Central runs away with it
Central Otago teenage runners had a successful day at the Otago Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in Dunedin last week.
In the girls under-15 4km race the area claimed the podium, with Sammy Burke, of Mt Aspiring College, first, and Kia Wales and Talia Reid, both of Dunstan High School, second and third.
Mt Aspiring College’s Phoebe Young won the under-14 race and Janus Staufenberg, also of Wanaka, was second in the under-15 boys.
Wanaka-based trainer Val Burke said that in the under-15 girls race four of the top five runners were from Central Otago.
Scenic route: More than 40 entrants competed in the inaugural Wild Earth Ascent near Cromwell on Saturday. Pictured are medics Brent Hollow from Junction Health Cromwell and his dog, and Ben Windrow, from the United Kingdom but now a resident and doctor at Southland Hospital. Organiser Terry Davis said they were ‘‘thrilled’’ to have no injuries up the steep Mt Difficulty route. It was the inaugural event of The Wild Earth Ascent, while the The Goldfields Mining Centre Rustic Run, held at the same time, was in its fifth year. Runners completed 5.275km laps of a track that attracted more than 60 runners— one as young as eight years old. Winner of the men’s Goldfields Mining Centre Rustic Run Marathon was David O’Sullivan, of Wanaka; the women’s winner was Tamsyn Hayes, of Dunedin; Alun Williams of Queenstown won the half marathon and Veronika Palockova, of Queenstown, won the women’s half. The Wild Earth Ascent Marathon men’s winner was Grant Guise, of AlbertTown, and women’s, Tania Miller, of Alexandra. The ascent half marathon was won by Andrew Town, of Wanaka, and the women’s by Jane Guise, of Albert Town.