Napier Harriers held their first open handicap cross country races of the season with good fields taking part in great weather.
In the boys and girls 12 and under grade young Matthew Marshall made the most of his handicap in this 2km race and crossed the line first with a 1min12s gap back to second placed Devlin Petuha with Matthews sister Stella gaining 3rd place only 8sec adrift.
Fastest time went to Aniela Apperley in a good 9min12sec.
Sophie Bassick made a good comeback from injury and won the girls 16 and under 4km race followed by Sophie Moore and Ella Hogan with Emily Dunn gaining fastest time in 17min17sec and Alia Wentz also running well for second fastest time in 17min45sec. Good handicapping saw the field all finish within 2min40sec of each other
Mitchell Snell made the most of his handicap and won the boys 16 and under 4km race with Max Taylor finishing not far behind and also gaining fastest time in 15min56sec with Matthew Apperley coming through for third place.
New member William Little had a close tussle with Hayden Snell in the mens under 20 grade and crossed the line only 4sec in front of Hayden with William also gaining fastest time over the 6km distance in 25min33sec with Hayden running 27min07sec.
In the ladies race over 4km Phillipa Layton secured her second win of the season to cross the line 52sec in front of Kate O’Malley with Nneka Okonta placing 3rd. Fastest times went to Dulia Daly in 18min07sec followed by Kate in 18min18sec and Claudia Layton in 18min37sec.
The senior mens race over 6km turned out to be a highly contested event with new member Kieron Batt running very well to get into the lead with only 30metres to run. He grabbed the lead from Adrian White by 4sec with only another 8sec back to third placed Craig Mathers. A good sized field of 19 runners faced the starter with good handicapping seeing virtually all the runners come in within 3min of each other after the back marker had to give up to 18min head start to the first runners away.
Fastest times went to Lucas Duross in 23min54sec followed by Damion Christoffs who has just come back from injury in 25min12sec with third fastest going to Craig Mathers in 26min20sec.