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37th New Zealand Road Relay Championships – Akaroa

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    Hmm. The rest of my blah that I wrote yesterday didn’t publish after that URL. Anyway, there should be some great rematches this year, after last year’s extremely close races in SM, SW, M40, M50, and M60!

    But there’s a saying ‘when you enter the jungle, the lion is king’. Technically lions are actually kings of the savannah, unless they are mountain lions. The Scottish SMB Pride contains both, and we’re going hunting. We nearly got UC last year so they’re first on our list for 2013…

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    Looking forward to it Steve – but won’t you be in the A’s???

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    Nah, they haven’t performed to expectations so they’ve been demoted down a grade. This year it’s all about the BBoyz.

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    Entries all in – from the sounds will be good racing for Gold (2 teams) and Bronze (3 teams) in the Men’s and maybe a 4 way battle in the women’s? M40 should also be good as Tasman and Scotish rematch from last year with Pap Toc H also stronger at home? Thoughts/banter anyone?

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    Do you have a link to the entries?

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    no – just from what i have heard around the traps sorry. Entries due out Saturday i think

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    I can guess the two likely contenders for senior men’s gold, but I’m finding it harder to narrow the possible contenders for bronze down to just three without seeing the team lists. I’d add Hawks into the medal mix for M40s. The women’s race could be great too – if you potentially add WHAC and UC to the top three finishers from last year; Hawks, Bays and Scottish?

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    It will be interesting to see who Scottish and NBO have called in this year. Obviously these two clubs are the main contenders for the senior title. Will the title come down to the club with the biggest wallet? Hopefully a few other clubs have managed to field A grade teams this year. I think it has been a wake up call for many clubs with the Senior A grade having very low numbers over the last few years. Will we see another team under the 4hr mark?

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    Without seeing the team lists, I think Nelson will be too strong for us or anyone else in the M40s. As usual, Scottish and Hawks will be tight and could go either way. Pap Toc will be at the sharp end too, but I suspect they’ll be a little behind the top three.

    The M50s could be a good contest. Nelson should be strong again and no doubt hungry after missing out last year due to runner injury when they were in the lead. WHAC have got at least five fast M50s who are in great form. I don’t know who else is in the mix for the M50s, but I’d be betting on WHAC.
    Will we have an actual MW race this year? Last year was silly, with only three clubs represented and a huge gap between the abilities of each team meant results were a foregone conclusion.

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    Arguably the most intriguing contest is the B.O.A.T. With Caversham’s absence in Nelson, the Scottish completed the unprecedented double of the A grade title and the coveted trophy. Caversham is back in the mix this year, however Usain Bolt of the B.O.A.T. in Browno is not running due to injury. Past winners Stevens, Hopping and Meffan will have to employ their courage, confidence and guile to bring it home without their former marquee player. Browno will be present in a managerial role so it will be a high point of interest as to whether the legend on the table can translate his skills in this manner.

    Also, this year Otago is entering a combined quasi-centre team in the form of a new registered club, with the notable absence of Caversham who have reportedly refused to join. It will be interesting to see who prevails in the battle between Caversham and “Otago”. IMO great to see Caversham stay true to their club colours, however, many Otago athletes would not have made it to the start line without this amalgamation

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    Tim – there won’t be a team under 4 hours this year – it’s only happened twice before in 70 odd years and both teams were stacked with international reps. Only 11 or 12 teams have broken 4h05m. The weather can play a significant part too. I imagine it will take sub 4h10m to win it – would be great to see two teams under that time as that hasn’t happened for a while. Also not many women’s teams have gone sub 5 but that may happen this year too. Get a copy of Message in a Flaxstalk (details on AthNZ webpage) for some great history of the event. A shame also that the M40 A are starting 60 minutes ahead of Senior Men A and B – if it were 30 minutes there could be some great battles on the last couple of laps

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    Sub 4hrs 10mins
    3.58.40 Auckland University 1981
    3.58.58 New Brighton 1987
    4.01.28 North Shore Bays 1997
    4.01.50 Wellington 1989
    4.02.07 New Brighton 1988
    4.03.20 New Brighton 1989
    4.03.45 New Brighton 1981
    4.03.45 New Brighton 1986
    4.04.22 Canterbury University 1985
    4.04.37 Canterbury University 2009
    4.05.14 New Brighton 1985
    4.05.25 Scottish 2001
    4.05.31 Lynndale 1981
    4.05.34 Papanui TocH 1985
    4.05.36 Takapuna 1989
    4.05.42 Takapuna 1985
    4.05.52 New Brighton 1978
    4.06.15 New Brighton 1980
    4.06.35 Canterbury University 1982
    4.06.40 Bays Cougars 2005
    4.06.45 Canterbury University 1974
    4.07.02 Olympic 1980
    4.07.07 New Brighton 1982
    4.07.13 New Brighton 1975
    4.07.24 Hamilton 1989
    4.07.55 New Brighton 1984
    4.08.25 New Brighton 1983
    4.08.30 New Brighton 1993
    4.08.31 Owairaka 1973
    4.08.33 Manurewa 1985
    4.08.34 Olympic 1991
    4.08.37 Manurewa 1981
    4.08.43 Owairaka 1969
    4.08.55 North Shore Bays 1993
    4.09.07 Olympic 1988
    4.09.28 Christchurch 1988
    4.09.31 Lynndale 1989
    4.09.39 Canterbury University 1986
    4.09.44 Hastings 1997
    4.09.46 Owairaka 1977
    4.09.51 Olympic 1973

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    1989 must have been an incredible cohort of runners to have five teams on that list. How did that race play out?

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    or 1985… 4 minutes between top 5…

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    Yeap, are there any moustachioed heroes from the 80s who want to share war stories and reminiscences with us – because I’d love to hear them.

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    Sorry just found an error on that list
    Papanui-TocH ran 4.05.34 when they won in 1995 not 1985

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    Steve, not sure how many of us on this forum were running in that Senior Men’s Grade in 1989 at Akaroa, but I’d also be keen to hear any tales of heroism, woe or just general debauchery. – dc

    PS: I ran the downhill that year for the Scottish Senior B’s, but too far back and too young to know what was happening with the real racing up front!

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    Lots of memories and as one of the moustachioed (what was I thinking for all those years!) heroes of the era I’m probably qualified to comment.

    True story, the New Brighton 1987 team finished roughly 20 minutes ahead of the next A Grade team & we can legitimately claim to have finished our first pint each before the 2nd team ran past the Grand Hotel (finish was at the main wharf back then!

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    Teams and grades now on ath nz website

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    Good to see lots of the teams that were MIA last year are back, including WHAC and PAK, who are both looking strong. And Dunedin’s back in force with Cavasham and Hill City- Uni running under their own banners, as well as the Otago amalgam. Then there’s that Tauranga team, which must be on of the most star-studded composite teams in quite a while.

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    Who was in that team Grant?

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    1987 New Brighton Team
    Grant Hardy (30.20)
    Don Greig (32.14)
    Neil Lowsley (30.31)
    Ron McTaggart (28.34)
    Peter Renner (31.33)
    Rob Mulcahy (25.21)
    Grant McEwen (26.25)
    Tom Birnie (34.00)

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    1981 Auckland University Team
    D.Young (28.53)
    P.O’Donoghue (31.36)
    G.Palmer (30.21)
    D.Harkness (28.34)
    S.Marshall (32.56)
    C.Alley (25.42)
    M.Bonner (26.35)
    J.Bowden (34.03)

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    Gidday Steve, Brighton had had a great year already pre Akaroa including winning the National Relay at Palmy where we had beaten Auckland U’s “unbeatable” record. So we figured we could also take their Akaroa race record & each of us had the so called “simple” target of beating each Auckland U runners time on each lap.

    Of course reality never quite works that way & a combination of some tough Auckland U times & the weather not being of assistance we were well down by the time Peter Renner took off on Lap 5. Pete of course smashed the lap record, Moxy roared up the hill missing John Hellemans record by 2 seconds & then I missed the downhill record by 5 seconds. So all of a sudden we were back in the race v the Auckland U record. Tom Bernie ran his butt off on Lap 8 but as history records we missed by a lousy 18 seconds, or as we mused over many cold beers afterwards it was only 2.5 seconds per lap. As I said in my earlier entry we were so far ahead in the race it was really a time trial & if we’d had some strong competition I think we would have set a record. Worthy of note is we all got fastest laps that day. The guys in that team are as follows.
    Lap 1 Grant “Hards” Hardy
    Lap 2 Don “Moth” Greig
    Lap 3 Neil “Nose” Lowsley
    Lap 4 Ron “Tiger” McTaggert
    Lap 5 Peter “Bossman” Renner
    Lap 6 Rob “Moxy” Mulcahy
    Lap 7 Grant “Oooman” McEwen
    Lap 8 Tom “Cannonball” Birnie

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    Thanks Grant and CoachD_. Those times are are blisteringly fast. (Especially that lap by Peter Renner)

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    I can go back to 1969. My biggest memory is watching a titanic battle between Mike Ryan (Tokoroa) V Rex Maddaford (Owairaka) on one of the longer/flatter laps. Rex was quite a way ahead of Mike but both had been told that the run on that lap was a fitness test for the upcoming Pan Pacific Games. Rex managed fastest time but Mike was a matter of a second or 2 back. A few weeks later Rex ran a 13:45 5km for 2nd in the Pan Pacific Games in Tokyo on the old cinder track and Mike ran 29:08 ? for 4th in the 10km on the same track. Both only a year before had great runs in the Olympics.
    Second biggest memory was having a Ding Dong battle with Scottish for the first club to have 2 teams home (I was with Lynndale) .. Scottish just nailed us in the last lap although I felt I had lost it earlier as the Scottish guy had cut me to pieces.
    However, true to form we joined the Scottish guys for many beers afterwards and quite a few friendships formed. From that day I always said if I ever lived in Wellington would run for Scottish. Last run I had from there with some of the “older” crew was in 2008.
    Interestingly, that relay really started me off properly in the Sport as I was wavering as to whether I wanted to stay involved.

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    I’ve had a good look at all the Masters grade teams and done some calculations based on what information I could get from google. Here’s how I see the races shaping up:
    – M40: big win for Nelson, with three teams (Scottish, Pap Toc, Hawks) scrapping for silver and too tight to call – any order within those three chasers seems possible to me.
    – O50: Otago’s new club (are they a composite of three clubs and therefore ineligible?) to just edge out Nelson, with Wellington Harriers only just behind.
    – O60: Scottish to have a reasonable margin at the front. Silver to New Brighton and Nelson chasing for third.
    – MW: Strong win for Scottish. Hawks second, Port Hills as far back again in third.

    I’ll have a go at putting the SM/SW into my spreadsheet later too.

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    By the way for that O50 grade, I have Auckland Uni very close to third. Overall, my workings suggest the top four will be within 2 or 3 minutes of each other.

    For the SW, I’m predicting a very close race between Uni Canterbury and North Harbour, with UC prevailing. Hawks to finish third.

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    For the SM, I have Scottish and New Brighton close but probably in that order, with Wesley, North Harbour and Pakuranga also close but likely in that order from 3rd to 5th.

    I don’t think I’m going to have time to do the JM/JW.

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