competitive age-group. Congratulations to all three. They were very worthy Canterbury representatives.

A ring-in group of John Kerrison, Murray Smith and Ron Stevens flew up in the morning to represent the Olympic Club. Murray (50 - 54)found the later laps solid and finished 17th in his group while John's condition didn't last and he withdrew after two laps. Ron's (75- 70) group was small and he had a 50/50 chance before the start - fortunately drawing the right 50, finishing in 39:47.

The senior women's race was a procession behind Rowan Baird, who won by 30 seconds from Alice Mason and Nikki Hamblin to complete a clean sweep for Auckland. Southern voices cheered for Shireen Crumpton in fourth and Canterbury's sole rep Julia Scoones who ran well for 7th.

The Senior Men's event was a cracker. We could only admire Phil Costley as he led Ben Ruthe and Rowan Hooper through the first three laps, slipped a bit in the fourth and gamely came back in the fifth to have a final go at dropping the others. Ben Ruthe put it beyond doubt in the last K but the other two were not far adrift and any one of the three could have won. It was real racing at its best. Rowan Hooper was second last year too and gave himself every chance running positively but with not quite enough left to stave off Ruthe. Three tremendously courageous runs - worth watching. Canterbury won the teams race!

Next year's nationals are at Halswell Quarry - let's have the whole club taking part. It's a great experience.



Rowan Greig's Photos

Senior Men Video

Senior Women Video

Sunday August 3rd, 2008

Governors Bay to Lyttelton Road Race Results