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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

Sunday April 20th, 2008

Lionel Fox Relays

Rain and hail storms on Friday signaled the beginning of the cross country season. With most of the bad weather over by Saturday morning the conditions at Woodend Beach for the Lionel Fox Relays were fine and cool with firm damp sand under foot.

Olympic got the winter season off to a fine start, placing first in the Masters Men 4x5km relay. The Team of Ron McTaggart, David Macdonald, Clive Kitchingman and Kevin Papps finished in a time of 1:10:54, a good 21 seconds ahead of Port Hills.

Olympic Masters Men B Team, Greg Clark, Murray Smith, Ron Stevens and John Kerrison, also ran the 4x5km relay and finished in 1:27:46.

The Olympic Masters Women, Margaret Flanagan, Kaye Bulbrook, Carol Glub, Ronalda Reid, ran the 4x2.5km relay. They were the only masters women team entered at this distance and finished in a time of 47:40.
Full Results

Monday March 24th, 2008

2008 Opening Day Run

Club Opening Day Run is on Saturday 5th April at the Somerfield Community Centre, Studholme Street, 1:45pm. Friends and new members warmly welcome.