Athletics New Zealand Round Up


The latest edition of the Athletics New Zealand Round Up.


  • Cross Country, Road and Trail Race results from around the country
  • Obituaries



New Zealand Competition Results
Southland Centennial ACA Relays, Sacred Heart College Glendowie – 18 July 2020
Pakuranga swept to fastest time honours in the annual relay with their team of Liam Ward, 2014 under 18 3000m champion Sean Eustace, David Lee, Jake Hendrickx and Trent Thorpe, recording 47:20 for the 5 x 3000m event. Pakuranga were also second in 48:41 with Auckland City Athletics third in 49:21. Owairaka were first on handicap. Owairaka were also fastest and took handicap honours in the master men.

Fastest individual laps were recorded by David Lee 9:04, Liam Ward 9:12 and Zane Powell 9:18. Auckland City Athletics red team of Peyton Leigh, Bella Browne and Chloe Browne were the fastest team in the women’s 3 x 3000m in 33:56. The North Harbour Bays Zippers team were next in 35:09 and Pakuranga third in 35:55. ACA white team were the handicap winners. Fastest laps Penny Peskett 10:32, Anneke Grogan 10:55 and Chloe Browne 11:05. Glen Eden were the fastest and handicap winners in the master women. Pakuranga blue were the quickest in the junior 4 x 2000m in 29:12 with Pakuranga lime green team winners on handicap.

Winter Throws Competition No 2, AUT Millennium Stadium, North Shore – 18 July 2020
Kaia Tupu-South 4kg SP 15.44m PB, (an improvement on her 15.12m at the Sola Power meeting in Lower Hutt in January), DT 48.02m. Nadja Kumerich 3kg SP 13.40m PB, 4kg SP 11.12m PB, 3kg HT 39.90m. Natalia Rankin-Chitar DT 43.68m.

Centaine Noom-Duckworth DT 38.53m, 4kg HT 47.89m. Brianna Tirado 600g JT 31.20m, 500g JT 35.84m. Arno van der Westhuizen 2kg DT 34.87m PB, 7.26kg HT 48.85m. Liam Ngchok-Wulf 6kg SP 14.19m, 1.75kg DT 45.79m, 5kg HT 53.20m PB. Anthony Barmes 7.26kg HT 47.20m.

Auckland Cross Country Series No 4, Lloyd Elsmore Park Pakuranga – 25 July 2020
Peter Wheeler turned on the speed over the closing stages to peg back top triathlete Tayler Reid and pip him on the line to win the 8km in 26:02.1. Reid of Gisborne, triathlon team bronze medallist from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and world under 23 champion in 2018, recorded 26:02.4, with David Lee third in 26:09.4.

Wheeler, 2018 national 3000m champion and representative at last year’s world cross country championships in Aarhus Denmark, said his aim over the rest of the winter season is to make it to the world cross country championships in Bathurst Australia next March. “Yes I’ll be at the nationals in Dunedin and I’ll be aiming to get top three at nationals so I meet the selection criteria. It should be quite a strong field in Dunedin.” Wheeler’s training has also gone well in recent weeks. “I’ve just been at the Athletics New Zealand camp in Rotorua which was real good, had a lot of fun down there.”

Bethany Bromfield, who is also aiming for the nationals, had an easy trip in the women’s 6km winning as she liked in 22:58, two minutes ahead of Arianna Lord of Hamilton. “I really enjoyed that race, lots of ups and downs, hills,” said Bromfield. “I took it relatively easy as I have a half marathon tomorrow,” she added.

Nick Moore was the quickest in the masters 8km in 27:22 ahead of Greg Darbyshire 28:05. Christian De Vaal led in the combined U/18, U/20 5km in 16:27. Early leader Zane Powell was second in 16:44 with Samuel Waldin the best in the under 20 grade in 16:46. Bridie Hart recorded 26:07 to Carolyn Smith 26:22 in the masters 6km. Charli Miller of Hamilton dominated the under 20 and under 18 4km in 14:49. Chloe Browne was five seconds ahead of her twin sister Bella in the under 18 in 15:04.

Hayden Waddell won the under 16 4km in 14:05, Bella Earl of Hatea the under 16 3km in 10:52, Jack Erikson the under 14 3km in 10:30 and Amy Hurly the girls under 14 3km in 11:14. In the under 12 2km Troy Hundley won the boys in 7:22and Indie Williams the girls in 8:04. Pakuranga won nine of the 14 team titles with Glen Eden winning the girls under 12, Auckland City Athletics the women under 18 and under 20, Auckland YMCA the senior and master women and Owairaka the master men.

Hawks Cross Country Championships, Minogue Park – 18 July 2020
Tayler Reid won the 9km in 28:48 from Jacob Priddey 28:57 and Matt Parsonage 31:13. Sally Gibbs took out the women’s 6km in 22:54 from Hannah Knighton 23:30 and Arianna Lord 23:34. Under 20 6km Zach Belamy 19:14, Ben Bidois 19:28 and James Corbett 19:54. Masters 6km Dean Chiplin 21:10, John Bowe 22:07, Glenn Sexton 22:31. 5km; U/20 Aimee Ferguson 19:37. U/18 Charli Miller 18:43, Hannah Gapes 19:09, Annalies Kalma 22:17. Master women Bridget Deverell 21:31, Tanja Miller 21:42, Vicki Rees-Jones 22:26. 3km boys Daniel Sinclair 9:52, Hayden Waddell 9:57, James Hercus 10:29; girls Louie Endres 10:19, Boh Ritchie 10:33, Lulu Johnson 11:00.

Kennett Cup Steeples and South Island Cross Country Championships, QEII Park – 18 July 2020
Christopher Dryden led in the senior men in the 9km in 27:19 from Saxon Morgan 29:12 and Daniel Redmond 29:16. Masters 9km Blair McWhirter 29:02 (second overall in the 9km), Vajjin Armstrong 30:09, Granantan Boyle 31:11.
7km; U/20 Andres Hernandez 21:53, Max Yanzick 22:23, Cameron Clark 22:29. SW Rebekah Greene 25:21, Andrea Hewitt 25:37, Navajo Prentice 26:03.
5km; U/18 Ethan Smolej 15:38, Charlie Hazlett 16:09, Theo Walker 16:25. U/20 Tillie Hollyer 18:32, Eva Pringle 18:41. U/18 Morgan Flanagan 18:49, Georgia-Rose Dawson 19:11, Neave Moulai 19:15. MW Jo Ramsay 20:42, Jin Flanagan 20:54, Fiona Gilroy 21:45.
3km boys; Pai Wynyard 9:56, Angus Sevier 9:59. Girls Zara Geddes 10:57, Maddie Sharpe 11:18. 2km boys Otto Church 7:35. Girls Tessa de Wit 8:13.

Barnes Handicap Cross Country, Kettle Park – 26 July 2020
Philip Morris won the open 5km, with fastest times going to Logan Slee 17:20, Russell Green 17:40 and Jonah Smith 17:46. Zara Geddes won the women’s 3.75km and took fastest time with 14:41. Maya Irving was next in 14:44 and Catherine Lund third in 15:13. Under 18 2.5km, men Oliver Young 8:59, handicap Liam Cuddie, women Becky De La Harpe 10:26, handicap Caitlin O’Brien. Under 14 1.25km, boys Lachlan Crumpton 5:24, handicap Connor Horne, girls Ray Zhang 5:27 and handicap.

Southland Cross Country Championships, Waimumu – 11 July 2020
SM 9km Dylan Forde 35:57, Dwight Grieve 37:48, Richard Ford 38:56. SW Jessica Campbell 48:17. U/20 Alex Cheiftz 36:48, Jareth McCullum 38:58. Master men Kelvin Meade 36:49, Scott Underlay 38:38, Craig Iversen 38:41.
6km; MU/18 Corvin O’Rourke 26:33, WU/18 Kennedy Taylor 26:49. MW Debbie Telfer 33:29. MM Gary Kirkman 32:53.
3km boys; James McLeay 11:56. Girls Kimberley Iversen 13:54. 2km boys Jack Davidson 9:53. Girls Holly Kempthorne 9:28.

Heather Skerrett Cross Country, Elizabeth Park John Street – 18 July 2020
Men 4km Kelvin Meade 13:44, Craig Iversen 13:57 and age graded winner, Jareth McCullum 14:12. Women 4km Kennedy Taylor 15:35, Sadie Wech 16:05, Nicole Jackson 18:44. Age graded winner Gail Kirkman.
2km boys Jacob Boniface 7:32, girls Kimberley Iversen 7:33. Both also won the age grade cup.

Ricoh Southland Coach of the year: Chris Knight.

Road and Trail Races Around the Country
O’Hagan’s 5km, Viaduct Harbour, 14 July: Harry Harris 17:02, Adam Berry 17:04, Jeremy Bates 17:16. Skye Dick 19:10, Gracie Keown 19:32, Rosie Taylor 20:29.

XTERRA Trail Run, Totara Park, 19 July: 7km; Ben Oxford 32:12, Samuel Rickerby 32:16, Mark Carryer 33:48. Hazel Cook 35:37. 11.3km; Benjamin Rickerby 43:40, Ronan Codyre 45:18, Naoki Toyomura 45:55. Jen Mcdermott 51:22. 17.5km; Liam Bird 1:11:07, Jamie Piggins 1:11:21, Donal McGoldrick 1:16:54. Rosie Taylor 1:39:00. 20.7km; Max Thomson 1:26:51, Casey Thorby 1:26:51, James Kuegler 1:29:22. Maddie Dillon 1:41:43.

Rat Race 5km, Takapuna, 15 July: Henry Barfoot 17:58, Damon Nicholas 18:08, Andrew Harvey 20:18. 22 July: Paul Hamblyn 16:59, Dave Candy 17:02, James Parker 17:10. Anneke Grogan 17:52, Brigid Dennehy 18:24, Jacey Cropp 19:37.

The Honest 10km, Oriental Bay, 19 July: Hamish Lamb 36:03, James Waite 37:30, Dave Creamer 38:51. Sarah Tatton 39:17, Helen Ewing 39:49.

3 Peaks Challenge Series, Mt Albert, Mt Victoria, Te Ahumairangi, 19 July: Simon Angus 1:26, Andrew Rutherdale 1:36, Paul Campbell 1:44. Ruby Muir 1:55, Emily Solsberg 2:12, Amy Di Benedetto 2:15.

Mackenzie Half Marathon, Village Green, 18 July: Fabian Downs 1:19:50, Hamish Elliott 1:21:14, Ben Wreford 1:25:51. Rebecca Allnutt 1:42:43, Emma Roche 1:45:06, Sarah Akers 1:50:34.


Inaugural national 3000m steeplechase champion Laurence Alexander (Laurie) Fitz-Gerald of Tauranga died on Monday 6 July 2020 aged 85.

In 1959, in Palmerston North, Fitz-Gerald won the first New Zealand 3000m steeplechase championship in a time of 9:51.4. He had a personal best of 9:31.0.


Prominent Auckland official, coach and manager during the 1980’s Ross Dallow MNZM, QPM, NZSSM (Erebus) JP died on Monday 20 July 2020 aged 82.

He won the New Zealand junior discus throw title in 1956 and continued his involvement in the sport throughout his life. He was an athletics coach for over 30 years, with his athletes winning 31 national titles and setting eight New Zealand records. Ross managed Auckland teams to New Zealand track and field championships.

He was a member and made a Life Member of the Waitakere City Athletic Club. He steered the committee and was the driving force in the fund raising to build The Trusts Arena and Douglas track and field in Henderson. This was acknowledged with a West Auckland Legacy Award in 2015. Ross was an Ambassador and a Founding Trustee of the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation.

Ross was 36 years in the New Zealand Police rising to Superintendent and District Commander West Auckland. On his retirement from the Police Ross was involved in the local government. He was a Waitakere City Councillor and later a Councillor on the Henderson-Massey Local Board. For many years he was a member of the Waitakere Licensing Trust.

He received the Queen’s Police Medal in the 1980 Queen’s Birthday Honours and made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the community.


New Zealand masters M75 running record holder Ron Stevens of Christchurch died on Monday 20 July 2020 aged 87.

He has been a long standing icon of the New Zealand running scene having taken up running in 1954. The former lecturer at Christchurch Teachers College was fourth in the three and six miles at the 1956 New Zealand championships and he was also fourth in the marathon.

During the 1990’s he regularly won the M60 title over 1500m and 5000m. He currently holds the New Zealand M75 record in the 800m 2:55.41, 1500m 5:53.43, 5000m 18:15.50 and the 10,000m 42:04.32 all set in 2009 and in 2010 he set the 3000m record at 12:19.68.

Leading masters sprinter and Ex-All Black Bruce McPhail of Christchurch died in Hamilton on Tuesday 21 July 2020 aged 83. He was born in Ashburton and attended Ashburton College. He took up rugby in 1956 and with his speed proved to be of considerable value on the rugby field and athletics track. He made his debut for the All Blacks at Carisbrook Dunedin in 1959 against the British Lions.

Bruce currently holds the New Zealand masters M45, M50, M55 and M60 record over 100m and 200m. He holds the M65 100m, M45 and M55 400m and the M50 and M55 long jump records. He won numerous New Zealand masters titles from M40 through to M60 in the 100m, 200m, 400m and long jump during the 1980’s and ‘90’s.

At the 1983 World Veteran Championships in Puerto Rico he won the silver medal in the M45 200m and 400m and bronze in the 100m. In 1987 at the Championships in Melbourne he won silver in the M50 200m and bronze in the 100m and at the 1989 Championships in Eugene Oregon he won bronze in the M50 100m.

Murray McKinnon
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent