The last race before Christmas and it was windy but warm. So
I don’t expect there will be many season PB’s.
There were about 130 starters
which I suppose is okay for this time of the year when priorities can be
But of course the prospect of what Daryl might wear on his head
for this Xmas race might have put some people off, and honestly I can see that.
Amanda Broughton headed home the rest of the women in a time of
19.12. Not a smart time for her but you know that wind was unforgiving.
Behind her in 2nd place was Marseille Bowie who ran
19.46 which is a few seconds slower than her win last week when she ran 19.38.
metres back in third place was the familiar face of Sarah Riceman from Olympic
Harriers who ran 19.51.
In the men’s race Dan Jones cleaned up once again mainly because
there aren’t many runners in Wellington who can beat him. I can count them on 2
His time of 16.07 is short of his best for this course but he does his
best to slow himself down by doing these tiring long off-road races like the
Kepler which seem to be his specialty.
Behind him was the Scottish Harrier pair
of Paul Barwick and Alasdair Saunders who ran 16.58 and 17.31 respectively.
Returning after a minor injury (?) to his pacer job on the
waterfront was Niam Macdonald the running wonderkid.
What I heard was that Niam was attacked by a dog and a woman with
an umbrella but he tells me it was nothing like that. He only fell over the dog
which as somebody who has run into a pole and other objects I can sympathise
An less than happy woman complained to Daryl that she had no room
to ride her yellow Onzo bike around Oriental parade because the 5km runners
were spread all over the footpath.
I can just imagine that scene.
No doubt Daryl will be a good citizen and mention in his future
briefings about sharing the shared space that is Wellington’s waterfront.
PS have you notice that most Onzo bikes now no longer come with
helmets mainly because they have all been stolen.