Shaw Baton Relay, Battle Hill, Paekakariki Hill Road Saturday, 6 May 2006
Updated 25 Mar 2013.
The Scottish menís team (photo) prevailed again winning the Senior Menís grade for the 11th successive year. They did not have it all their own way as they trailed the Valleys United team for much of the race until Glenn Hughes took the lead for Scottish on the fifth and penultimate lap. Rees Buck sealed the victory on the last lap to bring the team home 39 secs ahead. The Masters Menís grade resulted in the closest and most exciting finish when Valleys United prevailed by just 5 seconds from Scottish who held off WHAC by 1 second to claim second place. Olympic were just 4 seconds back fourth while Kapiti were a further 5 seconds back in fifth place. Twenty seconds from first to fifth.
Valleys United Senior Women took advantage of slightly weaker teams to claim a rare but deserved win in their grade. They finished one minute twelve seconds ahead of the Scottish B team who upset their A team in finishing second, twenty nine seconds ahead. Scottish A team had an easy win in the Masters Womenís grade, finishing nearly four and half minutes ahead of their C team with host club, Olympic third.
In the Junior Grades, both Scottish and WHAC retained their titles from last season in the Junior Menís and Junior Womenís grades respectively. Scottish had a close call finishing just 3 seconds ahead of the Valleys United team. WHAC were more comfortable finishing a minute 23 seconds ahead of Scottish with Olympic third.
Kapiti junior, Hamish Carson ran the fastest time of the day, recording 6.13 for the course and leading his team into first place at the end of the first lap. Scottish junior Terefe Ejigu was second fastest on 6.16, while WHAC senior runner Gareth Hyett was third fastest in 6.18. Junior runners were also the fastest among the females as Alice Mason of WHAC ran 7.36 leading the field at the end of the first lap. Samara Sheppard, Olympic ran second fastest in 7.44, while Ilandre Bester of Scottish clocked 7.47 for third fastest, all junior athletes.