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15 November 2021 • General

Weekly Round Up: 15 November

Julian Oakley (on the left) and Deborah Lynch (on the right) in action at the New Zealand 10,000m Challenge (Photo: Sharon Wray)

New Zealand Track & Field results


The Agency Group 10,000, Newtown Stadium – 13 November 2021
Julian Oakley led in Caden Shields by exactly a minute in his debut over 10,000m, recording an excellent 29:39.73 for the blustery conditions.

Ruby Muir, bronze medallist at this year’s national cross country, running in the mixed A grade race, was the fastest overall woman in 35:20.68.

Oli Chignell provided the perfect pace for the elite field with Oakley tucked in behind for 19 laps. On just over 2km to go Chignell bowed out leaving Oakley on his own.

Oakley said it was nice to experience a 10,000m and he would have liked to have run faster.

“It was pretty breezy out there. Oli did a great job taking us through, so my goal was to stay relaxed for the first 5k and then Oli picked it up from there and we went from 72’s to 70’s.

“With six to go Oli let me go and I just tried to stay focussed and keep working hard into the wind and finish well,” he said.

Oakley won’t immediately switch to racing the longer distance.

“I’ll probably focus on the 5k this year a bit more. If there is any other 10ks in the future I’ll have a go and possibly a half marathon is on the cards one day.

“If the nationals in March are a three day meet I’ll try and do the 1500m/5000m double,” he added.

Shields, in 30:39.26, was followed in by 20 year old Luke Scott in 30:52.60 and 18 year old Will Anthony who broke Sam Tanner’s 2018 under 20 race record of 31:26.86 with a time of 30:59.07. Scott made a considerable improvement on his 10km road time of 32:04 in September. Harry Ewing was fifth in 31:12.22 and Ronan Lee, improving on his eleventh placing last year, sixth in a PB 31:23.31.

Shields was hoping to reduce his 12 year old PB of 29:56.57.

“I really wanted a PB tonight but the weather didn’t allow that to happen. Chris Pilone and I have been trying something slightly different in training throughout the winter and it paid off at national cross country.

I then ran quite well at Takahe to Akaroa and I was hoping for a big run tonight. It was still a gutsy run and I ran the last 5km pretty much solo into a persistent head wind,” he said.

A fast marathon is next on the cards for the self-employed 33 year old.

“I’m hoping to get across to the Hamburg Marathon next April if the borders open.

“I’ll be aiming for a world champs qualifier in the marathon and the PB would be good. This year I was capable of running 2:11 – 2:12 but unfortunately I didn’t get the opportunity to have a go. The race in Sydney ended up being not the best field and I would’ve had to run solo for most of that,” said Shields.

Anthony believes he has more in the tank for the 25 lap journey.

“I was a bit disappointed as I was about seven seconds off my PB from the Wellington road champs, but I was still happy to go sub 31 in the wind. It was pretty brutal conditions.

“It was certainly an experience doing a 10,000m on the track, not necessarily a fun one but it was completely different mentally from everything even a 5000m. For 19 laps on my own made it tough,” said Anthony.

The national junior 5000m and cross country champion could well give Aaron Pulford’s New Zealand junior record of 29:14.23 a nudge.

“Maybe within the next couple of years with better conditions and in a pack running around the time I would be looking for, it would be good, especially once I’m over in the US.”

Anthony will be taking up a scholarship at the University of Virginia in August next year.

Esther George was second in the women in a PB of 36:46.10, followed on time by Deborah Lynch 37:28.94, Susannah Lynch 38:06.07, Genevieve Coffey 38:48.03, Sally Gibbs (58) 39:36.53 and Courtney Fitzgibbon (14) 40:23.42.

Michele Allison W66 ran 46:40.97 and Roger Robinson M82 57:06.64.

The A race was won by Christian Davey in 33:46.64, the B race by Ronan McIlvenny in 35:48.03 and the C race by Brook Chamberlain in 39:51.77. Megan Romanes of Rotorua won the 10,000m race walk in 1:01:18.92.

A total of 131 took part across the five events.

Athletics Wellington Meeting, Newtown Stadium – 13 November 2021
Lucas Lambert HJ 1.71m. Nikora Wharewhinga-Sime 5kg HT 43.40m PB. Imogen Skelton HJ 1.71m, Naomi Waite 1.61m. Jake Paul 100m 11.04 +0.6, Saravee Sos 11.41, Ben Lambert 11.50.


Athletics Nelson Twilight Meeting, Saxton Field Athletics Track – 10 November 2021
Camryn Smart 60m 7.89 +1.4, 100m 12.44 +0.9. Celia Ward 7.93, 12.54, 200m 25.76 +1.2. Hayley Bond 8.14, 12.72, 25.93. Micayla Whiti 8.25, 13.14, 26.67. Josephine Tappenden 400m 62.81. Ben Walker HJ 1.73m. 


CANRUN Twilight Series #2, Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub – 11 November 2021
Katherine Camp 3000m 9:49.33, a ten seconds improvement on her time last week. Kiera Hall 3000m 10:21.51 PB. Rosaria Gibson 3000m 10:36.02 also 300m 44.85. Jessica Schofield 3000m 10:42.65. Daniel Prescott 3000m 8:50.49. Rebecca Peterson 60m 8.04 +1.8, 100m 12.65 +0.9. Luca Tracey 60m 7.20 +1.9, 100m +1.9. John Wells 100m 11.15 +1.9, 300m 36.36. Oliver Dunshea 300m 36.80. Julia Burnham 300m 43.13, Olivia Herman 44.28. Rosa Twyford 800m 2:13.15, Chloe Hughes 2:17.01. Jonah Cropp 2000m RW 8:45.69. Molly O’Reilly 2000m RW 10:47.82, Laura Langley 10:50.07.


Athletics Southland Twilight Meeting, Surrey Park – 12 November 2021
Wind had the biggest influence at Surrey Park, making life difficult for distance runners and making sprints and jumps (very) wind assisted. Best performances came from the throwers, particularly in the discus. Ashlynn Scherp (W18) 37.62m, Carlie Scherp (G14) 34.54m also 3kg SP 10.44m, Trent Hogg (M20) 1.75kg 43.22m also 6kg SP 14.15m, Rico Fisher (M18) 1.5kg 44.06m. Marty Scherp, father and coach of Ashlynn and Carlie 2kg DT 34.15m, Chris Knight, coach of Rico and Trent 33.42m. Isa Maccallum 3kg SP 11.63m. Hammer, Teagan Ashley 43.67m. Javelin, Fisher 39.79m. Long Jump, Quinn Hartley 7.17m (NWR). 100m Hartley 11.13 +7.2, William Robertson 11.19. 200m, Ethan Friend 25.20 +6.0. Mixed 2000m steeple Abby Fookes (.762) 8:14.09.

International Results

Crosscup De Mol, Cross Country, Mol Antwerp, 7 November: 9.2km Hamish Carson 30:02 (5).

NCAA Div 1, Region Cross Country Championships – 12 November

Mountain Region, Timpanogos Golf Club, Provo UT: 10km Theo Quax 30:30 (26).

Great Lakes Region, Angel Mounds, Evansville IN: 10km Toby Gualter 30:11 (19), James Uhlenberg 30:24 (25).

West Region, Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, Sacramento CA: 6km Eva Goodisson 20:50 (41).

Midwest Region, Ashton Course, Iowa City IA: 10km Mitchell Small 30:57 (24).

Mid-Atlantic Region, Lehigh Goodman Campus, Bethleham PA: 10km Andres Hernandez 32:29 (66).

Northeast Region, Franklin Park, Boston MA: 10km Liam Back 30:54 (19). 6km Maia Ramsden 20:58 (9).

South Region, John Hunt Park, Huntsville AL: 10km Nick Moulai 30:22 (19), Jacob Holmes 30:52 (33).

South Central, Cottonwood Creek Golf Course, Bagby, Waco TX: 10km Jack Beaumont 31:27 (18).

Road and Trail Races Around the Country

Feilding Moa Harrier member 36 year old Mike Van Kampen, a Palmerston North firefighter, has been training much of the year for the New Zealand 24 Hour Championship which was to have been held at AUT Millennium in Auckland this past weekend. Rather than waste the training benefits, he booked the Manawatu Community Athletics Track at Palmerston North. His target was to reach 500 laps or 24 hours. He achieved that after 22.5 hours, and carried on to walk the remaining 90 minutes to record 207.3km in the 24 hour period. His next target will be the run section of the Coast to Coast next year as part of a firefighters team.

Kapiti Half Marathon, MacLean Park, Paraparaumu, 14 November: Alvirg Busa 1:20:33, Daniel Edmonds 1:26:06, Reuben Duker 1:26:39. Mel Aitken 1:27:09, Lucy Lawlor 1:28:46, Bridget Kiddle 1:32:24. 10km; Dean Cash 36:42. Kate Rea 47:45. 5km; Sophie Crofskey 21:43, David Neal 22:35.

Honest Lawyer 5km, Monaco, 8 November: Chris Sharland 19:08, Mike Beever 19:29, Justin Sim 19:50. Robyn Deane 20:59.

28th Leith Harbour Free 5 and 10, 11 November: 10km; Jamie Ward 43:37, Wayne Porteous 43:49, Aly Craigie 43:51. 5km; Richard Campbell 18:07, Margie Campbell 19:05, Richard Seed 19:50.