2XR (Two times reports) – MEC Hill Climb and Onehunga Half Marathon

Maungakiekie Endurance Club Hill Climb – 20 September

A hardy crew assembled on top of Mt Eden (the Mistress) to take part in our first club hill climb champs. It doubled as a fundraiser for Jacob and the Village Project’s Uganda trip.

Although race technology threatened to rebel, Mike and Heather eventually got everyone off and the recording went without a hitch. The format for the event was an individual time trial over the 1km climb from the Scout club carpark on Clive Road to the summit. Runners were sent off at 1 minute intervals. Mike Lichtwark took the honours with a dominating performance, recording 5:08 for the course. Ron did his best bit of self handicapping by forgetting to wear shoes. Sam Parks blasted up the course in a pair of Chuck Taylors – obviously at the leading edge of the minimalist shoe movement. Briar Hale restored some gender equity to the MEC, showing for sure that sister’s are doing it for themselves. Mathew Raffills and Dave Robertson showed how to finish strong, both kicking hard on the last 100m.  There was a celebratory drink in the howling westerly afterwards. The course is set, so get out sometime and test yourself! For all those with times below, update this post with your improvement through the summer.

MEC Hill Climb Roll of honour

Mike Lichtwark 5:08

Ron King 5:41

Dave Robertson 5:42

Dave Patience 5:43

Ari Peach 5:49

Mathew Raffills 6:00

Travers Reynolds 6:01

Bryce Robinson 6:08

Jake Parsons 6:28

Sam Parks 6:46

Briar Hale 8:22

Onehunga Half Marathon Sunday 25 September

I just got in from watching the event – good to see a merry bunch of Maungakiekie runners taking part.

The drama had started well before race start with the council renegging on permission to run the usual course. Apparently after the RWC opening night train fiasco, the council got cold feet about any event which may interfere with rail flows. As the Onehunga half goes over a level crossing, the course had to be changed – with just 10 days to find a new course for all four distances (5k-21.1k).

This new course was a bit confusing, with many runners asking for directions on route. It will be interesting to see if the course is accurately measured. Runners from the ’08 and earlier courses remember that rather generous (ie way too long) courses have been a feature here previously – although recent years have seen a huge improvement in designing a fast and accurate course.

Bryce Robinson returned to the 10k – the 2010 event was his first race since high school. One year on, he smoked his previous time with a 40:01 – tantalisingly close to the sub 40 minute milestone.

The new course brought some congestion at the first corner and both Stuart Hale and Vern Dempster were early casualties, the pair rolled ankles as they were squeezed off the tarmac by the thronging hordes. Both battled on, Stuart recording a 1:33 for the 16km, and Vern a sub 2hr 21k. Vern’s mate Ian took off after the 5k to finish around 1:40 for the half.

The husband and wife team of Richard and Nicola Drake both had excellent races. Nicola finished the 16km in a speedy 1:27, commenting that she could have kept on and completed the half marathon. Richard ran a well paced race to set a new PB and knocked the half off in 1:42, delivering a great result on the back of his marathon training. His long buggy runs are obviously paying off!

10km

Bryce Robinson 40:01

16km

Nicola Drake 1:27:04

Stuart Hale 1:33:44

21km

Ian 1:40ish

Richard Drake 1:42:33

Vern Dempster 1:57ish

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