Todays run/walk at Woodruffes presented everyone with a stiff challenge early in the race, with the first stile at 400 metres in opening up to a steady climb that increased in intensity the closer to the top we got. There was plenty of gasping going on. We then had a fun roller coaster section of gullies to navigate, up, down, up, down, up down, up down followed by another couple of stiles then straight down “kamikaze”, a very steep downhill before a slightly less steep climb back out. As some would say, a “proper cross country course”.
RESULTS: 23 April Woodruffes Awahuri
Boys/Girls 3.2km: handicap wins went to Tessa Morley and Kaden Reynolds. Fastest times were Liam Wall 14:06 and Bella Ives 16:54
Women and Juniors 6.4km: Deb Lardner, while third across the line, was the first womanwith a qualifying handicap time. Lots of close finishes and fastest time went to Nicole Goldsmid, 29:34, warming down still from a sub-3 hour marathon at Waitarere the other weekend. Best of the Juniors was Sam Phillips in 27:09 with Davyd Martin not far adrift
Senior Men: 9.6km: Being the first handicap, anything could have happened, and it did. First year member Hamish Ward kept everyone else at bay to win on handicap from veteran Moa Mike Hannett and the first walker, James Burnside. Paul Wasley posted the fastest time of 46:48 but had to settle for 7th place on handicap.