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29 April 2019 • General

Weekly Round Up: April 29

Welcome to the Athletics New Zealand Weekly Round up.This week’s edition includes:

Results from the Shaw Baton 4 x 2km Relays and the Lionel Fox Relays
International results from Germany, USA and England, includingMalcolm Hicks 2:13:51 run in Dusseldorf, which betters the entry standard for the 2019 IAAF Doha World Championships
Road and Trail race results from around the country
Obituary: Leon Blanchet ONZM andJohn Mildenhall
Murray McKinnon
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent
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New Zealand Track & Field Meetings
Shaw Baton 4 x 2km Relays, Battle Hill Farm Park, Pauatahanui – 27 April 2019
Senior men: Wellington Scottish (James Preston, Seamus Kane, Harry Burnard, Evan Cooper) 26:17, Wellington Harriers 26:45, Scottish B 27:31. Fastest laps: James Preston 6:13, Niam MacDonald 6:20, Isaac Murphy 6:26, Eric Speakman 6:27.
Senior women: Wellington Harriers (Maiya Christini, Letha Whitham, Melissa Black, Andrea Peat) 31:41, Olympic Harriers 32:35, Wellington Harriers U/18 33:24. Fastest laps: Maiya Christini 7:24, Susannah Lynch 7:30, Nicole Mitchell 7:46, Sarah Drought 7:50.
Men U/20: Olympic Harriers (Toby Gauter, Sam Argyle-Wright, Gus Reece, Patrick White) 26:37, Wellington Harriers 26:46, Trentham Harriers 27:12. Fastest laps: Toby Gaulter 6:15, Max Karamanolis 6:25, Logan Slee 6:39.
Women U/20: Wellington Harriers (Kirstie Rae, Esther Kozyniak, Maali Kyle-Ford, Tessa Hunt) 31:17, Hutt Valley Harriers 34:06, Olympic Harriers 34:33. Fastest laps: Kirstie Rae 7:16, Emma Douglass 7:55, Esther Kozyniak 7:58.
Master men: Scottish 27:49, Wellington Harriers 28:39, Olympic Harriers 30:34. Fastest lap: Stephen Day 6:48. 50+: Scottish 31:17. Fastest lap: Jim Jones 7:33.
Master women: Scottish 35:34, Wellington Harriers 35:48, Olympic Harriers 36:30. 50+: Olympic 43:33, Scottish 44:50, Olympic 53:20. Fastest lap: Lyn Clark 9:55.
Boys U/16: Olympic 29:17, Trentham 31:21, Karori 32:21. Fastest lap: Jonah Seeds 6:58.
Girls U/16: Wellington Harriers 32:55, Olympic 3:23, Wellington Harriers 34:37. Fastest lap: Maia Wilkinson 7:46.

Lionel Fox Relays, Woodend Beach Domain – 27 April 2019
University won the senior men and senior women relays. Sumner won the master men and master women relays while Christchurch Avon won the Under 18 boys and girls relays.
4 x 4km relay:
Senior men: University (Thomas Anderson, Daniel Redmond, William Little, Connor Melton) 1:05:29, Christchurch Avon 1:05:37, New Brighton Olympic 1:07:48. Fastest laps: Matt Dryden 15:04, Connor Melton 15:38, Daniel Redmond 16:13.
Senior women: University (Olivia Richie, Rosa Flanagan, Jean Kozyniak, Katherine Camp) 1:11:45, Port Hills 1:12:13, Christchurch von 1:26:33. Fastest laps: Katherine Camp 17:33, Rosa Flanagan 1734, Jean Kozyniak 17:58.
Master men: Sumner (David Fitch, Danny Carmine, Jos Campbell, Marty Lukes) 1:09:35, North Canterbury 1:16:33, Christchurch Avon 1:19:35. Fastest laps: David Fitch 16:05, Ryan Kiesanowski 16:33, Andrew Davidson 16:59.
Master women: Sumner (Lisa Brignull, Sia Svendsen, Katherine Fitch, Robyn Perkins) 1:28:08, New Brighton Olympic 1:28:56. Fastest laps: Tina Cox 19:14, Lisa Brignull 19:42, Rebecca McLean 20:43.
4 x 2km relay
Boys U/18: Christchurch Avon (Theo Walker, Thomas Clarke, Kelvin Milne, Tram Callaghan) 33:15, North Canterbury 36:01, Christchurch Avon 36:55. Fastest laps: Charlie Haziett 7:30, Theo Walker 8:01, Nathan Neale 8:38.
Girls U/18: Christchurch Avon (Ella McDonald, Nicole Vance, Lucy Vance, Samantha Lascelles) 37:44, Port Hills 39:12, Christchurch Avon B 40:28. Fastest laps: Xanthe Jane 9:03, Nicole Vance 9:27, Finella Chittock 9:27.

International Results
Dusseldorf Marathon, 28 April: Malcolm Hicks 2:13:51 PB (2) improving on his 2:16:28 in the 2018 Berlin Marathon. It is also under the 2:16:00 IAAF entry standard for the world championships later this year in Qatar. The race was won by Tom Gröschel of Germany in 2:13:49.

Beach Invitational, Long Beach CA, 20 April: Tayla Brunger 100m 12.19 (+1.6) PB, 800m 2:17.46 PB (1R9).
Oliver Jackson Twilight, Abilene TX, 25 April: Matt Walsh LJ 7.34m (+2.1) (2), also 7.31m (+1.1).
Causeway Classic, Davis CA, 26 April: Eva Goodison 1500m 4:35.69 PB (3).
Steve Scott Invitational, Irvine CA, 27 April: Tayla Brunger 400m 56.55 (1RC).
Bobcat Classic, San Marcos TX, 27 April: Ben Collerton 110m H 14.51 (+2.7) (1), PV 4.30m (1), LJ 7.03m (+0.5) (5). DT 40.26m (8). Anneke Grogan 3000m steeplechase 10:50.98 PB (2).
Tom Jones Memorial, Gainsville FL, 27 April: Jacob Holmes 1500m 3:52.08 PB (14).
Pacwest Championships, Azusa CA, 27 April: Joshua Browne 800m 1:54.24 (3).

London Marathon, 28 April: Rochelle Sceats-Basil 2:39:07 PB (5), an eight second improvement on her 2:39:15 in Frankfurt six months ago. Caitlin Tolhurst 3:07:17 (229), Sarah Lockhart 3:09:44 (268). Simon Thompson 2:47:18 (830), Adam Dustin 2:55:33 (1512), Brian Kemp 3:02:43 (2363). Elite race won by Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya 2:02:37 and the women by Brigid Kosgei of Kenya 2:18:20.

Road and Trail Races Around the Country

O’Hagan’s 5km, Viaduct Harbour, 23 April: Josh Lokes 17:26, Adam Berry 17:42, James Parker 17:48. Katrin Gottschalk 19:39, Christine Adamson 20:28, Isobel Emerson 20:47.
Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 24 April: Mike Wanden 17:00, Andrew Cave 18:18, Damon Nicholas 18:34.

Obituary:Leon Blanchet ONZM
Prominent Canterbury and Athletics New Zealand official and administrator Leon Blanchet ONZM of Dunsandel died on Wednesday 24 April 2019 aged 80.

Following on from competing Leon became an official and was the doyen of Athletics New Zealand Officials and the rules of competition. He has served the sport for over 50 years and was chair of the ANZ Technical Officials Committee and used to produce a regular informative officials column including a quiz. He served on the Board of Athletics New Zealand and was an executive member of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association. He was an umpire at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games, a Technical Official at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and on the Jury of Appeal at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Leon headed the officials at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch.

He and his wife Priscilla attended numerous Athletics Australia championships and he has been to every New Zealand track and field championships since 1982. He was a former President and a Life Member of the Avon Club which amalgamated with Christchurch and became Christchurch Avon Club and he was made a Life Member of Athletics Canterbury in 2001.

He received an Athletics New Zealand Merit Award in 2002 was President of Athletics New Zealand 2006-07 and was made a Life Member of Athletics New Zealand in August 2012. On receiving the life membership he acknowledged the support of Ashley Taylor and Rod Syme in motivating and enabling him to achieve what he had done. Leon and Priscilla were the lap timekeepers at the end of lap one of the Takahe to Akaroa road relay for many years. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to athletics.

Leon’s life will be celebrated at the Trinity Church 25 Hororata Dunsandel Road Monday 29 April at 2.00pm.

Obituary:John Mildenhall
John Mildenhall who was a motivational coach to a large number of junior runners in Auckland over many years died on Tuesday 23 April 2019.

He was a retired Senior Sergeant in the NZ Police Force. His son Mathew competed at the 2005 world youth championships in Morocco.

A funeral for John will be held at St Matthew in the City corner of Hobson and Wellesley Street on Tuesday 30 April at 1.30pm.