Ruamahanga Ramblers

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Ruamahanga Ramblers is a social running and walking group for all ages and abilities based around Carterton. The group is very informal, and there are no subscriptions or weekly fees. The runs are on alternate weekends (Saturday afternoon) to our Cross Country series so its a great training opportunity. Check out their program here.

Graeme Butcher wins 2016 Triple Peaks Challenge

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Just minutes after winning the race - still looking good
Just minutes after winning the race – still looking good

The Triple Peaks Challenge Cup is back in Masterton after more than 20 years. Yesterday (19th March) Graeme Butcher won the gruelling 47km race across Mt Erin, Mt Kahuranaki and Te Mata Peaks. Leading all the way, Butch finished the challenging solo run in 4:37:40. The first Masterton name on the cup belongs to Doug Aplin who won in 1993.

It was a warm day and the wind didn’t help on the zig-zag mountain track. The river crossings were more challenging than usual due to high water levels and swift currents. Lets not mention the orienteering-type course marking!

This is the 4th time Butch has run the Triple Peaks. The first time he was 4th, then 3rd, second last year to the current record holder, finally a well deserved first. He thinks it’s time to call it quits on this race – even though he has free entry next year.

A long day Roger
A long day Roger

Roger Jones was a last minute entry to the solo race. He was quite happy with his 50th placing (from 75) in 6:43:31 given his lack of training and preparation. Today he ran/biked the Mountain Duathlon long course run by the Wairarapa Multisport Club. A tired man tonight I’m guessing!

 

Familiar faces before the race.
Familiar faces before the race.

As usual there were a number of other club members along for the fun of Triple Peaks. Malcolm MacDonald, Ray Haste, Franky Spite, Megan Simpson and Greg Baillie competed in 2 teams. With a head start from Butch doubling as a team runner in the first leg, the “Malcolm in Middle” team achieved their best placing so far (also the last time says team captain Malcolm). Claudia jogged the last leg to keep an eye on Roger while the injured/broken Carol, Helene and Teresa acted as support crew over the weekend.

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Read the Times Age article

 

TrustHouse summer series prizegiving

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Prize giving was held for the TrustHouse summer series following the Road Champs on Sunday 13th March. The A grade winner was Corey Miller with Graeme Butcher in second and Michael Macklin third. Butcher was also awarded the “King of the Mountain” and Howard Gregory Memorial trophies for his achievements in the Rangitumau event. In B grade, Ray Haste just pipped Richard Hawkes, with Chris Lewis third. In a reversal of fortune, Sally Duffy just beat Lesley Graham for the top spot in C grade – perhaps fulfilling her mother’s earlier prophesy, with David Farlow third.  However Graham also collected the “Queen of the Mountain” and Brian Hamblin trophies for her efforts at Rangitumau. Belinda Day was a clear winner in D grade with Claudia Baechle second and Serena Roberts third. The top walker was Rachel Reid, just ahead of David Johnson with Gillian Atkinson third.

Robert Spite was the best Junior with Anthony Rowe-Penny in second place and Bianca Green third.  In a close result in the Midget grade, Brooke Miller beat Justin Miller with Charlie Day third.

 

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Track & Field starts again

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Track and field is starting Wednesday 14th October on the track at the ACM clubrooms, Blair street.

The children’s events will start at 5.45 pm. Seniors and masters should be there at 6.45 pm for a warm-up before a 7.00 pm start. Events and grades will be arranged according to numbers. So come along – don’t worry if you think you aren’t good enough, or fit enough – there will be something for you.

Askew Trophy Winners

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The inter-club season has come to a close. That means we can reveal how those who attended the inter-club events have fared in the Askew Trophy stakes. Points are awarded to runners who compete in the inter-club events throughout the season. Generally, 1st home gets 10 points, 2nd gets 9, 3rd gets 8 and so on.

A reflection of our “ageing” club, there were a large number of contenders in the Masters Men but Graeme Butcher won comfortably ahead of Malcolm MacDonald (2nd) and Ray Haste (3rd). Micheal Macklin was 1st in the open men and Frankie Spite took the Women’s title ahead of Teresa Reynolds (2nd) and Annie Jerling (3rd).

Well done everyone. It was great to see so many travelling away to represent the club this year.

All points are detailed here: 2015 Askew Trophies

Condolences

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Members join in offering their condolences to ACM secretary Rebecca Treacy and her daughter Jessica on the loss of their loved husband and father, James Graham. Our sincere sympathies at this sad time.

Club finalists in Sports Awards

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Athletics and Cycling Masterton has three finalists in the 2015 Wairarapa Sports Awards.

Junior sports personality of the year – Tama Bartlett was first in discus and shot put in his age division at the Wellington track and field champs and was selected in the Wellington regional team.

Administrator of the year – Carol MacDonald is race timer, Cross Country convenor, newsletter editor, compiler of the Harriers history, past ACM Secretary and Harriers Chairperson.

Volunteer of the year – Brent Sowry is race manager, handicapper, commissionaire and committee member of the cycling section of ACM.

They need your support as winners are decided by public vote. Voting forms are published in the Wairarapa Times-Age.

Make sure you vote before May 15