XC event this Sunday

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Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday. This is a social event, no handicaps or grade places. 

Start times are in waves (see image) based on previous grades and finish times.  If you think you are in the wrong wave message us now.

The course is three 2 km laps for adults.  Children can do 1, 2 or 3 laps but must decide before 10 am.

Please observe all COVID rules:

  • physical distancing, especially before and after the race
  • use the hand sanitiser 
  • bring your own towel
  • bring your own drink (no morning tea or prize-giving)
  • Register when you arrive – we need contact details so allow plenty of time.
  • We will have the toilets downstairs open but not upstairs
  • Please DO NOT come if you are unwell, or are defined as being ‘at risk’

ANZAC Day Race

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ANZAC DAY RACE. For many years Ray Wallis and his team of helpers have organised the ANZAC day race to raise money for local charities. In honour of his hard work over the years we are hosting a ‘virtual’ event this year with all proceeds going to LifeFlight in Ray’s name. Simply go for a run or walk on ANZAC day and donate according to your distance. $5 for 5km or $10 for 10km. Deposit to the ACM account 02-0688-0020447-00 (use your name and ANZAC as a reference). You could also post a photo here to show us where you went. Remember – keep your social distance!

Event Canceled

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In light of the announcements today we have regrettably decided to cancel the final 5km event tomorrow as well as the one-hour track challenge next weekend. A decision about the cross country series will be made in due course. Please share this notice with those who you know do not use social media.

WCM Legal One Hour Track Challenge

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Where : Pugh Sports Bowl Track, Masterton
When : Sunday 29th March 2020
Time : Start time 9.00 am


Please register for free online at: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/wcm-legal-one-hour-track-challenge-tickets-100348920322


Estimate how far you can run, walk, or push a pram in one hour.


  • No timing devices will be allowed during the race.
  • No side-line supporters giving out times.
  • You must complete the 1-hour time, and not stop once
  • you have done your estimated distance.


Prizes will be given to those closest to the distance they have estimated, as below

1st $100.00, 2nd $30.00 & 3rd $20.00

There will also be 5 x $10.00 prizes randomly drawn.

Prize giving approx. 10.30am in the clubrooms. You need to be there to win a spot prize.

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ACM 5km series – Race 5

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A beautiful day for our penultimate event in the 5km series. Next week we will have a BBQ after the run/walk so bring some friends and stay awhile.

            5KM Results 

1Darius Simpson0:18:23
2Michael Macklin0:19:03
3Graeme Butcher0:19:46
4Dominic Green0:20:03
5Michael Rowe-Penny0:20:34
6James Inwood0:21:08
7Corey Miller0:21:50
8Anthony Rowe-Penny0:21:59
9Paul Furkert0:22:05
10Daniel Miller0:22:23
11Malcolm MacDonald0:22:35
12Lloyd Millar0:23:05
13Cherie Fredricksen (3km)0:23:21
14Michael Duthie0:23:58
15Sam Hill0:24:02
16Philip Donvin-Irons0:24:11
17Steph Wingate0:24:53
18Craig Ewing0:24:54
19Annie Jerling0:25:31
20Clifford Rowe-Penny0:26:02
21Tom Andrews0:26:09
22John Jerling0:26:09
23Garry Keith0:26:09
24Lesley Graham0:26:32
25Norm Chu0:26:36
26Tim Matthews0:27:08
27Megan Simpson0:27:18
28Aiden McClean0:27:43
29David Farlow0:28:47
30Jaimie Blackburn0:29:09
31Stacey Miller0:30:14
32Andrew Christian0:30:22
33Michael Stewart0:30:40
34Anne Braddick (3km)0:32:58
35Justin Miller0:33:41
36Jane Flowerday0:33:42
37Annie Bannister0:33:43
38Franky Spite0:35:29
39Lisa Scott0:35:29
40Lee-Ann Angove0:35:40
41Chris van Gerven0:35:41
42Taylor Halford0:37:26
43Don McLachlan0:38:10
44Allison Nagel0:38:30
45Amelia Rowe-Penny0:42:14
46Beverley Elliott0:43:20
47Pat Fairhall0:43:22
48Barbara Barr0:44:35
49Gillian Atkinson0:44:36
50Rachel Reid0:45:24
51Robyn Green0:45:25
52Stephen Young0:46:48
53Rob Ruff-Thomas0:49:08
54Graeme Roberts0:49:53
55Lincoln Spite0:49:54

2KM Results

1Brooke Miller0:09:14
2Ollie Kaipo0:09:47
3James Hayes0:10:18
4Gertie Vermeer0:10:32
5Billie Vermeer0:11:22
6Jack Gard’ner0:11:48
7Molly Hayes0:12:41
8Charlie Gard’ner0:12:49
10Jaxon Kaipo0:14:50

Bideford Road HRR

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I’m sure I’ve been here before! Yes, tonight the race used the same course as last week beginning at the Whangaehu Hall, riding north on Bideford Road to Maungapuru School before returning to the finish line. For the main race the overall journey was about 30 kms. This evening our sole short course contender, Kate Speedy, turned at the top of the first hill, to race approximately 15 kms.

With a brisk Norwest wind in play on this handicapped road race, it was a case of everyone peddling their very best to try to catch the group in front and stay away from those who left after you. Each of the bunches left at 4 minute intervals. Bunches that work well together – rolling through smoothly and steadily, keeping an even effort without leaving gaps, tend to travel faster overall than groups who struggle to work together as a cohesive unit. Of course if the group gets caught, then it’s a case of everyone for themselves to see if you can get on the back of a charging bunch!

Tonight those 4 minute gaps were not enough as each of the groups found themselves both splitting up and being caught by at least some of those in the following groups. Those who were lucky, got caught somewhere that enabled them to hook onto the back, even if only for a short time, whilst those who were unlucky got caught just when the road began to rise once again, making it almost impossible to stay on the back of the faster riders.

Over the final few kilometres, the front end of both ‘Scratch’ and ‘Break’ came together to contest the final hill sprint to the finish. The overall winner taking line honours and fastest man was Tom McCallum, closely followed by Richard van Lent and Mark Langlands in third. Lesley Mouat was the first and fast woman this evening finishing a little ahead of Donna Burkhart.

As ever, many thanks to the race management team for looking after us on the road.

Please note next week there is a course change to the scheduled race. We will now be using the Upper Manaia Road to Kaituna return course.

Full Results can be found:http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/WhangaehuBidefordHRRResults.pdf

ACM 5K Series – Race 4

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Results from the latest 5K series race. Great to see you, sorry about the weather. See you next time, tell your friends 🙂

5K Results

 1     Darius Simpson      0:18:58
 2     Michael Macklin     0:19:26
 3     Dominic Green       0:20:49
 4     Graeme Butcher      0:21:05
 5     Anthony Rowe-Penny  0:21:46
 6     Corey Miller        0:22:02
 7     Lloyd Millar        0:22:23
 8     Malcolm MacDonald   0:22:31
 9     Craig Roberts       0:23:29
 10    Philip Donvin-Irons 0:24:38
 11    Clifford Rowe-Penny 0:24:55
 12    Richard Hawkes      0:25:01
 13    Steph Wingate       0:25:06
 14    Ray Haste           0:25:38
 15    Tim Matthews        0:26:39
 16    Ange McDonald       0:26:50
 17    Annie Jerling       0:27:49
 18    Lesley Graham       0:27:50
 19    Greg Baillie        0:27:55
 20    David Farlow        0:28:05
 21    Megan Simpson       0:28:16
 22    Chris Wilson        0:28:26
 23    Chris van Gerven    0:28:31
 24    Rob Ruff-Thomas     0:29:49
 25    Stacey Miller       0:30:07
 26    Di Chesmar          0:30:18
 27    Serena Roberts      0:30:46
 28    Bron Wishart        0:30:46
 29    Michael Stewart     0:32:03
 30    Aiden McClean       0:32:23
 31    Katy McClean        0:32:24
 32    Jane Flowerday      0:34:03
 33    Annie Bannister     0:34:08
 34    Lee-Ann Angove      0:36:01
 35    Jim Barr            0:36:15
 36    Don McLachlan       0:36:25
 37    Lisa Scott          0:36:52
 38    Jennifer Braaksma   0:36:52
 39    Allison Nagel       0:37:29
 40    Claudia Baechle     0:39:40
 41    Amelia Rowe-Penny   0:42:36
 42    Stan Braaksma       0:43:11
 43    Robyn Green         0:43:13
 44    Rachel Reid         0:44:36
 45    Stephen Young       0:46:00
 46    Louis Jaimmieson    0:47:18
 47    Graeme Roberts      0:50:11
 48    Anne Perry          0:52:08
 49    Janette Mitchell    0:52:08
 50    Robyn Weston        0:53:04

2K Results

 1    Billie Vermeer        0:10:34
 2    James Hayes           0:10:35
 3    Katie Vermeer         0:11:07
 4    Brenda Hayes          0:13:59
 5    Molly Hayes           0:14:02
 6    Luca Roberts          0:14:29
 7    Sandra McClean        0:16:12
 8    Taylin Hunter         0:42:23

Hill Climb Championship – Provisional

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Club Hill Climb – Provisional results

What a fabulous evening for a stroll up a hill! Certainly 46 riders thought so, as they came out to contest ACM’s Cycling Hill Climb Championship Race up Kourarau Hill (Te Wharau Road). Some of those riders were not so much strolling as flying, and there were a number of remarkably good times posted this evening. Both Roberts boys to mention just two. 

The hill climb is a time trial event, with no draughting allowed. You are allowed to use the riders in front of you for motivation to – go faster, harder, produce more power, or just plain grovel to get past them – but you can’t sit on their wheel having a free ride. Hill climbs are rather different to flat time trials, and hills can be the ‘skinny riders’ play-ground. It is all about the power to weight ratio, and an ability to ignore legs and lungs screaming at you to stop. Riders who fly up hills, know that the quicker they get to the top the sooner the pain goes away!

As a Championship race, riders can test how well they climb against others in their age category, as well as racing for overall climbing honours. On the start line there was a considerable amount of banter between riders, but as was commented on, with a race that is seeded so that the top riders leave last, the banter ceases altogether when there are only a handful of riders left in the start box! It all becomes quite serious. 

In the junior races, champions emerged who were clearly quicker than their closest rivals. In the Open Men, Mark Langlands emerged as the clear winner, but an arm wrestle took place for second and third with Richard van Lent pipping Ben Knight by a few seconds. In the Women’s Open race another arm wrestle for the championship took place with Emily Lutyens taking the win by a fraction of a second from Belinda Fuller, with Lesley Mouat a few seconds back in 3rdplace.  Congratulations to all riders this evening, but especially to our Champions for 2020:

Junior Champions

U17 Girl: Kate Speedy

U17 Boy: Caleb Roberts

U19 Boy: Finn Roberts

Champion woman: Emily Lutyens

Champion man: Mark Langlands

As always, very many thanks to the team of race officials who looked after us out on the road. Next week, is a Graded Road Race starting from the Whangaehu hall out to Bideford and back.

Overall results can be found:http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/OverallResults.pdf

Age Group Results:http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/AgeGroup-1.pdf

ACM 5K Series – Race 3

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2KM Results

 1    Jaxon Kaipo          0:11:44
 2    James Hayes          0:11:52
 3    Andrew Hayes         0:11:54
 4    Sandra McClean       0:15:48
 5    Annie Hawkes         0:15:51
 6    Molly Hayes          0:15:51
 7    Brenda Hayes         0:15:58

5KM Results

 1     Michael Rowe-Penny  0:21:02
 2     Rhys Gwyther        0:21:35
 3     Corey Miller        0:21:57
 4     Anthony Rowe-Penny  0:22:01
 5     Sam Hill            0:22:19
 6     Lloyd Millar        0:22:28
 7     Malcolm MacDonald   0:22:53
 8     Clifford Rowe-Penny 0:24:18
 9     Graeme Tindall      0:24:22
 10    Ray Haste           0:24:34
 11    Michael Duthie      0:24:38
 12    Richard Hawkes      0:24:39
 13    Brooke Miller       0:24:46
 14    Craig Ewing         0:24:47
 15    Steph Wingate       0:24:57
 16    Julie Greaves       0:24:58
 17    Annie Jerling       0:25:48
 18    Lesley Graham       0:25:53
 19    Roger Jones         0:26:13
 20    Tim Matthews        0:26:25
 21    Norm Chu            0:26:31
 22    Ange McDonald       0:27:03
 23    David Farlow        0:28:04
 24    Greg Baillie        0:28:12
 25    Claudia Green       0:28:21
 26    Megan Simpson       0:28:27
 27    Chris van Gerven    0:28:36
 28    Davide Castorina    0:30:14
 29    Peter Russell       0:30:20
 30    Michael Stewart     0:30:28
 31    Di Chesmar          0:30:37
 32    Katy McClean        0:31:08
 33    Aiden McClean       0:31:09
 34    Rebecca Edgecome    0:31:49
 35    Franky Spite        0:33:12
 36    Jennifer Braaksma   0:33:12
 37    Justin Miller       0:34:38
 38    Stacey Miller       0:34:41
 39    Lee-Ann Angove      0:36:09
 40    Allison Nagel       0:38:25
 41    Claudia Baechle     0:40:33
 42    Gordon Reid         0:41:03
 43    Rachel Reid         0:43:50
 44    Sandra Finlayson    0:44:40
 45    Barbara Barr        0:44:41
 46    Chris Cogdale       0:44:44
 47    Stan Braaksma       0:44:46
 48    Amelia Rowe-Penny   0:46:00
 49    Stephen Young       0:46:40
 50    Bianca Green        0:47:13
 51    Robyn Green         0:47:14
 52    Taahia Castorina    0:47:24
 53    Lisa Missen         0:47:25
 54    Bella McInnes       0:48:32
 55    Grant Perry         0:48:33
 56    Graeme Roberts      0:49:34
 57    Lincoln Spite       0:50:20
 58    Irene Price         0:50:50
 59    Anne Perry          0:50:52
 60    Robyn Weston        0:50:52

ACM Club Road Race Champs – Provisional results

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It was a challenging parcours for the riders who presented themselves to the start line for the club road race championship. Just on 60 kms over two laps of the Millars Road circuit and one lap for the short course riders. Local temperature was nudging 30 degrees and there was a brisk nor’westerly which ramped up as the evening progressed.

Out on the circuit this translated to a long drag into a headwind as the riders passed the Hurunui-O-Rangi marae and continued up past the Gladstone vineyards and over the rise past Middle Run. Turning the corner onto Carters Line and down to the Deerstalkers Hall is normally a fast & furious affair but this evening made difficult by a blustery and bullying crosswind that caused numerous problems for riders caught in a gap or out of position in the line.

Bearing left past the Hall and up past the mushroom factory gave some respite in the form of a rough tailwind pretty much all the way up to the Millars Road turn off and continued with a blustery tailwind up and over the Millars road climb. The final leg presented with a solid cross headwind which was to be endured all the way to the finish line.

First two men across the line were Mark Langland followed by Derek Roberts. First woman was Emily Luytens who just pipped Belinda Fuller for line honours. Also congratulations to first junior boy, Finn Roberts, and first junior girl, Jaimie Blackburn.

Congratulations to all riders who completed the course tonight and a big thanks to all the marshalls for doing a sterling job and to Di for the BBQ

For full results: http://acm.kiwi.nz/running/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/ResultsMillarsx2ClubChamps.pdf

Report: Andy Curtis-Cody