Northern Outlook : August 30th 2014
NORTHERN OUTLOOK, AUGUST 30, 2014 19 Fast roads welcome runners North Canterbury’s runners continued their successful season, bringing home an array of medals at the Canterbury Road Race Championships. Held on the Landfill Rd in Burwood, the fast, flat course had the advantages of closed roads and a multi-lap format – giving spectators a good view of the racing. First up for the club was Kiri Atkin in the junior women’s 5 kilometre race. She ran comfortably, tucked into the lead bunch for most of the race, before making a decisive break for the lead with 1km to go. This tactic paid off, giving her a strong victory. It was her second Canterbury title for the month, adding to her schools Canterbury duathlon championship win, representing Rangiora High School. Also making the podium in the 5km was North Canterbury master’s runner Adrienne Smith, who claimed silver in the women’s 55 age group. Fiona Cox finished just outside the medals in 4th place in the women’s 45 grade. The senior women mixed in with the men and tackled a 10km race. The North Canterbury Golden runner: Kiri Atkin claimed gold in the junior women’s5kmrace. Pictures: Mike Riley. women were on the podium again, with Kim Wilcock leading the way. She ran a fine 38m 16s, which gave her second place and a Canterbury silver medal. Wilcock was followed home by team-mates Angela Whyte (4th), Annabelle White (5th) and Danielle Lippit (7th). White’s strong run was good enough to earn her the gold medal in the U23 age grade. Northern trio: Brian Law, left, Dave Collie and Joe Ford take their strides in the road race championships. Not to be outdone, North Canterbury’s men also featured on the podium, doing particularly well in the over-50s grade. Chris Rae won silver and his 10km time of 36m 30s was the club’s fastest on the day. Joe Ford came third, 6th and 7th were Tim Graham and Dave Collie. Brian Law came 7th in the men’s 45 grade Club juniors Emma Pawsey and Holly Peed competed in the children’s 2km and 3km events. Both finished strongly, which bodes well for the track season. Fernside goes through to finals Surprise competitors: Despite comprising only three regular hockey players, Fernside School’s senior hockey team went undefeated through to the finals of Thursday’s Canterbury winter tournament. Held at Agricultural Park, the side only lost one match, in the final, to a polished Cashmere Primary, 2-0. Small Sticks celebrated Pegasus Bay School and the Canterbury Hockey Association are set to host a festival day to celebrate the school’s participation in the ActivePost Small Sticks programme. The Hockey New Zealand development programme introduces school students to the sport with a game-based curriculum, and more than 200 students have participated at Pegasus Bay. The school is the latest to join more than 20 other schools that Canterbury Hockey Association has involved in Small Sticks. Canterbury-based Black Sticks players Cass Reid and Sian Fremaux, who helped out at Pegasus Bay during the term, will be on hand to assist with the festival day, which is being held next Thursday.
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