13th May Keewaydin Farm: Boom time for Feilding Moa

RESULTS FOR THIS SEALED HANDICAP XC RUN ARE HERE:13 May Keewaydin XC

Alternative version is on Webscorer.com. These are recorded on fastest time. Simply Toggle the “finish time” tab for Adjusted Time order (handicap) and the “difference” tab to see actual handicap margin per athlete: Webscorer results version, 13th May 2017

Race report by Tessa Webb and Bella Ives

A cold southerly wasn’t enough to deter 120 runners from participating in the latest Feilding Moa Harrier cross country run at Keewaydin Farm between Kiwitea and Kimbolton on Saturday 13th May. It was a club record-breaking field of 120 starters (55 of these being kids under 14) who enjoyed excellent conditions for the season’s first sealed handicap race.

The Minimoa’s (under 7 year olds) 1km was the first race to kick off with ten of the youngest Moa’s lining up to give it their best. Congratulations to Hugo Smith coming in first in 5:30; followed by Duncan McIntyre in 5:41 and Hazel Duker 3rd (first girl) in 6:01.

Next saw everyone else, young, old and in-between off in a mass start. Racing was as a Sealed Handicap, with each runner having a handicap time added to their finishing time to provide an even playing field in which anyone could win, regardless of when they crossed the line. There was plenty of mud and water underfoot as well as a trio of gates to hurdle on every lap.

Under-14’s 2.5km

Nearly 50 Under-14’s raced, comprising 16 boys and 29 girls,  ready to fly around their single lap 2.5km course. Congratulations to Angus Paterson winning both the handicap and overall fastest time in the boys.

Kudos though must go to the top 3 girls,  all beating the boy’s fastest time! Bella Ives held off a fast finishing Hayley Cornwall to win by 1 second. Boys, the challenge is on for next week!

Colts and Juniors

Only one Junior Woman took part (come on girls, time to step up!), with Tessa Webb mixing it well among the Colts to place fourth overall in a good 5km time of 20:08.

“The run included a few muddy sections” says Tessa, “and I discovered a talent for finding the deepest part of the puddle, being up to my knees in water where as other runners seemed to find a path through which barely came up to their ankles!”

Max Ferguson won the 5km Colts on handicap, with fastest time going to Benjamin Wall in 18:17.

Many of our Colts and Juniors will be representing their school at the Manawatu Secondary School cross country taking place at Manawatu College on Wednesday 17th May. We wish them every success.

Women and Men

The women ran a lap further, 7.5km, and the extra distance favoured accomplished Triathlete Tamara Reed, winning in 35:50. The fastest adjusted time went to firts-year member Joanna Massa.

Men contested four laps, 10km, and line honours went to PNAHC visitor Liam Woolford in 42 minutes 5 seconds from Feilding Moas’ Scott Whitley in 42:17. On adjusted time for the Sealed handicap it was a well deserved  victory for 64 year old Barrie Eccles.

Under-14 Results Summary

Winners on Handicap – Boys
1st Angus Patterson (20:58); 2nd Matt McKenzie (21:12); 3rd Peter Scott (21:27)

Winners on Handicap – Girls
1st Kaitlyn McKenzie (15:43); 2nd Jessie Coxon (18:13); 3rd Madeleine Davey (19:23)

Fastest time – Boys
1st Angus Patterson (11:43); 2nd Tyler Mumby (12:38); 3rd Toby Smith (12:54)

Fastest times – Girls
1st Bella Ives (11:04); 2nd Hayley Cornwall (11:10); 3rd Lucy Evans (11:33)

Top Tip for Kids

Next weeks race is at Banners Farm. This is a cool course that usually features lots of mud and water to jump and a killer hill at the end! It’s an open handicap which means staggered start times, so why not write your start time on your hand when you check in before your race. This will help you make sure you’re ready at the start line before you’re due to set off.

Thank you

To all of the volunteers and helpers and an extra special thanks to the landowners, the Morton family, for allowing us run on their farm.

 

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