Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014 Lifestyle 5k Series Wellington Waterfront Tue 25 Nov


Inclement weather kept the turnout low with only the hardy types putting their toes on the start line. The positive spin-off was the lower waterfront pedestrian count, although this just meant the cyclists could go faster.  

The field was led out by the two Trentham United juniors, Nikolai Allen and Harry Poland with newcomer Bram van Passen further back. Poland and van Passen fought it out for line honours with a fit Poland grabbing the win in 17.13 (a huge PB) and van Passen in 17.15. Nikolai Allen was well back in third place and from the look of it he may have had a nose bleed or something which slowed him up. The first female home was youngster Sophie Dawson (19.53) with Olympic stalwart Michelle Van Looy (19.55) just behind.

Harry Poland and Bram van Passen
Nikolai Allen with a bloody nose

Sophie Dawson

Michelle Van Looy


Sunday, November 23, 2014

2014 Regional League Round 3 Newtown Park Sat 22 Nov


Gale force winds made it impossible for good times or performances. The head wind on the home straight made it tough for the athletes and the expression on their faces told it all. At least the rain stayed away. There was a good turnout due in part to the presence of a large squad from Wanganui Collegiate School and other schools. It looked to me that some of the Wellington athletes were competing at Newtown Park for the first time this season. There was an especially large line-up for the 1500m races and of course the prospect of a clash between national champions Geordie Beamish and Josh Baan was always going to be interesting. Baan is the current Junior Road and XC champ not to mention 5000m track champ. Beamish is the 2014 Secondary Schools Senior Boys XC champ and Junior 1500m track champ. Beamish and Baan have gone head to head in past races, but on the day Beamish blasted to victory battling a ferocious head wind for the last 100m.

Geordie Beamish and Josh Baan

Saturday, November 22, 2014

2014 College League Meeting 3 Newtown Park Fri 21 Nov

Results to come (maybe)

This is meeting 3 of the 4 meet series with one more Friday to go.  There seemed to be continuing good support from the schools especially St Pat’s Silverstream, Newlands College and Wellington High School. I was a bit surprised by the low numbers from Scots and Wellington College given they generally are strong in athletics. Perhaps exams are having an impact at this time of the year.
I have put a lot more photos up this week mainly because the 100m hurdles was on the menu and you can guarantee that no two shots will be the same.