2018 is done and dusted. We now look forward to a double celebration in 2019
the 65th Feilding Marathon
the 80th anniversary of Feilding Moa Harriers
2018 Race Report full results are here: 2018 results
The 64th consecutive Feilding Marathon was held on Saturday 3rd November. The race starts and finishes at Timona Park, with the turnaround at Stanway Hall on Makino Rd. Over 240 runners and walkers took part across events ranging from 5km to the marathon. The youngest was Joshua Addenbrooke of Feilding who ran the 5km with the oldest competitor eighty year old John Stuart of Palmerston North who did the half marathon walk in 3 hours 25 minutes. Runners and walkers from thorughout New Zealand took part plus overseas entrants from Austria and the United States.
For the first time in 17 years a local Feilding athlete won the marathon. Nick Johnston finished in 2:32:14, over 35 minutes ahead of second placed Nicholas Bagnall (Wellington) at 3:10:18 with Tim Carpenter (Palmerston North) third in 3:17:19.
Johnston recorded the fastest Feilding Marathon time in the past 41 years, though still seven minutes adrift of the 1967 race record of 2:25:20 established by John Comber. The out and back course climbs 140 metres to the turnaround and Johnston was pleased to record a faster time over the second half. “This is the first marathon where I have had a negative-split”.
Johnston won the Sir Matthew Oram cup for fastest time and the Presidents Cup as first local runner. He combined with Feilding Moa clubmates Mark Hudson and Patricia Stichbury to retain the Trevor Ludeman Cup for club teams.
Womens winner of the Kohiti Trophy was Anita Chan of Palmerston North in 3 hours 44minutes 55 seconds, followed in by previous seven time Feilding Marathon winner, Ingrid Frost (Auckland) in 4:03:51 with Michelle Parker of Matamata third in 4:09:53.
Joff Hulbert of Napier made two wins in succession in the marathon walk, winning the Ken Walton Cup with a time of 4:54:44. David Jones of Palmerston North was second, 5:26:02 and Dennis Jordan (New Plymouth) third in 6:07:36.
Twenty five years after winning the 1993 marathon – which he did in 2:32:35 – David Chard of Woodville won the M55 division of the Roy Lamberton Memorial Half Marathon in 1:48:50.
The half marathon was won overall by Vern Preston of Hastings in 1:25:01, with a narrow gap to Steffan Wong (Kapiti) in 1:25:25. Wong led the race most of the way but Preston had the stronger finish. Third was Liam Woolford of Palmerston North in 1:26:56. The trophy for first Feilding Moa finisher was won by Brendon Corner who was fourth across the line in 1:27:18.
The Womens half marathon was won by Palmerston Norths Sophia Seddon in 1:38:21 from Anthea Oliver (Wellington) 1:38:49 and local Joanne Shortall, 1:41:58.
The Calverleys made the event a real family occasion, with three generations completing the half marathon. Seventy nine year old Elizabeth Calverley of Feilding did the walk in 3 hours 1 minute, while her son Richard, back visiting from New Jersey where he farms ran the half along with her grandaughter Jessica of Dunedin. Richard ran for Feilding Moa as a junior in the early 1970’s and fondly recalled Roy Lamberton as his coach at that time.
Half marathon walk: Men 1. Derren Hutchinson (Napier) 2:17:46; 2. David Cushing (PN) 2:25:20; 3. Colin Clark (Feilding Moa) 2:36:43. Women 1. Denise Brunskill (PN) 2:31:35; 2. Heather Yalden (Whanganui) 2:44:46; 3. Mirjam Morris (Wellington) 2:28:32.
10km run: men 1. Chris Lines (Whanganui) 36:34; 2. Denis Owen (PN) 38:19; 3. Samuel Stichbury (Feilding Moa) 38:59. Women 1. Karis Rae (PN) 44:50; 2. Rebecca Tuck (Feilding) 46:08; 3. Sarah Davison (PN) 51:18
10km walk: Men 1. Edward Hutchinson (Napier) 1:16:41; 2. Jim McIntyre (Feilding Moa) 1:23:17. Women 1. Leeann Lock (Whanganui) 1:19:04; 2. Brooke Lock (Whanganui) 1:19:05; 3. Diane Mant (Feilding) 1:35:56
5km run: Men 1. Jimmy Ellingham (PN) 18:02; 2. Toby Smith (Feilding Moa) 21:23; 3. Angus Paterson (Feilding Moa) 22:42. Women 1. Laura Smidt-Robinson (Feilding Moa) 20:14; 2. Stephanie Walker (Feilding Moa) 20:31; 3. Poppy Rae (Te Horo) 21:56
5km walk: men 1. Samuel Hokopaura (Hawera) 45:43. Women 1. Alice Donald (PN) 46:30; 2. Rachel Gilvray (PN) 46:32; 3. Jennifer Webb (Feilding Moa) 46:46