Itís amazing what a week on fine weather and drying wind can do for this course. The ground was hard, the stream crossings were low, and the races fast. The course was similar to the club champs held earlier in the season, but without the hill (and is run in the opposite direction).
The races today were open handicap (except the U14s). The slowest runners started first, and the fastest runners last. If everyone ran their estimated times, everyone would have crossed the finish line at the same time.
Although Wellington Harriers were invited (in keeping with the bi-annual tradition), they were unable to attend due to a clash with their syllabus.
In the U14sí race, we saw Anthony Gardner (1st BU14) beat David Blackford (2nd BU14), reversing their order from the Centre Champs. Ethan Kurukaanga, 1st BU12, was just a few seconds back, and Scott Rusbridge was 1st BU10. In the girls, Philippa Richards was first GU12 and Rebecca Robertson was first GU10.
In the 4km race, Jean Skilton took line honours with Matt Parker next over a minute later. Matt Prosser recorded the fastest time, with Lyndon McGaughran second. Moana Burt recorded the fastest womenís time, fourth fastest overall.
In the 8km race, Chris Ward was first across the line with Barry Prosser not far behind. Barry also recorded the fastest time, just one second ahead of Mike Waterman. Mike, how do you feel about this? ďMate, a rounding error in the times, Iím sure!Ē (thanks, Mike.) Barry wins the Dad Philp Pewter Pot trophy for the fastest time, a trophy he has won on numerous occasions - the first time back in 1970!
Thanks to the race organisers and the handicappers for the good jobs they did in preparing this race.
In the handicap race results below, the time is the time on the clock when they finished. The net time is the time actually run (finish time less the handicap time, or the start time).