Race Reports

Solid performances from UC Masters Athletes
NZ Masters Track and Field Champs 2nd- 5th April 2010 Report from Malcolm Cornelius 

A small contingent of UC Athletics runners competed at the 36th NZ Masters Track & Field Champs held over the weekend of the 3rd to the 5th of April. Competing on home soil at QEII Park, Julieana Findlay, Michael Bond and I upheld the clubs proud record of high achievement by winning 3 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals.


Julieana had only recently recovered from some surgery, but showed great determination to win gold in the W35 age group 800m and 1500m, with silver in the 400m.


Michael is a road specialist, but decided to give the Nationals a go and took on the M65 1500m, 5000m, 10000m and 2000m steeplechase. He ended up with 2 bronze, silver and a gold. This was a fantastic effort.


I had only moved up to middle distance this season. Working hard building on my winter base, using a training program from UC’s Dave King, and advice/competition from top masters runners Andrew Stark and Joe Ford, I won 2 silver with a close 4th in the 400m.
This was a tremendous event, well run and offered Masters Athletes from around the country a chance to meet and measure themselves against some strong opposition.

As a participating athlete I would like to thank all those that gave their time and expertise, especially the Canterbury Masters organising committee, and congratulate them and all the competitors for a great effort.

Nicki McFadzien 28th in World XC
Andrew Davidson 92nd
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Race reports to come

NZ Track and Field Champs QEII March 26,27,28
UC Athletes Sweep Podium in Senior Mens 5000m
Matt Smith leading Rowan Hooper mid-way through the SM 5000m
26 March 2010
Matt Smith has taken out the national 5000m championships held on the first day of the national track and field championships being held at QEII in Christchurch. Smith and Rowan Hooper confidently opened up a 30m gap on the chasing pack early in the race, which included UC's Luke Hurring and defending national champion Jason Woolhouse. Smith and Hooper worked hard throughout the remainder of the race to maintain their advantage and finish 1-2, with Hurring finishing strongly in third ahead of Woolhouse. 
Smith's win headlined an excellent day for UC athletes competing for Canterbury at the champs, with 9 medals being earned. Jesse Bryant continued his brilliant season winning the M16 Long Jump in 6.71m, comfortably ahead of the pack.
28 March 2010
Sunday was also an excellent day of racing for University in the Senior 1500m. Kellie Palmer, Fiona Crombie and Alicia Evans were in the medal challenging pack with Nicki Hamblin. The group broke away from the rest of the pack in the early stages of the race, Hamblin made a move in the final lap. Kellie and Fiona tried to match her but were out sprinted in the final straight and left to battle for silver and bronze. Alicia ran 4th and a new PB.
With a slow start the senior mens 1500m race was anyones for the taking. UC/Canterbury contenders included Matt Harris, Luke Hurring, and Brett Tingay. Matt put on an excellent display of courage and went at the bell making for an exciting finale. The pack responded in the home straight, in a blanket finish Luke appeared from nowhere to take second behind Hamish Carson and Canterbury based Malcolm Hicks also snuck in for third nudging Matt into a near 4th. 
UC Athlete Placings:

Friday 26th

SM 5000m: 1. Matt Smith 14:15.43 2. Rowan Hooper 14:21.71 3. Luke Hurring 14:35.19

SW 5000m: 3. Kellie Palmer 16:57.38

W19 5000m: 2. Sarah McSweeney 17:29.28

W19 3000m Walk: 3. Rowena Meikle 18:51.09

M16 Long Jump: 1. Jesse Bryant 6.71m

M16 3000m Walk: 2. Phillip Meikle 14:53.15

W16 Javelin: 3. Maddy Carruthers 34.35m 

Saturday 27th

M16 High Jump 3. Jesse Bryant 1.88m

W19 3000m Steeples 2. Sarah McSweeney 10:43.22

SW 3000m Steeples 1. Fiona Crombie 10:20.97

Sunday 28th 

M19 10000m Road Walk 3. Phillip Meikle 56:02s

SW 1500m 2. Kellie Palmer 4:23.2 3. Fiona Crombie 4:24.32 4. Alicia Evans 4:26.77

SM 1500m 2. Luke Hurring 3:52.55 4. Matt Harris 4:53.00

SM 3000m Steeples 2. Brett Tingay 9:10.13

Strong Performances at International Track Meet
18 March 2010
UC Athletes took advantage of the conditions on Thursday night to put down some impressive performances in front of a huge crowd. The fields were filled with the best athletes in NZ and from overseas including Nick Willis, the evening was cool and the crowd was very excited.
It was great to see our young athletes competing and a real buzz for them to be performing for such a big crowd. The University A relay team blitzed the field winning by 2s in the 12-13 Girls 4x100m relay exhibiting control in their baton changes. The young lads were 2nd just behind Christchurch Avon in the 12-13 4x100m relay. 
The Womens 1500m included three of our top ladies who have been pushing each other all season. On the night Kellie Palmer ran a 5s pb in a time of 4:99.99 just ahead of FionaCrobie 4:20.36 and Alicia Evans ran a respectable 4:29.28.
Mens 1500m was dominated by Australians. Brett Tingay ran a very impressive 3.46.97 for 6th followed by  Richard Olsen 10th in 3:48.88 and  Matthew Harris 11th 3:50.10 (possibly a pb for Matt). In the under 23 1500m Angus Taylor was 7th in 3:57.57
Richard Fernando was 5th in the 300m sprint in a time of 36.84
The Mens 5000m race proved to be one, if not the most exciting event of the night. The pack broke in the early stages and the tactics began. Our very own Matt Smith was in the leading bunch, mean while rowan Hooper Luke Hurring and Andrew Davidson where not far behind. Being a long race it gave time for the nuances of track running to play out  within such a high class field. With 2 laps to go Matt Smith was in the lead with the internationals on his shoulder. To be continued.....

Link Relay
20 March 2010
The first relay of the year, held in South Hagley Park which for some newcomers proved to be difficult to find, once we tracked them down it was all action. The two fine teams were Chris's Chargers and Rosa's Racers each team was made of 5 runners each running 4km.  Sarah McSweeney was the fastest lady of the day and Scott McDonald the fastest man. 
Williams wins Motatapu Mountain Marathon
Alex Williams was back for another go at the Motatapu in 2010. The race starts in Wanaka and finishes in Arrowtown following the offroad track through Motatapu Station which is now a walk track. Alex put in a fine performance winning in a time of 3hours 25 minutes just over 20mins from second place. the event has been running since 2006 and is also a mountain bike too. To find out more about this event go towww.iconicadventures.co.nz/Motatapu/ 

Canterbury Track & Field Champs
Congratulations to all who competed over the weekend and their achievements. There was some close competition in the middle distance races and several personal bests. We look forward to seeing our athletes compete on the national stage in the upcoming weeks with several qualified for the International Track Meet and also New Zealand Track and Field Champs both held in Christchurch.
Canterbury titles went to 
800m 1st W19 Flora Brocherie 2:16.81 SM Matt Harris 2:54.64
1500m SW 1st Kellie Palmer 4:25.26  1st W19 Flora Brocherie 4:47 SM Matt Harris 3:50.14
5000m SW Alex Williams 18:02.87 W19 Nicki McFadzien 17:27 SM Rowan Hooper 14:31:85
Shot Put W16 Madeline Carruthers 10.48m
High Jump M16 Jesse Bryant 1.80m
Long Jump M16 Jesse Bryant 6.28m
3000m Race Walk M16 Phillip Meikle 14:48.81

Matt Ingram takes a win on the Coast
14 February 2010 - Buller half marathon
Matt Ingram won the race in 1h 12m 26s with a  2min margin over Luke Armstrong. The conditions were very unpleasant with head winds and hard rain. Alex Williams was second in the open women's grade in a time of 1h 24min 33s not far behind international marathon runner Shireen Crumpton. Bob Webster was second in the Masters Men 50-59 grade in a time of 1h 29m 40s, Ben Bamford was 8th in the open mens race in a time of 1h 20m 08s edging out Sam Murphy who was 9th in a time of 1h 21m 28s.
Davidson and McFadzien to represent NZ at World XC Champs
Congratulations to Andrew Davidson and Nicki McFadzien for making the NZ World Cross Country Team. Their selection was based on recent form at the trials held in Wellington on the 30th of January.  They will compete in Bydgoszez poland on the 28th of March. Fiona Crombie was also selected but is unavailable. Nicki was 36th last year in Jordan.
Shoe Clinic Asics 5km Series
The Series is run over three laps of a 1.7km course in Hagley Park North with five races held on Tuesday evenings in January and February each summer. Separate races are held each evening for Athletics New Zealand registered athletes, for recreational runners and walkers and for children under 15 years. Thanks to the tremendous support that we receive from The Shoe Clinic, Asics and associated sponsors there is a great range of spot prizes each evening and valuable Series performance prizes for runners in the registered races.
Alex Williams won the womans series with a total of 44 points, Aine missed a Tuesday but was still second with 37 points Other UC girls that ran in the series were Kellie Palmer, Rach Harrison and Fiona Crombie.  
Matt Ingram was second on points in the Mens event with a tally of 43, Phil Costley was 3rd with 32 points and Luke Armstrong 5th with 21, other men that competed in the series were Luke Hurring, Brett Tingay, Dave King, Sam Murphy, Chris Mardon, Malcolm Cornelius, Michael Bond and Bob Webster. 

Town and Country Brokers Rovers 10km 
30 January 2010 - Halswell
SM Phil Costley 1st  32.49, Luke Armstrong 2nd 33.54
SW Alex Williams 1st 38.00, Annabell Latz 42.02
New Zealand SM and SW 3000m Champs + Capital Classic
22 January 2010 - Newtown Park, Wellington
Fiona Crombie retained her women’s 3000m title in 9m 31.90s. Sarah McSweeney was 8th in 10.04.4. Brett Tingay and Gus Taylor were 12th and 13th in the men's event finishing closely in 8.32.2 and 8.32.4. Nick Willis claimed the title in a time of 8.15.1

Latest Newsletter and Results
Thankyou to Life Member John Smart for putting these together and collecting all the results. If you have any stories or ideas for articles please fill him in Newsletter 1 2010
Our members have been very active over the last couple of months in local national and international events. Kellie Palmer has had a couple of trips to Australia to race. The NZ Secondary School Champs in Timaru saw Nicki McFadzien win a bronze medal in the 3000m with a PB and Phillip Meikle also win a Bronze in the 3000m race walk. It was great to see such a strong representation of junior section members and also the support from senior members who travelled down to cheer them on. 
Canterbury 10000m Champs
28 November 2009 - QEII 
Nicki McFadzien ran an excellent solitary race to win the SW 10000m race in a time of 35:27 (the next runner was just under 5mins behind). She is in form for the NZ Secondary School Champs in a couple of weeks. 
New Zealand Marathon Champs
22 November 2009 - Southland
A handful of UC athletes travelled south to Invercargill for this event and the associated 1/2 marathon last weekend. The marathon also doubled as the NZ championships this year. Conditions were very windy on the Friday which made for an interesting descent into Invercargill airport but race morning dawned slightly overcast with only a light Westerly (tail) wind. By race time conditions were very good with a couple of spots of rain in the first 10 minutes but other than that cool, relatively calm, overcast conditions.
In the full marathon the first UC finisher was Dave King with a 2h38m27s debut over the distance and 6th place overall. Dave was actually in 3rd place with a few km to go before in his own words "I hit a bit of a flat patch". Still a fantastic first marathon. Lara Phillips was next doubling up on her Auckland marathon effort a few weeks ago with another sub 3hr performance in 2h53m12s. Club Captain Craig Motley managed a 10 minute PB in 3h19m05s and our other marathon competitor was Luke Armstrong who had struggled with injuries in the lead up and made it through to 27km before deciding to call it a day.
In the 1/2 marathon Matt Smith ran away from the field at the start crossing the line for the win in 66m33s with Brett Tingay running a big PB (i think?) of 67m40s for 2nd. Fiona Crombie won the women's section in 1h17m55s to complete a pretty good day for UC. Also running was ex-member Genevieve Bourke who finished 6th in 1h30m.
Hooper and Smith win in Auckland
1 November 2009 - Adidas Auckland Marathon
Full Marathon:Rowan Hooper won easily in a time of 2:31:46 over Toc H's Glynn Hadley. Lara Phillips was 2nd to Jess Ruthe in a time of 2:54:55 Rosa Scott and Rachel Harrison finished together in 3:25:22
Half Marathon: Matt Smith was crowned as NZ Half Marathon Champion winning in a time of 1:06:19, 11s faster than Dale Warrander. Alex Williams was 9th SW in a fast field with a time of 1:25:46
10km: Brett Tingay 32:14 and Fiona Crombie 37:28 won the 1/4 marathon races.
UC Win Historical Gold NRR Takahe to Akaroa

10 October 2009

Saturday was a proud day for UC Athletics. History was made being the first time the University club has won national titles in both the mens and womens road relay at the same event.  It was fitting that it was made in home territory on the 70th year of the most prestigous road relay in the country. 

The 2009 victory for UC made for three in a row for the senior men's team joining a select number of clubs that have achieved a hat-trick.  They were untouchable leading from the first lap and increasing the margin to win by just under ten minutes.  Fastest laps went to Phil Costley 1, Brett Tingay 3, Luke Hurring 4, Matt Smith 5,  Richy Olsen 6, and Andrew Davidson 8. The senior men had the honor  of running the message of greetings from from Christchurch to Akaroa in a time of 4 hours 4 minutes and 37 seconds, just 15 seconds from the club record set in 1985.

The senior women have won the Takahe to Akaroa event 18 times since the women's grade was introduced in 1974.  The 2009 National Road Relay title was the 4th to be won by our women the last being in 1982. University hit the lead on lap two and steadily increased it to win in 4 hours 55 minutes and 51seconds, just under 10minutes ahead of Pakuranga and 30 seconds off the club record set in 1981. Fastest laps went to Alex Williams 3 Sarah McSweeney 7 and Fiona Crombie 5 who also broke the lap  record.

All six UC teams performed exceptionally well, with  both B teams winning local grades. A big thank you to the the volunteers from our club who braved the worst of the weather officiating on the hill top at the end of lap 6. 

For full results race reports and photos click here  

Club Road Champs
Great turn-out at the road champs on Saturday - was awesome to see a fair amount of maroon and gold mixed with CHA's mass of runners. A big thanks to George Hooper for his hospitality. Congratulations to our Club Road Champions for 2009 Phil Costley 14:58 and Nicki McFadzien 17:12 
Please note there was a slight glitch with the stopwatch (mangleboard nomination for Cassels?) so all times are approximate and for some runners we have no time... Our apologies for this.
1. Guy Greenslade
1. Annie Vincent
2. Rosa Flanagan
1. Quinn Motley
Seniors (5km)
1. Phil Costley 14.58
2. Luke Hurring 15.05
3. Thijs Hubber 16.01
4. Dave King 16.30
5. Dylan McNeice 17.00
6. Nicki McFadzien 17.12
7. Ben Bamford ~17.30
8. Stefan Grobecker 17.55
9. Dan Reese 18.12
10. Sarah McSweeney 18.54
11. Craig Motley 19.15
12. Rose Pearson 19.55
13. Christian Ruegg 19.59
14. Peter Stribling 20.38
15. Michael Bond 20.45
16. George hooper ~21.45
17. Lucia Tucker 22.42
18. Audra Hansard ~23.12
19. Stephanie ~24.00