Cen­tral runs away with it

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

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.

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