Harrier Manager report 14.09.20 (Spring Challenge and Colin Holmes/Alice Baker Memorial)

On Friday night we also had several members compete in the Otago 3000m Spring challenge.

Rebekah Green defended her title to claim the winning female time (9:44). Zara Geddes 3rd Female (10:32). Josh Hou finished Fourth man home (9:08), Joel Carman 6th (9:16), Finn Molloy 7th (9:28), George Hamilton 9th (9:34), Nico Alvarez Ray 10th (9:38), Luke Geddes 16th (10:26). A full set of results can be found at:

As a result of the Port Chalmers road race being cancelled, Hill City-University brought forward the Colin Holmes/Alice Baker Memorial Handicap 5km race. It was a great day for a race, and awesome to see everyone there on such short notice.

What is a handicap race without some controversy surrounding the results… Some course confusion left the 5 leading athletes to take a wrong turn, and although they still completed the 5km, they were all eventually disqualified.

Dianje Strang had an exceptionally strong run, running a personal best time, only to be led the wrong way and then be disqualified (27:32) Myrtle Rough (29:06) held out Lou Collins (29:08) on her first ever running race. They finished 2nd and 3rd however, due to the wrong turn were also disqualified. Although they took a wrong turn, their times were still considered accurate and they all completed 5kms.

Georgy Pakeho in the end was the overall winner of the event with a strong run (22:44) Sarah and Anya Rhodes swapped their handicaps to challenge Anya on closing the gap. Sarah must have dug deep to maintain the gap and finish in second place (32:03), and Anya performed well to clinch Sarah’s time by 1 second (22:02).

David Mackle was first male home (31:37), followed by Matthew Bolter (17:51) and Luke Geddes (18:44). Very impressive runs by Matthew and Luke. Luke ran a strong race the day after the spring 300m challenge. Pretty tough stuff.

Fastest times went to Shireen Crupton (20:06) and Ollie O’Sullivan (16:28)

The race was followed by the AGM and afternoon tea

A full set of results can be found at https://hillcity.org.nz/2020/09/13/2511/

This week we have a morning club run 19/09/20. We will meet at the club rooms from 8:30am and will split into two groups. One group will complete an unofficial park run, and the other group will complete the desired training sessions. We will allocate groups on the day. Breakfast and Coffee will be supplied before and after the run from 8am. Any questions please touch base with Harrier manager oliver.osullivan@gmail.com.

On 26/09/20 we are competing in the Peninsula relay. If you wish to compete, or assist with marshalling please email: hcyharriers@gmail.com

Sue O’Sullivan, Lou Collins, and Myrtle Rough setting off on the COlin Holmes/Alice Baker Memorial 5km
Richard Fogarty, Shireen Crumpton, and Ali Craigie starting the Colin Holmes/Alice Baker Memorial
Matthew Bolter Striding out to a strong start of the COlin Holmes/Alice baker Memorial
Georgie Pakeho finishing the COlin Holmes/Alice baker Memorial in first place
Hill City-University members preparing to attend the Annual AGM meeting