Athletics New Zealand Weekly Round Up
This edition includes:NZ Track & Field results
Road and Trail race results from around the country
New Zealand Competition Results
Athletics New Zealand Cross Country Challenge, Chisholm Links – 29 August 2020
In a superb display of cross country running, Hayden Wilde showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field to win the 10km challenge race in an impressive time of 31:44. Wilde went out early and soon had a good lead. However the Otago champion, Janus Staufenberg, wanting to capitalise on his knowledge of the course from his win three weeks earlier moved up to share the lead with Wilde. Going into the second of five laps Wilde put the hammer down and was soon flying over the demanding wind swept Links course. Coming into the final straight he acknowledged his coach Craig Kirkwood with a low five and speed through to win by over a minute.
Wilde said the race went to plan. “I decided to go out at three minute k pace and then ascend through the laps,” he said. “I looked back after the first 500m and no one was there and I thought that’s a bit strange so I carried on anyway. Staufenberg then joined me and we worked together on the first lap and I semi used him for the head winds and to try and get myself into a good position and from there I started revving up the engine and try and keep a consistent pace.”
The next two podium placings was a race between Sam Tanner, Oli Chignell and Oska Baynes. Tanner’s superior track speed came into play over the final 500m and he went through for second in 32:53 with Chignell third in 33:01. Canterbury won the teams race from Waikato Bay of Plenty and Otago.
Tanner said that he had two options going into the event. “I said to myself do I go till I blow with Haydo or do I just sit in the pack and relax and trust the work that we have put in together, and so that’s what I did and with 2km to go I knew I was safe for second, so I was happy with how it played out. “It feels nice to have the kick left in the legs at the end of a race. Oli said to me with 500m to go ‘you go Sam no one can out-kick you’ so I said thanks Oli and I took off,” said Tanner.
In his first run back for a while Chignell said he had no regrets with his third placing. “It is a tough course but I had a good race and I got beaten by two guys who I’m very happy to be beaten by – top guys,” said Chignell.
Eva Goodisson, Rebekah Greene and Kara Macdermid matched strides over the first half of the women’s 10km raced in conjunction with the men. Greene struck out taking Goodisson with her and Macdermid lost contact. Not used to the longer distance, Goodisson still had the strength to prevail over the final lap and was a clear winner in 38:59. Greene was second in 39:39 and Macdermid third in 40:15.
Goodisson said that she didn’t have any expectations. “It was a tough race for sure 10km is a long way. I have been racing over in the States at the University of California Davis and the races over there are 6km so a 10km cross country was hard work. “It was good to have competition today, in a global pandemic it’s amazing to even have a race and have competition,” she added. “I didn’t have any expectations today and when Rebekah made a move I had to stick with her and we feed off each other. I then had that little bit in the last couple of k’s to go and I let it go from there.”
Greene was reasonably happy with the race. "I went the hardest I could go, I think. I gave it a good crack. But just didn’t have the strength in the end." Canterbury won the teams from Otago.
Cameron Clark had a close race with his Canterbury team mate Max Yanzick managing to hold him out over the final 250 metres in the under 20 8km. Clark won in 27:28, four seconds ahead of Yanzick with Liam Lamb third in 27:44.
Clark said that he was super happy with the result. “It’s a really tough course and everyone ran well. After running in a large group over the first lap I knew I had to move early make a break and then run as hard as I could,” he said. Canterbury won the teams from Wellington.
Dwight Greave from Fiordland was absolutely delighted in winning the masters 8km race in 29:08. In a close finish for second Kelvin Meade held out Ben Wreford by two seconds in 29:28.
“A win for Southland,” Greave exclaimed at the finish. “I’m absolutely stoked. I had a few issues coming into this race, (with iron levels), and I didn’t know how I was going to go. So I just had to come and run my guts out,” he added. Greave’s next challenge will be the Luxmore Grunt in December.
Southland won the 40-44 teams, Canterbury the 50-54 and Otago the 55-59.
Graeme Lear of Nelson won the 65+ 6km in 26:13.
Charli Miller dominated the under 20 women’s 6km leading throughout in 24:37. Maya Irving of Otago made up some ground over the final 2km to finish second in 24:53. Charlotte Floodsmith-Ryan was third in 25:35.
Miller said that she found it tough. “I decided to just go for a solid run and try and get some hard work in and if someone came with me, they came with me, but it obviously turned into a bit of a solo run which is always tough, but it is good to do cross country for fitness,” she said.
Otago runners made it a clean sweep of the first three home in the master women’s 6km, Kirsty Eyles winning in 25:56 from 13 times a national champion Shireen Crumpton 26:09 and Amanda Waldrom 26:41.
Under 18 winners were Will Anthony and Hannah Gapes, with Canterbury winning the men’s teams and Otago the women.
Pai Wynyard and Hayden Waddell provided a dramatic finish to the under 16 4km, with Wynyard coming from behind and snatching victory on the line both recording 14:03. Wynyard who says he gains his strength from running in the Port Hills of Christchurch every Wednesday said it was hard the whole way.
“It was a good challenge, Hayden picked it up a bit and with 200m to go and put in a surge, but I thought he had gone a bit early so I decided to try and get him at the end which I did,” he said.
Hill City University won the teams.
Renee Carey led throughout the under 16 4km, winning in 15:50. Zara Geddes was through in second in 16:02 and Eliza Squire third in 16:10. “I went with the boys at a pretty fast pace and it was good to try and beat them. “It was really tough running against the wind, but it was a fun course,” said Carey.
Under 14 3km winners were Finn Woodhouse in 10:54 and Boh Ritchie in 11:23.
Road and Trail Races Around the Country
Forest Run Fest, Moonlight Edition, Bottle Lake Forest, 29 August: 10km Geoff Gilfedder 41:38. Fiona Gilroy 48:27.
Highly respected and popular official stalwart Keith Bade of Wellington passed away on Tuesday 25 August 2020.
Keith’s contribution to athletics as an official and masters athlete have been considerable. He has been a regular official at New Zealand championships and at Oceania events for more than 20 years. He was awarded an Oceania Merit Award in 2012, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Oceania area. He and his wife Christine have officiated for the last two track and field championships in Christchurch, the last in March where Keith was a field official and Christine a post event official.
Olympian marathon runner Ivan Keats of Waihi passed away on Thursday 27 August 2020
Keats started his running as a half-miler and 3000m steeplechaser, later switching to the marathon. In the Auckland championships in 1961, he qualified for the New Zealand championships in both the marathon and steeplechase running the marathon in the afternoon and competing in the steeplechase in the evening. He was third in the New Zealand marathon championship in Christchurch in 1961 in 2:26:47 and in the 1964 championship in Lower Hutt he was second in 2:18:44 which clinched his place to the Tokyo Olympic Games. His time was the 29th fastest in the world in 1964. As Olympian 184 he finished 42nd in Tokyo in 2:36:17.
He was born in Christchurch, lived in Auckland competing for the Western Suburbs Club and retired to Waihi. He ran his last marathon in 1985 in Rotorua aged 48 in 3:13:17.
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent