Ma­son wins women’s half

Waipa Post - - News -

Cam­bridge athlete Alice Ma­son pro­duced a su­perb dis­play of pace­mak­ing and strength to win the ASB Christchurch women’s half marathon.

Un­like just about ev­ery other race on Christchurch Marathon day be­ing won from the front by for­eign run­ners, the doc­tor from the mighty Waikato had to come through from third place in the fi­nal 8km.

The multi-time na­tional cham­pion came into the race un­sure of her form af­ter win­ning the New Zealand marathon ti­tle in Ro­torua just five weeks ago.

She sat off the fast early pace of 2016 win­ner and co-favourite, Olivia Burne.

Burne had su­per-vet Sally Gibbs for com­pany through the first 8km be­fore push­ing even harder to be alone out front by 12km.

Ma­son has his­tory in Christchurch. In 2015 she won her first full marathon there. Be­tween 10km and 16km the run­ners faced Christchurch’s cold east­erly wind. As Burne’s fast pace started to take its toll, Ma­son’s marathon strength grad­u­ally cut down the Auck­lan­der to take the lead with 5km to run. With wind be­hind, Ma­son romped away to win by 400m in 1hr 17min 41secs.

“I was a bit wor­ried early on,” she said. “But when we turned into the wind I could see I was catch­ing them.”

Burne held on well for sec­ond in 1hr 19min 04secs to com­plete her set of Christchurch podi­ums (2016-1st, 2017-3rd, 2018-2nd).

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CAME, saw, con­quered — Alice Ma­son out on her own win­ning the women’s half marathon in Christchurch.

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