Christ Church 12km -25 January 1987 / Kings Park Handicap – Eight Feberuary 1987

The Christ Church 12 km race.And the Kings Park Handicap race.

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Christ Church 12km.

Over 300 runners faced the run on a calm ,cloudy morning at 7.15am. From the start Clive hicks forced the pace and gradually draw away from the field to win in 37.54.

Lacey Clews won the women’s section by over three minutes recording a time of 45.56. Patricia Maude with a time of 49.06 took out the medallion being the first female financial member across the line.

Mark Smoothy (15.45) and Sue Campbell (18.40) both leading triathletes , won the 5km sections of the race. Many thanks to all the helpers and to the Headmaster for allowing us the use of the School facilities.

The Race director was Brian Marsland.

Kings Park Handicap Race.

Fortunately, as with all our runs this summer ,we were blessed with reasonably cool weather. One of the great things about holding races in King Park in the summer time is the shade provided by the members , who have never run in Kigs Park before , thought it was christmas over the first 2km downhill section, only to learn that the next 3km consisted of ugly uphill, of which you had to do two laps. Being a member for eight years I know that if there is a hill in the vicinity ,the Marathon Club will include it in the course.

Ron Sutton, who has been well up near the leaders in recent handicap events led the field by 20 metres at the end of the first lap, but the hills in the second lap took its toll and he faded to finish 32nd. Russell James, another triathlete, burst clear over the last half a kilometre to win by 15 seconds from Jon Gibson, three seconds to Malcom Sargent ( who I think has been on the Israeli Army Diet for the last 3 months), three seconds to Paul Odam, one seconds to Frank Stapleton with Glenda Thomas finishing sixth and taking out the fastest time for the womens.

Ray Harris took out the fastest time overall.

The Race Director was Malcolm Evensen.

I hope you all like this story and let me know what you think of it.

George T Saviel

29 March 2010

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