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31 May 2021 • General

Weekly Round Up: 31 May

Twins Chloe and Bella Browne finished 1st and 2nd in the U20 6km at the Athletics Auckland Grand Prix

New Zealand Competition Results

Athletics Auckland Grand Prix #2, Lloyd Elsmore Park Pakuranga – 29 May 2021
Ronan Lee scored a notable victory over Jono Jackson in the 10km senior men. The 19-year-old finished in 32:01, 38 seconds ahead of Jackson. Rodwyn Isaacs was third in 33:34.

Esther Keown, who last raced over 10km on the road the previous month in Sydney in 35:28, won the women’s 10km in 37:12, from Laura Nagel 37:28 and Bethany Bromfield 37:40.

Simon Mace went one up on Owairaka club mate Nick Moore in the masters 8km recording 26:33, three seconds faster than Moore. Bridie Hart was a clear winner of the master women’s 6km in 24:02.

Chloe and Bella Browne went one, two in the under 20 6km, Chloe finishing eight seconds ahead in 22:02. Christian De Vaal won the under 20 8km in 26:03 from Sam Heyes and Luke Clements.

Angus Monro collected the under 18 6km in 20:03 from William Johnston 20:09 and Jamie Mora 20:12. Amelia Green finished ten seconds ahead of Stella Hammond in the under 18 4km in 14:40, and Eryn Westlake was through first in the under 16 2km in 7:16. Coen Anderson was through the under 16 4km in 13:22, 10 seconds ahead of Finn Harrison with Zach O’Dwyer third in 13:39.

Under 14 winners over 2km were Ben Oxford 6:43 and Imogen Barlow 7:06.

Tauranga Open Cross Country, Waipuna Park, Welcome Bay – 29 May 2021
Sjors Corporaal won the 8km in 26:57 and was the first master. Josiah Ney won the senior men in 27:43 from Liam Bird 29:28 and Andrew Lloyd 29:31. Steve Rees-Jones was the second master in 29:11, with Iain Macdonald third in 29:21.

Anneke Grogan won the senior women 4km in 15:00 from Kerry White 15:28 and Alice Mason 15:40. Mason also ran the 6km in 24:00.

In the under 20 women 4km, Hannah Gapes recorded 14:36, Sophie Harris 17:06 and Tara Sacke 17:12. Boh Ritchie won the under 18 over the same distance in 15:31 from Lulu Johnson 16:02 and Olivia Tilby-Adams 16:36. Sally Gibbs won the master women 4km in 17:15 from Karyn McCready 19:56 and Loris Reed 21:25.

James Corbett U/20 6km 20:28, Joe Mortimer 20:39 and Zach Dellany 20:42. Ian Pugh U/18 6km 21:23, Benjamin Rickerby 21:37, Hayden Waddell 21:42. B14 and B16 3km Elliott Pugh 10:14, George Wyllie 10:20, Finnley Oliver 10:39. G14 and G16 3km Eleanor Pugh 11:41, Ella Smart 11:53, Alex Rawlinson 12:13.

International Results

Diamond League, Doha, 28 May: Tom Walsh SP 21.63m (1). Under the new Diamond League format, the top three place-getters after five rounds returned for a single throw to decide the major placings. Walsh’s opening effort of 21.59m was enough to see him through to the sixth round, where his throw of 21.63m secured him the victory – his third straight in Diamond League action. Walsh’s mark was just clear of Croatia’s Filip Mihaljevic who recorded 21.57m. Serbia’s Armin Sinancevic fouled his sudden-death attempt to finish third.

Walsh said he is working well towards the Olympics in Tokyo.

“It’s just really about being patient and remembering what’s worked in the past and how we can get it all going right. It’s not technical or anything like that. It’s just timing, and sometimes that takes a training session to come, sometimes it’s more. So it’s just staying true to what you’re working on and not getting lost going down different rabbit holes.

“I’ve got the horsepower, there’s no doubt about that. It’s just about getting more of that horsepower into the shot.

“If I want to be the best thrower in the world, it’s not necessarily doing something new every time, it’s just a matter of being better at what you did before.

“The mental side of it was great at (the Tucson Elite Classic in Arizona) considering I’ve been out of the game for so long. I looked after my nerves and thoughts well. Considering I’ve flown all over the world though, the body is good,” said Walsh.

Walsh’s next competition is back in the United States at the Music City Carnival meet in Nashville on 6 June, before he heads back to Europe to continue the Diamond League season in Rome on 10 June.

Fellow Tokyo-bound athlete Camille Buscomb also competed in Doha, finishing tenth in the 3000m in a time of 8:58.10.

NCAA East, Jacksonville FL, 26 May: Cameron Avery 10,000m 29:31.43 (20H1). 27 May: Holly Manning 800m 2:06.09 (5H6). 28 May: James Uhlenberg 5000m 14:44.20 (23H2), Chris Devaney 5000m 14:47.86 (23H1). 29 May: Holly Manning 800m 2:04.82 PB (6H1).

NCAA West, College Station TX, 26 May: Sam Tanner 1500m 3:45.52 (5H2), Theo Quax 1500m 3:47.10 (7H1), William Sinclair 1500m 3:48.97 (9H4). 27 May: Hannah Miller 10,000m 36:50.44 (38). 28 May: Welrè Olivier TJ 15.30m +1.0 (30). 29 May: Sam Tanner 1500m 3:39.70 (7H1), Jack Beaumont 3000m steeplechase 8:53.48 PB (6H3), Hannah Miller 5000m 16:31.07 (13H2), Atipa Mabonga TJ 12.74m +0.2 (23).

Portland Track Festival, Portland OR, 29 May: Nick Willis 1500m 3:40.14 (13), George Beamish 1500m 3:37.57 PB (1RB), Jeff Lautenslager 1500m 3:44.98 (10RC), Matt Baxter 5000m 13:33.12 (9), Craig Lautenslager 5000m 14:13.91 (17).

Venizeleia-Chania Meeting, Chania, 30 May: Hamish Carson 1500m 3:38.95 (3).

Road and Trail Races Around the Country

O’Hagan’s 5km, Viaduct Harbour, 25 May: Steven Langdon 15:40, Mariano Piagentini 15:52, David Bagot 16:01. Kayla Fairbairn 20:04, Tia Knight 20:12, Rosie Taylor 20:23.

Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 26 May: Gene Rand 17:00, Damon Nicholas 18:56, Luis Calderon 20:22. Jacqueline Kemp 21:48.

Run Auckland 10km, Waiatarua Reserve Remuera, 30 May: George Mawson 37:21, Julian Ng 37:21 2, Guillaume lehnert 38:11. Amelia Lythe 41:39, Lisa Cross 42:50, Anna Hickey 44:43 5km; Andrew Thompson 19:22, Gregory Cater 19:39, Mark Carryer 19:59. Denika Clooney 19:50.


Renowned Bay of Plenty long distance runner Ron Jones of Whakatane died on Monday 24 May 2021, aged 86.

He was Whakatane Athletic and Harrier Club cross country champion 20 times between 1955-77, 16 times road champion between 1955-76 and athletic champion in 1966. He was Club president 1965-73 and was made a Life Member of the Club in 1972.

He competed in a number of Rotorua marathons, finishing fifth in 1966 in 2:29:54. He was first in the 45-49 age group at Rotorua in 1980 running 2:38:10, first 50-54 in 1985 in 2:44:25 and 1986 in 2:42:55, and first in the 55-59 age group in 1992 in 2:56:10. He also won the New Zealand masters M50 10,000m in 1989.

His grandson is Daniel Jones, winner of the recent Auckland, Christchurch and Hawke’s Bay marathons.