Costley wins another Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon

Published
15/03/2015 by Steve Knowles

If you are ever contemplating winning the Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon then best to first give Phil Costley a call to see if he will be on the start line.

Chances are likely that he will be though as reward for winning Saturday’s event is permanent free entry into the challenging run..courtesy of  organiser’s Nelson Events and his five straight victories around the challenging course.

In his sights though will be 14 year old Cameron Jones from Mapua who ran a tactical race to win the  10km in 37 minutes 39 seconds holding out Nige Burgess and Blenheim’s Jimmy Johnston.

Jone’s  athletic day began before the 10km  however by biking to the start and then once finished pedalled  home to get his father to drive him back for the prizegiving.  Commitment plus to the Waimea College student.

Colette Read won the women’s Half Marathon edging Julia Miles ( Christchurch ) by 14 seconds with  Claire Sykes  within a minute of both.

The event attracted 66 from outside the region, 10 of these from overseas.

One was UK runner Hannah Viner who with modern day Twitter communication  was recognised by her former London based teacher Abbe West after being “tweeted “ as she crossed the finish line to win the women’s 10km .  The “click and chat conversation brigade “ quickly went into action and the event certainly obtained its share of international exposure especially with Viner making giant strides into her athletic career.

Walk winners were Peter Hague and Elaine Lewellin in the Half while the ever consistent Bevan Cook and Lyn Smith stode to 10km titles.

Full results on nelsonevents.co.nz