|Malcolm Hodge follows in brother Tim's footsteps and wins 10k road title|
Results from 2017
The turn at the bottom of the course is insanely tight. It must be tricky for runners to slow on the turn and then try and regain pace and rhythm.
There is no reason why the Boys and Girls U13 & U15 grades could not be one race rather than two. The distances are the same.
The results show some excellent times in the 10k. In the senior men's grade 4 went under 31.30 which is pretty good. I bet there were lots of PB's.
Malcolm Hodge's winning time of 31.06 was the same as Scott Russell's winning time in 2017. Freaky!
The Wall brothers from Fielding (Ben and Liam) chose to run the U18 5km course at Wainuiomata rather than the Manawatu-Wanganui champs which offered a 6km race for the Men's U18 grade. Ben Wall was first across the line at Whynui but is ineligible to pick up the centre title which goes to Will Anthony.
It seems that each centre can determine the distances for its championship events. Ideally these should be the same as the distances set for national events but don't have to be. So for Wainuiomata the distances offered are determined by the 2.5km out and back. Which is why the Men's U20 was only 7.5km rather than 8km and the Men's U18 was 5km rather than 6km.
Will Critchlow (VUW) DNF'd because of a potential injury risk. He is holding out for the mile race at the Scottish Night of Miles to be held at the Basin Reserve in December.
Purple coloured racing flats?
Some of the photos below were subtlety photobombed