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15 August 2022 • Weekly Roundup

Weekly Round Up: 15 August

Arch Jelley celebrated his 100th birthday by completing a leg of a special 100 x mile relay organised by Owairaka AC in his honour on Sunday 14 August (Photo: Larry Wiechern)

New Zealand Track & Field results


Needle Relay, Evans Bay – 13 August 2022
Wellington Scottish team of Guy Lees, Oliver McLean, Harry McLean, Ben Bielski and Daniel Jones won the senior men 3 x 5km 2 x 3km relay in 1:08:53 from Victoria University 1:09:26 and Wellington Harrier Athletic Club 1:09:34. The WHAC combination of Sarah Drought, Poppy Healy, Lola Campbell, Vickie Humphries and Natasha Rae won the senior women relay over the same distances in 1:16:58. Scottish were second in 1:19:47 and Olympic third in 1:25:50.

Trentham were the fastest team overall winning the men’s U20 title. Daniel Du Toit, Callum Wos, Josh Jordan, Max Polland and Hassan McCall recording 1:07:20. Olympic were second in 1:12:57 and WHAC third in 1:14:04.

The Olympic team of Katie McHardy, Lucy Jurke, Lucy Hannah, Maia Holden and Ava Sutherland won the women’s U20 crown in 1:20:17. WHAC were second in 1:26:56.

Fastest 5km lap went to Callum Stewart in 15:31 and Sarah Drought with 17:02. Fastest 3km laps Callum Wos 9:21 and Poppy Healy 10:37.

The WHAC team of Sebastian Campion, Guy Lester, Xavier James and Cameron Starr won the U14 4 x 1.6km relay in 22:16, from Trentham 22:22 and Hutt Valley Harriers 22:24. Tyler Campbell of Hutt Valley ran his lap in 5:14.


Winter Track and Field Series, Colin Pugh SportsBowl – 14 August 2022
Anna Thomson LJ 5.43m +1.4. Sam Mackinder JT 600g 35.64m PB, HJ 1.55m, LJ 4.99m +1.0. Katelyn Sceats 400m 65.52, 1000m 3:20.83. Niamh Gedye 100m 13.23 -1.1, 200m 27.55 -0.7. Aaliyah Atkinson 800m 2:29.02. Sacha Kilmister 200m 27.08 -0.7. Jacob Kilmister 800m 2:04.74. Sam Ridsdale 200m 25.60 -0.7, HJ 1.75m. Angus Lyver 400m 51.98, JT 800g 42.58m. Brayden Grant 400m 52.77. Hugo Jones HJ 1.90m =PB. Heath Abbot 4kg HT 53.68m. Jack Bryan LJ 6.25m +0.6.


Southland Road Championships – 13 August 2022
Te Anau tuned on perfect weather and stunning scenery for the Southland Road Championships. With some of the runners preparing for next weekend’s New Zealand Mountain Running Championships in Queenstown this actually made for more exciting racing as front runners only ran as hard as they had to for the win – and others took the opportunity to get a little closer.

Dwight Grieve, first overall in the 10k was a case in point. He was dogged closely by Craig Iversen who was only a step behind for the entire distance. Grieve won in 33:45, three seconds ahead of Iversen. Richard Ford was next home and took out the senior men’s title.

James McLeay was another who only ran has hard as he had to winning the men’s U18 6km by 11 seconds from Ben Scott. Kimberley Iversen had no trouble winning the women’s U18 6km, even though she was running up a grade.

Debbie Telfer (W60) was first overall in the masters women.

Other winners: GU10 Ella Densie, BU10 Sean Iversen. GU14 Stella Collard, BU14 Lewis Blay, GU16 Jorgia Tucker, BU16 Charlie Forde.

The team’s trophies came down to 1 point between first and second – St Pauls winning the women’s from Invercargill, Fiordland the men’s from St Pauls.

International Results

Gyulai Istvan Memorial, Székesfehérvár, 8 August:
Tom Walsh SP 21.93m (2) 21.30m, 21.10m, x, 21.44m, 21.93m, 21.43m. Jacko Gill SP 21.55m (4) 21.11m, 20.21m, 21.55m, 21.41m, 21.11m, 20.81m. Joe Kovacs won with 22.89m. 

World Athletics Diamond League, Herculis EBS, Stade Louis II, 10 August:
Hamish Kerr HJ 2.25m (3).

Hercules Wimbledon Night of 5000m, London, 6 August:
Georgie Grgec 5000m 16:07.30 (1).

Road and Trail Races Around the Country

Fox Trot 5km, Viaduct Harbour, 9 August: Simon Mace 16:40, Marcus Robertson 16:46, Harvey Walsh 16:51. Isabel Emerson 23:01, Bronwen Peterken 23:31, Alexandra Martelli 23:37.

Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 10 August: Joel Martin 19:00, Andrew Harvey 19:20, Robert Good 19:42.

XTERRA Trail Run, Waiuku Forest, 14 August: 22.6km; Mariano Piagentini 1:37:04, Simon Mace 1:38:14, Reece Billington 1:39:48. Jessie Speedy 1:42:39, Sarah Russell 1:48:28, Gill Fullen 1:53:10. 19km; Nic Kay 1:32:13, Daniel Crawford 1:32:57, Dale Berrill 1:35:01. 12km; Ethan Verner 47:48, Sebastian Kamp 52:02, Matt Comery 54:55, Jen Mcdermott 55:09. 8km; Ricco Korewha 35:30, Denika Clooney 36:35, Andrew Smith 38:39.


Congratulations to renowned athletic coach and administrator Arch Jelley CNZM, OBE who celebrated his 100th birthday on Saturday 13 August 2022.

To honour Arch turning 100 the Owairaka Club, of which he is a life member, staged a 100 x 1 mile relay around the Lovelock Track on Sunday.

Starting at 7am with Simon Mace running the first mile. Arch Jelley took the baton around the track accompanied by a large group, including Ray Puckett, Jeff Julian, Dave Sirl, Chris Pilone, John Robinson, Heather Matthews, Glenys Kroon, Christine Pfitzinger, Arthur’s sons Roy and Gary Lydiard, Fred Smith, his son Martin and daughter Sue, Larry Wiechern, Peter Moy and Pat Munro walking the 24th mile. He handed the baton on to his grandson 19-year-old Stephen Jelley, who had just come from a football recovery session. Stephen completed the 25th mile in 7:11.

Looking remarkably fresh after his mile Arch said it was the slowest four laps he has ever done.
Arch was well prepared for the mile as he goes for a walk every day.

“I do walk about 4k a day, but not in one piece, only in bits and pieces. It’s all checked on my watch as I go,” he said.

Arch is taking the celebrations in his stride.

“It’s been a fairly hectic last two days but I don’t get too excited.”

He continues to take a keen interest in athletics and enjoyed following the recent World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

“The highlight of the Games for me was Sam Tanner – 3:31.34, (1500m) fantastic.”

Arch said he’ll have to see about that, doing another mile next year for his 101st birthday.