Nelson Leader : December 5th 2013
32 THE NELSON LEADER, DECEMBER 5, 2013 SPORT Picturesque: Runners out on the course during the Run Mahana event at Woollaston Estates. Photos: VIRGINIAWOOLF Mardon adds third RunMahana S imon Mardon has a penchant for the Classic Hits RunMahana half marathon course. It’s certainly not flat, with the undulations unforgiving, but that’s the challenge of the double lap Moutere course and one that has been to Mardon’s liking. He won in 2009 and 2010 and on Sunday he made it No 3. But it wasn’t oneway traffic as Graeme Taylor looked likely to relegate the younger Nelson College teacher to runner-up. Both were battling together on the first lap but just into their second circuit and it was all over for Taylor. The last year has seen him on the sidelines after suffering plantar fasciitis. Rest and recovery saw him return to good form but this time it is the other foot and a nagging Christmas present no one really wants in their life. With Taylor gone Mardon had ‘‘only’’ Kim Hogarth to contend with behind him but had enough of a margin to grab victory by 25 seconds at the Woollaston Estates finish line. An ever-consistent Brian Kemp was more than pleased with his third placing, plus dipping under 1hr 20min again. Mapua’s Cheryl Young was the quickest woman with her 1hr 36min 33sec for 13th overall. Following her was Tessa Holland ( Christchurch) and Haeleigh Albon. Two records went, both in the 10km run, as Paula Canning clocked 40min flat, shaving 49 seconds off Britta Martin’s 2010 time. Daniel Busch’s 36min 49sec exertion erased almost a minute from Trevor Voyce’s best back in 2011. Alan West and Lyn Smith were the half walk winners, and 10km honours had septuagenarian Bevan Cook calling for all organisers of Nelson athletic events to reward his new age bracket. Nelson Events have placed this on their agenda at their annual meeting especially with RunMahana attracting more than 60 over-60s who with ongoing fitness regimes and modern day medicines will surely join Cook and others in the ‘‘grey brigade’’ . Andrea Campbell was first women. The Mohana section also produced some splendid Movember facial fur – none better than Scott Kinzett’s, who won the most applause to sway the judges. Clowning around: Jimu Grimmett, left, warming up with the help of Craig Service before starting the10kmwalk. Pushing on: Dave Keen in action during the Half Run. Winner: Simon Mardon on his way to winning the half marathon. Powering through: Pogo Mcauley strides out in the10kmevent. Hard slog: Nicki Rampton in action during the10kmrun.
November 28th 2013
December 12th 2013