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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

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