The Grand Memorial is a traditional cross country race with 10 stream crossings (down to 9 this year) and a bog to cross in each 2km lap. This year the course returned to the section under the bridge (after going around last year), but included a few extra jumps and bumpy ground, which made the course slightly longer. The day was a mild 13-14 degrees with a very gently northerly blowing down the course, and the ground was firm underfoot despite about 1mm of rain in the morning.
This year we were joined by Hutt Valley Harriers and Victoria University.
The main event is an open handicap race, with all five races across two distances running together - the walkers, junior women, junior men, open women (SW+MW) and open men (SM+MM) - which puts extra pressure on the handicappers!
With the course being longer than expected, the short course runners had an advantage over the long course runners. Despite this, and thanks to the handicapping, 68 of 82 finishers all finished within a 5 minute period, which added to the excitement of the racing. First home was David Moore, just 6 seconds ahead of Shariya Dalvi, both doing 4km. First 8km racer home was Harry Wager, in 7th place.
Without Martin McCrudden (who has owned the fastest time for the last five years), Greg Clarke (Victoria) ran the fastest 8km time (32:25), with Simon Angus a few seconds back in 32:34 and Harry Wager in third (33:18). Max Doherty was the fastest in the 4km race (16:03), with Susannah Lynch second in 16:34.
- Race 1: Boys & Girls under 10 scratch race (1km)
- Race 2: Boys and Girls under 14 scratch race (2km)
- Race 3:
- Walkers (4km open handicap),
- Open women (senior and masters women), junior women, junior men (4km open handicap)
- Open men (senior and masters men) (8km open handicap)
In the results for Race 3 below, the 'time' result is the finishing time on the clock, which started when the scratch (first) runner/walker started, and the handicap time is their starting time on the clock. The scratch time and place are the runner/walker's actual running/walking time.