Feilding Moa members featured prominently in most of the races at Hawera, with 15 top three placings.
Full Results: Hughes Memorial RESULTS 2017
GoPro Video: 2017 Hughes Memorial XC
Women: The first race of the day featured the Under-20 women and older. Tessa Webb ran strongly for 2nd place behind Egmont’s Hannah O’Connor. These two will meet again in Christchurch on 17th June at the NZ Secondary Schools XC champs and could both be on that podium. Rachel Allen was 2nd in the W35 grade.
U9, U11, U13 over 2km: Arnya Burema ran really well for 2nd in the Under-9, matched by sister, Skye in the U13. Skye’s time was 14% faster than 1 year ago so a great improvement.
Lucas Allen was 3rd in the BU9 and Reben Duker a close 2nd in the Bu13.
U15 Girls: It was battle royale with PNAHC’s Ashleigh Gunn the early leader, but a fast finishing Emily Shotter from Egmont nearly got up to win. Our own Bella Ives was 4th, ina time good enough to have been second in the U18 grade
U18/U15 men: race of the day, not only because of the two wins for Feilding Moa but the close competition. Liam Wall claimed the U15 title from track rival Niall Clancy (hawera). The U18 race quickly developed into a thre-way tussle between Benjamin Wall, Alexander Hull (both Moa) and Jack Elliot (Hawera). In previous encounters Elliot has proved quite a force to be reckoned with. Throughout the race these three matched stride for stride, with Hull gaining a narrow edge off the last uphill. But with 400m to go they were again locked tightly. Walls sprint speed proving the difference in the end to get the win.
Men 8km: We were under no illusion, we were in this race as a “team” with none of us chasing an outright win. As it was we got surprise victories in the M45 (Scott Whitley) and M55 (Rob Dabb) – both recording time 7 minutes and 5 minutes respectively faster than last year.