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Monday July 14th, 2008

Run For Yvonne


Media Release Sunday 13 July 2008

Turnout for fund raising run overwhelms organisers

Over 1500 people walked and ran around Hagley Park this morning to raise funds for leading Canterbury runner and mother of three Yvonne Evans' fight against lung cancer.

With original hopes of reaching 1000 entries, organisers were completely overwhelmed by an additional 500 people queuing to enter on the day and many people giving extra donations as well. "We were left speechless by people's generosity" said Paul Coughlan, one of the event organisers. "Yvonne's story has obviously touched a lot of people and it was just overwhelming to see the level of support. People were paying their $20 entry with $100 cheques and $50 notes and saying to keep the change".

Yvonne herself was able to take part in the event, held on her 38th birthday and just 3 days after her latest course of chemotherapy, walking with husband Chris and her three children around the 3.5km walk section course.

Top ranked Christchurch runner Brett Tingay was first to cross the line in 16 minutes 24 seconds for the 5.5km run section. Also taking part were Canterbury cross country champion and Christchurch Marathon winner Rowan Hooper, multiple New Zealand champion Phil Costley, and a number of Canterbury Tactix netballers including Julie Seymour, formerly a top runner herself.

It is estimated that at least $30,000 was raised by today's event, far better than the $20,000 target originally hoped for.

TV3 News report video here

Photos by Tony McManus here


Friday May 30th, 2008

South Hagley Park, Sunday 13 July 2008, 10:30am

Run/Walk event to raise money for cancer sufferer Yvonne Evans and her family.


Yvonne with her husband Chris Photo courtesy of The Press

For the past 10 years, Yvonne Evans has been one of Canterbury's premier distance runners, winning multiple Canterbury, New Zealand, and Oceania titles. Now, at the age of 37, and with three pre-school age children, Yvonne faces an entirely new challenge.

In March this year, Yvonne was diagnosed with lung cancer, one of the few lung cancer patients who are non-smokers. She had even been for a two hour hill run the day before her cancer diagnosis, and like most athletes presumed she was fit and healthy. However a niggling hamstring injury led to an MRI scan, which revealed cancer in her right lung and spots on other bones.

Yvonne will be the first person in Christchurch to receive the non government-funded drug Avastin in the hope of extending her life expectancy beyond the one year doctors have indicated currently. The aim of this treatment is to allow Yvonne more time to spend with her husband Chris and their three children, aged four, three and one.

Yvonne has been one of Canterbury and New Zealand's top runners for the last 10 years. 2006 was undoubtedly her best year - she reclaimed the Canterbury Cross Country title previously won in 2002, and also won the South Island title. She then went on to win the Oceania Masters titles at cross country and half marathon, the NZ Masters Cross Country Championship and finished 5th in the prestigious SBS Half Marathon. Yvonne was named as the Canterbury Road Runner Yvonneof the year in 2006.

We are organising a fundraising event to help Yvonne meet the $20,000+ costs she now faces for her treatment. WE NEED YOUR HELP.

Join us at the Netball Courts in South Hagley Park on Sunday 13th of July for a 5.5k run, 3.5k walk, or 2k kids race for aged 12 & under. Entries are just $15 per adult, $5 per child, or a family entry for $30 (one or two parents in the 5k run or 3k walk, plus any number of their dependent children). Late entries after Tuesday 8th July will be an extra $5 for the adults only.

Additional donations welcome. See entry form

SponsorshipIf you choose to be sponsored by friends, neighbours or colleagues, please use the Event Sponsorship Form. Please forward money raised along with the form to Run For Yvonne, PO Box 7311, Sydenham, Christchurch. Or hand in on the day at the Netball Centre

Photo- Yvonne competing at Canterbury Cross Country Champs 2007

Sunday May 4th, 2008

New Balance 15km Road Race and 10k Walk - Tai Tapu

Race Report and Results

Organisers of the New Balance Tai Tapu Road Race and Walk were again inundated with a record number of entries on Sunday 4th May, receiving 825 entries. Competitors started at the Tai Tapu Rhodes Domain, running an out-and-back course along the Old Tai Tapu Road.

The men's race was led from the beginning by Matt Smith, followed by Brett Smith and Rowan Hooper. Matt Smith held the lead all the way, finishing 30 seconds ahead of Hooper who passed Brett Smith to take second place. Matt Smith will be pleased with his performance having recently arrived in Canterbury from England and already has several wins under his belt, including the Auckland Marathon. His result today all looks well for the SBS Half Marathon on 1 June which he will be lining up in. All three ran good times given the wet and cold conditions, which eventually turned out to be good running conditions for a race of this length.

The women's race was led from the beginning by Dunedin's Shireen Crumpton, followed by Julia Scoones and multi-sporter Karen Ballance. Ballance moved through into second place, finishing 2.5 minutes behind Crumpton. Shireen Crumpton is coming back from a recent lay-off and will be competing in the SBS Marathon Event and travelled up from Dunedin to take part in today's race. Karen Ballance will be running in the SBS Marathon this year and is expected to do well, as she did today.

The event, which continues to grow, is now the second largest road running event in Canterbury behind the SBS Marathon Event being held on 1 June. Most competitors taking part today will be competing in this event at Queen's Birthday Weekend and organisers are pleased with the turnout and calibre of elite runners who started.


Open Men
Matt Smith 1st, 45:22; Rowan Hooper 2nd, 45:58; Brett Smith 3rd, 46:14

Open Women
Shireen Crumpton 1st 53:41; Karen Ballance 2nd 56:16; Julia Scoones 3rd,56:34

Masters Men 40-44
Chris Jordan 1st 52:29

Masters Women 35-39
Shireen Crumpton 1st 53.41

Full results here

Sunday April 27th, 2008

Hagley Memorial Relays


Sunday April 27th, 2008

Hanmer Half Marathon

Hanmer Springs was a busy place on Saturday 12th April. Not only was there a 12 hour mountain bike event nearby, but the Southern Traverse was passing through. Add to that the 700 runners signed up for the annual Hanmer Half Marathon and 10 k Fun Run and you had a serious wait for your post race coffee. Olympic was well represented with Karen Balance winning the Open women's Half marathon in a time of 1.27.37 (18th overall) and Huntly Quinn coming in 28th in the Senior Men in a time of 1.38.03.

10k runners share the first 6k with the half marathoners. The 2k stretch up Jacks Pass after a perfunctory circuit of the domain detracts somewhat from the "Fun Run" label. The cooler weather was just right for running this year. Mark Smith once again took on and survived the role of chauffeur for 6 women club members keen to conquer the hill. Carol Glubb was Team Manager. A great run was had by all.

Sam Owles was 7th Senior woman in 47.53, Dianne was not far behind and 4th O40 in 48.10 and Margaret was 2nd O50 in 49.40. Then came Paula in 51.27, Gillian in 53.38 and Kay in 54.51.S
Womens team at Hanmer